The BBC has released the new trailer for thriller series Vigil and announced that it has secured the rights to the new HBO Max show Gossip Girl, as well as the original series.
The series comes from World Productions, the makers of Line of Duty, Bodyguard and The Pembrokeshire Murders. It will debut on BBC One and the BBC iPlayer later this year.
The mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board the submarine HMS Vigil bring the police into conflict with the Navy and British security services. DCI Amy Silva (Jones) and DS Kirsten Longacre (Leslie) lead an investigation on land and at sea into a conspiracy that goes to the very heart of Britain’s national security.
The fictional six-part series is written and created by Bafta-nominated writer Tom Edge, with episodes by Ed Macdonald and Chandni Lakhani. It is directed by Bafta-winner James Strong, and Isabelle Sieb.
Vigil is produced by Angie Daniell, executive produced by Simon Heath and Jake Lushington for World Productions, Gaynor Holmes for the BBC, James Strong and Tom Edge. The series is set and was filmed in Scotland, and is supported by the National Lottery through Screen Scotland. International distribution is handled by ITV Studios.
BBC iPlayer will also be home to every episode of the pop culture classic Gossip Girl so far, as well as the brand new, upcoming show. Fans can enjoy delving into all six series of the original teen drama hit, which ran from 2007–2012.
The new Gossip Girl explores just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years.
Developed by showrunner Joshua Safran, a writer and executive producer on the original series, this extension of the pop culture classic takes us back to the Upper East Side finding a new generation of New York private school teens being introduced to social surveillance nine years after the original blogger’s website went dark.
Launching in the U.S. on HBO Max July 8th, the series is based on the bestselling novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and the original show, developed by Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage. The series stars Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Gevinson, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zion Moreno, Whitney Peak and Savannah Lee Smith.
Dan McGolpin, Director, BBC iPlayer and Channels, says: “The BBC has a rich track record of acquiring some of the best content from around the world to complement our original commissions and we are delighted to be reacquainting existing fans and introducing new viewers to the iconic world of Gossip Girl on BBC iPlayer.
“The original series defined an era and we cannot wait for everyone to see the new series with its exciting new generation.”
Gossip Girl is produced by Fake Empire and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Studios, and was acquired by BBC Programme Acquisition. The series is written, executive produced and developed by Joshua Safran of Random Acts.
The executive producers also include Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage of Fake Empire, and Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo of Alloy Entertainment. Lis Rowinski of Fake Empire serves as co-executive producer. Karena Evans directs two episodes and original costume designer Eric Daman rejoins the series.