Murder Island: how to apply for next series of Ian Rankin’s Channel 4 show - and requirements explained

Expert detectives will judge the wannabes on their ability to solve the murder case (Picture: Channel 4)

Channel 4’s latest murder mystery series, Murder Island, aims at giving eight regular members of the public a chance to put their amateur detective skills to the test.

If you are a Line of Duty, Vera or Vigil fan, you will have surely engaged in some “I know who done it” conspiracy while watching your favourite onscreen detectives.

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Fancy a chance at proving you could solve a murder on a remote Scottish island? Then you’ll be hoping Channel 4 will commission a second series of the show.

Here’s what the application requirements for series one included, what the show is about and how to apply to be a ‘Murder Island’ detective.

Who can apply to be on Murder Island?

The show aims at finding crime investigation enthusiasts who could solve a realistic murder case.

Scottish writer Ian Rankin wrote the plot for the show, with eight pairs of civilians tasked with proving they have solved the case.

Scottish author Ian Rankin wrote the plot for the new Channel 4 series

The advert for the current series asked for “ pairs of ordinary British people to turn into detectives to try and solve the murder mystery case.”

Posted on Mensa.org, the advert read: “Are you a wannabe Morse, a latter-day Sherlock or even an armchair DI Neville Parker? If so, a new television series is looking for you to take part in a murder mystery detective challenge.

“Production company STV Studios, based in Glasgow, is making a new television series for Channel 4 called Murder Island, and wants pairs of ordinary British people to turn into detectives to try and solve the murder mystery case.

Participants on the show are armed with police resources at their disposal – pathologists, forensic scientists, psychologists and more.

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

When can I apply to be on Murder Island?

As series one has only just began, a second chance to be on the show has not yet been offered as the success of the initial season will determine whether Channel 4 will commission it for a further series.

However, Murder Island recruiters did post a hint at future series on the official website for the series.

The statement read: “We have found our detective teams for this year.

“Due to the high number of applications we are not able to get back to unsuccessful applicants.

“Thank you so much to everyone who applied. Look out for future series!

“The Murder Island Team x”

This article will be updated if and when applications open for another series.

When is Murder Island on TV?

The first episode of Murder Island aired on Channel 4 on Tuesday October 5 at 9.30pm.

There are six episodes in the series, with one airing each week.

All episodes will also be released onto Channel 4’s streaming site, All 4.