The UKTN’s show The Vigil Sub put out footage that has never been seen before

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Thrill me the woods! On the eve of the finale of the hit UKTN drama Vigil, the submarine as you’ve never seen it before … in all its plywood set splendor

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Viewers were struck by the TV series Vigil, with its clever twists and unexplained death, all on a nuclear submarine.

But there is also another mystery at the heart of the UKTN show – namely, what exactly a nuclear submarine is even supposed to look like.

With very little information to release due to the Royal Navy’s strict security protocols, the program’s production designer, Tom Sayer, had his work cut out for creating an authentic setting for the drama.

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But as these exclusive images show, a lot of wood planks and a lot of paint jobs can go a long way. The basic components of the set – based at the UKTN studios in Dumbarton, Scotland – were created using marine grade MDF or plywood.

The series, which ends tomorrow night, sees DCI Silva (Suranne Jones) investigating a death on HMS Vigil. However, the case turns out to be more complex than it first appeared.

Mr. Sayer had started by studying the design of old submariners to learn more about their inner workings.  His sketches were then turned into a compelling 100-foot-long set in three and a half months.

Mr. Sayer had started by studying the design of old submariners to learn more about their inner workings. His sketches were then turned into a compelling 100-foot-long set in three and a half months.

There's another mystery at the heart of the BBC show - namely, what exactly a nuclear submarine is even supposed to look like

There is another mystery at the heart of the UKTN show – namely, what exactly a nuclear submarine is even supposed to look like

It was then painted over or covered with sheets of laminate before being trimmed with aluminum strip to make it as realistic as possible.

Mr. Sayer had started by studying the design of old submariners to learn more about their inner workings. His sketches were then turned into a compelling 100-foot-long set in three and a half months.

“We received advice on the layout and details from former submariners,” he told Radio Times.

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“We would say to one of them, ‘Imagine if some guy left the missile bridge, where is he walking? What’s through that door? “Then we would ask another one to find out where the bomb store was in relation to the control room, so we could puzzle it out together. “

The series, which ends tomorrow night, sees DCI Silva (Suranne Jones) investigating a death on HMS Vigil. However, the case turns out to be more complex than it first appears.

The basic components of the set ¿based at the BBC studios in Dumbarton, Scotland were created using marine grade MDF or plywood

The basic components of the set – based at the UKTN studios in Dumbarton, Scotland – were created using marine grade MDF or plywood

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