Six new programmes of the murder-mystery drama Shetland have been commissioned meaning film crews will back in the isles as the second series is made.
Screened over two nights last month the debut Shetland programmes had a combined audience of 12 million. It will return as a six-part series – featuring three two-parters based on the remaining stories from Ann Cleeves’ series set in the isles, Raven Black, Dead Water and Blue Lightning.
Douglas Henshall will return to the lead role as detective Jimmy Perez.
Raven Black will be written by Gaby Chiappe (The Paradise, Vera), Dead Water by David Kane (Rebus, Field of Blood, This Years Love) and Blue Lightning by Richard Davidson (Silent Witness, Eastenders).
Filming on the second series will take place in the coming months in Shetland and other Scottish locations. It will be screended on BBC One and is being made in collaboration with BBC Scotland and produced by ITV Studios.
Elaine Collins, Executive Producer, ITV Studios said: “I’m thrilled by the terrific response we’ve had to Shetland. The Scottish landscape is one of the most beautiful places on earth and I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to work again with Douglas Henshall and the team on Ann Cleeves’ wonderful Shetland stories.”
Christopher Aird, Head of Drama Scotland and executive producer, said: “I am so pleased we are taking Shetland to a full series. Douglas Henshall is a hugely talented lead and Shetland such a unique part of the country; we can look forward to a series of characterful, thrilling and windswept stories.”
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