Shetland (TV series)

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Series title over a view of the sea and cliff
GenreCrime drama
Created byAnn Cleeves
ComposerJohn Lunn
Country of originScotland
Original languagesEnglish, Shetland Scots
No. of series7
No. of episodes38
Executive producers
  • Christopher Aird
  • Elaine Collins
  • Kate Bartlett
  • Sue de Beauvoir
  • Peter Gallagher
  • Eric Coulter
  • Gavin Struthers
  • Jean-Philippe Gossart
  • Tim Palmer
  • Stijn Van der Veken
  • Joris Brouwers
  • Melanie Viner-Cuneo
  • David Fisher
  • Simon Starling
Running time57 minutes
Production companiesITV Studios (2013–2016)
Silverprint Pictures (2018–present)
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkBBC One
Picture format1080i HDTV
Audio formatStereo
Original release10 March 2013 (2013-03-10) –

Shetland is a Scottish crime drama series made by ITV Studios for BBC Scotland and first broadcast on BBC One on 10 March 2013. Based upon the novels of Ann Cleeves and adapted for television by David Kane, who has remained a principal writer throughout, it stars Douglas Henshall as DI Jimmy Pérez. Also starring are Alison O'Donnell as DS Alison "Tosh" McIntosh, Steven Robertson as DC Sandy Wilson and Mark Bonnar as Duncan Hunter. Lewis Howden, Erin Armstrong, Julie Graham and Anne Kidd are also principal members of the cast. Henshall won the 2016 BAFTA Scotland award for best actor and the series received the award for Best TV Drama.[1] From Series 8 (2023), Ashley Jensen stars as DI Ruth Calder, replacing Henshall.

The stories take place largely on the eponymous archipelago, although some of the filming takes place on the Scottish mainland.[2] Most, but not all, exterior location filming takes place in Shetland; in 2021, filming of series 6 and 7 took place in Shetland in two segments, each of about six weeks’ duration. Interiors may be filmed in either Shetland or in west central Scotland.[3]

On 2 December 2019, BBC One announced that two further series were intended for 2020 and 2021 with Henshall and O’Donnell returning in their roles.[4] Production had to be postponed due to COVID-19. Series 6 broadcast began on 20 October 2021 and series 7 on 10 August 2022.

On 20 July 2022, it was announced that Shetland would return in 2023 for an eighth series, however without Henshall.[5]


The first series consists of two episodes, a single two-part story based on the novel Red Bones by Ann Cleeves.[6] This series was broadcast across two nights on 10 and 11 March 2013 and was produced by Sue de Beauvoir.[7] Subsequently, a second series was commissioned by the BBC. Series two was extended to contain six episodes. These were filmed in 2013 and screened in 2014. This series features three two-part stories based on Cleeves' novels Raven Black, Dead Water, and Blue Lightning. This series was produced by Peter Gallagher.[8]

Filming began in April 2015 for a third series, which began screening in January 2016.[9] This series saw a change in format; with all six episodes covering a single story, written exclusively for television.[10] This was the first series not to adapt any of Cleeves' novels.[9] Ciarán Hinds and Anna Chancellor were among the new cast members for this series.[11] A fourth series was announced by the BBC in July 2016.[12] Again, this series is a single story played out across six episodes and written exclusively for television. Stephen Walters and Neve McIntosh were among the new cast members announced for the series. It was broadcast on BBC One beginning on 13 February 2018.[13] Series 5 was broadcast on BBC1 from 12 February 2019.[14]

During filming, the cast and crew are usually based in Glasgow[15] and other areas of mainland Scotland.[9][2] Filming often takes place in areas with landscape or buildings reminiscent of those in the Shetland Islands, such as Kilbarchan in Renfrewshire, Barrhead, where Henshall was born and grew up,[16] Ayr and Irvine, North Ayrshire. "My character’s house is actually in Kilbarchan, the interior of a couple of crofts are here [in Irvine, Ayrshire] and the police station is in Barrhead", Henshall said in a 2019 interview.[17]

Filming locations on or near Shetland have included Lerwick, the NorthLink ferry and the village of Wester Quarff, south of Lerwick.[18][19] Some filming was on Fair Isle for series 2. The Hillswick wildlife sanctuary featured in series 4.[20]

Shortly before series 7 premiered, Henshall announced that the series would be his last.[21] He was replaced by Ashley Jensen from Series 8 onwards.


