Despite a divisive finale, there’s no denying that there has been a huge hole in many of our lives – or viewing, to be less dramatic – since it left screens.

Figured out what we’re talking about?

It doesn’t take a detective like Kate Fleming to determine that we’re looking back fondly on Line of Duty.

The British police procedural proved to be one of the most celebrated series of the 2010s and gave audiences a great hunger for more titles in the genre.

Fortunately, prayers have been answered and Vigil has arrived, coming from the producer of the aforementioned gem.

Viewers flocked to check it out on Sunday, August 29th, and were treated to the second installment just one day later. This led some to believe that it would be airing daily, providing quality entertainment for the first week of September.

However, when fans went to tune in on Tuesday night, it was nowhere to be seen.

So, to keep you in the loop, let’s highlight the Vigil episode 3 air date and when subsequent episodes will appear on the schedule…

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Vigil episode 3 air date

  • Episode 3 of Vigil is scheduled to premiere on BBC One on Sunday, September 5th at 9 pm.

The second episode spilled some serious surprises and the Radio Times has already included a synopsis for the forthcoming installment:

“Kirsten uncovers evidence suggesting the murders were part of a coordinated attack. Her investigation takes her into the heart of Scottish politics, and the Naval cover-up of a near catastrophe in the US. Amy starts to question who she can trust on Vigil, when a message from Kirsten makes Amy realise she is being deliberately undermined.”

Now looking ahead, while this pattern suggests that the fourth episode will premiere the following day on Monday, September 6th, that isn’t the case.

Audiences were simply given two episodes across two days to help them dive into the story. Episode 4 will continue this intriguing tale on Sunday, September 12th at the same time.

Fans can expect later episodes to air weekly each Sunday and there are six episodes in the series altogether. Taking this into consideration, the finale will reach viewers on Sunday, September 26th, 2021.

After such a terrific second episode, we know what you must be thinking: “I can’t wait that long!” If you can wait that long, then it’s unlikely that you’ll actually want to anyway.

The magic word is usually “iPlayer”, but not this time. Instead of dropping all six episodes on the streaming service simultaneously, fans are only given the option to watch along each week after the BBC One broadcast.

It’s the old-fashioned way for Vigil, which means excitement and frustration are inevitable.

Vigil | Trailer – BBC

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Vigil | Trailer – BBC
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The fans aren’t happy

We’re so used to being able to binge box-sets at our own convenience in the age of Netflix.

So, when audiences are told that they can’t, it doesn’t always go down well. Indeed, some have wasted no time in reacting to the show’s absence over on Twitter.

Check out a selection of tweets:

“It becomes full…”

Series star Suranne Jones (who plays DCI Amy Silva) recently sat down and spoke with the BFI, offering some insight into Vigil:

“A backstory of a relationship, that’s quite a tricky thing to fully realise, especially on its own, but [in later episodes]… it becomes full. So I think that, you know, it’s a full show, as in it’s a boys-y kind of thriller, but with two female leads that are part of it – it has a romantic story.”

She added: “And it has that element of the thrills that come through to the last episode, [which] are amazing. And quite shocking. So it’s got it. It’s a really bold task.”

Vigil episode 3 airs on BBC One on Sunday, September 5th at 9 pm.

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