REVIEW Shetland (S7 E6/6)

After nine years and 38 episodes, this was the moment Douglas Henshall bid farewell to Jimmy Perez, the Shetland islands’ very own chief protector and high sheriff. Like all the best crime characters, Henshall and Perez seemed a perfect match – Henshall’s friendly, soft features belying a simmering passion and old-fashioned masculinity beneath the surface….

REVIEW Shetland (S7 E5/6)

Not long to go now. In this penultimate episode of not only the series and of Jimmy Perez’s stewardship of the islands, but there were also a lot of twists. A lot. Series seven is certainly giving us bang for our buck when it comes to surprises. At the end of episode four, Connor Cairns’…

REVIEW Shetland (S7 E4/6)

Well, thank goodness for that. At the end of episode three, we were left with an agonising cliffhanger – Tosh, beloved Tosh, was snooping around a caravan hired by missing Connor Cairns and rigged to its eyeballs with explosives. Surely Tosh couldn’t go up with the rest of the caravan? Thankfully no. She (somehow) managed…

REVIEW Shetland (S7 E3/6)

After a solid start to series seven – including an excursion to Glasgow on the mainland, no less – things really moved on in this episode. Jimmy and co, having ruled out any involvement by Danny Cairns in the disappearance of his son Connor were facing a dead end, especially as the young fellow was…

REVIEW Shetland (S7 E2/6)

After last week’s strong start, this week Shetland went on a little excursion. And let’s face it, Shetland loves an excursion or two. Norway, onto mainland Scotland… Jimmy’s been to them all during the show’s long history. And in this episode – only the second episode of the series – Jimmy was off again, and…

REVIEW Shetland (S7 E1/6)

If you’re a crime drama fan and haven’t heard the news that this seventh series of Shetland is to be Douglas Henshall’s last, where have you been? As for the strategy of releasing this news prior to series transmission, I’m torn. Telling people and making a big deal about the fact that DI Jimmy Perez…

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…

Shetland season 7: Douglas Henshall reveals transmission date

As we now all know, season 7 of Shetland will be Douglas Henshall’s last as DI Jimmy Perez. We now not only know what the six-part series will be about but also when it’ll be on – thanks to Henshall himself. On return from suspension, DI Perez reunites with Tosh as they meet the owners…

Shetland: Douglas Henshall quits series

Shetland has now – quietly and assuredly – become one of the BBC’s marquee, long-running crime series. The beloved show is about to drop its seventh series, but something else has dropped today (Wednesday 20th July)… a real bombshell: star Douglas Henshall has quit the series. Speaking with the Radio Times, Henshall – who plays…

REVIEW Shetland (S6 E6/6)

Throughout this series, I’ve been trying to figure out a unifying theme that has bound these episodes together. It really has been all over the place in terms of tone, texture and plot strands, but now we know who killed Galbraith, Eamonn Gauldie and Marie-Ann – and poor Sister Carolyn – I can safely say…

REVIEW Shetland (S6 E5/6)

After the last two episodes, where the Logan Creggan storyline (literally) exploded, I hoped that this series might calm down a little bit and get back to what it does best. And in many respects it did. With that emotional Creggan storyline out of the way, and Creggan as a suspect now out of the…

REVIEW Shetland (S6 E4/6)

Oh Shetland, what have you done? What have you become? This fourth episode ended with a twist… and it was a twist I saw coming. Throughout this series, as you would expect in any crime drama, suspects have been built up and processed and eliminated along the way. One suspect – Logan Creggan – has…