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Line Of Duty Fans React To ‘Cheeky’ Martin Compston Twist In BBC’s Vigil

Line Of Duty Fans React To ‘Cheeky’ Martin Compston Twist In BBC’s Vigil

The actor's casting was exciting for Line Of Duty fans - but all wasn't as it seemed.

BBC's Vigil landed on screens last night after much hype and excitement.

The show was advertised with its all star cast at the helm, with adverts including the faces of Gentleman Jack's Suranne Jones, Bodyguard's Anjli Mohindra, Sex Education's Connor Swindells, Game of Thrones' Rose Leslie and Daniel Portman and none-other-than Line Of Duty's Martin Compston.

But fans were shocked when the show kicked off only for there to be a huge twist in the first 10 minutes.

Before they knew it, Steve Arnott star Martin Compston - who was perhaps one of the most recognisable faces in the series - had been killed off.

The six parter thriller centres around one person going missing and the other dying on a navy submarine - the former being Scottish actor Compston's character, Chief Petty Officer Craig Burke.

Compston briefly stars in the new BBC thriller (

The submarine, named HMS Vigil, then welcomes Suranne Jones' character, police detective Amy Silva, to investigate how it all happened.

Without giving too much away, the officer's death seems to have an obvious cause, but as Amy investigates and speaks to his team, she discovers there is more going on than meets the eye.

And while fans were gripped by the end of the episode, they couldn't shake their disappointment that their favourite actor's stint on the show (alive, anyway) was so short lived.

Suranne Jones was sent on board to investigate (

"I am watching #Vigil purely for Martin Compston and he dies within the first 8 minutes, I haven’t been this upset since this Line of Duty finale," said one viewer on Twitter, after the scenes aired.

Meanwhile, another echoed: "They killed Martin Compston off in the first 10 minutes. This is worse than the H reveal! Surely there has to be a back story where he will appear".

A third complained:"When you realise 30 seconds of Martin Compston is all we get? Disappointed".

As fellow viewer referenced the show's misleading advertising, writing: "Did they really kill of @martin_compston in the first 10 minutes after a big social media focus on him?".

"Thinking about the people that have been Martin Compston baited tonight #vigil," joked someone else.


We're still none the wiser who killed the Line Of Duty star's character, with all the crew currently under suspicion at the end of episode one.

Who knows, maybe it was H?

Vigil continues tonight on BBC One at 9pm.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: TV And Film, Line of Duty, BBC