Douglas Henshall to star in new BBC One crime drama, Shetland
07 May 2012
Acclaimed Scots actor Douglas Henshall has been cast as the lead
role in Shetland, a new two-part drama set in Scotland for
BBC One, produced by ITV Studios through BBC Scotland, and written
by David Kane, adapted from the series of books by award-winning
crime writer Ann Cleeves.
The powerful murder-mystery is set against the stunning Scottish
backdrop of the Shetland Isles and centres on Detective Jimmy Perez
played by Henshall (The Kidnap Diaries, The Silence), a
native Shetlander who has returned home after a long spell
Recently widowed Perez possesses a bone dry sense of humour and
an idealistic desire to protect his beloved Shetland Isles from
inevitable change, making him a fascinating detective to watch at
When a young archaeologist discovers a set of human remains, the
island community is intrigued to know if it's an ancient find or a
contemporary mystery. And when an elderly woman is shot on her land
in a tragic accident, Perez and his team find themselves at the
centre of two feuding families whose envy, greed and bitterness has
divided the surrounding community.
Written by David Kane (The Field of Blood, Taggart,
Rebus), produced by Sue De Beauvoir (Merlin, Waterloo
Road) and directed by Peter Hoare (Vera, Silk,
Five Days), Shetland starts filming on location in
Scotland and will transmit later in 2012. The two-part drama is
Executive Produced by Elaine Collins (Vera) for ITV
Studios and Christopher Aird for BBC Scotland (Call The
Midwife, Prisoners' Wives). Further casting will be announced
in the coming weeks.
Douglas Henshall says: "I am very much looking forward to
working with David Kane, filming in Scotland and being back on BBC
Elaine Collins, Executive Producer, ITV Studios, adds: "We are
delighted to be working with the BBC on this commission. Shetland
combines eccentric yet warm characters and a classic murder mystery
story with the beautiful landscape and rich history of the Shetland
Islands and we believe it will be hugely popular with viewers."
Christopher Aird, Head of Drama, Scotland and Executive
Producer, BBC says: "Shetland has a fantastic combination
of writing, acting, directing and producing talent. It is a hugely
exciting story and part of a project to bring the very best drama
to BBC Scotland in the coming years."
Shetland was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC
Drama Commissioning and Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One.
Shetland is the latest addition to BBC Scotland's thriving
drama department which is home to Waterloo Road (BBC One),
Lip Service (BBC Three), Field of Blood (BBC One
Scotland) and River City (BBC One Scotland).