Main cast[edit]

Douglas Henshall (Jimmy Perez) and Ann Cleeves (author) at Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival, 2017

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Stewart Porter as Billy McBride, police sergeant (series 2; temporarily replacing Lewis Howden)
  • Fiona Bell as Donna Killick (series 4, 6)
  • Neve McIntosh as Kate Kilmuir[22] (series 4, 6)
  • Julia Brown as Molly Kilmuir[23] (series 4, 6)
  • Jimmy Chisholm as Alec MacBay (series 4, 6)
  • Conor McCarry as PC Alex Grant (series 5–7)
  • Angus Miller as Donnie (series 5–7)

Series 1[edit]

Red Bones

Series 2[edit]

Series 3[edit]

Series 4[edit]

Series 5[edit]

Series 6[edit]

  • Cora Bissett as Eve Galbraith
  • Shona McHugh as Merran Galbraith
  • Stephen McCole as Logan Creggan
  • Kate Bracken as Lynda Morton
  • Thoren Ferguson as Eamon Gauldie
  • Andy Clark as Mick Muir
  • Lewis Gribben as Fraser Creggan
  • Sharif Dorani as Nazir Nassan
  • Julie-Yara Atz as Salma Nassan
  • Helene Maksoud as Rasha Nassan
  • Shonagh Price as Sister Carolyn/Lyn Harrison
  • Benny Young as James Pérez
  • Alec Newman as Niven Guthrie
  • Jim Sturgeon as Alex Galbraith

Series 7[edit]



SeriesEpisodesOriginally airedAverage UK viewers
First airedLast aired
1210 March 2013 (2013-03-10)11 March 2013 (2013-03-11)6.82
2611 March 2014 (2014-03-11)15 April 2014 (2014-04-15)5.70
3615 January 2016 (2016-01-15)4 March 2016 (2016-03-04)6.33
4613 February 2018 (2018-02-13)20 March 2018 (2018-03-20)6.11
5612 February 2019 (2019-02-12)19 March 2019 (2019-03-19)6.87
6620 October 2021 (2021-10-20)24 November 2021 (2021-11-24)7.28
7610 August 2022 (2022-08-10)14 September 2022 (2022-09-14)5.80

Series 1 (2013)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [25]
11"Red Bones – Part 1"Peter HoarDavid Kane10 March 2013 (2013-03-10)7.97
Elderly Shetlander Mima Wilson is found murdered on the archaeological site on the grounds of her croft. Detective Inspector Jimmy Pérez and his team investigate, and find that somehow the murder is linked to the Shetland bus.
22"Red Bones – Part 2"Peter HoarDavid Kane11 March 2013 (2013-03-11)5.68
With two murders and no strong leads, Detective Inspector Pérez and his team must apprehend the suspect before crowds descend on the Shetland Islands for Up Helly Aa, the biggest fire festival in Europe.

