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In Pictures / New photos revealed of eighth Shetland series

DI Tosh McIntosh (Alison O'Donnell) and DI Ruth Calder (Ashley Jensen) starring in series 9 and 10 of Shetland. Photo: ITV Studios

MORE photos have been revealed from the filming of the upcoming new series of crime drama Shetland.

The first episode will air on BBC One at 9pm on 1 November.

The series sees Ashley Jensen take on the lead role after the departure of Douglas Henshall.

Jensen said her character DI Ruth Calder is “formidable” and strong.

But the actress said “she’s very much an urban detective and is resentfully drawn back to Shetland”.

Speaking about the storyline, Jensen added: “Ruth Calder is called to a London crime scene for a murder which could be connected to gangland crime.

“The case inadvertently takes Ruth back to the Shetland Isles because the eyewitness, Ellen Quinn [Maisie Norma Seaton] is suspected of going on the run there, back to where she’s from. Calder feels an affinity with Ellen – after all she’s a girl who ran away from her life in Shetland and started a new one in the big city.

“Ruth is used to getting things right and this is a complex case which is layered and doesn’t quite go the way she expects it to. There are so many different paths that she ends up going down.”

The series also sees the return of Alison O’Donnell in the role of Alison ‘Tosh’ Macintosh.

Her character finds herself temporarily in the role of DI, and she said the relationship between Calder and Tosh is “restless”.

“It is new and fragile and their policing styles don’t always marry up,” O’Donnell said.

“But these are two confident, experienced women who recognise the value of working together and pooling resources, and who respect each other, even though they don’t always see eye to eye.”

DC Sandy Wilson, played by Steven Robertson. Photo: BBC/Silverprint Pictures/Mark Mainz
Photo: BBC/Silverprint Pictures/Mark Mainz
Photo: BBC/Silverprint Pictures/Jamie Simpson
Photo: BBC/Silverprint Pictures/Mark Mainz
Photo: BBC/Silverprint Pictures/Jamie Simpson

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