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'Shetland' season 6: release date, cast, plot, and everything we know

'Shetland' season 6 line-up Perez, Tosh, Sandy
'Sheltand' season 6 sees the return of Perez, Tosh and Sandy. (Image credit: BBC)

Shetland season 6 is coming very soon to BBC1 and a release date has now been announced.

Douglas Henshall, who plays leading man DI Jimmy Perez, has declared he's delighted to be back for a new run of the hugely popular crime drama.

“After all we’ve been through over the last couple of years, it’s wonderful to be back filming on Shetland again," he says. "Davy Kane [who's written the series with Paul Logue] has, once again, created stunning storylines in these two new series for Perez and the team to uncover the truth. Being back on the Shetland Isles has been wonderful. There is no location quite like it.”

Shetland season 6 release date

Shetland season 6 starts Wednesday, Oct. 20 on BBC1 at 9pm. Episodes will also be available to watch on BBC iPlayer. Meanwhile, it's now been confirmed that Shetland season 6 will debut in the US on BritBox on Nov. 9.

Shetland season 6 plot

The plot will see Perez and his team investigate the doorstep murder of a leading figure on Shetland. 

Teasing the plot, Douglas tells us: "A very prominent and well-loved local is murdered outside their front door, and we set out to investigate what's obviously a big deal because they're a very important person. And the personal side of it is that his mum's died, so that kind of hangs over him throughout the whole season, and also his dad's got the beginnings of Alzheimer's, or dementia. So there's quite a lot of family stuff going on this year with him."

The BBC teases that the case will take "a shockingly sinister turn". The new series will also see the return of murderer Donna Killick, whose compassionate release aggrieves many of the locals not least Kate Kilmuir, the victim’s sister. It's not clear how her release relates to Perez's investigation.


Douglas Henshall (Perez), Alison O'Donnell (DS Alison "Tosh" McIntosh) and Steven Roberston (DC Sandy Wilson) are all back. Plus Erin Armstrong (Cassie), Mark Bonnar (Duncan), Anne Kidd (Cora) and Lewis Howden (Sgt Billy McCabe) all return. Fiona Bell (The Nest, Dead Still) is back as killer Donna Killick.

New series regulars include Anneika Rose (Line of Duty, Deadwater Fell) as Procurator Fiscal, Maggie Kean and Angus Miller (Guilt, Doctors) as Tosh’s love interest, Donnie.

Plus joining the cast are Stephen McCole (Vigil, The Outlaw King), Jim Sturgeon (Vigil, Small Axe), Alec Newman (Showtrial, The Last Kingdom), Cora Bissett (Rebus, God Help The Girl), Lois Chimimba (Vigil, Trust Me), Conor McCarry (Outlander, Rillington Place), Lewis Gribben (Silent Witness, Deadwater Fell), Andy Clark (Annika, River City), Benny Young (Wild Rose, Outlaw King) and Shona McHugh (Annika, The Loch).

Is there a trailer?

Yes, a trailer has now arrived!