Series 2 (2014)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [26]
31"Raven Black – Part 1"John McKayGaby Chiappe11 March 2014 (2014-03-11)6.37
DI Jimmy Pérez and his team investigate the murder of a teenage girl whose body was found on a secluded beach, and time and again the same name crops up – that of local recluse Magnus Bain, whose home overlooks the crime scene and who had forged an unlikely friendship with the victim. But then the procurator fiscal draws attention to the unsolved disappearance of a girl named Catriona 19 years previously – a case that shares several similarities with this one.
42"Raven Black – Part 2"John McKayGaby Chiappe18 March 2014 (2014-03-18)6.16
The discovery of seven-year-old Catriona's body after almost two decades prompts Jimmy Pérez to take Magnus in for further questioning. But at the station, the recluse's distress leads to his attacking the inspector, and Magnus is sent for a psychological evaluation. Ploughing on, Pérez re-examines the evidence, but it is only when Catriona's brother reveals she had a secret hiding place at their old home – the same house where Catherine also lived – that he finally sees a glimmer of hope.
53"Dead Water – Part 1"David MooreDavid Kane25 March 2014 (2014-03-25)5.56
A journalist dies in a suspicious car accident, and when it turns out he was an old friend of Pérez's, a forensic scientist is called in to ensure an objective view of the case. As the team awaits her results, they look into the reasons for the victim's return to the island and find he was chasing a lead about plans for a controversial new gas pipeline.
64"Dead Water – Part 2"David MooreDavid Kane1 April 2014 (2014-04-01)5.53
The discovery of John Henderson's body leads DI Pérez to wonder if this second killing is linked to the death of his journalist friend Jerry, a theory given greater weight by forensic investigator Willow Reeves' finds. But then the case takes another surprising turn with the arrival of Jerry's fiancee, carrying a memory stick he gave to her for safekeeping several weeks earlier.
75"Blue Lightning – Part 1"Stewart SvaasandRichard Davidson8 April 2014 (2014-04-08)5.29
A scientist is found dead in the bird observatory on Fair Isle, Pérez's childhood home, so Pérez and Tosh make their way across to the island, where they are greeted by Pérez's father – just before flights are grounded by incoming storms. Working alone and without a forensic team, the detectives talk to the victim's friends, family, and colleagues – and as tensions run high, the storm forces Pérez and the suspects to remain together under a single roof.
86"Blue Lightning – Part 2"Stewart SvaasandRichard Davidson15 April 2014 (2014-04-15)5.33
Time is running out for Pérez and Tosh as their prime suspect lies critically ill in hospital, but it's unclear whether the fire that put him there was a drunken accident or if he was the second victim of Anna's real killer. The DI turns his attention to Finlay Caulfield regarding the photos of Anna on his camera, and while it becomes clear he was obsessed with her, it may not be enough to charge the stalker with her murder. There are still so many unanswered questions – until Sandy spots something on the CCTV footage that takes the investigation in a new direction.

Series 3 (2016)[edit]

The broadcast of Episode 6 was delayed due to coverage of an FA Cup replay being broadcast. In contrast to Season 2 (3, 2-part episodes), Season 3 is one 6-part story.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [26]
91"Episode 1"Thaddeus O'SullivanGaby Chiappe15 January 2016 (2016-01-15)6.82
When a young man disappears on a ferry crossing and a small boy ends up in intensive care after overdosing on Ecstasy, Pérez and the team become convinced the two events are connected.
102"Episode 2"Thaddeus O'SullivanRobert Murphy22 January 2016 (2016-01-22)6.02
Pérez grows convinced that Michael Maguire is implicated in the grisly death of a young man, discovered in a shipping container.
113"Episode 3"Thaddeus O'SullivanRobert Murphy5 February 2016 (2016-02-05)6.21
Pérez and Tosh's investigation leads them to Glasgow, where they hope to uncover the truth behind Maguire's brutal death and his connection to Robbie Morton. Old ghosts return to haunt Pérez, with his enemies trying to prevent him from getting to the truth.
124"Episode 4"Jan MatthysGaby Chiappe & Alexander Perrin12 February 2016 (2016-02-12)6.26
Pérez and the team are determined to track down the person who aided Michael Thompson's killer, but as the case gathers pace, the officers involved find they are all under threat. Sandy comes across the killer by chance in a ruined building, and is knocked out. Tosh, returning from Glasgow, is abducted at the airport.
135"Episode 5"Jan MatthysGaby Chiappe19 February 2016 (2016-02-19)6.55
Tosh returns apparently unharmed, but the truth later comes out. Pérez continues to investigate the double murder case, but finds bureaucracy getting in the way, until he tracks down a rape victim and discovers that her attacker was the son of Phyllis Brennan.
146"Episode 6"Jan MatthysDavid Kane4 March 2016 (2016-03-04)6.14
Pérez and the team discover that the person responsible for the deaths of Robbie Morton and Michael Thompson is closer to home than they had thought.

