Vigil is a new BBC drama which started last Sunday and here’s one of its stars Connor Swindells talking about it…
Please tell us about Hadlow – who is he, and what does he do?
Hadlow is the chief engineering officer on HMS Vigil. Young and, at times, out of his depth, he keeps a very well kept lid on the catastrophic events that take place during our time aboard. For any Star Trek fans out there, he is the Wesley Crusher of the HMS Vigil crew.
What made you want to be a part of Vigil?
The main thing that drew me to the project were the scripts, both fascinating and bold. Intersecting storylines that kept me enthralled. Working with Suranne Jones, who I’m a super fan of, as well as the rest of the brilliant cast, was a great learning experience for me. Our lead director James Strong is also a delight, and meeting him in the room with wonderful casting director Kahleen Crawford sold it for me.
Did working on Vigil teach you anything that surprised you?
The main things that surprised me about being on Vigil is the responsibility that lies upon submarine crews. I wasn’t aware that submarines hold a nation’s nuclear weapons. What a scary reality for those on board. I also learnt how claustrophobic I am, as our sets were pretty incredible and very truthful to the real deal. They were tight to navigate, to say the least.
We had an ex-submariner advisor on set, who kept us all in ship-shape, and was a tremendous help. Especially to me as, in relation to the specific knowledge, most of the time I had no idea what to say or do.
Do you think you’d be cut out for the submarine life yourself?
There is no part of me that wishes to be a submariner. It’s tough work. Period. My biggest respect to those who do it, but sorry. Not for me.
Were there any especially memorable moments from filming?
The whole process was funny – we are a bunch of silly and neurotic actors. We often didn’t know what we were talking about, and that dealt out some brilliant moments between us. We actually started filming the first three episodes without knowing who our culprit was. It became a rather exciting guessing game between us, as to who was guilty and who was not.
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