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

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



Shetland starts on Sunday at 9:00pm on BBC1 and concludes on Monday.