BBC drama Shetland returns for new series filming on the Scottish archipelago
In March 2014 the BBC is screening a new series of drama Shetland, named for the remote archipelago north of the Scottish mainland where it's filmed and set. Douglas Henshall stars as a detective working in the small island communities.
“I think it’s incredibly accurate [as a show],” said series co-star and former islander Steven Robertson in comments to Radio Times: “The camera doesn’t lie - those exterior scenes are the Shetland Islands themselves. Some people may think of Shetland as a backwater, but the series shows viewers that there’s a lot going on and they should go and visit - it’s such a photogenic place.”
Part of the shoot involved filming scenes on the remote Fair Isle, which has a population of just 65 and proved a logistical challenge to get to.
“It’s nearly a three-hour ferry ride from Shetland, so we flew there on an eight-seat plane and landed on a big square, like a football pitch,” Henshall told the outlet: “We couldn’t take any vehicles with us and we were a skeleton crew because there are very few places to stay. However, the people were fantastic - they lent us their houses and cars so that we could get around.”
Some people may think of Shetland as a backwater, but the series shows viewers that there’s a lot going on and they should go and visit - it’s such a photogenic place.
Steven Robertson, Actor
The first series of Shetland was a big success for the BBC, drawing an audience of six million for the first episode.
Shetland is also occasionally used for commercial productions and last year hosted a shoot for mobile network Three that starred a dancing Shetland pony. The spot was a viral hit, racking up more than eight million hits on YouTube.
To find out more about Shetland as a filming location click here.
(Shetland photo: BBC/ITV Studios; Main page image: Shetland Islands Council)
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