Will there be another series of Shetland?

Shetland: Douglas Henshall on being apart from family

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Shetland fans had been desperately waiting for its return after the shocking season six finale, so were thrilled when it made a comeback last month. The BBC One drama’s seventh outing will soon be reaching its conclusion, saying goodbye to another complicated storyline as well as its leading man. Express.co.uk has everything there is to know about the future of Shetland.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Shetland.

Will there be another series of Shetland?

Shetland returned for its latest sixth series on Wednesday, August 10, on BBC One.

The drama will reach its highly anticipated conclusion this evening, September 14, and already, fans are eager to know how it will end.

Many are also curious about whether or not the drama will make a comeback, given it has already been confirmed that DI Jimmy Perez actor Douglas Henshall will not be reprising his role.

Thankfully, it isn’t the end of Shetland just yet, despite the sad news of his departure.

It was confirmed earlier this year by the BBC that there would be a season eight of Shetland.

Filming for the new episodes are going to start in Spring 2023 around the Shetland Isles and across Scotland.

There has been no set pattern in the past in terms of when each new series will begin.

But given that shooting is going to begin in the Spring, Shetland season eight probably won’t premiere until the latter half of the year.

Henshall revealed that his exit from Shetland had been in the works for quite some time.

He explained: “After series five of Shetland, David Kane [writer] and I decided we wanted to do two more series to complete the story of Jimmy Perez.

“So series six and seven were commissioned together to give us time to wrap up Perez’s 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.”

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Henshall added: “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.”

As of yet, there has been no confirmation on who is going to be Henshall’s successor.

Some fans think it will be actress Alison “Tosh” McIntosh star Alison O’Donnell, while others are thinking new is going to join the cast to take over the role, some mentioning Line of Duty star Martin Compston.

For now, at least, the focus will be on how Jimmy is going to exit Shetland for good.

There have been hints that he is going to start a new life with Nurse Meg Pattison (played by Lucianne McEvoy) who recently broke up with Jimmy.

But seeing as it is a drama, there is concern it may end with the demise of Jimmy, which would no doubt leave viewers devastated.

Shetland season 7 concludes on Wednesday, September 14, at 9pm on BBC One.

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