Series 4 (2018)[edit]

The broadcast of Episode 3 was delayed by 24 hours due to the broadcast of an FA Cup replay.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [26]
151"Episode 1"Lee Haven JonesDavid Kane13 February 2018 (2018-02-13)6.72
Pérez and the team are forced to re-open a 23-year-old cold case when convicted murderer, Thomas Malone, is released from prison. The case concerns teenager Lizzie Kilmuir, who was found strangled to death on a kiln. Upon returning to Shetland, Thomas tries to make amends with Lizzie's twin sister, Kate. Meanwhile, local journalist Sally McColl attends the Shetland Folk Festival with a group of her friends, but doesn't return home later that evening. The next day, she is found strangled to death on a kiln, in what looks like a copycat of Lizzie's murder. Pérez is forced to break the news to Drew, Sally's father and a former police officer who led the investigation into Lizzie's murder.
162"Episode 2"Lee Haven JonesLouise Ironside20 February 2018 (2018-02-20)6.28
Pérez sets out to find out who attacked Thomas, and circumstances point to Benny Ray. Sandy interviews Jo Halley, who claims she saw Sally arguing with someone in Norwegian at the folk festival. Alan Killick reveals that he had realized that Sally had been lying to him when she was alive. A DNA test on a hair found on Lizzie Kilmuir's scarf reveals it is a relative of Alan. However, when Alan's deceased father is tested, it turns out they are not related. Tosh interviews employees at Forst energy, a Norwegian company that Sally had been investigating, and finds a lead from Robbie's wife, but it runs cold when she is paid off. Pérez learns that Thomas's trial was unethical, partly because Benny Ray, who testified against Thomas, was a paid informant.
173"Episode 3"Lee Haven JonesPaul Logue28 February 2018 (2018-02-28)6.08
Tosh heads to Norway to track down the mysterious Andreas Hagan, where she meets detective Lars Bleymann, who takes an instant shine to her. Finding herself drawn into a murky world of far right campaigners, Tosh is alarmed when she returns to her hotel room later that night and finds someone going through her belongings. Pérez interviews Donna after receiving the results of the DNA test.
184"Episode 4"Rebecca GatwardDavid Kane6 March 2018 (2018-03-06)5.31
Pérez and Tosh find themselves being pursued by the secret service as their investigation in Norway continues, but when their prime suspect, Mathias Soderland, is found shot in the head whilst bearing a sign reading "traitor", they are forced to return to Shetland. Pérez questions Duncan about a videotape of a birthday party which Lizzie attended in the days before her death, in which he was present. Sandy receives a distress call from Jo Halley and arrives at her croft to find it has been ransacked.
195"Episode 5"Rebecca GatwardDavid Kane13 March 2018 (2018-03-13)[27]6.21
Tosh begins to question if Lars could somehow be involved in Sally's murder after picking up that he knew about roadworks that took place on the island a week before he arrived. A review of the CCTV footage of Sally arriving in Norway reveals that her keychain holds a memory stick which contains video footage of Lars attending an NDA meeting. Under scrutiny, Lars admits having assaulted Jo Halley but denies being involved in the murders, claiming that he was witness to the argument between Sally and another man on the night of her death, but Pérez is shocked when Lars identifies Duncan.
206"Episode 6"Rebecca GatwardDavid Kane20 March 2018 (2018-03-20)[28]6.10
Jimmy realises that he has no choice but to bring Duncan in for questioning. Duncan denies murdering Lizzie and Sally, but does admit to having an affair with Donna Killick. During a review of images found on Sally's memory stick, Sandy finds a picture taken on the Unst Ferry in June 1993, shortly after Lizzie was murdered, that seemingly identifies the killer. When Duncan's DNA matches the sample found on Lizzie's scarf, Jimmy is forced to break the news to Cassie that Alan is her half-brother. After Donna confesses to the murder, Drew McColl tells Pérez that he was trying to protect Donna, and that in doing so he killed his daughter, Sally. Finally cleared of both murders, Thomas suffers a fatal heart attack and dies as a free man.

