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Arts / Sixth series of crime drama set to hit screens this autumn

From left to right, actors Steven Robertson, Alison O'Donnell and Douglas Henshall. Photo: BBC

THE BBC’s crime drama series Shetland is to return to the small screen this autumn for a sixth helping.

The six-episode new series once again sees Douglas Henshall reprising his role as detective Jimmy Perez, alongside familiar cast members Alison O’Donnell, Steven Robertson, Mark Bonnar, Erin Armstrong, Anne Kidd and Lewis Howden.

Publicity for the new series says that it will centre on the doorstep murder of a prominent local figure in a “case which strikes at the heart of the Shetland Isles and its people”.

Perez and his team’s investigation, we are told, takes a “shockingly sinister turn”.

Written by David Kane and Paul Logue, the series will also see Fiona Bell return as murderer Donna Killick, whose compassionate release “aggrieves many of the locals” including Kate Kilmuir, the victim’s sister, played by Neve McIntosh.

New series regulars include Anneika Rose, who appeared in Line of Duty, as the procurator fiscal, Maggie Kean and Angus Miller as O’Donnell’s character Tosh’s love interest, Donnie.

Henshall said: “After all we’ve been through over the last couple of years, it’s wonderful to be back filming on Shetland again. Davy Kane has, once again, created stunning storylines in these two new series for Perez and the team to uncover the truth.

“Being back on the Shetland Isles has been wonderful. There is no location quite like it.”

The series was commissioned by BBC Drama controller Piers Wenger and produced by Louise Say, whose resume includes Dracula and Les Miserables.

Executive producers are Kane, Gaynor Holmes for the BBC and Kate Bartlett and Denise Paul for Silverprint Pictures.

Filming for the follow-up seventh series has been taking place at various locations in the islands in recent weeks.