I think people will find the show darker and more atmospheric. The stories are very involving with a depth of characterisation audiences have come to expect from top-notch crime drama."Christopher Aird, Head of Drama, BBC Scotland
Date: 12.02.2014 Last updated: 25.03.2014 at 13.21
Acclaimed BBC One murder-mystery series, Shetland, returns for a new series of three, two-part stories with Douglas Henshall joined by an array of guest stars.
by ITV Studios through BBC Scotland and based on the novels by Ann Cleeves, this new series of Shetland focuses on three stories – Raven Black, Dead
Water and Blue Lightning – told as three two-part episodes.
Henshall returns as Detective Jimmy Perez alongside Steven Robertson as Sandy
and Alison O’Donnell as Tosh. Joining the core cast as a new character is Julie
Graham who plays straight-talking procurator fiscal Rhona Kelly. This second
series also features guest appearances from Brian Cox, Alex Norton, Nina
Sosanya, David Hayman, John Lynch and Bill Paterson, among others.
the first tale - adapted from Cleeves’ Raven Black novel and guest starring
Brian Cox - old wounds are painfully reopened as DI Jimmy Perez and his team
look into a past crime to solve the present-day murder of a young teenage girl.
second two-parter (episodes 3 and 4 – Dead Water) guest stars Alex Norton,
Nina Sosanya and David Hayman. When a journalist is killed in an apparent road
accident, suspicions arise and it looks as though opposition to a gas pipeline
might be in some way connected. And when another brutal murder shocks the
island, secrets and lies unravel.
the concluding two-part story (guest starring Bill Paterson and John Lynch)
sees Perez return to his childhood home after the murder of a scientist on the
beautiful island of Fair Isle. Tensions
run high as a storm on the mainland forces Perez to work in isolation,
compelling all of the suspects to remain together under one roof.
Collins, Executive Producer, ITV Studios is delighted to see Shetland
return for a new series: “Doing a second series has given us the opportunity to
build on the pilot episodes and to explore the characters and islands in more
sense of place is important to us in the show and we've focused even more on
the uniqueness and isolation of Shetland, including travelling to Fair Isle to
film - an island with a population of only around 65 people.
series, we are joined by very well-known and highly regarded British actors, but
I think the calibre of the acting across the whole six hours is outstanding.
been great to attract key Scottish talent like Brian Cox, Bill Patterson, Julie
Graham, Alex Norton and David Hayman, but the show is also an opportunity to
find new talent, and to employ actors who aren't famous but just happen to be
brilliant at their jobs.”
Aird, Shetland Executive Producer and BBC Scotland’s Head of Drama,
adds: “It has been terrifically exciting to develop the second series of
think people will find the show darker and more atmospheric. The stories are
very involving with a depth of characterisation audiences have come to expect
from top-notch crime drama. Shetland is a beautiful place but it can also feel
isolated and rather lonely. We were keen to use some of the more intense
aspects of life in such a remote place to create suspense, tragedy and
Henshall is such a fantastic lead for Shetland along with the great
supporting cast of Steven Robertson and Alison O’Donnell.”
is an ITV Studios production for BBC One through BBC Scotland.
Cast and crew
HENSHALL – Jimmy Perez
O’DONNELL – Alison ‘Tosh’ McIntosh
ROBERTSON – Sandy Wilson
GRAHAM – Rhona Kelly
BONNAR – Duncan Hunter
COX – Magnus Bain (Episodes 1 & 2)
NORTON – Cameron Watt (Episodes 3 & 4)
SOSANYA – Willow Reeves (Episodes 3 & 4)
RUSSELL – Adam Markham (Episodes 3 & 4)
HAYMAN – Joe Dalhousie (Episodes 3 & 4)
PATERSON – James Perez (Episodes 5 & 6)
LYNCH – Frank Blake (Episodes 5 & 6)
Producers Elaine Collins, ITV Studios & Christopher Aird, BBC Scotland
by Gaby Chiappe (Episodes 1 & 2), David Kane (Episodes 3 & 4) and
Richard Davidson (Episodes 5 & 6)
by Peter Gallagher & Sue De Beauvoir
by John McKay (Episodes 1 & 2), David Moore (Episodes 3 & 4) and Stewart
Svaasand (Episodes 5 & 6)
Based on the books Raven Black, Blue Lightning and Dead
Water by Ann Cleeves
Shetland is an ITV Studios production for BBC One through