Series 5 (2019)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
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211"Episode 1"Gordon AndersonDavid Kane12 February 2019 (2019-02-12)7.29
A Shetland beach is transformed once a severed hand washes up. When a bag containing further body parts is discovered the beach becomes a murder scene. Pérez quickly determines this murder has connections to a modern slave trafficking ring. The beach victim is discovered to be Daniel Ugara who was in Shetland to find his sister Zezi, both originally from Nigeria.
222"Episode 2"Gordon AndersonPaul Logue19 February 2019 (2019-02-19)6.86
After the Hayes family are questioned, suspicions are raised beyond the police and the family are brutally attacked. Pérez relates Daniel's murder and his sister Zezi's disappearance to the trafficking ring. Their estranged mother Olivia Lennox becomes increasingly distraught at both her perception of pace of the investigation and her sense of guilt regarding her absence from her children's lives. She is conflicted as she left them mainly in order to protect them from dangers in Nigeria.
233"Episode 3"Gordon AndersonDavid Kane26 February 2019 (2019-02-26)7.01
A Glasgow man, Aaron McGuire, is connected to the case; Pérez, believing McGuire is a crucial figure in the gang, travels to Glasgow. Another suspect, Callum, commits suicide whilst being held in a police cell and, as custody officer, DC Sandy Wilson is under investigation.
244"Episode 4"Isabelle SiebPaul Logue5 March 2019 (2019-03-05)6.65
Believing Zezi is still on the island, Pérez and the team continue the search for her. Lennox confronts Pérez, accusing him of failing her children.
255"Episode 5"Isabelle SiebDavid Kane12 March 2019 (2019-03-12)6.66
Another trafficked victim only known as Niki turns up dead. The pressure for Pérez to find Zezi becomes intense, as he believes she is at almost immediate risk. Lennox confronts the only surviving Hayes family member, Jamie, and offers McGuire the ransom for Zezi. Duncan Hunter, having discovered more bodies floating in the surf, is traumatised.
266"Episode 6"Isabelle SiebPaul Logue19 March 2019 (2019-03-19)6.80
Pérez focuses on who tipped off McGuire. The net starts to close in around the expected location of Zezi; despite this, Lennox is suicidal. Tosh gets a tip that leads to a break, but Pérez's involvement with Alice Brooks may compromise the case. The PIRC's recommendation about Sandy is passed down.

