Eight puzzling murder cases keep good-natured Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez busy - and keeps the audience guessing - in the breathtakingly beautiful Shetland Islands. As Perez and the viewer quickly come to realize, not all is what it seems in this close-knit island community. Based on the best-selling Shetland novels by author Ann Cleeves.
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After a second body is found brutally murdered on Shetland, Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez wonders if the two killings are connected to corporate greed and corruption on the island or to just one woman - Evie Watt.
Perez returns to his childhood home after the murder of a scientist on the beautiful island of Fair Isle. Tensions run high as a storm on the mainland forces Perez to work in isolation - and compels all of the suspects to remain together under one roof.
Time is running out for Detective Inspector Perez as prime suspect, Peter Latimer, lies critically ill in hospital. Was the fire a drunken accident, or was Peter Latimer the second victim of a murderer still free on Fair Isle?
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Like others, I was confused about where to find Season Two but after looking into it, it seems that Episodes 1 and 2 both included here. Season One is just the first two episodes and the other six are Season Two. Great acting and wonderful atmosphere.
Absolutely loved it! It's sooo good to see Henshall again, NOT being chased by prehistoric animals! The storyline and characters were well written and meshed well together on screen. Even the younger lady fit right in, it is a great series! I started watching WITHOUT buying the whole season and before I knew it I had ordered almost the entire season!
I was hooked from the first epi's! The storyline def grabs you and pulls you in. The outcome for each epi was a surprise, which is either great or just means I have low intelligence for solving mysteries (hahaha). Thoroughly enjoyed the series, spent all day watching and re-watching the epi's I purchased. I will purchase the rest of the season and will watch them over and over again.
If you've read Ann Cleeves's Shetland books, you'll be thrilled to see them come to life in this excellent series. Doug Henshall is brilliant as Jimmy Perez, and the supporting crew are excellent, as well. This and "Vera" are my favorite shows, both born of Ann Cleves's books. The scenery is breathtaking. The acting is superlative.
We love Vera series so on a recent trip to Shetland we learned about this series. Its is a true homage to the lovely Shetland country side and people and a riveting crime drama. It has the same twists and turns you expect from Ann Cleeves but with even more compelling characters. "British" crime drama is a leap ahead of US television in plotting and character and this is the best of the lot. Characters you can believe. who grow with each season . The scenery and locals around Shetland do the "country' proud.
I had read all the books in this series by Ann Cleeves. Will have to admit the TV adaptation met my expectations, though the actor playing Jimmy Perez was not what/who I expected (I'm totally over that now, by the way - LOL). Worth your time. If you're in the US, you may need to have closed captioning or sub-titles turned on. The accents are pretty thick.
This and other Scottish linguistic gems will keep you smiling as you enjoy this delightful BBC procedural. Not sure what that Magic is the BBC has in taking seemingly small-ish situations and turning them into compelling and memorable televised entertainment. Okay i'll correct myself. I do know. It's CHARACTER. They just know how to get you engaged with these engaging characters and you're rooting for them all the way.
Also a BIG plug for the Cinematography in Shetland. Just gorgeous. Makes you want to just run out in the Heather (the Heath? how would I know?) and get you sensible shoes all covered in dew.
Oh... "Pound for a Kiss?" What? Big double-take here when I heard that one. After a fair amount of Google-Digging it's apparently a trickle-down from an old Scottish Wedding tradition. I quote:
The Hen Party these days is usually a wild affair but its origins are much more sedate. The bride's friends and neighbours would give her gifts of food that could be used at the wedding feast and, a few days before the wedding, the women would get together to prepare the hens which were usually part of the feast. There would be singing and joking together and a ritual of 'chantie' jumping was performed. This involved the bride jumping over a chamber pot in the street. Those who passed by would drop money into the pot in exchange for a kiss from the bride to be, which was considered good luck. Some modern hen nights incorporate this tradition.
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2016
Aside from needing to use captions, this show was OUTSTANDING! I love the Scottish accent, but the landscape is amazing. The acting is top rate, the story lines are so engaging and keep you guessing to the very end.I adore the characters, especially the dynamic of the main character Perez, his back story and his co-parenting situation. If you love dramas and murder mysteries you are going to LOVE this show!
I got hooked on this series from the very first episode. We're on a remote island in Scotland and we have a very handsome widowed police chief who has to solve a murder. It takes him 2 episodes to find the killer, so we have lots of suspects to consider, and we always pick the wrong one. At the end of Season 2, there are multiple murders, and the last installment is about 5 episodes long. Beautifully acted and very engaging.