A brand new murder mystery show is coming to Channel 4 next month. Contrived by award-winning mystery writer Ian Rankin, the show will have members of the public to solve a mysterious murder case. FIlmed during the summer, it blends factual, drama and competition to create a unique and exciting new series.
Filmed on the Scottish Island of Gigha, Channel 4’s Murder Island is a six-part series that’s like a real-life Luther – with less dangling from apartment buildings. Based around a murder plot, a group of amateur detectives will compete to solve a crime building a ‘watertight case’ as they go.
Ever sat watching Luther and called what’s going to happen well before the mystery is solved? Always beat your family and friends at Cluedo – being the first one to figure who was killed where and with what? Then keep on reading as you may be the next big detective on the block.
You can watch the trailer below:
STV Studios, the production company behind the show have teamed up contestants with some of the UK’s leading senior investigating officers.
Speaking about the show, Rankin, said: “When it comes to writing a whodunit I usually call the shots, taking the reader only to the places I want them to visit and showing them only the characters I want them to see. Murder Island is different.
“The detectives can follow any strand, uncovering clues as they go and asking the suspects any questions they like. Will I manage to stay one step ahead of them? I think I’ve constructed my twistiest story yet – so let’s see.”
Kelly Webb-Lamb, deputy director of programmes and head of popular factual at Channel 4, said: “We are incredibly excited to be working with the world-renowned Ian Rankin, STV Studios and Motion in making this ambitious, challenging and genre-busting series.
“In a television first, members of the public step into the crime scene and compete to solve the murder.”
Creative director of factual at STV Studios, Craig Hunter said: “I’m thrilled that Ian agreed to work with us on this project.
“It was certainly a leap into the unknown when he set out to write the plot for Murder Island. But, in true Rankin fashion, he has created an incredible narrative, from which this exciting new format hangs…”
Melanie Darlaston, executive producer of Motion Content Group, said: “It has been a pleasure working with STV Studios on this innovative new C4 series.
“Ian Rankin’s plotline will no doubt keep our wannabe detectives – and viewers – guessing to the bitter end.”
Make sure you don’t miss it on Channel 4 at 9:30 tonight Tuesday 5th October and watch on Catch Up here.