Last March, more than six million people tuned into the two-part pilot of Shetland, the BBC’s murder mystery set on the blustery and beautiful northern islands known for their green pastures, puffins and ponies. We liked it so much that next month, a six part  series comes to our screens, with more grisly happenings set against this dramatic backdrop.

“You’re not going to find a basement of abducted children, as in Top of the Lake [Jane Campion’s New Zealand-based crime drama],” says native Shetlander Steven Robertson, who plays island bobby Sandy Wilson in the series. “Shetland tries to deal with local storylines.”

Douglas Henshall’s DI Perez investigates with help from the trusty Wilson on the collection of more than 100 moody islands. “There are two main characters in the series,” explains Robertson modestly. “They are Jimmy Perez and the Shetland Isles themselves. They are the real stars of the show.”

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An archipelago made up of more than 100 islands, 15 of which are inhabited, the Shetland Isles are closer to Norway than mainland Scotland.

The same goes for Shetlander's unique cultural heritage. The Old Norse language crops up everywhere, from practically every place name to the local dialect spoken with a distinctive Scandinavian lilt, while fantastically preserved archaeological sites and the spectacular Up Helly Aa festival are vivid reminders of the islands' Viking past.

Last March, more than six million people tuned into the two-part pilot of Shetland, the BBC’s murder mystery set on the blustery and beautiful northern islands known for their green pastures, puffins and ponies. We liked it so much that next month, a six part  series comes to our screens, with more grisly happenings set against this dramatic backdrop.

“You’re not going to find a basement of abducted children, as in Top of the Lake [Jane Campion’s New Zealand-based crime drama],” says native Shetlander Steven Robertson, who plays island bobby Sandy Wilson in the series. “Shetland tries to deal with local storylines.”

Douglas Henshall’s DI Perez investigates with help from the trusty Wilson on the collection of more than 100 moody islands. “There are two main characters in the series,” explains Robertson modestly. “They are Jimmy Perez and the Shetland Isles themselves. They are the real stars of the show.”

Last March, more than six million people tuned into the two-part pilot of Shetland, the BBC’s murder mystery set on the blustery and beautiful northern islands known for their green pastures, puffins and ponies. We liked it so much that next month, a six part  series comes to our screens, with more grisly happenings set against this dramatic backdrop.

“You’re not going to find a basement of abducted children, as in Top of the Lake [Jane Campion’s New Zealand-based crime drama],” says native Shetlander Steven Robertson, who plays island bobby Sandy Wilson in the series. “Shetland tries to deal with local storylines.”

Douglas Henshall’s DI Perez investigates with help from the trusty Wilson on the collection of more than 100 moody islands. “There are two main characters in the series,” explains Robertson modestly. “They are Jimmy Perez and the Shetland Isles themselves. They are the real stars of the show.”

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An archipelago made up of more than 100 islands, 15 of which are inhabited, the Shetland Isles are closer to Norway than mainland Scotland.

The same goes for Shetlander's unique cultural heritage. The Old Norse language crops up everywhere, from practically every place name to the local dialect spoken with a distinctive Scandinavian lilt, while fantastically preserved archaeological sites and the spectacular Up Helly Aa festival are vivid reminders of the islands' Viking past.

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