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Shetland season 7: next on, episode guide, cast, plot, trailer and everything we know

Shetland season 7 first look with Douglas Henshall as DI Jimmy Perez
Shetland season 7 star Douglass Henshall as DI Jimmy Perez. (Image credit: BBC)

Shetland season 7 stars Douglas Henshall as DI Jimmy Perez for the final time and the series has now opened in the UK.

Yes, sadly the hugely popular actor has confirmed that this is the last time he will play the cop. However, the good news for fans is that the series will continue with a different actor in the leading role.

Douglas Henshall says: "After series 5 of Shetland David Kane and I decided we wanted to do 2 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 story to a satisfactory end. 

"It's 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. The Isles were so much a part of our show and of Perez himself. I’ll miss him and the place. I wish everyone involved much luck with whatever happens next.”

We'd highly recommend watching the previous series before starting this one as the story will continue on from it. 

So, in short, there are spoilers ahead if you’ve not seen season 6!! OK, you’ve been warned…

The last series finished with Duncan (Mark Bonnar), the father of Jimmy’s step-daughter Cassie, being arrested for the death of baddie Donna Killick (Fiona Bell).

And Jimmy has been arrested too for allegedly covering up his friend’s crime... 

Shetland season 7 release date

Shetland season 7 continues with episode two on Wednesday 17 August at 9 pm on BBC1. You can also watch via BBC iPlayer, where you can see episodes already shown as well.

Meanwhile, in the US the series is likely to head to BritBox again.

Shetland season 7 plot

Connor Cairns (Nicholas Nunn) sits in a field of tall grass looking pensive, with his hands clasped in his lap. He is dressed all in black and grey.

Connor goes missing. (Image credit: BBC)

At the end of the last series, Duncan handed himself into the police. Jimmy tried to stop him, saying “You don’t need to do this”, but Duncan replied, “Yes I do.” 

Now, it's clear that this won't dominate the new series as Douglas tells us the timeline has moved a year ahead and Jimmy is back working. 

"The year's suspension that he's had, and all of that stuff, is coming to an end, and then it's back to work — it all wraps up fairly quickly. The advantage that we had with having [seasons] six and seven to wrap up the show was that we could use a proper arc, and I think he's just getting to the stage where he's not sure whether he thinks it's worth it any more. I think he's beginning to discover that there are other things in life except being a policeman."

The team in this series is on the search for Connor, a "vulnerable young man" who's vanished on Shetland.

Douglas add: "The family have their own history, and we begin to unpick that a little bit. It turns out that Danny Cairns [Connor's father, played by Andrew Whipp] isn't really who he says he is, and it starts to get a little bit more political as the story goes on. It's very well put-together — I think it's going to keep people guessing all the way to the end."

Shetland season 7 episode one recap

In the first episode, we follow the disappearance of a vulnerable young man, with Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall) leading the investigation.

Shetland cast

Douglas Henshall (Perez), Alison O'Donnell (DS Alison "Tosh" McIntosh) and Steven Roberston (DC Sandy Wilson) are all back. Along with Mark Bonnar as Duncan.

Here's a full cast list: 

Douglas Henshall - DI Jimmy Perez

Alison O’Donnell - DS Alison ‘Tosh’ McIntosh

Steven Robertson - DC Sandy Wilson

Mark Bonnar - Duncan Hunter

Erin Armstrong - Cassie Perez

Lewis Howden - Sgt Billy McCabe

Anne Kidd - Cora McLean

Angus Miller - Donnie

Lucianne McEvoy - Meg Pattison

Conor McCarry - PC Alex Grant

Anneika Rose - Maggie Kean

Shauna Macdonald - Rachel Cairns

Laurie Brett - Alison Woods

Patrick Robinson - Lloyd Anderson

Andrew Whipp - Danny Cairns

Nicholas Nunn - Connor Cairns

Lauren Conroy - Abbie Cairns

Sorcha Groundsell - Bryd Fleming

Stuart McQuarrie - Murry Rankin

Antony Strachan - Ally Flett

Grant O’Rourke - Jamie Narey

Pauline Turner - Sheena Davidson

Is there a trailer?

Yes, one has finally been released! The police get a call from a worried mother, whose son has disappeared. "This is a vulnerable young man for the family’s sake let’s find him," declares Jimmy to his team. "Just find my son," pleads the mother.

Will there be another series of Shetland?

Yes! Although Douglas Henshall is leaving the show at the end of season 7, the BBC has confirmed there will be another series. Season 8 of Shetland will start filming in Spring 2023 in locations on the Shetland Isles and across Scotland.

How can I catch up on old series of Shetland?

Shetland season 6 is available on iPlayer in the UK and BritBox in the US.

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