Shetland season 7, which will mark the final season of the series for Douglas Henshall as DI Jimmy Perez.
The show is scheduled to premiere in the coming month BBC One, his final investigation is about the disappearance the vulnerable boy and draws Perez into the dark background of a family who moved from Scottish islands.
Season 8 has been confirmed, along with casting announcements coming in the near future.
“After series 5 of Shetland,[creator] David Kane and I decided we wanted to do 2 more series to complete the story of Jimmy Perez. So series 6 and 7 were commissioned together to give us time to wrap up Perez’s story to a satisfactory end,” stated Henshall in his statement of departure.
“It’s among the best experiences of my profession to be Jimmy Perez for almost 10 years and to be able to work with such an amazing group of actors both in front of as well behind it as well as to spend many hours in Shetland.
“The Isles were so much a part of our show and of Perez himself. I’ll miss him and the place. I wish everyone involved much luck with whatever happens next.”
In the meantime, BBC Drama executive producer Gaynor Holmes was full of positive words to Primevalstar.
“It has been an absolute privilege to work on Shetland over the past few years and watch the show go from strength to strength – in no small part thanks to Douglas’s sensitive, intelligent and memorable portrayal of DI Jimmy Perez,” Holmes said.
“We will miss him enormously but he leaves the show in rude health and we’re extremely excited about the plans we have for bringing more of this much loved drama to audiences far and wide.”
Shetland’s 7th series is set to feature Julie Graham returning as procurator fiscal Rhona Kelly, along with regulars from the series Alison O’Donnell, Steven Robertson, Mark Bonnar, Anne Kidd, Lewis Howden, Erin Armstrong, Angus Miller and Anneika Rose returning too.
Guest stars be Patrick Robinson (Casualty and Death in Paradise) and Laurie Brett (EastEnders and Waterloo Road).