REVIEW: Shetland (S5 E5/6)

We’re almost at the end of this fifth series of Shetland, and things are starting to fall into place. At the heart of most viewers’ discussions is Olivia – the mother of murdered Daniel and the currently incarcerated Zezi. Many have said on social media, or commenting on this site, that they don’t buy her…

REVIEW: Shetland (S5 E4/6)

A few of our commenters have been lamenting the quality of this fifth series, opining that the story isn’t as strong as others previously and that something doesn’t quite ring true with Olivia, the frantic mother of murdered Daniel and the abducted Zezi. I agree with them on the second point (more on Olivia later),…

REVIEW: Shetland (S5 E3/6)

There are two things you can rely on when Shetland hits its mid-series mark. One, that Perez (and/or Tosh) will go on a little geographical sojourn (last year it was Norway), and two, Jimmy will transform from the mild-mannered, softly-burred, overcoated dreamboat to Angry Jimmy. Like clockwork, both of these things happened in this third,…

REVIEW: Shetland (S5 E2/6)

Last week, the series five opener of this superior British crime drama saw Jimmy Perez and his team confronted with a head-scratching case – that of a young Nigerian man, Daniel, who had somehow found himself on Shetland. He ended up murdered, chopped up into pieces, body parts washing up on local beaches. By the…

REVIEW: Shetland (S5 E1/6)

One of the best British crime drama shows, Shetland, made a welcome return tonight. I say ‘best British crime drama’ because it really is, and has lots of the ingredients that make up successful and engrossing crime shows: a lead character that’s likeable and watchable, a supporting cast that exhibits the same kinds of characteristics,…

BBC confirms transmission date for series five of Shetland

Ever since last week, fans of Shetland – the BBC’s crime series based on the best-selling novels by Ann Cleeves – have been very excited: the first trailer from series five was released to the world, which meant that the series itself was just around the corner. Now we have confirmation when series five will…

BBC releases first series five trailer for Shetland

One of the more popular British crime dramas, Shetland, is on its way back to BBC One for a fifth series. The channel has released the first trailer for the new run, which is another six-parter. What do we know about the plot? On a windswept hillside, a young man waits patiently, shivering in a…

Douglas Henshall reveals Shetland series five shooting date

Series four of Shetland has been one of our favourite crime series of the year so far. Douglas Henshall and co were terrific in the six-part story, which told the story of two murders – one a decades-old cold case and a new one – a man who was released from prison for a murder…

Review: Shetland (S4 E6/6), Tuesday 20th March, BBC One

Over the past five episodes, Jimmy Perez and his team have had two murder cases to solve, quite probably connected, a trip to Norway and a fascist cop to contend with, and the fact that a probable miscarriage of justice has taken place, perpetrated by another corrupt cop. That’s quite a lot to deal with,…

Review: Shetland (S5 E5/6), Tuesday 14th March, BBC One

The eagle-eyed among our readers who have been commenting avidly during this series came up with some interesting theories after last week’s episode. Among them: look out for Lars, because he could be dodgy; look out for Kate, because she might be dodgy; and look out for Duncan, because he might have done something dodgy,…

Review: Shetland (S4 E3/6), Tuesday 27th February, BBC One

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE We were left with a DNA shocker and a revenge attack by Thomas Malone in last week’s episode, and while the fall-out from those two events continued on Shetland this week, it was all about Tosh’s trip to Norway to investigate Sally McColl’s link with Først Energy.