Filming has started on the fourth series of hugely solid, reliable and enjoyable BBC1 drama Shetland, which sees the return of Douglas Henshall, Alison O’Donnell, Steven Robertson, Mark Bonnar and Julie Graham alongside new faces for a six-part series filming on location in Shetland, Glasgow and Norway. Yes, you read that correctly: Norway.
Henshall returns to the lead role of DI Jimmy Perez, but there’s also new cast members who have joined Shetland for this series include Neve McIntosh, Sean McGinley, Stephen Walters, Gerard Miller, Allison McKenzie and Michael Moreland.
This new series is an original story – not adapted from an Ann Cleeves novel – which sees Perez deal with murders from the past and present with unsettling similarities. When Shetlander, Thomas Malone (played by Stephen Walters) has his murder conviction overturned after 23 years behind bars, DI Perez has to reopen the investigation into the 1994 death of local teenager, Lizzie Kilmuir.
As suspicion surrounds Malone, a local journalist is found murdered in similar circumstances and he finds himself firmly in the frame again. Has Malone fooled the system in to releasing him only to murder again? Or was he a victim of a miscarriage of justice? As pressure mounts on Perez, he must look beyond the gossip and prejudice to get to the truth.
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