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A Silverprint Pictures production, Shetland will return for an eighth series in 2023, with a new lead.

The recommission was confirmed when is was announced current lead Douglas Henshall will make his final appearance as DI Jimmy Perez in the series, which started last month on BBC One.

Henshall debuted the role of DI Perez on BBC One in 2013 in the first TV adaptation of the award-winning novels by crime writer Ann Cleeves. However, after nine years in the role, Henshall has made the decision to depart Shetland to explore other acting opportunities.

Gaynor Holmes, Executive Producer for BBC Drama says: “We will miss him enormously but he leaves the show in rude health and we’re extremely excited about the plans we have for bringing more of this much loved drama to audiences far and wide.”

Kate Bartlett, Executive Producer, Silverprint Pictures, adds: “It has been amazing to have the opportunity to complete the story of Jimmy Perez and Douglas Henshall is outstanding in the role...

"We had an incredible Scottish cast and crew and David Kane has created a distinctive and emotionally complex story that unfolds against the stunning, evocative landscapes of Shetland. I'm very proud of this series and excited for the new series to come.”

Series 8 of Shetland will start filming from Spring 2023 in locations on the Shetland Isles and across Scotland. Casting for this new series will be announced in the coming months.

Shetland is available on BBC iPlayer.


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