Series 6 (2021)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
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271"Episode 1"Max MyersDavid Kane20 October 2021 (2021-10-20)8.04
On the day of Pérez's mother's funeral, local lawyer Alex Galbraith is shot dead at his home. The team focuses in on two particular cases of Galbraith's: his defence of Donna Killick and a custody battle involving Linda Morton, a local addict. The investigation is impeded by the interference of Fraser Creggan, a local teenager who starts a true crime blog. Pérez also suspects Fraser's father, Logan, of possibly being involved due to a prior legal case. The team learn that Eamon Gauldie, a local pipeline worker, may have evidence identifying the killer.
282"Episode 2"Max MyersPaul Logue27 October 2021 (2021-10-27)7.54
Pérez is convinced that Eamon Gauldie was murdered but is forced to leave the investigation to the safety inspectors. He learns that Mick Muir, who could have prevented the accident, is Logan's brother-in-law. Donna Killick returns to the island after being released on compassionate grounds and Duncan visits her. Jimmy learns Galbraith's daughter Merran thought he was having an affair and that he was visiting Sister Caroline at a religious sanctuary. Sandy follows Lynda Morton and her dealer to a deserted property.
293"Episode 3"Max MyersDavid Kane3 November 2021 (2021-11-03)7.43
Lynda calls Jimmy for help when Curtis Galt locks her in a shipping crate, intending to flee the island with her. They are both arrested but seem to have nothing to do with Galbraith's death. Pérez and Sandy learn Molly stole and destroyed Gauldie's drone, thinking it might implicate Kate. Fraser posts a video online confessing to Galbraith's murder but Pérez releases him on realising his story doesn't match the details. A lynch mob turns up at the Creggan house.
304"Episode 4"Siri RødnesPaul Logue10 November 2021 (2021-11-10)6.95
Fraser is dead and Logan is missing. He is convinced that either Eve Galbraith or Niven Guthrie ordered the attack on his house but Pérez learns the truth is more prosaic. Tosh looks into Galbraith's involvement with Maurice Ross, an elderly man whose daughter went missing, and discovers he was keeping secrets from everyone else involved. Donnie tells Tosh that Sandy leaked the crime scene photos to Fraser.
315"Episode 5"Siri RødnesDavid Kane17 November 2021 (2021-11-17)6.76
Fiona Bedford tells Perez that Darren was tracking her phone and probably knew about her affair with Galbraith. Tosh learns that Niven paid off Carrie McAndrew's debts just before Eamon's accident. Jimmy and Tosh look into Marie-Anne Ross' disappearance and learn she was best friends with Sister Carolyn, then known as Lynn Richardson. Lynn admits she helped Galbraith, Niven, and Darren cover-up Marie-Anne's death. She is then attacked while on the phone with Jimmy. Perez supports Maggie's petition to have Donna relocated from the island. Donna gets Duncan to help her commit suicide by putting her medication in her hot chocolate. Perez realises what happened but covers it up.
326"Episode 6"Siri RødnesDavid Kane24 November 2021 (2021-11-24)7.00
Lynn dies in hospital. The police arrest Bedford and Niven. It transpires Marie-Anne died of an overdose from drugs Galbraith and Niven gave her and they buried her body in secret. Tosh discovers Niven got Carrie to tamper with the valve on the ship to give Eamon a scare. Perez realises Merran recognised her mother's doorbell ring when her father was killed: Eve murdered Alex to stop him revealing the truth about Marie-Anne, having Sister Carolyn drive her car in Lerwick to give her an alibi, then had Niven kill Carolyn. Tosh discovers she is pregnant. Donna filed a letter with her lawyer claiming Duncan was going to kill her and make it look like suicide, and Jimmy would cover it up. Duncan turns himself in for assisting suicide to protect Jimmy, but Jimmy is arrested anyway.

