The iconic fictional detective Jimmy Perez made his first appearance in the books written by Ann Cleeves, and went on to be loved by millions when the books were adapted for TV.
Cleeves' relationship with Shetland began in the 1970s when she spent time in Fair Isle, working at the famous bird observatory as an assistant cook. It was there that she fell in love with the archipelago, and with her late husband Tim who was an ornithologist. Her time working in Fair Isle also inspired the first 'Shetland' novel Raven Black as well as lead character Perez, who grew up in the island.
The book was critically acclaimed, and Cleeves' Perez series went on to be best-selling. It later inspired the television show, first broadcast in 2013, with the islands’ stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes providing a wonderful backdrop to the gripping stories. Filming in Shetland has continued most years since, and the show remains a firm favourite in the UK and around the world.