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BBC One has released a first look image for thriller Vigil

Suranne Jones (Credit: BBC)

Created and written by Tom Edge, the six-part thriller follows the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on board a Trident nuclear submarine.

The resulting chaos leads to a tense conflict between the police, Navy and British security, as they each try to deal with the situation in their own way.

Suranne Jones to star in Dominic Savage’s anthology series I Am

Each episode will be written and developed by Dominic Savage, in collaboration with the lead actor of the episode, which will have a personal connection to them.

The series will explore mental health, relationships and trust, through a contemporary female lens.

Produced by Me + You Productions, Suranne Jones and Ashley Walters have been confirmed to star in I Am Victoria, with further casting to be announced.

Sally Wainwright: The people’s writer

It is doubtful whether Sally Wainwright’s writing has ever been described as inauthentic – her TV drama is populated with real people, speaking natural, colloquial English. “My imagination doesn’t seem to click in if what I’m writing doesn’t feel real, or if it’s phoney, or if something feels a bit cheesy or sentimental,” she told Endemol Shine UK COO Lucinda Hicks, who hosted an RTS webinar with the writer in May.

Suranne Jones on Gentleman Jack, Jane Couch and singing ABBA for binmen

“I was a bit talkative and mischievous in school,” she says, “and one of my teachers said to my Mum, ‘there’s this theatre workshop where she could go to...expel her extra energy.’” 

In Gentleman Jack, Jones brings a bountiful energy to the role of Lister, who, often described as the first modern lesbian, had to constantly draw on hers to overcome the pervasive inequalities of the era.

First glimpse of Lennie James in Save Me Too

Nelly Rowe (Lennie James) (Credit: Sky/Sky Studios/World Productions)

Save Me Too follows the return of estranged father Nelly (Lennie James), seventeen months after his unsuccessful search for his missing daughter Jody.

Challenged to re-evaluate his life decisions, Nelly’s search forced him to take dangerous risks that dragged him into a dark underworld that trafficks kidnapped youngsters including Jody.

Loud and proud: Gentlemen Jack creators celebrate the drama's success

O’Hooley & Tidow , Anne Choma, Sally Wainwright and Dr Finn Mackay (Credit: Dee Robertson)

Gentleman Jack wowed critics and audiences alike when it aired on BBC One earlier this year. This was a Sunday-night period drama with a difference – based on the diaries of early 19th-century landowner, industrialist and traveller Anne Lister, it revealed a woman determined to explore her lesbian sexuality.

How Sally Wainwright brought her heroine to life in Gentleman Jack

Suranne Jones playing Anne Lister and Sally Wainwright (Credit: BBC/Lookout Point/Matt Squire)

Some 20 years in the making, Sally’s Wainwright’s new television drama, Gentleman Jack, was originally rejected by every broadcaster she took it to. The story of an openly gay woman who farmed in 19th-century rural Yorkshire was considered a non-starter by TV networks. Starting this month, the topic is getting eight hours of BBC One Sunday-night primetime.

It’s common for writers to describe their latest work as a “passion project” – often industry-accepted shorthand for what they hope is infectious enthusiasm for their new offering.

Royal Television Society announces Programme Awards winners

Michaela Coel. Picture by Richard Kendal.

The RTS Programme Awards 2016 in partnership with Audio Network, honour excellence across all genres of television programming and recognise exceptional actors, presenters, writers and production teams as well as the programmes themselves.

Suranne Jones fought off stiff competition from Claire Foy (Wolf Hall) and Claire Rushbrook (Home Fires) to pick up the award for Female Actor for her performance in BBC One drama Doctor Foster, while Anthony Hopkins won the Male Actor award for BBC Two’s The Dresser.