BBC One's Shetland is finally returning, with fans desperate to know how things will play out following the big season 6 cliffhanger.


At the end of the last season Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall) and Duncan Hunter (Mark Bonnar) were both framed for the murder of season four villain Donna Killick (Fiona Bell), whose final act before dying by suicide was to implicate both men in her death.

Fans will be delighted that we will finally get answers to just how this storyline will play out, but Shetland's return is a bittersweet one, as Douglas Henshall has confirmed it will be his last season as DI Jimmy Perez.

Henshall said that “after series 5 of Shetland, David Kane and I decided we wanted to do two more series to complete the story of Jimmy Perez. So series 6 and 7 were commissioned together to give us time to wrap up Perez's story to a satisfactory end."

With that in mind it certainly seems like Perez will be going out with a bang, but just how will it all go down, and when does the new season start airing on BBC One and BBC iPlayer?

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Read on for everything you need to know about Shetland season seven.

Shetland season 7 release date

Shetland season 7
Shetland season 7 BBC/Silverprint Pictures/Mark Mainz/Matt Burlem

After what has felt like forever waiting to find out how Perez will get out of his current predicament, we now know just when Shetland season 7 will air on BBC One - 9pm on Wednesday 10th August 2022.

That means we only have a matter of days to wait now, and fans can mark their calendars for when they'll be seeing DI Jimmy Perez again.

Shetland season 7 cast


The big casting news for this season is, of course, the departure of Douglas Henshall, who will be leaving the series at the end of the season, despite an eighth season having already been commissioned. Henshall has said he'll explain his "reasons for leaving later", but for now fans can enjoy this final outing with Jimmy on screen.

Most of the main cast for the series will also be back for season 7, and we know that the following will all still be involved:

  • Douglas Henshall as DI Jimmy Perez
  • Alison O’Donnell as DS Alison 'Tosh' McIntosh
  • Steven Robertson as DC Sandy Wilson
  • Mark Bonnar as Duncan Hunter
  • Anne Kidd as Cora McLean
  • Lewis Howden as Sgt Billy McCabe
  • Erin Armstrong as Cassie Perez
  • Angus Miller as Donnie
  • Anneika Rose as Maggie Kean

Shetland filming locations

The series is well-known for its beautiful backdrops, with shooting taking place on location in the archipelago Shetland Islands, as well as other locations in mainland Scotland, like Glasgow. Shetland’s filming locations remain a big part of the drama’s appeal.

Shetland season 7 trailer

You can watch the trailer for Shetland season 7 right here now.

Shetland season 7 begins in August 2022 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Ann Cleeves' Shetland novels are available to buy now.

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