Vigil theme song | Agnes Obel Fuel to the Fire dominates soundtrack - Radio Times

Who sings the Vigil theme song?

Everything you need to know about the song that opens each episode of the BBC One thriller.


An impactful theme song can really help a television drama to take root in viewer’s imagination, which is one of many reasons for the major success of BBC thriller, Vigil.


The new series from the producers of Line of Duty got underway a few weeks ago, starring Suranne Jones as a police detective called upon to investigate a murder aboard a military submarine.

Many viewers have noted the eerie tune that plays over the opening credits and wondered who exactly provides the vocals as they attempt to track it down on their music streaming platform of choice.

Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel‘s haunting song Fuel to the Fire is the Vigil theme song, which was originally released on her 2013 album Aventine.

It’s far from the first time that one of Obel’s songs has been used in the soundtrack for a TV series – indeed several of the biggest and most critically acclaimed shows from recent years have previously dipped into her back catalogue, including Big Little Lies, The Leftovers and Euphoria.

Other series on which are music has featured includes The Mist, Grey’s Anatomy, Lovesick, The Rain, Dark, and The Originals, while her track Familiar is the theme song for the Canadian drama Cardinal and was also used in a trailer for the popular video game Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition – not a bad CV!

Born in Denmark in 1980, Obel started recording music in 2010 and in the time since has released four studio albums, winning critical acclaim and accumulating several awards – including Best Album and Best Debut Artist at the Danish Music Awards in 2011 and the IMPALA Album of the Year Award 2016.

Her most recent album, Myopia, was released in 2020 and received more strong reviews, charting at 11 in the Danish album charts (and 34 in the UK).


Want more show content? Find out where Vigil was filmed with our location guide.

Vigil continues on BBC One on Sunday 5th September at 9pm. If you’re looking for more to watch, check out our TV Guide or visit our Drama hub for the latest news.