A popular BBC drama series inspired by HM Naval Base Clyde is set to return to screens for a second series, with several cast members preparing to reprise their roles.

Vigil will “look to the skies” in its latest tale, with Suranne Junes and Rose Leslie returning to the show as DCI Amy Silva and DI Kirsten Longacre.

The first series, released in 2021, followed DCI Silva's investigation of a death on board a Vanguard-class submarine, HMS Vigil, from Dunloch Naval Base.

Dunloch was based on the site at Faslane on the Gare Loch, where the UK’s submarine fleet is housed.

The next series will delve into the world of the British air force, with the detectives attempting to uncovering the cause of several unexplained fatalities at a Scottish military facility.

As they enter the hostile and closed ranks of the air force, the pair must face the deadly warfare of tomorrow as they fight for their own future.

The first series of Vigil, which also starred Helensburgh’s Reuben Joseph as DS Porter, was the UK’s most-watched new drama since Bodyguard, which was released in 2018.

It attracted more than 13 million views, won the International Emmy, and secured a BAFTA nomination for best drama series.

Creator Tom Edge said: “I’m delighted that Suranne and Rose are returning to reprise their roles as DCI Amy Silva and DI Kirsten Longacre, and am grateful to the BBC for the opportunity to take them on a thrilling new adventure.

"World Productions have built a fantastic reputation for twisting, turning thrillers and this one corkscrews with the best of them.”

Rose said: “I’m delighted to team up with Suranne again and continue Amy and Kirsten’s adventures through a second series of Vigil. Tom Edge has created another gripping case for us to grapple with in a whole new setting.”

Gangs of New York actor Gary Lewis will also be retuning as DSU Robertson, with Dougray Scott, David Elliot, Chris Jenks, and Oscar Salem set to join the cast.

Suranne said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Vigil team again and continuing our story. We have brilliant new scripts and some amazing additions to the cast. Buckle up. It’s quite a ride.”

Filming for the new series will take place in Scotland and Morocco and is due to start this spring.

The first series is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.