Filming for new Shetland series on hold

Filming for the new series of Shetland, which was due to start at the end of March, has been put on hold.

A decision had already been made to postpone for two weeks, but filming has since been halted due to the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Two more series of the murder-mystery drama, based on the Ann Cleeves’ novels, were announced in December.

Five series have already been broadcast by the BBC, with the show having won fans around the world.


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  • Jill Hollands

    • March 15th, 2020 17:48

    Enjoyment of the books has been enhanced by the excellent TV series. I hope to visit later in the year.

  • Francesco Dibitonto

    • March 15th, 2020 20:06

    Here in Italy we love this series that allows us to admire such different but very very fascinating places and cultures. We await the new episodes. Bye from Anzio, Rome.

  • Nigel Higinbotham

    • March 15th, 2020 23:53

    Sad but understandable.

    Really miss the show can we put pressure on bbc to put back on iPlayer as would love to watch them all again

  • Frode Harritz

    • March 16th, 2020 19:23

    Worth waiting for. I love the characters and the landscape. Farmhouses and stone fences. This series is probably the reason why I decided to visit Shetland this summer. If situation allows. A two-three weeks hiking from south to north. See you. Best wishes from Denmark.

  • Howard Tweed

    • March 18th, 2020 5:46

    Way over here in Canada on East Vancouver Island , Perez and the rest of the police force have a huge following . Especially like Billy . He holds the station together . Super show .

  • Ruth Southall

    • April 11th, 2020 20:44

    I love the tv series Shetland. I have watched it since it 1st aired in 2013 and it inspired me to visit the islands in 2014 which I can honestly say was one of the best holidays I have ever had. So much history, nature, gorgeous beaches and amazing scenery.
    The tv show has an incredible cast ( love Douglas Henshall ) and brilliant storylines.
    Cannot wait for the new series.
    Ruth Southall
    From Kendal, Cumbria, UK

  • Angela Coyle

    • May 30th, 2020 3:32

    My husband and I got BritBox to watch Shetland! We love UK crime dramas!!
    We just love it! I love Tosh! She’s hysterical.
    We often have to watch with the closed captioning on as we don’t speak Scottish, Ha!
    (We’re from Oklahoma in the states.)
    I’m sad there will only be two more seasons. But, thank you so much for this quality show!

  • John Thomas

    • May 31st, 2020 11:53

    Dear Angela,

    Thank you for your kind comments about our dear isles. We hope once this is all over to welcome our friends from ‘across the lake’ to visit and enjoy our famous Shettish hospitality. Interestingly, there are rumours that researchers for the show spent a summer season in the islands and some characters are based on real Shetlanders. D.C Sandy Wilson for example is rumoured to be based on a local character who frequents these very comments sections. Say no more!

  • Heather Hawkins

    • June 23rd, 2020 10:35

    I LOVE SHETLAND and look forward to it restarting after the Covid-19 is over. it is a wonderful series and I really love all the regular characters plus all the others along the way. I love seeing the land and the people and their ‘ways’ and the lives they lead. I really really miss it and just want it to be on again. I have also shared the episodes with a friend at work who also loves it. David Henshall is great as is ‘Tosh’, so sorry I cant remember the woman’s real name, she is such a gorgeous character, . I love them all !!! and the accents are so peaceful to listen to. My parents migrated to Australia just after the war. Although my parents were English born my mother has Scottish in her Grandparents. It is the BEST series – I am SO pleased to read that it just is only ‘on hold’ due to the Covid-19 !!! Heather in Aussie Land

  • Marc Petit

    • June 24th, 2020 5:53

    I also enjoy the series and familiar scenery as an exchange teacher at Scalloway in 1996.


    • July 6th, 2020 16:23

    Watching all episodes of Shetland from 2013 on through all the series has been the best experience for me in TV drama. The atmosphere of the Shetland Isles and the very special scenery is just mesmerising. What a setting for a top notch series marvellously enhanced by the equally wonderful acting, an altogether combination of all elements to make Shetland top of the pile for entertainment.

  • Dennis Rettke

    • July 7th, 2020 18:47

    Hi! Big fan here from Perth, (the Australian one!) I also love the show- the characters, the landscape, it’s all so comfortable and beautiful to me. I’ve watched every episode at least twice. Hope to visit the Shetlands at some point and am also waiting for the show! Take care

  • Mark Grisham

    • July 26th, 2020 15:06

    We can hardly wait to see some new episodes of Shetland here in Australia. We’re really enjoying the acting, scenery and mystery, and are hoping they adapt more of the books into episodes, such as Thin Air. And when can go on holiday again, we’re keen to visit Shetland for ourselves.

  • Sandra Holmes

    • September 15th, 2020 11:40

    Just finished binge watching Series 1-5 of Shetland yet again. Absolutely love this series and can’t wait to see series 6, will probably have to binge watch the whole of 1-5 again just before its released in case I’ve forgotten what happened previously!

  • Ann Hoffman

    • December 4th, 2020 1:45

    My husband and I just started watching this show and we love it as well. We also have to the subtitles so we can understand the Scottish! Beautiful scenery and neat characters. Being from North Carolina in the states we mat never be able to afford going abroad but this is the next best thing!!!!

  • Raymond L. duigon

    • September 14th, 2021 21:49

    We love Shetland so much! Here in New Jersey USA we have lovely beaches, but they do not have the stark beauty of Shetland. I would love to visit some day. After watching these shows (a lot) I have to translate for my husband. LOL. Many thanks for such a quality program and thanks for introducing us to the fine folk of Shetland.
    Pat & Lee Metuchen, New Jersey


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