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Tuesday 12 March 2024

BBC's Acclaimed Drama "Shetland" Returns for Two New Series

BBC's riveting crime drama "Shetland" has been greenlit for not just one, but two new series, following the success of its 2023 installment. The news comes as a delight to fans of the show, which has garnered critical acclaim and a dedicated following since its inception.

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Produced by Silverprint Pictures (part of ITV Studios) for the BBC, the forthcoming ninth and tenth series of "Shetland" are set to commence filming across the Shetland Isles and various locations in Scotland throughout 2024 and 2025.

The production of Series 9 is slated to kick off this month, with Ashley Jensen and Alison O'Donnell reprising their roles as Detectives Ruth Calder and Alison 'Tosh' McIntosh, respectively.

"Shetland" has earned widespread praise and a loyal viewership, with the previous series averaging a staggering 7.0 million viewers across its run, consistent with previous seasons. In Scotland, the show ranked as the second most popular drama of the year across all channels and streamers, trailing only behind "Happy Valley."

Based on the acclaimed novels by crime writer Ann Cleeves, the upcoming series will also welcome back familiar faces including Steven Robertson as Sandy, Lewis Howden as Billy, and Anne Kidd as Cora. Further casting details will be announced in due course.

Expressing her excitement, Ashley Jensen commented, "I'm thrilled I'll be returning to the Shetland Isles again to play the wonderfully complex DI Ruth Calder. The reaction to the last series was incredible, and I'm excited at the prospect of unraveling more intrigue."

Alison O'Donnell added, "I could not be happier that Shetland is returning for two more series and am so excited to get started. I'm really proud of the journey this show has been on and of the way it continues to evolve and grow in exciting and surprising ways."

Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama, expressed joy at bringing "Shetland" back for additional seasons, highlighting the captivating partnership between Jensen and O'Donnell, alongside Paul Logue's compelling scripts.

Kate Bartlett, Executive Producer for Silverprint Pictures, echoed the sentiment, emphasizing the distinctive storytelling and the breathtaking backdrop of the Shetland Isles.

Lead writer Paul Logue, alongside Denise Paul, will pen the scripts for the new series, with Louise V Say producing Series 9. Andrew Cumming and Ruth Paxton will helm the directorial duties, while Gaynor Holmes, Kate Bartlett, Denise Paul, and Paul Logue will serve as executive producers.

"Shetland" joins the roster of acclaimed BBC dramas from Scotland, further solidifying the network's commitment to compelling storytelling. Internationally, the series will be distributed by ITV Studios, promising to captivate audiences worldwide with its gripping narrative and stunning scenery.

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