DI Jimmy Perez and his team investigate crimes within the close knit island community of Shetland.
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Series cast summary:
 DI Jimmy Perez (14 episodes, 2013-2016)
 DC Sandy Wilson / ... (14 episodes, 2013-2016)
Alison O'Donnell ...
 DS Alison McIntosh / ... (14 episodes, 2013-2016)
 Cassie Perez (13 episodes, 2013-2016)
 Duncan Hunter (11 episodes, 2013-2016)
 Rhona Kelly (10 episodes, 2014-2016)
Lewis Howden ...
 Billy McCabe (8 episodes, 2013-2016)
Anne Kidd ...
 Cora McLean (8 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Jenny / ... (7 episodes, 2014-2016)
Stewart Porter ...
 Sgt Billy McBride (6 episodes, 2014)
Jamie Michie ...
 Lowrie (6 episodes, 2016)


Created from the novels by award winning crime writer Ann Cleeves, Shetland follows DI Jimmy Perez and his team as they investigate crime within the close knit island community. In this isolated and sometimes inhospitable environment, the team have to rely on a uniquely resourceful style of policing. Set against a hauntingly beautiful landscape, Shetland is based on the best selling books such as Red Bones, Raven Black, Dead Water and Blue Lightning. Written by Bye

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10 March 2013 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Mord auf Shetland  »

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Despite the fact that the Shetland Islands are the most northerly place in the UK and usually have very bad weather for most of the year, sprinklers were used to create fake rain in some of the scenes. See more »


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Another pleasant locality-based crime drama
2 May 2016 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

Being an extensive country with numerous distinct folks and regions, the UK has an endless potential to "fit in" crimes not into bigger cities only. Motives for crimes are all-round and vicious minds can produce different forms and methods to shake the pillars of small/distant communities as well - although apparently not so often as depicted in series with multiple seasons...

Nevertheless, Shetland gives us a nice overview of people living in an harsh environment - the Scottish archipelago of Shetland, and where landscape and local lifestyle become important supporting characters, as unpleasant incidents are emphasized by past and gloomy neighbourhood. The performances are also realistic - the cast not based on "cute" appearance - and several famous actors (e.g. Brian Cox, Ciarán Hinds) produce memorable supporting roles, sometimes exceeding those in the main cast.

Thus, Shetland is a nice series of complex approach, where every element has its significance, and most of activities take place outside sterile offices. Camera-work and background set-up are excellent, one can really feel how cold the outside is, even when you watch the episodes in heated premises...

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