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Douglas Henshall returns for Shetland series 5 on BBC One

The new 6-part series begins on Tuesday.

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Murder mystery series Shetland returns to BBC One for a fifth series on Tuesday.

Douglas Henshall reprises his role as DI Jimmy Perez in the new six-part series. The cast also features Alison O’Donnell, Steven Robertson, Mark Bonnar, Erin Armstrong, and Julie Graham.

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In the new series Perez’s investigation uncovers a complex and unsettling network of organised crime.

On a windswept hillside, a young man waits patiently, shivering in a grey suit. He’s waiting for someone. A vehicle appears and he tentatively approaches. A few days later, a jogger on her morning run discovers a severed hand on the beach.

Perez and the team are shocked by the discovery. Even more so, when a holdall containing further body parts, including a head, is found at an inlet nearby.

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An initial forensic investigation reveals that the body parts all belong to the same victim. What events led up to this discovery?

Spotted in Lerwick a few days before, the team use CCTV to trace the victim’s last movements. Having identified him as a young Nigerian man, they start to scrutinise his emails and social media accounts. And it is then that the investigation takes a sinister turn…

A Silverprint Pictures production for BBC One through BBC Scotland, Shetland is based on the award-winning novels by writer Ann Cleeves.

Shetland series 5 starts at 9pm on Tuesday 12th February 2019 on BBC One.

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