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DI Jimmy Perez and his team investigate crimes within the close knit island community of Shetland.
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Series cast summary:
Douglas Henshall ...  DI Jimmy Perez 26 episodes, 2013-2019
Alison O'Donnell ...  DS Alison 'Tosh' McIntosh / ... 26 episodes, 2013-2019
Steven Robertson ...  DC Sandy Wilson / ... 26 episodes, 2013-2019
Erin Armstrong ...  Cassie Perez 23 episodes, 2013-2019
Mark Bonnar ...  Duncan Hunter / ... 23 episodes, 2013-2019
Julie Graham ...  Rhona Kelly 22 episodes, 2014-2019
Lewis Howden Lewis Howden ...  Sgt Billy McCabe / ... 20 episodes, 2013-2019
Anne Kidd Anne Kidd ...  Cora McLean 14 episodes, 2014-2019


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 ahmetkozan

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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The first series consists of two episodes; a single two-part story based on the novel Red Bones by Ann Cleeves. This series was broadcast across two nights on 10 and 11 March 2013 and was produced by Sue de Beauvoir. See more »


Referenced in I Be Geniusen Stuff: Shetland S1-3 (2018) See more »

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Great television viewing
28 April 2017 | by barryrdSee all my reviews

Douglas Henshall as Det. Insp. Jimmy Perez and the remote location of Shetland are the main attractions of this superb British drama. Perez is a man with a good heart who takes on each murder case as if the family survivors depend entirely on him. He's the sort of guy you want to have on your side. The setting is spectacular but the climate is harsh; cold, grey, damp. You feel like you're right there with them. The murders do not have simple explanations and often involve a web of intrigue. Perez will hunt them down, whether its clan warfare in Shetland or a crime syndicate in Glasgow. Perez (his family name comes from his Portuguese father) has a close friend and rival in Duncan Hunter, a local councillor. Played by Mark Bonnar, Duncan is in a relationship with Perez's ex-wife and is a surrogate father to his teenage daughter. This is an area of contention because Jimmy cares deeply for his daughter and faces the challenge of not being in control. Used to dealing with criminals, he fears the worst for the one he loves most. The stories are from British author Ann Cleeves. The series is a fine piece of work in the tradition of British mystery writing and film-making. It is also one of many great television shows that have come out of Britain and Scandinavia in recent years along with Borgen, The Bridge, Broadchurch, Wallander. Shetland and the others are what great television is about.

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