Douglas Henshall reveals Shetland series five shooting date

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…

Vera begins filming series nine; plotlines revealed

Quietly and assuredly, Vera has become one of the most watched crime dramas in the UK. Adapted from multi-award-winning author Ann Cleeves’ best-selling novels, Brenda Blethyn has become one of the staples of British television because of it. Now we hear that series nine is go, and, what’s more, some plotlines have been revealed. (So…

Douglas Henshall and Ann Cleeves reveal Shetland transmission date

It’s been a long time coming, but Shetland – the series starring Douglas Henshall and based on the novels by multi-award-winning crime writer, Ann Cleeves – is almost upon us. We’ve known that series four had wrapped and was preparing for transmission, and now we know when it’ll air. Not from the BBC, as is tradition,…

Interview: Brenda Blethyn, Vera

Series seven of Vera starts tonight (Sunday 19th March) on ITV in the UK, and, as ever, it showcases the talents of one of Britain’s finest actors – Brenda Blethyn. Adapted from crime writing legend Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope novels, the series has become a bit of a Sunday-night institution. Series seven starts when Vera…

ITV announces transmission date for series seven of Vera

ITV’s adaptations of Ann Cleeves’s best-selling Vera Stanhope novels have attained national treasure status, largely thanks to the brilliant Brenda Blethyn in the lead role. Now the series is back for a seventh run, and Vera and her team are drawn into four new mysteries, including the death of a wildlife ranger left alone overnight on a…

Ann Cleeves confirms third season of Shetland for 2017

We love a bit of Shetland here at The Killing Times, that extremely watchable adaptation of Ann Cleeves’s bestselling novels starring Douglas Henshall. And, judging by the way our readers voted for it in the Euro 2016 Of Crime Drama, so do many of you out there, too. We weren’t quite sure whether the series would…

Interview: Brenda Blethyn, Vera

You know what you’re getting with Vera – solid, tightly-plotted crime drama with an outstanding central performance from Brenda Blethyn and stories that are informed as much by the northeast landscape than they are from the characters. Series six of the adaptation of Ann Cleeves’ novels is upon us this weekend, and we managed to…