Filming for the next series of the TV drama Shetland started today at the south end of Commercial Street in Lerwick.
The part of the street from the Queen’s Hotel to Stouts Court was closed to traffic from 9am to 10.30pm, and pedestrians were not allowed to enter while the cameras were rolling. Filming started at 10.30am.
The action took place around Stouts Court, where the front door of the flats and the ground floor windows were painted red for the filming. The residents did not object and the original colours will be reinstated.
Lead actor Douglas Henshall, who plays detective Jimmy Perez, was at the shoot, but local actor Steven Robertson, portraying his sidekick policeman Sandy Wilson was not there yesterday.
However, other famous names were present, including Irish actor Ciaran Hinds, who is new to the series. He appeared in Game of Thrones and Harry Potter and was the voice of the troll king in Frozen.
Hinds said: “I’m looking forward to locking swords with Douglas Henshall and working against the stunning backdrop of Shetland.”
Other actors filming around Stouts Court included Alison O’Donnell, who plays Tosh, and Mark Bonnar.
Another short scene will be filmed on Monday in the same area.
The trucks for the filming, which is being done by ITV Studios for BBC, arrived off the boat earlier this week. Some filming was done on the NorthLink ferry, and it is understood more filming will be done on the ferry in future.
Meanwhile the film crew will be in the isles for two to three weeks, filming in numerous locations for the first two episodes of the new series.
Other scenes are being shot in the studio and filming is expected to continue until the summer.
This will be the third Shetland series, and will be in six parts with one overarching storyline. It is likely to be screened at the end of this year or the beginning of next. In the past the drama has attracted more than a quarter of the audience share in Scotland.
However, in a change to what has happened previously, this new series has not been adapted from the books of Ann Cleeves.
Instead it is an original work specially written for television by Gaby Chiappe (Vera, The Paradise, Lark Rise To Candleford), Robert Murphy (DCI Banks, Meadowlands) and David Kane (The Field of Blood, Prime Suspect).