BBC One’s drama series Shetland, which is produced by ITV Studios through BBC Scotland, has been renewed for a third season, TVWise has learned.
The series, which is based on the novel series by Ann Cleeves and stars Douglas Henshall, recently returned for an extended second season of six episodes, with the first four episodes receiving a 29.5% audience share in Scotland. The show’s third season, which will again consist of six episodes, was commissioned by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore and the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson. The executive producers are Elaine Collins and Christopher Aird.
“I’m delighted that Shetland has been recommissioned and proud to have made a distinctive Scottish show that is enjoyed all over the UK”, said Executive Producer Elaine Collins. “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.”
While Christopher Aird, the BBC’s Head of Drama Production Scotland, added: “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.”