Douglas Henshall, Steven Robertson and Gemma Chan in BBC1's Shetland - see a trailer and photos

Henshall stars as detective Jimmy Perez in the BBC1 adaptation of Anne Cleeves' crime thriller Red Bones

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Douglas Henshall, Steven Robertson and Gemma Chan in BBC1's Shetland - see a trailer and photos
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

Crime drama Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, Steven Roberston and Alison O'Donnell, is based on the bestselling novel Red Bones by Ann Cleeves.

Starting on Sunday 9 March on BBC1, the two-part story follows police detective Jimmy Perez as he investigates a murder on his native Shetland islands.

Douglas Henshall stars as Perez alongside a host of recognisable faces including Being Human's Steven Roberson and Doctor Who/Sherlock actress Gemma Chan – plus Monarch of the Glen alumni Lewis Howden, Lindy Whiteford and Alexander Morton.

The atmospheric drama kicks off when an archaeologist discovers a mysterious set of human remains – and continues as an elderly woman is shot dead at her home.

The thriller has been likened to popular Scandinavian dramas. Executive producer Elaine Collins said: "Influenced by both mainland Scotland and Scandinavia, but with very much its own identity, Shetland is a location like no other. The uniqueness and sense of place make it an ideal setting for traditional British crime drama with a unique twist."

Christopher Aird, Head of Drama at BBC Scotland added: "A truly atmospheric murder mystery, Shetland has a unique tone and will be a real treat for fans of crime drama on BBC1. The Shetland Isles are a very special place, they are extremely remote – further away from Glasgow than London. And an island setting is perfect for a murder mystery; it is like a pressure cooker – you know one of the characters must be the murderer..."

Watch the trailer:

Shetland starts on Sunday 9 March at 9pm on BBC1

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