Filming Under Way For New Series Of 'Shetland'

by Alastair Hamilton -

The cast and crew of Shetland, the television crime series based on the books of Ann Cleeves, have been back in the islands to record the third series.

The first two pilot episodes, broadcast in 2013, led to a second series a year later. Filming for six new episodes has been taking place at various locations around the islands, with the local community and the Shetland Islands Council keen to build on Shetland's growing reputation as a place that warmly welcomes film-makers. To meet the needs of the production team, roads have been closed at short notice whenever required. Local people have responded to appeals for the use of locations and the borrowing of vehicles and a boat. A number of local extras are involved, with some having to match a very specific person specification, for example a bearded, 6'2”, athletic male.

Further filming will take place in June and it's expected that the series will be seen in late 2015 or early 2016.

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