Shetland’s Jimmy Perez star details ‘tricky’ start to BBC series ‘A bit daunting’

Shetland: Douglas Henshall stars in season six trailer

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Shetland follows DI Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall) and his team as they use their unique skills to delve into crimes and crack cases. The detective star admitted he’d found series six of the BBC show “tricky” after a long hiatus from the programme, which last aired in 2019.

“Well obviously it’s wonderful to be back,” the Shetland star commented.

He added: “But it was tricky at the start because we all went into our own self-imposed lockdown again.

“For me, all I do is go to work and go home with the odd visit to a supermarket once in a while.

“I don’t really do anything else. I feel the weight of responsibility this time around.”

Speaking to the BBC, the 55-year-old continued: “It’s been great being on location in Shetland and out in the fresh air.

“Being outside again has been wonderful. You know I came to Shetland and I hadn’t worked for a year and a half.

“I hadn’t been in a room with more than four people and suddenly to come on a TV set with all the cast and crew around me was a bit daunting for a little while.

“It’s always lovely to come back to Shetland but it’s certainly not been under normal circumstances this year.”

The cast had no idea whether Shetland would be renewed for another series as the pandemic unfolded, but the BBC eventually confirmed a sixth and seventh season.

Douglas updated fans in August, where he told his Twitter followers: “Very happy to be back in Shetland filming series 7.”

He confirmed this month that filming had wrapped on season seven, adding: “We are wrapped on Shetland.

“Production now moves to Glasgow for the rest of season seven. As ever thank you to the people here for your help, support, and patience we couldn’t do it without you. #shetland.”

Talking about reprising his role, Douglas commented: “I think I’ve been doing it so long, Perez is just in my bones now.

“Normally it takes me around a week to start to feel comfortable playing him again but after that, it’s pretty straightforward.”

The latest series will be made up of six instalments, which started last week with Perez attending his mother’s funeral.

He started to worry that his father is having trouble with his memory.

Perez soon got a call which would set in motion the dram fr the remainder of the series – the shooting of a prominent and controversial Shetlander on their doorstep in broad daylight.

The series is based on the novels of the same name by Ann Cleeves.

A BBC synopsis for episode two reads: “In the aftermath of the diving incident, the team searches for a link between the two bodies.

“Meanwhile, Perez must deal with the return of Donna Killick.”

Shetland season 6 will continue on Wednesday on BBC One from 9pm.

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