Murder Island premieres on Channel 4 on Tuesday, October 5, at 9.30pm. The four teams of two will be given the task of working out who a fictional murder suspect is under the watchful eye of three police experts. Whoever correctly arrests the murderer first are the winners and will get their hands on £50,000.
Murder Island comes from the mind of author Ian Rankin who is behind the Inspector Rebus book series.
He plotted the entirety of the murder and investigation and with his books always a head-scratcher, it won’t be an easy case for the teams to crack.
Rankin explained: “It’s such a dangerous thing to try to do, it’s mad! But it stretched me in all kinds of ways because this isn’t normally the way I operate.
“It was a challenge but a really entertaining one, and it kept me sane in the first few months of the year when we were still in lockdown.”
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Where is Murder Island filmed?
The six-part series will be set on the fictional island of Hirsa.
Like the rest of the show, the plot and setting was made up by Rankin and so Hirsa doesn’t actually exist.
Murder Island was actually filmed on the Scottish island of Gigha during the summer of this year.
The island is part of Argyll and Bute and is the perfect location to host a realistic murder mystery game.
Found off the Kintyre coast, Gigha has a minuscule population of more than 160 people.
There are very few amenities with only one pub, shop and a primary school to serve the community.
Over the years there have been various shipwrecks along the rocks of the island which make the location look even creepier.
So this, combined with the remoteness of the island, made Gigha was an ideal filming location.
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The show will begin with the murder mystery scenario being set up for the teams.
The body of Charly Hendricks is going to be discovered at the property she has been renting from a local landlord.
With only a few clues to guide them, the contestants are going to have their work cut out for them.
But to make the show even more realistic, they will have access to real-life pathologists, forensic experts and psychologists to assist them.
The teams will also have another valuable resource at their disposal.
Three policing experts are going to be at hand to critique them every step of way, potentially giving them some idea of how they can solve the crime.
They will be former Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, Detective Sergeant with the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit and former Chief Superintendent with the Met Police Parm Sandhu.
Murder Island starts on Tuesday, October 5, at 9.30pm on Channel 4.
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