Vigil blasted as ‘unrealistic’ by group furious at Russian spy romance plot

Vigil is 'inaccurate beyond belief' says submarine officer

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Episode four of Vigil aired on Sunday evening, as the six-part BBC drama continued to investigate the foul play happening onboard HMS Vigil. However, Scotland’s Faslane Peace camp branded the script “unrealistic” after being approached by the BBC to film on its site.

Lying in the woods near the main Faslane submarine base on the Fifth of Clyde, the camp has been synonymous with a moment of history ever since 1982.

The site was first noticed for hosting Trident nuclear missiles, as residents have kept going in the face of eviction attempts.

Facing harsh Scottish winters and, at times, warning public interest in the anti-nuclear cause, declining numbers nearly caused the site to be closed down.

However, since its role in the new BBC TV drama Vigil, the murder mystery set on a Trident submarine, more guests and visitors have seemed to flurry down to the site.

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On the show, the camp is recreated as the fictional Dunloch protest site, where the detectives probe a romance between an activist and a murdered serviceman.

However, the script and storylines have been the target of criticism by ex-Trident sailors for having a patchy relationship with reality.

It also caught the attention of protestors who have found common ground with the Royal Navy as they too have issues with the script’s accuracy.

Andy Freeman, a protestor at Scotland’s Faslane Peace Camp, explained: “The BBC did approach us – they said they wanted to film some walk-through scenes. 

“[And] intersperse them with footage shot in the fake peace camp that they’d built,” Freeman, from Dumfries, said to the Telegraph.

“We said that we wanted to see the script first, and they told us it would feature one activist who was giving information to the Russians,” he described.

Andy continued: “That sounded unrealistic, as did the idea of an activist having a relationship with a sailor on the sub. 

“They offered us £500, but in the end, we said we didn’t want to do it,” he ended. 

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The peace camp is sill a colourful lens that tells the Faslane base’s story, whose massive sheds sit behind the electric fences. 

Faslane has been Britain’s launch pad for World War III ever since the 1960s when the deep water of the Firth of Clyde was identified as an ideal sport for large submarines. 

Vigil also faced backlash from viewers last night, as they took to Twitter to express their frustration over the storyline. 

Within minutes of episode four airing on BBC One, viewers of the show were already on social media complaining about the length and plot of the show.

One user began: “F*** me, this is turning into a soap opera storyline rather than a murder-mystery drama #vigil.”

Another added: “Really struggling with Vigil, I can’t stand men undermining women like this. It’s b******t #Vigil.”

A third user commented: “Anyone watching Vigil? It’s f***ing awful, ain’t it but invested too much time in it to stop now #Vigil.”

“I’m afraid #Vigil is becoming increasingly ridiculous,” a fourth user added with another agreeing: “I am totally lost as to what is happening #Vigil.”

Vigil continues Sunday at 9pm on BBC One. 
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