MARTIN Compston returns to our screens tonight in a new highly anticipated BBC thriller.

The Scottish actor stars in Vigil, a submarine drama series based on the nuclear Trident fleet.

The show has been made by World Productions, which was also behind Bodyguard and Line of Duty.

HMS Vigil patrols the waters west off Scotland’s west coast and the action begins with the mysterious death of a crew member.

The series starts tonight (Sunday August 29) at 9pm on BBC One. The second episode will come as part of a double bill on Monday night at 9pm.

The show will then air every Sunday night at 9pm for the next four weeks.

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The series was filmed in Glasgow between August and September last year.

It is written by Tom Edge and directed by James Strong and Isabelle Sieb.

As well as Compston, the cast also features actors such as Anjli Mohindra, Connor Swindells, Adam James, Gary Lewis, Stephen Dillane, Lolita Chakrabarti, Daniel Portman, Lorne MacFadyen and Lauren Lyle.

Compston’s co-lead Suranne Jones said: "Tom Edge has created a thrill of a story, set in a world I knew nothing about. Amy Silva is a brilliantly complex character, thrown into a highly charged situation where her authority is weakened.

“We watch as she navigates her own personal trauma and loss, all at a time when she’s questioning her relationships and life choices. It feels fresh and relevant.”

The series has been met with positive reviews from critics, with the Guardian labelling it “Sunday night TV at its best”.