Shetland season 7: Douglas Henshall interview

The seventh series of Shetland is almost upon us, and you’ll know that it is Douglas Henshall’s last as DCI Jimmy Perez.

Here’s what Henshall had to say about the series…

The last series ended on a cliff-hanger with Perez being read his rights and Duncan handing himself into the police – how does Perez feel about all this?
It just all felt a little like he’d be stitched up to be fair. It’s sullied his view of what he does. I think he’s getting to that point of his career where he’s beginning to doubt whether he has a future doing what he does. Perez is becoming a bit disenchanted with his life the way it is – those little doubts have started to creep in and he’s questioning whether he’s doing the right thing or not. There are lots of things niggling him.

Case aside, Perez has also met Meg (Lucianne McEvoy) and it’s in the very early stages of their will-they-won’t-they? relationship, his dad’s dead and Duncan is in prison – he’s a lot going on, as ever.

What case will Perez and his team be investigating this time around?
It seems as though it’s a missing person, but then it becomes murkier and murkier as it goes along. I really love that there’s no dead body at the start of this new series, and the suspense of that is great.

This series also sees guest stars including Shauna MacDonald, Laurie Brett and Patrick Robinson – what is it like having guests on the show?
One of the great good fortunes of Shetland is we’ve had so many great guests to come in over the years, and Shauna, Laurie and Patrick have done an amazing job in this new series. They join the list of great actors we’ve been lucky enough to have in the show over the years including Archie Panjabi, Ciaran Hinds and many, many more.

I don’t think there’s a lot of shows like ours. It isn’t big and shouty, it’s subtle and quite nuanced. We’ve explored lots of things that TV shows don’t and I think all of those things are partly what kept our audience loyal to us. It’s wonderful.

Perez is often unlucky in love – is happiness on the horizon with nurse Meg?
You never know, but as with anything to do with Perez and the opposite sex, it’s never straightforward. Meg’s got his head like a washing machine. I think once you get to a certain age there’re a lot more questions that you have to ask of yourself, of a significant other. I think the conversations you have are a lot different because there’s baggage there. But as long as there’s hope, there’s a way forward.

It’s a big moment for Shetland as you bid farewell to DI Perez, why did you decide to leave now?
I decided to leave a few years ago because I felt that his story was coming to a natural end – it was time to find a resolution to Perez’s private life. I never wanted to ruin the things that were unique to him and our series, so it felt like the right time to wrap up his story in a way that would be satisfactory to everybody.

I am aware we’re not changing the world in any way, shape or form, but as far as crime shows go, Shetland does really well in that genre. We tell stories that are very good, the characters are great and I wanted to go out on a high.

You’ve played Perez for nearly a decade now, will you be sad to say goodbye to him?
Yes, I am, actually. But I think it was always going to be sad. It will be nice to play somebody who isn’t so irredeemably good as Perez! I’ll miss him as a person I crawl into every now and again because I liked him, he’s a nice man. I enjoyed playing Perez and exploring the complications of his life. Flawed humans are always the most interesting to play because I feel they are the most truthful.

I’d love to play a baddie again, that would be fun – I used to get asked to be the baddie lots in the past. I don’t know what the future holds, I mean, I don’t fancy playing a policeman for a while!

Was it hard to keep your exit a secret, and how did you feel filming your last scenes?
The last thing I would want to do was give it away but it feels a bit real and weird now. Once this series is over on TV, it’s over [for Douglas Henshall] – I don’t think it will feel real until that moment, for me.

My last scenes were filmed in a car park in Kilmacolm, which was very odd. We’d tried to wrap three times, but because of Covid it kept being put back, so it felt a little anticlimactic in the end. I did say a few words of thanks to everyone who was there but it’s impossible to encapsulate tem years of work. Shetland has meant a lot to me and it’s going to take some time to sink in that I’ve left the show.

Will Perez always hold a special place for you?
Oh yes, absolutely! He’s one of my favourite characters and it’s been a real privilege to play him. We got very lucky with lots of things – I even got to dress him for a while, including choosing the pea coat which is now famous. I chose not to keep the coat, though – I kind of figure I can never wear a pea coat again!

I did take a couple of key items from the set including the incident board from the police station. I got it for my daughter. After all the gruesome things that have been up on that board over the years, I thought it was a bit of karma to have a little child drawing pictures of flowers and houses on it. I also took a painting from Jimmy’s house, which is by a Shetland artist and I’ll be hanging it somewhere special in our home.

And any final words?
My final series has a really great story at its heart and it’s very much the Shetland the audience know and love. I hope people have enjoyed watching Perez over the years as much as I’ve enjoyed playing him. I’m going to miss Jimmy Perez. 

Shetland season 7: Wednesday 10th August, 9pm, BBC One


Netflix releases new trailer for Delhi Crime season 2

Delhi Crime is on its way back to Netflix for a second season, and we have a trailer to get us in the mood.

Shefali Shah stars as DCP Vartika Chaturvedi, aka Madam Sir, who is back with her trusted team as a series of ghastly murders in Delhi keeps them on their toes. With escalating public fear and the media demanding answers, Madam Sir is forced to make some tough choices. Will the Delhi Police force manage to track down these ruthless criminals in time?

The series also stars Rasika Dugal, Rajesh Tailang, Adil Hussain, Anurag Arora, Yashaswini Dayama, Sidharth Bhardwaj, Gopal Dutt, Denzil Smith, Tillotama Shome, Jatin Goswami, Vyom Yadav and Ankit Sharma.

The series starts on the streamer on 26th August.

Fargo season 5 cast revealed

We got incredibly excited when it was announced that a fifth season of Fargo was confirmed.

And now we know who’s going to be in it and some of the plot details.

British actress Juno Temple, former Mad Men star Jon Hamm and Jennifer Jason Leigh headline the cast, wich also includes Stranger Things alum Joe Keery, Lamorne Morris and Richa Moorjani.

We also get a slither of detail. Set in 2019, the series will answer two questions: When is a kidnapping not a kidnapping, and what if your wife isn’t yours?

More news as we get it.


The Madame Blanc Mysteries renewed by Channel 5

The Madame Blanc Mysteries is getting a second series on Channel 5, as well as a festive special.

The series sees renowned and respected antiques dealer, Jean White (played by Sally Lindsay), return fresh from surviving an attempt on her life by the duplicitous Barbara. Across the series, Jean’s expertise in the world of antiquities proves once again the key to solving a series of murders and mysteries against the backdrop of the beautiful French village of Sainte Victoire.

The second series will kick off with a Christmas Special later this year.

In the festive special we see Jean coming to the aid of Chief of Police Caron, played by Alex Gaumond, who finds himself on the other side of the interview table accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

Across the rest of the series, we’ll also find Jean and Dom; played by Steve Edge, growing ever closer. But will friendship finally grow into something more?

Love rolls into town for Gloria in the form of a new local cabbie and Barbara, still at large, has deadly plans to finally finish what she began in the first series.

Nicola Walker crime drama Annika confirmed for season 2

Nicola Walker’s crime drama, Annika, is getting a second series.

The show’s home – Alibi – tweeted out an image as production began today (Monday 8th August).

The series is based on the hugely successful BBC Radio 4 drama, written by Nick Walker. The second series will see the return of Nicola Walker as DI Annika Strandhed, Jamie Sives as DS Michael McAndrews, Katie Leung as DC Blair Ferguson and Ukweli Roach as DS Tyrone Clarke. Silvie Furneaux also reprises her role as Annika Strandhed’s daughter, Morgan.

Expect this in 2023.