Bloodlands
Series 1 DVD cover
GenreCrime Drama
Created byChris Brandon
Written by
  • Chris Brandon
Directed by
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
ProducerChristopher Hall
Production locationNorthern Ireland
Running time57 minutes
Production companyHTM Television
Original release
NetworkBBC One
Release21 February 2021 (2021-02-21) –
present

Bloodlands is a police procedural television series set in Northern Ireland that premiered on BBC One on 21 February 2021. It was created by Chris Brandon and developed by HTM Television,[1] a joint venture between Hat Trick Productions and the producer Jed Mercurio.[2][3][4][5][6] The show was renewed for a second series on 14 March 2021,[7] with filming commencing in February 2022.[8]

Bloodlands was filmed mainly in the rural area around Strangford Lough in the east of Northern Ireland.[9][10][11][12][13]

Cast

Series 1

Series 2

Reception

Reviews

The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the series an 83% approval rating, with an average rating of 6.9/10, based on 24 reviews. The critical consensus reads, "Bloodlands at times threatens to buckle under the weight of its heavy load, but thrilling twists and incredible performances hold steady to create an engaging, challenging viewing experience.”[18] On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 76 out of 100 based on 9 reviews, indicating "generally favourable reviews”.[18]

Abby Robinson, reviewing for Digital Spy, described the opening episode of the drama as "heavily plot-driven, which comes at the expense of character developments" and gave it three out of five.[19] Lucy Mangan of The Guardian, described the drama as "enjoyably dense with enough black humour to let it breathe" and gave it four out of five.[20] Ed Power said the first episode of the series was "So grim – and a seriously bad advertisement for a weekend break in Belfast" when reviewing on behalf of The Irish Times,[21] and Lauren Morris, reviewing on behalf of the Radio Times called it "An unpredictable thriller with all the hallmarks of a Jed Mercurio drama".[22]

Awards and nominations

Year Category Award Nominee Result
2021 Best Actor in a Lead Role - Drama Irish Film and Television Awards James Nesbitt Nominated[23]
2022 Best Actor in a Series, Drama/Genre Satellite Awards James Nesbitt Nominated[24]

Episodes

Series overview

SeriesEpisodesOriginally airedAverage viewership
(in millions)
First airedLast aired
1421 February 2021 (2021-02-21)14 March 2021 (2021-03-14)9.24
2618 September 2022 (2022-09-18)23 October 2022 (2022-10-23)TBA

Series 1 (2021)

No.TitleOriginal air dateU.K. viewers
(millions) [25]
1"Episode One[26]"21 February 2021 (2021-02-21)10.32[27]
2"Episode Two[28]"28 February 2021 (2021-02-28)9.22
3"Episode Three[29]"7 March 2021 (2021-03-07)9.28
4"Episode Four[30]"14 March 2021 (2021-03-14)8.15

Series 2 (2022)

No.TitleOriginal air dateU.K. viewers
(millions) [25]
1"Episode One[31]"18 September 2022 (2022-09-18)3.87[32]
2"Episode Two[33]"25 September 2022 (2022-09-25)3.33[34]
3"Episode Three[35]"2 October 2022 (2022-10-02)3.33[36]
4"Episode Four[37]"9 October 2022 (2022-10-09)3.72
5"Episode Five[38]"16 October 2022 (2022-10-16)3.65
6"Episode Six[39]"23 October 2022 (2022-10-23)3.84

Broadcast

Series 1 was streamed on Acorn TV in the United States and Canada in 2021.[40] Series 2 was streamed on Acorn TV in February 2023.[41]

References

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  5. ^ "This week's home entertainment: from Bloodlands to Love, Victor". The Guardian. 19 February 2021. Archived from the original on 20 February 2021. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Bloodlands: A thriller set in the so-called 'new Northern Ireland'". The Irish Times. 21 February 2021. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
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  13. ^ "Bloodlands: Cast of new Northern Ireland crime thriller and where you know them from, 17 February 2021". BelfastLive. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Bloodlands is "a classic Jed Mercurio thriller", promises James Nesbitt". Radio Times. 9 February 2021. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Bloodlands' James Nesbitt "galled" never to have been considered for Line of Duty by Jed Mercurio, 15 February 2021". Radio Times. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
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  19. ^ Robinson, Abby (21 February 2021). "Bloodlands review: Is the Line of Duty creator's new project Bloodlands a hit?". Digital Spy.
  20. ^ Mangan, Lucy (21 February 2021). "Bloodlands review: James Nesbitt digs up the Troubles in tense thriller". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  21. ^ Power, Ed (21 February 2021). "Bloodlands review: So grim – and a seriously bad advertisement for a weekend break in Belfast". Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  22. ^ Morris, Lauren (21 February 2021). "Bloodlands review: An unpredictable thriller with all the hallmarks of a Jed Mercurio drama". Radio Times. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
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