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Telly for Savalas with Shetland

The Scottish audio post company describes “incredibly exciting creative challenge” on BBC programme.

Savalas Sound, Scotland’s largest audio post-production facility, has been briefed with creating the “spectacular sonic landscape” of series two of BBC One crime drama Shetland.

Set on the remote island archipelago of the same name, the challenge presented to the team at Savalas was to record the unique settings and environments synonymous with Shetland’s rugged and isolated terrain.

“To capture the essence of Shetland, we really had to go there,” explains series dubbing mixer and Savalas managing director Kahl Henderson. “We spent six days touring the islands, recording beaches, harbours, clifftops, towns and wildlife. The local dialect is a huge part of the sound of Shetland, so we corralled lots of willing Shetlanders into [Lerwick cinema] Mareel and recorded them as they pretended to be police officers and the like. These recordings became the basis for the show’s soundtrack and, along with the original production audio … and John Lunn’s amazing score, the sound of Shetland emerged.

“As a group of islands, it doesn’t look or sound like anywhere else – and that’s an incredibly exciting creative challenge.”

The entire second series of Shetland is now available on BBC iPlayer.