Date announced for new Shetland TV series

The new series of Shetland will air next month, the BBC has confirmed.

Series eight kicks off on BBC One at 9pm on Wednesday, 1st November.

It is the first of the acclaimed murder-mysteries to star Ashley Jensen as detective Ruth Calder – replacing Douglas Henshall’s DI Jimmy Perez.

Filming of the Shetland scenes took place on location in the isles this spring.

According to the synopsis, the six-part series will see Calder return to Shetland on the trail of a vulnerable witness, teaming up with Tosh on a case that “will test their fragile new partnership”.

The series takes in a London gangland murder, sinister animal deaths and old family relationships.

Shetland is based on the characters created by author Ann Cleeves in the series of books by the same name.


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  • Jane C Kramer

    • October 19th, 2023 0:38

    Hallelujah!! I can’t wait to see Tosh and crew. November is my birth month so I’m going to count this as my best present this year. At 83 with a terrible back any kind of long distance travel is off the table. I so wanted to visit Shetland and get there via the North link Ferry. Now this is my only way to visit. Gonna miss Jimmy though and Cassie.

    • Angela

      • October 20th, 2023 9:19

      Aww, happy birthday when it comes. I love Shetland too and this has just made my day. I’m joking forward to seeing how it’ll be without Jimmy. I would’ve liked him to carry on 🥰

    • Christina Giles

      • October 20th, 2023 17:41

      My birthday month also, 71 this year. I went to Shetland with school when I was 15. It’s beautiful. Love recognising places we went to. So glad it’s back but will miss Jimmy Perez. Enjoy the new series!

  • Ann Sephton

    • October 19th, 2023 21:47

    Glad it is been continued have read all Ann Cleeeves books very good reading.

  • Billy Peacock

    • October 20th, 2023 9:33

    Brilliant love this programme even got it as my ringtone. The music and location settings are outstanding and makes us Scots so proud of our country. Looking forward to seeing how the replacement of Jimmy Perez fits in with the cast. I am sure she will be a hit. Can’t wait.

  • June Young

    • October 20th, 2023 12:02

    Can’t wait hope it’s as great as it was with Jimmy and the gang.

  • Carolyn Wright

    • October 20th, 2023 13:19

    Woohoo! I live in California,USA. When I first saw this series I wanted to pack up and move to Shetland. But at my age of 74 that’s not going to happen. I watch the show on the Britbox app and I’ve watched the series so many time I know them by heart. I’ll miss Jimmy but love Tosh and can’t wait to watch this new partnership

  • Sue Thompson

    • October 20th, 2023 13:27

    Brilliant news. I’m so looking forward to the new series of Shetland.
    I’ve read all of the Shetland books by Ann Cleeve and love the way her writing creates such a great image of the scenery and characters.
    Roll on 1st November.

  • Lorraine Logan

    • October 20th, 2023 14:49

    It’s always a shame when they change the main character, but I’ve seen Ashley Jenson in 2 TV programmes, one was called May to December + then years later in Agatha Raisin. She is a very good actor. Wish her all best .

  • Pamela Daley

    • October 20th, 2023 15:37

    Oh no 🙄 I am not sure about this after loving Douglas Henshall but having read all the books I will definitely give it a go with mixed feelings.

  • Mr B W Chalk

    • October 20th, 2023 16:50

    Great news that another series will be broadcast soon.
    We really love these series and will be curious to see how Jimmy Perez.s replacement will perform. Glad most of the old team are back. It wouldn’t be the same without them.
    We will be glued to the box on the 1st. November

  • karen wilkinson

    • October 20th, 2023 17:04

    Loved this series. Just watching all 7 series again. Can’t believe Douglas Henshall has left. Hate when great characters leave and someone new is introduced. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. Fingers crossed it works.

  • Jan hadden

    • October 21st, 2023 15:57

    Really looking forward to seeing Ashley Jensen in Shetland. Choosing a woman for the part is a good move, otherwise we just spend time making comparisons instead of just enjoying the show. Ashley is a lovely actress and will bring plenty to the table.

  • Pauline Bedford

    • October 21st, 2023 16:32

    Been looking forward to this. I have read all of Ann Cleeves books on Shetland and a fair few of her others. I’ve met her too, lovely lady, and her books so cleverly crafted. She really invokes the atmosphere on Shetland. We visited last year and it did not disappoint. I’m sure Ashley Jenson will do an excellent job with Alison O’Donnell. The scriptwriters have taken the characters and the iconic place and just run with it – fabulous. Looking forward to meeting the rest of the regulars in the series. V excited for first episode.

  • Jane C Kramer

    • October 22nd, 2023 3:14

    I understand it will be available on BBC 1. How do I do that here in the US?

  • Pat laing

    • November 7th, 2023 17:37

    Over the moon Shetland is back ,will miss Perez but Toshes side kick looks the part, hope Perez’s girlfriend is still going to be in it or has she gone with the love of her life PEREZ, time will tell. Good luck SHETLAND


    • November 12th, 2023 23:15



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