Renewed: Shetland

Two new seasons greenlit for Scottish crime drama.

Scottish drama series Shetland has been renewed for two new series.

The crime series, originally based on award-winning novels by crime writer Ann Cleeves, films in locations on the Shetland Isles and across Scotland.

Ashley Jensen, who joined from Season 8, reprises her role as Detective Ruth Calder alongside Alison O’Donnell as Det. Alison ‘Tosh’ McIntosh.

S9 will also see the return of series regulars Steven Robertson (Sandy), Lewis Howden (Billy) and Anne Kidd (Cora).

Ashley Jensen says: “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 unravelling more intrigue. The Shetland Isles are breath-taking – without a doubt one of the most memorable and unique filming locations I’ve been to. I’m looking forward to jumping on that wee plane again and returning soon.”

Alison O’Donnell said, “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. That we have managed to grow such a loyal and supportive viewership is a dream come true. Ashley and I just scratched the surface of our dynamic in Series 8 and I am delighted that we now have the opportunity to build on that. I can’t wait to see what Paul and the team have in store for us next.”

Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama says: “It’s a joy to bring Shetland back for not one, but two new series, further strengthening the BBC’s commitment to this hugely successful Scottish drama that’s loved by fans across the UK and around the world. Ashley and Alison’s partnership has taken Shetland from strength to strength and into new exciting territory, which combined with Paul Logue’s captivating scripts will mean there’s plenty more in store as we head back to the Isles.”

Shetland screens in Australian on BBC First and ABC.

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  1. My partner and I watched the most recent season with trepidation thinking it would be impossible to replace Jimmy. By the end of the season the Shetland team had delighted us with a show just as engaging and intriguing as those led by the indomitable Doug Henshall. Cannot wait for the new seasons.

    1. Agreed. I won’t delve into casting spoilers for S8, but there’s was another very safe pair of hands cast member added that made the series instantly watchable for me. Happy there’s two more in the works.

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