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When does Shetland season 4 start? 

Season four of the popular detective show will be beginning on BBC One tonight (Tuesday, February 13) at 9pm.

The programme is loosely based on the novels by Ann Cleeves and follows detective DI Jimmy Perez (played by Douglas Henshall).

Speaking about returning for season four and the show’s enduring success, actor Henshall, 52, said: “I think first and foremost it’s the characters. 

“Secondly, closely followed by, the place that it’s set in. 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. 

“But I really have to give credit to the writers and producers because they are the prime reason. And the books, they’re incredibly popular. All those ingredients together work very well for us!”

How many episodes are in Shetland season 4?

There will be a total of six episodes – each an hour long – in season four, just  like the previous two runs.

Shetland has been running since 2013 after it was commissioned by the BBC for a two-part pilot, which was based on Cleeves’ book Red Bones.

Following the show’s success, Shetland returned the following year for a full six-episode season. 

Each season follows Perez investigating one case, however the third run was not based on one of Cleeves’ texts.

What will happen in Shetland season 4?

Audiences will be reunited with Perez and his partner DS McIntosh (Alison O’Donnell) as they find themselves embroiled in a new case.

The drama will start with convicted murderer Thomas Malone (Stephen Walters) having his sentence overturned after spending 23 years locked up.

The court’s decision will lead Perez and McIntosh to reopen the case into the death of Lizzie Kilmuir.

However, things are far from simple after Malone returns home and a journalist is killed shortly afterwards. 

Perez and his team are brought in to look at both cases and find out if there’s any connection.

Teasing Shetland fans about what to expect from season four, Henshall said: “I think we’re taking on some big subjects in this series. Last series we did too and we were rewarded, and we’ve been quite bold this time around as well. 

“There are some quite subtle questions this series asks like, what does a good person sound like? What does a bad person look like? It’s not always obvious, as our own prejudices get in the way. 

“So whether you think you’re qualified to know who is a good person and who is a bad person – that’s been interesting to explore.”

Who stars in Shetland season 4?

Season four will see Douglas Henshall reprising his award-winning role as DI Jimmy Perez – a part which earned him a BAFTA Scotland accolade in 2016.

Joining him will be Alison O’Donnell as DS Alison “Tosh” McIntosh, who has been by Perez’s side since season one.

Also returning is Steven Robertson as DC Sandy Wilson, Erin Armstrong as Cassie Perez, Line of Duty star Mark Bonnar as Duncan Hunter, Lewis Howden as Sgt Billy McCabe, Julie Graham as Procurator Fiscal Rhona Kelly, and Anne Kidd as forensic pathologist Cora McLean.

Joining season four will be Stephen Walters as convicted killer Thomas Malone.

Playing Lizzie Kilmuir’s grieving family member will be Doctor Who star Neve McIntosh as Kate Kilmuir. 

Other cast members include Sean McGinley as Drew McColl, Amy Lennox as Sally McColl and Gerard Miller as Alan Killick.

Shetland season 4 starts tonight on BBC One at 9pm.