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By Promote ShetlandAugust 8th 2022

Fans of the Shetland TV series will be delighted to hear that the series returns this week for its seventh season. Here’s what we know about the upcoming episodes…

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."

I loved the pace of the place. I really loved the sea, I loved how stark it could be, I loved the weather in all its glory. I loved the drama of the Shetland Isles.

Douglas Henshall who plays DI Jimmy Perez in BBC's Shetland

As with previous seasons, most of the outdoor filming was done in Shetland with cast and crew spending six weeks on location capturing the distinctive landscapes and coastlines.

“It's got very few trees. It's very open, it's quite gentle, the hills aren't very high – and everywhere you look there is water,” said producer Eric Coulter in an interview with the Radio Times. “You're never more than three miles away from water. So that undulating landscape and the water are really particular to Shetland and that's very hard to match anywhere else.”

What viewers can expect

The plotline for season 7 sees the disappearance of a vulnerable young man. On return from suspension, DI Perez reunites with Tosh as they meet the owners of a local bed and breakfast who are frantic with worry over the sudden disappearance of their son, Connor. The family are new to Shetland, having moved from Glasgow after Connor suffered a breakdown. His parents worry that history has repeated itself, but Perez suspects they are hiding something.

The six episode series will no doubt have plenty of tension, twists and turns, not least as we find out the final fate of DI Perez as he concludes his stint as Shetland's best-loved detective.

As we bid farewell to Jimmy, fans will be pleased to hear that Shetland will return for a new series with a new lead character (yet to be announced). Filming for the season 8 begins in 2023.

The first episode of Shetland season 7 airs on BBC One on Wednesday 10th August at 9pm. Episodes will also be available in the UK on BBC iPlayer.

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