BBC1 drama ‘Shetland’ gets third series commission

Douglas Henshaw to return in BBC Scotland drama

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BBC Scotland has announced the recommission of crime drama, Shetland for a third series of six episodes, following the success of series two which received an audience share of 29.5% in Scotland.

The series stars Douglas Henshall as DI Jimmy Perez, and is adapted from Ann Cleeves‘s successful Shetland quartet crime novels and as part of BBC Scotland’s aim of producing drama that shows and reflects life in Scotland.

Christopher Aird, BBC Head of Drama Production Scotland, says: “Shetland is a really distinctive crime series that has proved hugely popular with audiences both here in Scotland and across the rest of the UK. I am thrilled it has been commissioned for a third outing and rest assured we have some really exciting plans for viewers from DI Perez and his team.”

Elaine Collins, ITV Studios, welcomes the return of Shetland for another series: “I’m delighted that Shetland has been recommissioned and proud to have made a distinctive Scottish show that is enjoyed all over the UK. It’s also been a pleasure to work with outstanding actors like Douglas Henshall, Alison O’Donnell and Steven Robertson, who have made Jimmy Perez and his close-knit team a regular fixture in the homes of millions of viewers.”

The crime drama is produced by ITV Studios through BBC Scotland for BBC One, and is executive produced by Elaine Collins for ITV Studios and Christopher Aird for BBC Scotland.

The third series of Shetland will begin filming next year with further casting to be announced.