Renewed: Shetland

UK murder-mystery Shetland will return for two more series.

Douglas Henshall will reprise his role as DI Jimmy Perez alongside series regulars Alison O’Donnell and Steven Robertson.

Adapted from Ann Cleeves’ celebrated novels, Shetland debuted in 2013, set against the striking elemental landscapes of one of the most remote corners of the British Isles.

Series six and seven will film in 2020 and 2021 in locations on The Shetland Isles and around Scotland, and will again feature six hour-long episodes each.

Both series will be written and created by David Kane (Stonemouth, The Field Of Blood) who originated the first series of Shetland and has written on every series since. Paul Logue (Vera, Death In Paradise) will also write on both series and the producer is Louise Say (Les Miserables, Dracula).

Gaynor Holmes, Commissioning Editor for BBC Drama, Scotland, says: “We are really proud of Shetland, the crime series led by DI Perez and his team has proved hugely popular with audiences both in Scotland and across the rest of the UK. BBC One viewers are set for an unmissable series from David Kane when it returns next year.”

Kate Bartlett, Executive Producer, Silverprint Pictures, says: “I’m so thrilled to be making two more series of Shetland for the BBC, with our wonderful Scottish cast and crew. David Kane creates distinctive and emotionally complex narratives that unfold against the stunning, evocative landscapes of Shetland, with DI Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall) at the heart of it all.”

Shetland screens in Australia on BBC First and ABC.


  1. I haven’t watched Shetland since it became 1 story for the whole season. Older people have memory problems and the youngsters need instant gratification so that’s 2 demo’s gone! Binge watching for 6 hours takes determination and good sphincter muscles.

  2. Great news. Really enjoy Shetland and its stunning setting.
    Have yet to see S5. Hopefully ABC will be screening it after the current reruns of earlier seasons ?

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