Although details of the new series of Shetland are scarce (the BBC’s press department are tight-lipped to avoid any spoilers) we do know that this will be the last outing for lead character and fan favourite Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez played by Douglas Henshall who has announced he’ll be bowing out after this series.
Douglas has played Jimmy for almost a decade and in that time the character has solved a number of mysteries as well as dealt with a turbulent personal life. We last saw him on screen getting arrested in front of his team under suspicion of being involved in the unlawful death of Donna Killick – a familiar but unfriendly face from season 4 – and the seventh series will reveal his fate and wrap up Perez’s storyline for the final time.
In a recent interview, Douglas said: “It’s been one of the privileges of my career to play Jimmy Perez for almost 10 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.”
Acting as a tourist
While his character may no longer appear in Shetland, Douglas does plan to return to the islands one day but this time as a tourist.
“I want to take my daughter, show her the beaches and get her into the sea. Just to go and hang out and get to be a tourist would be nice,” he said.
“There are so many nooks and crannies that are absolutely beautiful and the wildflowers in the summer are truly stunning."