Vigil has audiences gripped but here’s what fans cannot believe about the first episode

The new Sunday night drama from BBC One kicked off with all of the action we’re come to expect from the team which brought us Line of Duty.

Vigil is from the production company behind the award-winning anti-corruption police programme, as well as The Pembrokeshire Murders and Bodyguard.

Starring Suranne Jones from Doctor Foster and Martin Compston, better known to millions as Steve Arnott from Line of Duty, the programme plunged into action movie-style scenes above and under water.

But while viewers were celebrating the reappearance of Compston on Twitter, their pleasure was short lived.

After a handful of minutes on screen, the diminutive heartthrob died of a suspected drug-induced heart attack.

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Fans of the Scotsman were very upset, to say the least.

M tweeted plainly: “Urmm whats the point of watching if they’ve killed of Martin Compston’s character in the first 5 minutes???”

Danielle Moss tweeted: “WHY would you kill @martin_compston off in 7 minutes !!!!!!!! #Vigil

Fran Foy spoke for all Compston fans when she tweeted: “I’m in shock #Vigil How can they have done that to @martin_compston’s character? I hope there are flashbacks so we see more of him in this drama.”

Kimberley Walker stayed positive, saying: “Welp…came for @martin_compston. Stayed for Dr foster, I guess. #Vigil

Tweeter theboo was the voice of all Steve Arnott fans when they tweeted: “#vigil … poor Steve ! He goes six series in #lineofduty without being killed off and gets bumped off in first five minutes of this one !! #nojustice

  • Vigil continues on Monday August 30 on BBC One at 9pm and is also on iPlayer

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