Is Shetland on BBC One based on a true story? | The Sun

SHETLAND fans are thrilled that the hit crime drama is returning to BBC One.

The series is based on the novels of English crime writer Ann Cleeves, but where did she get her inspiration from?

Is Shetland on BBC One based on a true story?

The BBC crime series Shetland is initially based upon the novels of Ann Cleeves.

The series was first brought to the screen by David Kane, who has remained a principal writer throughout the series.

While Cleeves’ novel doesn't exactly lift from true events, they are inspired by her time living in Shetland, where she worked as a former probation officer. 

“It is more than 40 years since I first went to Shetland because I got there in 1975," the author told the Daily Record on Jan. 16, 2016. 

"The Shetland plots couldn’t be set anywhere else because they are intrinsic to what is going on in Shetland." 

The writers have chosen to loosely follow the essence of Ann’s books and characters, while they create new stories.

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But from season five onwards, the plot to Shetland is entirely fictional.

What is Shetland about?

Shetland follows DI Jimmy Perez, a straightforward detective inspector who lives in Shetland and shares his stepdaughter Cassie's upbringing with her real father.

The forthcoming new series centres on the doorstep murder of a prominent local figure.

The case strikes at the heart of the Shetland Isles and its people.

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As Perez and his team uncover a kaleidoscope of motives for the murder, their investigation soon takes a shockingly sinister turn.

Who is in the cast of Shetland?

After season 7, Shetland will see the departure of Douglas Henshall, who will be leaving the series at the end of the season.

Henshall has said he'll explain his "reasons for leaving later".

Most of the main cast for the series will also be back for season seven, which includes:

  • Douglas Henshall as DI Jimmy Perez
  • Alison O’Donnell as DS Alison 'Tosh' McIntosh
  • Steven Robertson as DC Sandy Wilson
  • Mark Bonnar as Duncan Hunter
  • Anne Kidd as Cora McLean
  • Lewis Howden as Sgt Billy McCabe
  • Erin Armstrong as Cassie Perez
  • Angus Miller as Donnie
  • Anneika Rose as Maggie Kean

What happened in Shetland season 6?

WARNING: Contains spoilers from season 6 of Shetland

Season six saw the return of a familiar face: Donna Killick, who (back in season four) was revealed to be a murderer after Jimmy Perez reopened the cold case murder of teenager Lizzie Kilmuir.

Donna returned home to Shetland on compassionate grounds, after she was diagnosed with cancer while in prison.

However, things took a turn when she convinced Duncan to help her die by suicide before she could be transferred back to prison, which he did by mixing all her medicine into her mug of hot chocolate for her.

Donna tried to frame Duncan as she told her lawyer ahead of her death that Duncan had pressured her to die.

The episode ended in Duncan confessing and telling his side of the story to save Jimmy's career but this backfired and Jimmy was arrested in the final moments of the episode.

How can I watch Shetland?'

Shetland makes an explosive return to TV on August 10, 2022 at 9pm on BBC One.

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Episodes will air weekly on Wednesdays at the same time.

You can also catch up with episodes on the BBC iPlayer.

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