Series 7 (2022)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
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331"Episode 1"Max MyersDavid Kane10 August 2022 (2022-08-10)5.60
Jimmy is cleared of wrongdoing by the police commission but Duncan is in prison, while Tosh now has a daughter. Connor Cairns, a recently published graphic novelist who attempted suicide a year ago, goes missing shortly after his sister Abbie is forced off the road by a camper van. It transpires their father Danny was fired from the police after stealing drugs and getting a young dealer, Pepper Waldron, killed: Pepper's uncle and cousin, Cameron and Nicole, were driving the van but there is nothing to connect them to Connor's disappearance and Perez orders them released. A body is found in the sea but it isn't Connor.
342"Episode 2"Max MyersPaul Logue17 August 2022 (2022-08-17)5.70
Danny goes to Ayr and confronts both the Waldrons and local drug boss Matty Walker, seeking help from his old partner Jill Stevens. Perez follows but is blocked by Danny's old superior DCI Reid. Perez and Danny work out Jill killed Pepper, who was blackmailing her over her brother's drug habit. Tosh and Sandy investigate Murry Rankin, who owned a suitcase like the one the body was found in and was infatuated with Connor, and Connor's old employers the Davidsons, who were accused of dumping toxic waste. Connor's girlfriend Bryd receives a text, apparently from him, asking to meet. Next morning, she is found dead.
353"Episode 3"Max MyersDavid Kane24 August 2022 (2022-08-24)5.94
Bryd was killed in the same way as the first victim but it is unclear if it is the same killer. Abbie has the phone the message from Connor was sent from and tells Jimmy and her parents he was blackmailed into helping drug dealers in Glasgow. Connor's ring is found in the car where Bryd's body was hidden, which turns out to have been bought by his mentor Lloyd Anderson for art purposes. The Davidsons are caught with toxic waste and help the police find Connor's phone, by indicating last time they saw Connor. Jimmy speaks to Martin Otina, who had shown an interest in Bryd. Jimmy and Sandy identify the first victim as William Rodgers, an American visitor to the island. Tosh checks out a location on Connor's phone and finds an old caravan. She is trapped inside as a bomb goes off.
364"Episode 4"Siri RødnesPaul Logue31 August 2022 (2022-08-31)5.94
Tosh survives the blast but is reluctant to talk about what happened. Perez believes Connor killed Bryd while bomb expert DI Brookes thinks he might have links to terrorism. Connor is found dead on the beach: At first it is assumed he threw himself from the cliff, but later evidence suggests he was kidnapped and tortured before being murdered the same way Bryd was. Abbie is suspicious of Martin and searches his room with help from her friend Clana, discovering a hidden camera card. Sandy learns Lloyd went to school with Rodgers under a different name.
375"Episode 5"Siri RødnesDavid Kane7 September 2022 (2022-09-07)5.84
Lloyd tells Jimmy he fled the United States after being framed for the murder of a police officer, a crime for which he'd be executed. Jimmy suspects he killed Rogers, Connor and Bryd to hide his secret. Fertiliser of the kind used in the first bomb is stolen. Abbie gives Jimmy the card from Martin's camera. Martin turns out to be DI Calvin Walker of Counter-Terrorism, who suspect Rodgers, Connor and Bryd were involved in an eco-terrorist cell. Tosh suspects a message in a library book the cell were using to communicate referred to Carol Anne Manè, a ex of Donnie's who had been asking questions about her and who works at the oil terminal, but she denies everything. The team look into families who were affected by an oil tanker disaster thirty years ago. Ally Fleet, whose family lost their shipping business, aims his boat at an oil tanker but veers away at the last minute. The explosive isn't on board.
386"Episode 6"Siri RødnesDavid Kane14 September 2022 (2022-09-14)5.79
On being convinced Connor's suicide was faked, Ally admits he, Carol Anne, Connor and Bryd were part of a plan to plant a bomb at the oil terminal and phone in a warning. The mastermind behind it was Connor's publisher, Jamie Narey, whose girlfriend was killed during an anti-oil protest. Connor got cold feet when Rodgers disappeared and was tortured by Jamie to give up the location of the explosives. Seeing the police guarding the oil company office, Jaime drives into Lerwick but hesitates to set off the bomb when he sees all the people in the town center. Jimmy and his team arrive and clear the area. When the bomb squad finds no active bomb in Jamie’s van, the team realizes that he must have a smaller bomb with him. Jamie steals a car and drives with the bomb to the coast where the tanker disaster took place. There he is shot in the shoulder by police and flings the bomb away, allowing it to explode harmlessly. He confesses to killing Connor and Bryd but not Rogers. Jimmy discovers that Lloyd's girlfriend Alison killed Rodgers who had threatened to reveal his secret. Alison confesses and is taken into custody. Not wanting to send an innocent man to be executed, Jimmy lets Lloyd go before official extradition and resigns from the police, leaving Tosh in charge.

Home media[edit]

Released on DVD in Australia, Shetland, Series 1 consists of the pilot "Red Bones" and the Series 2 episodes "Raven Black", "Dead Water" and "Blue Lightning". Series 2 contains the Series 3 episodes, Series 3 contains the Series 4 episodes, and Series 4 contains the Season 5 episodes.

