This paragraph contains Shetland spoilers.
The retirement of DI Jimmy Perez marked the conclusion of season seven of the much-loved police program Shetland, which presented a significant threat to the show’s continuation. Even though the program’s main character, who has been a cast member for all nine of its seasons, will not be returning for the upcoming eighth season, the BBC has shown that they have enough trust in the show to give it a renewal for another season.
Because the BBC was gracious enough to inform us about this renewal before season seven began airing, we were spared the anxiety of wondering what would become of the show once Douglas Henshall stepped down from his role as host.
But what does this imply for Shetland’s prospects in the future? What will happen to the program now that Jimmy is gone? And maybe, most crucially, who will take Henshall’s position in the leading role after his departure?
Join us here at Digital Spy as we discuss all you need to know about the upcoming eighth season of Shetland, which will air on the BBC.
When may the eighth season of Shetland be available to watch on BBC, and when might it be released?
When it was revealed that Shetland would be renewed for a season eight, the BBC also stated that production for these new episodes would begin sometime in spring 2023. This indicates that the program will most likely return to our screens later in the year.
Who will take the role of Douglas Henshall in the cast of Shetland season 8?
When the news of Jimmy’s sudden departure was initially broken, Douglas Henshall issued a statement on his departure, in which he said: “Both him and the place will be much missed. I want to wish everyone participating the best of luck in the upcoming events, whatever they may be.”
“We shall miss him tremendously,” said Gaynor Holmes, executive producer for BBC Drama. “He had an incredible talent.” However, he is leaving the show in excellent shape, and we are quite happy about the plans we have to bring more of this well-liked drama to viewers all around the world.
Henshall revealed the following things in a separate interview with Radio Times: “It will seem strange to know that they are filming the eighth season without me there to witness it. However, it is not going to be the production that I was a part of, so I will just have to cross my fingers and wish them well. They will need to put up a whole different display.”
Since then, the BBC has provided confirmation that a new lead would be introduced, much as in previous programs like The Bay that are quite similar. But who may that person be?
Tosh, who is portrayed by Alison O’Donnell, is the one who comes to mind first. Because Jimmy’s right-hand lady has been with the company from the very beginning, she is in the ideal position to step up and take the reins from her teacher at this point in time.
Another name that has been bandied about is that of Detective Inspector Fraser Brooks, who is portrayed by Brian Ferguson. Although he is a relatively fresh figure in Shetland, this may make a lot of sense in the context of the narrative.
Fans are shooting for the moon with additional proposals like Line of Duty’s Martin Compston, but at this point, that’s probably just wishful thinking. Fans are setting their sights quite high.
No matter what happens, what we do know is that the characters of Duncan Hunter, played by Mark Bonnar, and Maggie Kean, played by Annika Rose, have also left the program permanently. Even though the BBC hasn’t said for sure who will be coming back, it seems safe to assume the following will be involved:
Because of their relationships with Jimmy, the future of other stars on the program, such as Lucianne McEvoy and Erin Armstrong, is currently unknown.
What will take on in the eighth season of Shetland?
We didn’t find out how Jimmy would leave the program until the very last episode of the seventh season, despite the fact that Shetland has been dropping hints about his departure for quite some time.
To make a long tale short, Jimmy was the one who assisted a man in evading extradition and execution, which was plainly the proper thing to do; nonetheless, this action was detrimental to Jimmy’s professional standing.
In the closing episode of the seventh season, Jimmy shared with Rhona that he would be content if the only thing he ever did was to save an innocent guy.
This brings an end to Jimmy’s time spent acting in the role of investigator. It’s safe to say that the new episodes of Shetland will kick things off by introducing a brand new lead, in addition to the typical cases that fans have come to love over the course of the past nine years. This is despite the fact that it’s highly unlikely that we’ll ever find out what happens next for him and Meg.
When will the trailer for Shetland season 8 be available to watch?
Due to the fact that production is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2023, we should anticipate seeing new footage for Shetland’s eighth season a few months later, throughout the summer, or maybe even around the fall of 2023.
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Shetland is a television show that is shown on BBC One and is also accessible to watch online via the BBC iPlayer.
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- 1 When may the eighth season of Shetland be available to watch on BBC, and when might it be released?
- 2 Who will take the role of Douglas Henshall in the cast of Shetland season 8?
- 3 What will take on in the eighth season of Shetland?
- 4 When will the trailer for Shetland season 8 be available to watch?