REVIEW Shetland (S6 E2/6)

Halfway through episode two of this new series of Shetland, Jimmy Perez looks exasperatedly at the witness board and bemoans the fact that they have a bunch of suspects that have no connection to each other. I knew the feeling. As good as it is to have Shetland back, I get the feeling that the…

REVIEW Shetland (S6 E1/6)

Isn’t it strange. The bleaker and more stark the landscape is – and the less populated an island or country is – the more comforting a crime drama seems to be. Take Shetland for example. Now on to its sixth series, this hardy perennial is set on those beautiful, windswept islands north of Scotland, and…

First trailer released for Shetland series six

As we all know, series six of Shetland is starting next week. The forthcoming new series centres on the doorstep murder of a prominent local figure, a case which strikes at the heart of the Shetland Isles and its people. As Perez and his team uncover a kaleidoscope of motives for the murder, their investigation…

Shetland series six gets transmission date

We knew that series six of Shetland was just around the corner, and now BBC One has confirmed its start date. The forthcoming new series centres on the doorstep murder of a prominent local figure, a case which strikes at the heart of the Shetland Isles and its people. As Perez and his team uncover…

BBC reveals first look image from series six of Shetland

The BBC has released a first-look image from series of Shetland. The BBC One hit returns to our screens in the autumn (soon, then!) and we now know more about the series. The forthcoming new series centres on the doorstep murder of a prominent local figure, a case which strikes at the heart of the…

SHETLAND Series to resume filming season six and seven in April

BBC One favourite Shetland will resume filming in April. The drama, starring Douglas Henshall, will continue to film back-to-back series on the Scottish island. Award-winning writer of the novels, Ann Cleeves, quote-tweeted a message from the revered Shetland Library, who celebrated the fact Henshall and the crew were coming back to island. Cleeves said: “Well,…

REVIEW: Shetland (S5 E6/6)

It so it came to pass … it was time to find out whether my theory that Alice – the woman who Jimmy Perez had fallen for – was behind the people trafficking ring on Shetland. It would’ve made sense both in this story and as a dramatic development in Jimmy’s life – he’s suffered…

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 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…