BBC viewers full of praise for new series of Shetland

All hail DI Jimmy Perez!

Shetland kicked off its fifth series this week with a gruesome murder… And fans were thrilled to have Detective Inspector Perez back on our screens.

Whether you tune in for the stunningly windswept landscape, the immensely likeable DI Jimmy Perez – secret crush, or just us? – or the whodunit of a TV mystery, the vote is unanimous – you LOVE it.

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Who said three’s a crowd? (Credit: BBC)

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The series opener on Tuesday (12 February), the first of six episodes, began with a severed arm being washed ashore on the beach – with more dismembered body parts to follow.

But why was a young Nigerian man murdered? And by whom?

World-weary Jimmy (Douglas Henshall) starts to investigate the crime, alongside sidekick Tosh (Alison O’Donnell), and they quickly realise there is a link to the local fish factory.

Rakie as Olivia Lennox in Shetland (Credit: BBC One)
The victim was Olivia Lennox’s son – but all is not what it seems (Credit: BBC)

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Using CCTV to trace the victim’s last movements, and after scrutinising his emails and social media accounts, the case took an even more sinister turn when it appeared that the victim’s sister is also in danger.

And next week, there are even more dead bodies discovered…

Despite the grim nature of the plot, and the grisly body count, fans were happy to have Perez and co back on the BBC and the show was even trending on Twitter!

Did we just see Perez flirt? (Credit: BBC)

One said: #shetland on @BBCOne has always been brilliant but this opener for the new series was beautifully bleak. Hats off @djhenshall @RakieAyola and of course this week’s @TwoShotPod guest @realjuliegraham.”

Another enthused: “Fave programme of the year. Shetland – would live there in a heartbeat despite all the murders. #Shetland.”

A third wrote: “I adore the steely tenacity and bittersweet empathy of @djhenshall’s Jimmy Perez. I adore the whole cast, especially @AtotheOD and @RakieAyola. I adored @davykane’s script. I just plain adore #Shetland @BBCScotland @BBCOne.”

“Loved that! Totally hooked. #Shetland,” said another.

Some fans were distracted from the plot by actor Douglas Henshall, with one gushing: “#Shetland Douglas Henshall gets better looking every series.”

Another said: “I [bleep] love Perez.”

A third love-struck viewer added: “D.I. Perez’ eyes are as blue as the Scottish skies on a clear winter’s day! #Shetland @djhenshall.”

TV fans will know that actor Douglas was actually born in Glasgow, and starred in Primeval before being signed up as DI Perez in 2013.

While Perez is very much single, Douglas married Croatian writer Tena Štivičić in Las Vegas in February 2010, and they have one daughter together.

Shetland is based on the crime novels by Ann Cleeves.

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