Shetland gets third run

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



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.

BBC Four sets date for Hinterland

BBC Four will air Welsh drama Hinterland later this month.



The BBC Wales/BBC Four/S4C coproduction debuted earlier this year on BBC One Wales, but it will now make the transition to BBC Four from April 28.

The bilingual detective drama sees DCI Tom Mathias (Richard Harrington) leave the Met Police in London for a new life in Aberystwyth, Wales, but is barely able to settle in before he’s called to the scene of a brutal attack at an isolated chalet.

The Americans go back undercover for FX

FX has ordered a third season of period spy drama The Americans.

The Americans

The Americans

Currently mid-way through its second season, the series is about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC following the election of Ronald Reagan as president in 1981.

It was created by Joe Weisberg, who executive produces with Joel Fields, Graham Yost and Amblin Television’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.

It is produced by Fox Television Studios and FX Productions.

The cast includes Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich.

Honourable Woman travels to Scandinavia

Viewers in Scandinavia will get to see The Honourable Woman after the BBC Two drama was acquired by HBO Nordics.

The Honourable Woman

The Honourable Woman

BBC Worldwide completed the pre-sale for the series (8×69′/9×50′), which stars Maggie Gyllenhaal in her first TV role and comes from writer/director Hugo Blick.

The story is of one woman’s personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in a past life. As a young girl, Nessa Stein witnessed the assassination of her father by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. Now in her thirties, Nessa is at the forefront of the Middle East peace process. But when she awards a lucrative contract to a Palestinian businessman, who is later found dead, she finds herself under the close scrutiny of Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service.

HBO Nordics will bring the series to homes in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark.

It is produced by Drama Republic and Eight Rooks Productions, and coproduced with Sundance TV in the US.

Netflix targets Narcos

Netflix will bring to life the story of trafficker and politician Pablo Escobar in a new original series.



Wagner Moura will play the titular character in Narcos, which will be directed by Jose Padilha and produced by Gaumont International Television.

The ten-episode season will show a new take on the story of the Medellin Cartel, once the world’s most ambitious and violent trafficking organisation.

Narcos will be executive produced by Padilha, Eric Newman, Doug Miro, Carlos Bernard and Chris Brancato.

Filming will take place in Colombia, and the show will be available in all Netflix territories in early 2015.

Homeland heads to Cape Town

Production on the fourth season of Homeland will begin in South Africa this summer.



The Showtime series, based on the Israeli drama Hatufim (Prisoners of War), will start shooting in Cape Town in mid-June and continue until November.

The series will debut on the premium cable channel this autumn.

Season four finds Carrie, played by Claire Danes, assigned to one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the Middle East where she is back on the front line in the war on terror.

The series, produced by Fox 21, was developed for US television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and is based on the Israeli series by Gideon Raff.

Along with Gansa, Gordon and Raff, the executive producers for season four are Alexander Cary, Chip Johannessen, Meredith Stiehm, Avi Nir and Ran Telem.

Syfy keeps 12 Monkeys

Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film 12 Monkeys will find new life on the small screen after Syfy greenlit its pilot adaptation to series.



The US cable channel has ordered a 13-part series, including the pilot, produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment.

12 Monkeys follows the journey of a time traveller from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.

It stars Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Noah Bean and Kirk Acevedo.

Charles Roven and Richard Suckle will executive produce, with writers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett will co-executive produce. Showrunner Natalie Chaidez will also executive produce.

The drama is slated to premiere in January 2015.