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

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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, but so far Shetland has taken these myriad elements and woven them together expertly. It only remained for us to find out who really kill Lizzie Kilmuir and Sally McColl and whether they were the same person. Continue reading

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

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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, too. I love it when our readers engage with a show and come up with their own theories – it just shows you what an engaging series Shetland is. Continue reading

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

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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. Continue reading

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

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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 subsequently freed from jail, and original investigating officer Drew McColl, whose investigative journalist daughter Sally is the latest victim.  Continue reading

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

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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 his grief on his sleeve like others, his relationship with Tosh (another hugely likeable character) is lovely, and, of course, the crime stories themselves lend themselves to deep characterisation, and old, small communities. All these ingredients were present in the first of this fourth series. Continue reading

Douglas Henshall and Ann Cleeves reveal Shetland transmission date

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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, but the two main creative forces behind the show. Continue reading