Who stars with Douglas Henshall in series 7, what time it’s on and how many episodes there are


Shetland fans will be delighted the series is coming back for a seventh season.

The show is a TV adaptation of the award-winning novels by crime writer Ann Cleeves, and has proved hugely popular with crime fiction lovers.

At the helm is Douglas Henshall as DI Jimmy Perez, bt who else stars in it? Here’s everything you need to know.

What can we expect from this series?

Douglas Henshall returns for a seventh series as DI Perez and he’s fighting for his professional future.

The episode starts with a suspended Perez being confronted by his superiors at a tribunal over the Eve business, but there’s no evidence against him so he’s free to investigate, thank goodness.

The clever sleuth’s opening case concerns the mysterious disappearance of a vulnerable young man and graphic artist who has suffered a breakdown and relocated to Shetland, a place where murder appears to be rife.

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Who stars in Shetland?

Dougla Henshall – DI Jimmy Perez

The seventh series will see Douglas Henshall make his final appearance as DI Jimmy Perez.

Henshall debuted the role of DI Perez on BBC One in 2013. However, after nine years in the role, Henshall has made the decision to depart Shetland to explore other acting opportunities.

The actor said: ” It’s been one of the privileges of my career to play Jimmy Perez for almost ten years and to work with so many wonderful people both in front of and behind the camera, and also to spend so much time in Shetland.

“The Isles were so much a part of our show and of Perez himself. I’ll miss him and the place.”

Alison O’Donnell – Tosh

Alison will return to her lead role of DS Alison ‘Tosh’ Macintosh, alongside Douglas Henshall.

The actress is best known for Shetland, but starred in a few small roles outside of it, including Pet Sematary and Holby City.

DC Sandy Wilson – Steven Robertson

Steven Robertson returns as DC Sandy Wilson.

Robertson has recently seen in ITV’s The Bayplaying Mark Bradwell.

Prior to Shetlandhe starred in Being Human, The Bletchley Circleand Luther.

Shauna MacdonaldRachel Cairns

Rachel Cairns owns a B&B with her husband and they are new arrivals to Shetland after moving from Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city.

McDonald is known for movie The Descentas well as TV series The Scotts, This Thing of Darknessand Hold the Sunset.

Andrew WhippDanny Cairns

Whipp is Danny, who co-owns the B&B.

He has been in The White Princess, Netflix’s Cursed, Outlander ash Brian Fraser.

Nick NunnConnor Cairns

Nunn plays Connor, the Carins’ son, who goes missing.

He has also starred in HBO’s The Nevers, London Kills, Cliquer, and the upcoming SAS Rogue Heroes.

Lauren ConroyAbbie Cairns

Lauren Conroy plays daughter Abbie.

where is Shetland filmed?

Much of the BBC adaptation, which is based on the series of novels by crime writer Ann Cleves, is actually filmed on the Scottish mainland.

The majority of interior scenes are shot in Glasgow, while the regions of Ayr and Irvine have also been used as substitutes for the Shetland Island in previous series.

However, due to its unique landscape, a significant proportion of the landscape and exterior shots are filmed in Shetland, particularly in its capital Lerwick.

Perhaps the most instantly recognizable location there is the quaint waterside home of Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez, which has featured in almost every episode of the show.

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Situated on Lerwick’s Commercial Street, the iconic “Lerwick Lodberrie” was already a favorite for visiting photographers long before playing a central role in the series.

The Shetland tourist board says: ” The Lodberrie – better known as the home of DI Jimmy Perez and probably the most photographed place in Shetland. This building, dating to about 1772, was one of 21 lodberries lining the Lerwick foreshore by 1814. The word lodberry comes from the Old Norse hladberg and means ‘a landing place, or a landing stone’ and describes the type of use these utilitarian – yet beautiful – buildings were designed for.

“Ultimately these were trading booths built with their foundations in the sea. Winches unloaded boats that berthed alongside, legal goods were sold from street-side shops, and the illegal goods were taken into a maze of tunnels running underneath the street – and feet – of the customs men.”

Other locations in Shetland have played starring roles in the plot, with Fair Isle providing much of Perez’s backstory in series two, and Northmavine’s beautiful Hillswick wildlife sanctuary central to series four.

For the last, the cast spent more than six weeks shooting outdoor scenes on location, with Radio Times reporting how Henshall spent his days off photographing the landscape.

“I love the people and love being there,” he told the magazine. “I’ve been going there for seven years and every time I like it a little bit more. It’s beautiful.”

Banna Min beach on West Burra was the backdrop for series five’s dramatic opening, when a man’s severed arm is found washing up on the shore.

Crews were also reportedly spied filming on the NorthLink ferry, which connects the mainland with Shetland, and in the village of Wester Quarff, just south of Lerwick.

How can I watch and how many episodes are there?

The six-part series will begin on BBC One at 9pm.

It will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

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