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Series 5 - Episode 1



It’s a welcome return for the always reliable Shetland, the windswept detective drama where the scenery is stark and the smiles in short supply. But there are good reasons why everyone looks miserable. It seems you can’t even go for a run on a deserted beach these days without encountering a dismembered arm on the shore. And no sooner has calm, world-weary Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall) turned up at the crime scene with the perceptive Tosh (Alison O’Donnell) in tow than word comes in that a head has now also been found.

As it turns out, the body parts belonged to a Nigerian man who’d come to the islands for an unknown reason, only to be brutally killed. Sorting the clues from the red herrings might prove difficult in this particular case, seeing as there appear to be links to a fish factory. But by the end of an intriguing first hour filled with granite-faced locals subtly arousing suspicion, answers are starting to rise to the surface.


When body parts belonging to a young Nigerian man are discovered on the island, Perez and the team investigate. They use CCTV to trace the victim's last movements, and after scrutinising his emails and social media accounts, the case takes a sinister turn. Return of the Ann Cleeves-inspired drama, starring Douglas Henshall, Alison O'Donnell and Steven Robertson.

Cast & Crew

DI Jimmy Perez Douglas Henshall
DS Alison `Tosh' McIntosh Alison O'Donnell
DC Sandy Wilson Steven Robertson
Duncan Hunter Mark Bonnar
Rhona Kelly Julie Graham
Sgt Billy McCabe Lewis Howden
Cora McLean Anne Kidd
Olivia Lennox Rakie Ayola
Chris Brooks Derek Riddell
Alice Brooks Catherine Walker
Daniel Ugara Ayanda Bhebe
Jamie Hayes Lorn MacDonald
Prentice Hayes Owen Whitelaw
Carla Hayes Tracy Wiles
Catrina Isabelle Joss
PC Alex Grant Connor McCarry
Gavin Laird Robin Laing
Mary Hunter Gail Watson
Calum Dunwoody Ryan Fletcher
Mags Meghan Tyler
Paul Kiernan John Kazek
Niki Frances Mayli McCann
Donnie Angus Miller
Rosie Emma Mullen
Trish Olivia Barrowclough
Zezi Ugara Titana Muthui
Director Gordon Anderson
Executive Producer David Kane
Executive Producer Kate Bartlett
Executive Producer Gaynor Holmes
Producer Eric Coulter
Writer David Kane
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