When is Shetland series five on TV?

Douglas Henshall returns as DI Jimmy Perez in the BBC murder mystery drama

Douglas Henshall in Shetland Series 5

Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez is back in series five of BBC crime drama Shetland – with a brand-new “sinister” case involving a severed hand and a bag of body parts as our team’s investigation uncovers a complex and unsettling network of organised crime.


Here’s everything you need to know…

When is Shetland series five on TV?

The fifth series of Shetland will begin on Tuesday 12th February at 9pm on BBC1 (10:40pm on BBC Wales).

The series will consist of six episodes.

Who’s in the cast of Shetland series five?

The lead role of Jimmy Perez is played by Douglas Henshall, while Alison O’Donnell portrays DS Alison “Tosh” Macintosh and Steven Robertson plays DC Sandy Wilson.

Mark Bonnar plays Duncan Hunter, Erin Armstrong returns as Jimmy’s stepdaughter Cassie Perez, and Julie Graham plays Rhona Kelly.

What’s going to happen in Shetland series five?

The series starts on a “windswept hillside” as a young man waits for someone. A few days later, a jogger on her morning run discovers a severed hand on the beach – and a holdall containing further body parts are found at an inlet nearby.

According to the BBC’s official synopsis, the investigation takes a “sinister turn” when the team identifies the victim and begins to start to scrutinise his emails and social media accounts.

Shetland is based on the award-winning novels by writer Ann Cleeves.

What happened in Shetland series four?

The fourth series of BBC detective drama Shetland saw the release of Tommy Malone, a local man imprisoned 23 years ago for the murder of local teenager Lizzie Kilmuir. When his conviction was overturned, a ripple effect was felt throughout the tight-knit local community as the case was re-opened – and a second murder took place.

The search for the truth took the team from Shetland Police all the way to Norway in their mission to find out who killed Lizzie, and who killed a local journalist called Sally McColl who was strangled on a kiln in a similar attack.

The personal and the professional collided for Perez as he had no choice but to bring his stepdaughter Cassie’s biological dad Duncan in for questioning. It finally emerged that Duncan had a long-ago affair with a woman called Donna Killick and had been found out by teenage Lizzie: Donna had then murdered her to keep things quiet so her own husband wouldn’t murder her (and her lovechild).

Drew, Sally’s father and a former police officer who led the investigation into Lizzie’s murder all those years ago, turned out to be a corrupt cop who sent the wrong person to jail to protect Donna. When Sally found out the truth, Drew killed his own daughter to protect the woman he loved: Donna.

Tommy Malone was cleared of both murders and died a free man.

Where is Shetland filmed? Is it actually shot in Shetland?

While the story is set on the Scottish archipelago of Shetland, most (but not all) of the filming actually takes place on the Scottish mainland.


The actual port at Lerwick on the Shetland Islands has been used as a filming location, although the cast and crew are usually based in Glasgow. From there they travel to locations including Kilbarchan in Renfrewshire, Barrhead, Ayr and Irvine, and North Ayrshire.

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