Scots who fancy themselves as amateur detectives wanted for new STV TV series 'Murder Island'

STV Studios are making a brand-new television series called ‘Murder Island’ for Channel 4 and are looking for teams of ‘ordinary British people’ to try their hand at becoming detectives to solve a murder mystery.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 12:30 pm
STV's brand-new television series ‘Murder Island’ for Channel 4 are looking for teams of ‘ordinary British people’ to try their hand at becoming detectives and filming will begin in May this year (Photo: STV/ Graeme Hunter, Pixabay).

The show will focus on teams competing to see if they can be the first to identify the suspect and ‘bring them to justice.’

According to the Scottish broadcaster, the civilian ‘detectives’ will have police resources at their disposal as well as pathologists, forensic scientists and psychologists.

The ‘ideal’ candidates will be ‘true crime fanatics’ and ‘armchair detectives’ who have a ‘passion for solving crime.’

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An STV spokesperson said: “Do you think you’ve got what it takes to solve a murder mystery?

"We are looking for teams of two to take on the case.

“The civilian ‘detectives’ will have police resources at their disposal – pathologists, forensic scientists, psychologists etc.

"They will be competing to see if they can be the first to identify the suspect and bring them to justice.

"Before applying please make sure you have a team of two that are interested. This could be couples/friends/colleagues/family members etc."

Hopeful detectives must apply in teams of two with those who send in videos explaining why they want to be ‘a real life detective’ prioritised.

Questions in the application include asking applicants to explain a bit about themselves and their teammate as well as why they want to solve crime.

Keen sleuths are asked to upload a picture and video for this application with those who send in a video explaining why they want to be ‘a real life detective’ prioritised.

STV has commented that those who apply can save their application and come back to it at any time.

Filming for the new murder mystery series will take place in May this year and will adhere to covid safety rules.

The first episode is expected to air later this year.

Murder Island is a co-production with STV Studios and Motion Content Group.

The six-part series is based around a murder plot written and developed by ‘a major crime writer’, according to Channel 4.

It will see members of the public take on the role of detective and enter into a murder mystery investigation.

They will have one week to compete to find out if they’ve got what it takes to solve a murder.

The series was developed by STV Studios’ Creative Director for Factual, Craig Hunter, STV Studios’ Director of Development Lucy Hazzard and Executive Producer Jonathan Smith.

Craig Hunter, Creative Director of Factual at STV Studios, continued: “I’m thrilled to have attracted some of the best names in the industry to work on this ground-breaking new show… Blending documentary and drama, together with a gripping competitive format has never been done on this scale before. It genuinely feels like we are forging new ground and that’s incredibly exciting.”

If you think you’ve got what it takes to solve crime on ‘Murder Island’, you can apply for the show on the STV application webpage.

The deadline for application is March 28 at 12am.

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