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'Shetland' gets full six-part series on BBC One

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BBC One has ordered more episodes of crime drama Shetland.

The show - based on Ann Cleeves's novels - will return for a new six-part series, comprised of three two-parters.

Douglas Henshall as Jimmy Perez in 'Shetland'

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Douglas Henshall as Jimmy Perez in 'Shetland'



Douglas Henshall will reprise the lead role of Detective Jimmy Perez for filming this summer, ahead of a 2014 broadcast.

ITV Studios exec Elaine Collins said: "I'm thrilled by the terrific response we've had to Shetland. The Scottish landscape is one of the most beautiful places on earth and I'm delighted to be given the opportunity to work again with Douglas Henshall and the team on Ann Cleeves's wonderful Shetland stories."

Shetland launched as a pilot two-parter last month, opening with 6.4m viewers.

The new episodes will be based on Cleeves's stories Raven Black, Dead Water and Blue Lightning.

Shetland actor Steven Robertson - who plays PC Sandy Wilson - previously spoke to Digital Spy about his hopes for a full series.

"I knew that people wanted Shetland to happen on television," the actor said. "Now we've made this pilot and hopefully, God willing, there'll be a series as well."

> Primeval star Douglas Henshall for BBC One drama Shetland

Watch a trailer for Shetland below:

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