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Shetland Season 8 Release Date: Is It Coming in Next Year?

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 show’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 faith in the show to give it a renewal for another season.

Because the BBC was gracious enough to let us know 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 show 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 the upcoming eighth season of Shetland on BBC and share everything you need to know about it.

Shetland Season 8 Release Date

When it was revealed that Shetland will be renewed for a season eight, the BBC also confirmed that filming for these new episodes will begin at some point in spring 2023.

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This indicates that the show will most likely return to our screens later on in the year.

Shetland Season 8 Cast

As was discussed earlier, Jimmy Perez will not be appearing in any episodes of this season. However, that is not the end of the story. According to RadioTimes, the character of Duncan Hunter, played by Mark Bonner, will not be making a return in either the first episode of season 7 or the subsequent season.

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We have also witnessed the final performance of public prosecutor Maggie Kean, whose part was also played by Annika Rose. In addition to these two, we have also seen Annika Rose play the role.

In addition to these cast members, we anticipate the return of the following individuals. The BBC, on the other hand, has not as of yet disclosed the official cast list:

Alison O’Donnell in the role of Detective Sergeant Alison “Tosh” McIntosh

Julie Graham is rumored to reprise the role of the public prosecutor Rhona Kelly. However, we are still in the dark regarding the casting roles of Lucianne McEvoy and Erin Armstrong.

No matter what, one thing we are sure about is that there will be a flurry of guest appearances who will bring along with them fresh challenges for the authorities to handle.

Despite this, there is still a problem that needs to be addressed and resolved.

Shetland Season 8 Plot

We didn’t find out how Jimmy would leave the show 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 story short, Jimmy was the one who assisted a man in evading extradition and death, which was obviously the right thing to do; however, this action was detrimental to Jimmy’s professional standing.

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In the final episode of the seventh season, Jimmy shared with Rhona that he would be content if the only thing he ever did was to help an innocent man.

shetland season 8 release date

This brings an end to Jimmy’s time spent acting in the role of detective. It’s safe to say that the upcoming episodes of Shetland will kick things off by introducing a brand new lead, along with 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.

Shetland Season 8 Trailer

Due to the fact that filming is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2023, we should anticipate seeing new footage for Shetland’s eighth season a few months later, during the summer, or possibly even around the fall of 2023.

Remember to come back and check this page for any updates.


The much-loved police program Shetland has been renewed for a season 8. Jimmy Perez will not be appearing in any episodes of this season. According to reports, the character of Duncan Hunter will not make a return. Filming for new episodes will begin at some point in spring 2023. shetland season 8 will kick things off with a brand new lead.

Julie Graham is rumored to reprise the role of the public prosecutor Rhona Kelly. Lucianne McEvoy and Erin Armstrong are still in the running for the roles of Trudy and Jimmy.

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