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How to watch Shetland season 7 online from anywhere

Douglas Henshall as DI Jimmy Perez in Shetland, standing on the seafront and staring out to sea, looking troubled. He is wearing his trademark black double-breasted peacoat, and has his hands in his jacket pockets. Behind him, out of focus, there are dry stone walls and a cottage
Watch Shetland season 7 online from anywhere as DI Jimmy Perez solves his last case. (Image credit: BBC)

Here's how to watch Shetland season 7 online from anywhere.

The series is emotional for fans of the long-running BBC detective series because it's the last time Douglas Henshall will play DI Jimmy Perez.

Explaining his decision to leave, Douglas told us: "I was very ready to go — I think I'd done as much with the character as I could. And the slightly unique aspect to the show, of two men trying to parent a teenager [Perez is raising his stepdaughter Cassie with her biological father Duncan] and the grief over a dead wife, I didn't want those to become a trope. 

"I thought if we pushed it any further, it might end up a bit clichéd. Plus the fact that Erin Armstrong, who plays Cassie, is 26 now — she's a grown woman!"

The good news for fans though is Shetland season 7 won't be the final series as the BBC is making more. The eighth series will be on in 2023 and will see a new lead actor on detecting duties.

The plot revolves around a missing person, rather than a murder, as Perez and his team try to track down a vulnerable young man called Connor. 

"It's very well put-together — I think it's going to keep people guessing all the way to the end," says Douglas.

Here's how to watch the six-part series from anywhere...

How to watch Shetland season 7 online in the UK

Shetland season 7 opens on Wednesday 10 August at 9pm on BBC1. You will also be able to stream via BBCiPlayer.

How to watch Shetland season 7 online from outside your country

There's an easy way to watch Shetland online if you're going to be away from home, and it's called a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

A VPN lets you get around the usual frustrating digital barriers by changing your IP address, meaning you can watch your favorite TV shows even if you're going to be away from home. 

Our favorite is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), which lets you change your IP address on whichever device you want to watch your new favorite show on. ExpressVPN is the No. 1-rated VPN in the world right now according to our sister site, TechRadar (opens in new tab).

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It's straightforward and easy to use, has great security, is available on loads of streaming devices and, best of all, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee (opens in new tab), so you can try it out 100% risk-free.

And it's a great way to watch Shetland via your usual method from anywhere in the world.

How to watch Shetland in the US

Shetland season 7 is likely to be on BritBox in the US, but a release date is still to be announced.

David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.


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