Fury as it emerges SNP councillor and anti-nuclear campaigner was hired to help ...

Fury as it emerges SNP councillor and anti-nuclear campaigner was hired to help ...
Fury as it emerges SNP councillor and anti-nuclear campaigner was hired to help ...

The BBC has come under fire after it was revealed that an anti-nuclear campaigner was hired to help make the submarine drama Vigil.

The series' producers hired Scottish National Party councillor for Glasgow Feargal Dalton, who opposes the Trident system, to act as a script consultant and to provide advice on nuclear submarines. 

The six-part series, starring Suranne Jones, follows the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board the submarine HMS Vigil.

The BBC said it 'consulted a range of advisers and experts to make Vigil' and that Mr Dalton had 'no editorial impact'.

Scottish National Party councillor for Glasgow Feargal Dalton, an anti-nuclear campaigner, was hired by the producers of BBC drama Vigil to offer 'factual insight from his long career as a member of the Royal Navy’s Submarine Service'

Scottish National Party councillor for Glasgow Feargal Dalton, an anti-nuclear campaigner, was hired by the producers of BBC drama Vigil to offer 'factual insight from his long career as a member of the Royal Navy’s Submarine Service'

Vigil, which stars Suranne Jones (pictured), follows the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board the submarine HMS Vigil

Vigil, which stars Suranne Jones (pictured), follows the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board the submarine HMS Vigil

Mr Dalton spent 17 years in the Royal Navy, during which time he became a lieutenant commander of a Trident-missile submarine.

However, as a councillor for Glasgow, he has spoken publicly against Trident missiles being carried by Navy submarines and is also a supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

Jackie Baillie, the deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party, said the BBC should have employed someone who was 'not so obviously biased'.

She told The Telegraph: 'Feargal Dalton has long campaigned against the Trident nuclear deterrent. The BBC should have employed an expert who, unlike Mr Dalton, is not so obviously biased against nuclear submarines and has a long standing association with CND.'

Vigil sees the police brought into conflict with the Navy and British security service, as Jones' DCI Amy Silva and DS Kirsten Longacre (played by Rose Leslie) lead an investigation on land and at sea into a conspiracy that goes to the very heart of Britain's national security

Vigil sees the police brought into conflict with the Navy and British security service, as Jones' DCI Amy Silva and DS Kirsten Longacre (played by Rose Leslie) lead an investigation on land and at sea into a conspiracy that goes to the very heart of Britain's national security

, said the proLord Campbell of Pittenweem, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats

Lord Campbell of Pittenweem, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, said the portrayal of the Navy in Vigil is 'a long way from reality'

Lord Campbell of Pittenweem, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, told the paper 'it would be strange' if an anti-nuclear campaigner gave advice about 'technical and on-board issues'.

He said the portrayal of the Navy in

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