The Rig: When is the North Sea oil rig thriller released on Prime Video? Who are the cast? All you need to know about the epic series

Supernatural thriller The Rig, starring Iain Glen, Emily Hampshire and Martin Compston, is one of the must-watch autumn shows for 2022.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 2 September 2022 - 3.49pm
Prime Video Martin Compston as Fulmer Hamilton in The Rig

If you need something to watch in between new Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power episodes dropping on Prime Video, new supernatural thriller The Rig looks like a must-watch this autumn.

Bringing together an impressive cast and the perfect location for chills and thrills – a North Sea oil rig - the eagerly-awaited series is coming soon to the streaming service.

Here is everything you need to know about The Rig...

When is The Rig released?

Prime Video has only recently confirmed that the series is on its way.

The Rig is expected to be released in autumn 2022.

Prime Video’s Daisy Mount revealed at the Edinburgh TV Festival 2022 that the series had been a long time in production because of the considerable visual effects in the show.

"We are looking for shows that are very entertainment first, we're looking for shows that are bold and unique and feel very specific to Prime Video, that you could only find on a streamer like ours," she said.

“The Rig really delivers in that respect, but also what we really challenge ourselves on is shows that don't compromise on character and emotional heart and I think what David Macpherson, the writer, has done here really delivers on that.”

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The Rig cast

Iain Glen as Magnus MacMillan in The Rig Prime Video
  • Iain Glen  (Game of Thrones, Mrs Wilson) plays Magnus MacMillan, Offshore Installation Manager of the rig and leader of the crew
  • Emily Hampshire (Schitt's Creek) plays Rose Mason - the scientist and oil company rep and a fresh face on-board the rig
  • Martin Compston (Line of Duty, Traces) plays Communications Officer Fulmer Hamilton
  • Rochenda Sandall (Criminal: UK, Small Axe) plays Medic Cat Braithwaite
  • Owen Teale (Game of Thrones, A Discovery of Witches) is Head Driller Lars Hutton
  • Richard Pepple (Bridgerton, Cobra) is crew boss Grant Dunlin
  • Mark Bonnar (Guilt, Quiz) is Deck Foreman Alwyn Evans
  • Calvin Demba (Life, Last Christmas) plays Drill Hand Baz Roberts
  • Emun Elliott (Guilt) is rig mechanic Leck Longman
  • Abraham Popoola (Cruella) is rig crane driver Easter Ayodeji
  • Stuart McQuarrie (Des) is Head Chef Colin Murchison
  • Molly Vevers (The Spanish Princess) plays roustabout Heather Shaw

What is The Rig plot?

Emily Hampshire as Rose Mason in The Rig Prime Video

Magnus (Iain Glen) and his crew aboard the Kinloch Bravo oil rig are stationed off the Scottish coast in the dangerous waters of the North Sea.

However, when they are due to return to the mainland, a “mysterious and all-enveloping fog” causes tremors on the rig and cuts all their communication with the outside world.

So far, so creepy.

The six-part drama will explore how this unknown force impacts on the trust and relationships on the rig as bonds are broken, alliances formed and a generational fault line is exposed.

Loyalties are stretched as “forces beyond their imagination” drive the crew to their limits. It doesn’t sound like a show for the faint-hearted!

Where is The Rig filmed?

The series was filmed exclusively in Scotland on an oil rig and at FirstStage Studios in Edinburgh.

It was created by David Macpherson and directed by John Strickland (Line of Duty, Bodyguard).

How to watch The Rig

The Rig will be streaming on Prime Video soon.

New to Prime Video? You now can add it to your BT TV package online, via contact centres and in BT stores.