Shetland (2013– )
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Episode #5.1 

A severed hand washes up on a Shetland beach, with further body parts discovered in a holdall that has been dumped at sea. Perez and the team begin a complex murder investigation.

Director:

Gordon Anderson

Writers:

Ann Cleeves (characters), David Kane
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ayanda Bhebe Ayanda Bhebe ... Daniel Ugara
Douglas Henshall ... DI Jimmy Perez
Alison O'Donnell ... Alison McIntosh
Lewis Howden Lewis Howden ... Billy McCabe
Steven Robertson ... Sandy Wilson
Anne Kidd Anne Kidd ... Cora McLean
Lorn Macdonald ... Jamie Hayes
Owen Whitelaw ... Prentice Hayes
Tracy Wiles ... Carla Hayes
Isabelle Joss Isabelle Joss ... Catrina
Julie Graham ... Rhona Kelly
Conor McCarry Conor McCarry ... PC Alex Grant
Robin Laing ... Gavin Laird
Catherine Walker ... Alice Brooks
Mark Bonnar ... Duncan Hunter
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A severed hand washes up on a Shetland beach, with further body parts discovered in a holdall that has been dumped at sea. Perez and the team begin a complex murder investigation.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-14

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Country:

UK

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

12 February 2019 (UK) See more »

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When DI Perez is following Prentice Hayes to the girls at the caravan, his Volvo bears the license plate SE67 XHW. after he leaves, his license plate shows KJI8 CSX, indicating he's switched vehicles. See more »

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Episode 5.1
15 February 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

This is the first time I have watched Shetland since it changed its format from two part stories.

I never realized that the Shetland stories were based on the books by Ann Cleeves, the same writer of the Vera novels.

The first episode of this opening story starts with a smartly dressed young Nigerian man who seems distressed. Later some of his body parts wash up ashore and bits of him might had been dissolved in acid.

The dead man was identified as Daniel Ugara who came to the Shetland Isles looking for a female family member who might had been a victim of sex trafficking.

Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall) initially suspects a fisherman who has fallen on hard times, who might now have been tempted by the drugs trade.

Henshall brings a weariness and vulnerability to Perez. The dead man has been a victim of a gruesome crime and it looks like some nasty people linked with organized crime might had been involved.

It was a well paced first episode. Having grown up in a small island, it is hard to swallow that so much crime is going on in a place like Shetlands and the police do not have a whiff of suspicion.


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