Series four of Shetland has been one of our favourite crime series of the year so far.
Douglas Henshall and co were terrific in the six-part story, which told the story of two murders – one a decades-old cold case and a new one – a man who was released from prison for a murder he did not commit, and the revelation of long-held familial secrets. All this was, as is customary with Shetland, set against that stunningly beautiful backdrop of islands themselves.
Back in February, BBC Scotland confirmed that there would be a fifth series (although there has been nothing from Beeb HQ so far to confirm that confirmation).
On a slight tangent, a recent survey’s result concluded that nearly one-third of people who visited Shetland last year were influenced by TV shows like the BBC crime drama set in the isles. A new survey commissioned by Shetland Islands Council and VisitScotland showed 28 per cent of visitors were inspired to head north after seeing the remote islands on TV.
So as far as Shetland is concerned, you can see the impact it’s having on viewers and tourism.
The series star, Douglas Henshall, tweeted this today:
Whether series five will be another six-parter (and indeed whether it will feature one story or, say, three across the series) is yet to be confirmed.
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