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.

Review: Shetland (S4 E2/6), Tuesday 20th February, BBC One

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE Episode one of the fourth series of Shetland presented us with two cases – a potential miscarriage of justice in the murder of Lizzie Kilmuir 25 years ago and the murder of journalist Sally McColl mere days earlier. The common denominators? Thomas Malone, who was sent down for Lizzie’s murder and has been…

Review: Shetland (S4 E1/6), Tuesday 13th February, BBC One

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE There has always been something – actually, several things – immensely watchable about Shetland, the series based on and then inspired by the books by award-winning crime writer, Ann Cleeves. The islands themselves always look stunning, Dougie Henshall’s Jimmy Perez is one of the good guys in crime drama and doesn’t wear…

Douglas Henshall and Ann Cleeves reveal Shetland transmission date

It’s been a long time coming, but Shetland – the series starring Douglas Henshall and based on the novels by multi-award-winning crime writer, Ann Cleeves – is almost upon us. We’ve known that series four had wrapped and was preparing for transmission, and now we know when it’ll air. Not from the BBC, as is tradition,…

Filming begins on series four of Shetland

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.

Review: In Plain Sight (S1 E3/3), Wednesday 21st December, ITV

With Peter Manuel the prime suspect in the disappearance of Isabelle Cooke, Superintendent Muncie is astonished to see the psycho striding into his station. Manuel’s confident he can still talk his way out of anything; and without a body, Muncie has nothing to go on. Or does he? Muncie’s hoping that an associate, Joe Brannan, will…

Review: In Plain Sight (S1 E2/3), Wednesday 14th December, ITV

With the revengeful Peter Manuel having evaded justice once, he now embarks on a murder spree, his first victim a young army girl. Inspector Muncie certainly suspects Manuel, and thinks his parents are protecting him, but he can’t prove anything. Worse, Manuel is out on bail for a burglary, and seems likely to offend again, planning…

Review: In Plain Sight (S1 E1/3), Wednesday 7th December, ITV

Scotland in 1955 can’t have been the most exciting place to live, so the career of serial killer Peter Manuel (Martin Compston) must have at least broken the monotony in the curtain-twitching community of Uddingston, Lanarkshire. About the only other action would have been at the local Tunnock’s biscuit factory, clearly advertised on the double-decker buses….