On Australian Region 4 DVD, The Pilot episode is stated as being Pilot and not Series 1, with the Series 2 episodes being stated as Series 1. Quote from the DVD "This DVD set includes the Pilot Red Bones and all episodes from series one Raven Black, Dead Water and Blue Lightning". However, the UK releases are Series 1 through 7 rather than Series 1 through 6 in Australia.

DVD Name Region 2 (UK) Region 4
Shetland 7 May 2014 17 September 2014
Shetland: Series 2 11 May 2016
Shetland: Series 3 7 March 2016 7 August 2019
Shetland: Series 1-3 N/A
Shetland: Series 4 26 March 2018 9 May 2018
Shetland: Series 1-4 N/A
Shetland: Series 5 15 April 2019 6 April 2022
Shetland: Series 1-5 N/A
Shetland: Series 6 13 December 2021 TBA
Shetland: Series 1-6 N/A
Shetland: Series 7 19 September 2022 N/A
Shetland: Series 1-7

International broadcasts[edit]

  • Australia: The programme airs on BBC First[31] and ABC in Australia. Series 1-4 is also available on Netflix (Series 1 and 2 are combined and listed as Series 1, then Series 3 and 4 are listed as Series 2 and 3 respectively).
  • Belgium: The programme began airing on Flemish public broadcaster VRT's main channel, één, in October 2015.[32]
  • Canada: The series is broadcast on British Columbia's Knowledge Network[33] and streamed on Netflix.[34]
  • Denmark: Danish network DR 1 began showing Shetland in October 2015.[35]
  • Germany: The series began airing on Das Erste at the end of March 2016.[36]
  • Estonia: The series began airing on ETV in September 2020.
  • Finland: Viewers in Finland were able to start watching the show from August 2015 on public broadcaster YLE's main TV1 channel, where the show was titled "Shetlandsaarten murhat."[37]
  • Ireland: The series began airing on Virgin Media in February 2019
  • Italy: The series began airing on Giallo in March 2018.[38]
  • Japan: The series began airing on AXN Mystery in May 2015.[39]
  • Netherlands: Shetland is aired as part of the "Detectives" series from KRO-NCRV on NPO 1.[40]
  • New Zealand: The programme began airing in New Zealand on Vibe in January 2016.[41]
  • Norway: Shetland is aired on public broadcaster NRK.[42]
  • Portugal: The programme began airing in Portugal on Fox Crime in August 2016.[43]
  • Spain: The programme began airing in Galicia on Televisión de Galicia in October 2015.
  • Slovenia: The programme began airing in Slovenia on public broadcaster RTVSLO in July 2015.[44]
  • Sweden: Swedish public broadcaster SVT started airing the 3rd series in January 2016 on their primary network SVT1.[45]
  • United States: The series is broadcast on many stations of the Public Broadcasting System.[46]
  • The series became available on Netflix in 2016. In 2018, the Britbox streaming service acquired the exclusive rights to Shetland's Series 4, releasing new episodes weekly. Similarly, Series 5 has been released one episode per week beginning 30 April 2019.[47] In April 2019, Netflix dropped the series from its streaming service in the US.[48] Amazon has Series 1-3 available for fee purchase by episode or by season but is not included in its Prime streaming subscription. (Note that Series 1 [2 episodes] and Series 2 [6 episodes] are bundled into one season for purchase.)


Year Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
2013 RTS Craft & Design Awards Best Music - Original Title John Lunn Nominated [49]
2014 BAFTA Scotland Best Actor - Television Douglas Henshall Nominated [50]
2015 BAFTA Scotland Best Television Drama Shetland Nominated [51]
2016 British Society of Cinematographers GBTC Operators Award - Television Drama Rodrigo Gutierrez Nominated [52]
2016 BAFTA Scotland Best Television Drama Shetland Won [4]
2016 BAFTA Scotland Best Actor - Television Douglas Henshall Won [53]
2016 BAFTA Scotland Best Directing - Film/Television Jan Matthys Nominated [54]
2016 BAFTA Scotland Best Writer - Film/Television Gaby Chiappe Nominated [54]


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