Powerful murder-mystery drama Shetland has been re-commissioned by BBC One for a second series in collaboration with BBC Scotland and produced by ITV Studios.
Following its successful two-part debut last month, Shetland will return for a second run as a bigger six-part series with Douglas Henshall returning to the lead role as Detective Jimmy Perez.
Made by ITV Studios and based on the novels by acclaimed writer Ann Cleeves, the next series will focus on the three of the remaining stories from Ann’s Shetland Series – Raven Black, Dead Water and Blue Lightning – told as three two-part (2 x 60-minute) episodes.
Raven Black will be written by Gaby Chiappe (The Paradise, Vera), Dead Water by David Kane (Rebus, Field Of Blood, This Year’s Love) and Blue Lightning by Richard Davidson (Silent Witness, EastEnders).
Over two nights, the debut series attracted a combined audience of over 12 million viewers. Filming on the second series of ‘Shetland’ will take place in the coming months on Shetland and other Scottish locations.
Elaine Collins, Executive Producer at ITV Studios says: “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 for BBC Scotland and Executive Producer, adds: “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.”
Shetland starts filming in the Summer.