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Where is Shetland season 4 set?

Shetland is set in modern day Scotland in the Shetland Isles.

The acclaimed BBC One murder mystery drama follows Detective Jimmy Perez (played by Douglas Henshall) and a core cast of recurring characters who will be reopening a 23-year-old murder case this season.

One of the show’s defining characteristics is that it is set against the stunning back drop of the Shetland Islands, which are located north east of the country in the North Sea.

This location is almost a character in itself in the series.


Speaking on the importance of the location, Douglas Henshall said it’s one of the things that keeps audiences gripped by the show.

“I think first and foremost it’s the characters. Secondly, closely followed by, the place that it’s set in,” the 52-year-old Glaswegian actor said.

“Not only because it’s beautiful but because it’s like another character in the show. I think people are drawn to the place because they imagine themselves there.”


Where is Shetland filmed?

Largely based on the novels of Ann Cleeves, most of the series is actually filmed in mainland Scotland with some on location shooting taking place in the Shetlands themselves.

The BBC revealed that season four was shot in Glasgow, Norway and in the Shetlands.

Shooting for season four took place in the Shetlands’ capital Lerwick as well as in the Lodberries and on Commercial Street.

The Shetland Times reported that filming also took place in the village of Wester Quaff.

On the mainland, filming occurred in Renfrewshire in the Lowlands and in the town of Barrhead near Glasgow.

Irvine Beach and Ayr were also used for filming in season four. 

What will happen in Shetland season 4?

Season four will see the six-part police drama delve into a 1994 murder case after its original conviction on Shetlander Thomas Malone (Steven Walters) was over turned. 

A local journalist is found murdered and suspicion surrounds Malone again – the team investigate if he has been a victim of a miscarriage of justice or if he has managed to fool the system.

“The story of a man being released from prison for a crime he apparently didn’t commit, returning to his small community, opening up old wounds and resentments, seemed a natural fit for series four,” series writer David Kane said.

The official BBC synopsis for episode one is: “Thomas Malone returns to Shetland after serving 23 years in jail for the murder of teenager Lizzie Kilmuir, a crime he swears he didn’t commit. 

“Whilst most of the islanders are convinced of Malone’s guilt, the appeal and his subsequent release have thrown up the possibility that someone else could be responsible for Lizzie’s murder, but as Malone arrives back on Shetland, local journalist Sally McColl (Amy Lennox) is found murdered. 

“Perez and the team must investigate both cases.”

Shetland airs on BBC One tonight at 9pm. 

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