Holmes takes BBC Scotland lead

BBC Scotland has named a new head of drama.

Gaynor Holmes takes on the role after 14 years at the BBC, with credits including Monarch of the Glen, Waterloo Road, Ashes to Ashes, Garrow’s Law, and The Field of Blood.

She has been the BBC’s acting head of drama, Scotland, since her predecessor, Christopher Aird, was named as one of two heads of drama, London.

Gaynor Holmes

Gaynor Holmes

BBC Scotland’s 2015 drama slate includes Stonemouth, One of Us, Shetland, and River City.

Shetland gets third run

Crime drama Shetland has got the greenlight for a third season.

Shetland

Shetland

The series, which airs on BBC One in the UK, recently completed its four-part second season and will now return for a third, six-part run.

Produced by ITV Studios through BBC Scotland, it stars Douglas Henshall as the detective inspector created by author Ann Cleeves.

Shetland will be executive produced by Elaine Collins for ITV Studios and Christopher Aird for BBC Scotland.

Filming will take place next year.

New islanders join Shetland

The BBC has bolstered the cast for the return of its island crime drama Shetland.

Shetland

Shetland

Brian Cox and Julie Graham will star in the murder mystery alongside Douglas Henshall in the six-part second season of the BBC One drama, which is currently filming in Scotland.

Based on the novels by Ann Cleeves, the new run will tell the three remaining stories – Raven Black, Blue Lightning and Dead Water – in three two-part (2×60′) episodes.

Raven Black is written by Gaby Chiappe, Blue Lightning by Richard Davidson and Dead Water by David Kane.

Shetland is executive produced by Christopher Aird for the BBC and Elaine Collins for ITV Studios. It is produced by Peter Gallagher.

Source: BBC

BBC books return trip to Shetland

The BBC is returning to Shetland for an extended run after commissioning a second season of the Scottish murder-mystery drama.

Shetland

Shetland

Shetland, produced by ITV Studios, aired on BBC One last month with one story running across two parts but will now be expanded into a six-part season.

Based on the novels by Ann Cleeves, the second season will focus on the three remaining stories in the author’s Shetland series – Raven Black, Dead Water and Blue Lightning – and will be produced as three two-part stories.

Raven Black will be written by Gaby Chiappe, Dead Water by David Kane and Blue Lightning by Richard Davidson.

Filming will take place in the coming months on Shetland and in other Scottish locations.

Source: BBC