The initial images from the highly anticipated return of the popular BBC drama, Vigil, have been unveiled.

In this fresh investigation, Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) and Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie) cast their gaze towards the heavens as they delve into the clandestine realm of drone warfare in pursuit of a murderer. Produced by World Productions (known for Line of Duty, Showtrial, Save Me, Bodyguard), this six-part series is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this year.

After a series of fatalities during a weapons test in Scotland, Silva and Longacre are entrusted with uncovering the root cause. Penetrating the closely-knit circles of the air force in Scotland and the Middle East, the duo confronts the perilous warfare of the future, all while grappling with their own uncertain destinies.

As previously revealed, Vigil series two features the return of Gary Lewis (His Dark Materials, Granite Harbour) in the role of DSU Robertson, alongside new additions to the cast including Romola Garai (Becoming Elizabeth, The Hour), Dougray Scott (Crime, Enigma), Amir El-Masry (SAS Rogue Heroes, Limbo), David Elliot (The Liberator, Bulletproof), Chris Jenks (Sex Education, Karen Pirie), Tommy Sim’aan (The Midwich Cuckoos, Doctors), Oscar Salem (House of the Dragon, Des), Jonathan Ajayi (Noughts + Crosses), and Hiba Medina in her inaugural major television role.

The first series of Vigil marked the UK’s most-watched debut of a new drama since Bodyguard in 2018, drawing in over 13 million viewers. It clinched an International Emmy and earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Drama Series.

Vigil (6×60′) series two is a production of World Productions, an ITV Studios enterprise, created and written by Tom Edge, with episodes by Maryam Hamidi, James Smythe, Ryan O’Sullivan, and Matilda Wnek. The direction for series two was helmed by Andy De Emmony (The Nest, The Last Kingdom) and Josh Agnew (Deep State, Outlander). Marcus Wilson (Doctor Who, Luther) serves as the producer, with George Aza-Selinger as the associate producer. Executive producers include Simon Heath and Jake Lushington for World Productions, Gaynor Holmes for the BBC, and Tom Edge. International distribution is overseen by ITV Studios.

The drama series was filmed in Scotland and Morocco, and is set to premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this year. Vigil series one is currently available for streaming on BBC iPlayer.