Shetland has been featured many, many times in various TV shows, Documentaries and Movies over the years. Unfortunately, I can not find one place that lists all of the information. This project is an attempt to collate all that is available with links to content where applicable.
Scotland’s Larder Series exploring Scottish food and cuisine, showcasing some of the culinary delights from around the country. They visited Shetland during Series 5 Episode 3 and Series 7 Episode 3. Season 5 Episode 3 – The Sea, Our sustainable larder? Season 7 Episode 3 – Sixty Degrees North
Puirt-adhair (Highland Airports) Documentary series from BBC Alba that goes behind the scenes at the airports across the Highlands and islands. Season 1 Episode 1 Season 1 Episode 2 Season 1 Episode 3 Season 1 Episode 4 Season 1 Episode 5 Season 1 Episode 6 Season 1 Episode 7 Season 1 Episode 8
Les îles Shetland, la force du vent Translating as ‘The Shetland Islands, the wind’, this French documentary takes a look at how the proposed Windfarm project could affect life in Shetland.
Summer Shetland Artist, John Busby spends some time in the north of Shetland drawing the view of gannet birds on a summer’s day. After the completion of each drawing, he transforms them into a beautiful painting.
Tim Grundy takes a look around Shetland’s archaeological sites. Originally shown on Discovery Home & Leisure around 1995/1996.
Norwegian TV drama Himmelblå popped over to Shetland to record Episode 7 of Season 3 in 2010. It is based on the British TV drama Two Thousand Acres of Sky. The bulk of this episode is in Norwegian with no subtitles. Season 3 Episode 7:-
Go, 4, 5! was a programme designed for Scottish Primaries 4 & 5. They were in Shetland in 1993 for a feature on the Braer and visited Hamnavoe. Quite painful to watch really but I am sure it will trigger a memory or two for some.
Blue Peter were in Shetland in 1973 for a feature on Up Helly Aa.
Insiders was co-hosted by Gordon Kennedy in the early 90’s. An interesting look into Shetland from a comedy viewpoint. I had forgotten all about this programme until Philip Hunter reminded me of it (cheers!). If anybody has any more information about the programme or remembers it being filmed then please let me know as Google has failed me on this one. 🙂
Postcards from the Country – BBC2 TV Series from the mid 1990s based on archive material and personal recollection, of how Britain’s countryside used to be, and how it has altered during the last half-century. Episode 7 features Shetland. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4