BBC One has renewed crime drama series Shetland for a second season of six episodes, set to air in 2014. The increased episode order for the show’s second season comes after the two episode first season received strong ratings, pulling in a combined audience of over 12 million viewers.
Based on the novels by acclaimed writer Ann Cleeves, Shetland follows Jimmy Perez, a native Shetlander who has returned home after a long spell away and leads a murder investigation, uncovering secrets and lies from the past. The show’s second season will keep a similar format, with three of the remaining stories from Ann’s Shetland Series: Raven Black, Dead Water and Blue Lightning, forming three two-part episodes. The drama series is produced by ITV Studios and stars Douglas Henshall as Detective Jimmy Perez.
Speaking of the renewal, Executive Producer Elaine Collins, said: “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.”
While Christopher Aird, Head of Drama for BBC Scotland, added: “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.”