Shetland season 7: BBC One release date of new series

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BBC One series Shetland, based on the detective novels by Ann Cleeves, returns for another series and the final appearance of detective Jimmy Perez

Shetland follows Jimmy Perez and his detective team as they investigate brutal murders across the archipelago.

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In season seven, a mysterious new family arrives in Shetland and when their son goes missing, the detectives must solve a new case.

It quickly becomes clear that the missing son is vulnerable and the team must work quickly to track him down.

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Douglas Henshall as Jimmy Perez

What is season 7 of Shetland about?

Season 7 takes place a year after the events of the season 6 finale, in which Duncan turned himself in to the police.

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Henshall said: “The year-long suspension that he’s had and all that stuff comes to an end and then it’s back to work – it all comes to an end pretty quickly.

“The advantage we had when we finished the show at six and seven was that we were able to draw a real arc and I think he’s just getting to that stage where he’s not sure if he thinks that it’s still worth it. I think he’s starting to discover that there are other things in life than being a cop.”

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The overall story of season seven follows the detectives in their search for Connor, a vulnerable young person who has disappeared on the islands.

Nick Nunn as Connor Cairns

Who is in the cast of Shetland Season 7?

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Douglas Henshall returns in season seven for his final appearance as Jimmy Perez, the Shetland Police Chief Inspector.

Henshall decided to leave the show after season seven and will be replaced by a new lead beginning in season eight.

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Henshall is known for playing Taran MacQuarrie in the first season of the historical drama series and Sergeant William Muncie in the ITV crime miniseries In Plain Sight.

Other Season 7 cast members include:

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  • Alison O’Donnell as DS Alison McIntosh
  • Steven Robertston, DC, Sandy Wilson
  • Mark Bonnar as Duncan
  • Lewis Howden as Sgt. Billy McCabe
  • Erin Armstrong as Cassie Perez
  • Nick Nunn as Connor Cairns

Why is Douglas leaving Henshall Shetland?

After season five in 2019, Henshall decided he wanted to do two more seasons before leaving the role.

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He said: “Series six and seven were commissioned together to give us time to bring the Perez story to a satisfactory conclusion.

“It has been one of the privileges of my career to play Jimmy Perez for almost ten years and to work with so many wonderful people both in front of and behind the camera and also to spend so much time in Shetland.

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“The islands were so much a part of our show and of Perez himself. I will miss him and the place. I wish everyone involved the best of luck for what happens next.”

Is there a trailer

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Yes, there is, and you can watch it right here:

When is Shetland on TV?

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Shetland season 7 airs on BBC One on Wednesday 10 August at 9pm.

The seventh season consists of six episodes, which are released weekly at the same time.

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Episodes can be viewed on BBC iPlayer shortly after they first air.

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