Shetland Season 8: Is The Scottish Crime Drama Series Cancelled Or Renewed?

Shetland Season 8
Shetland Season 8

Is Shetland Season 8 happening or not? Originally broadcast on BBC One on 10 March 2013, Shetland is a Scottish crime drama series produced by ITV Studios for BBC Scotland. David Kane, who has remained a principal writer throughout the series, has adapted Ann Cleeves’ novels for television. Douglas Henshall stars as DI Jimmy Pérez. From Series 8 (2023), Ashley Jensen replaces Henshall as DI Ruth Calder, who won the 2016 BAFTA Scotland award for best actor.


Shetland Season 8

Shetland Season 8

Ashley Jensen will take over the detecting duties from Douglas Henshall in Shetland Season 8. Having been a part of the series from the very beginning, Douglas said goodbye to the series in season 7. From Shetland Season 8 onwards, Henshall was replaced by Ashley Jensen after Henshall announced it would be his last series. However, Extras star Ashley has joined the hugely popular BBC crime drama, so it’s not the end of the show. Here are all the details about the BBC crime drama show Shetland Season 8.

Shetland Season 8 Release Date

Shetland Season 8 Release Date

The new season will begin filming on the Shetland Isles and across Scotland next spring and will premiere later in 2023. Some of the filmings take place on the Scottish mainland, but most of the stories take place on the eponymous archipelago. A majority of exterior location filming takes place in Shetland; in 2021, series 6 and 7 were filmed in Shetland in two segments, each lasting about six weeks. It is possible to film interiors either in Shetland or in west central Scotland.

Shetland Season 8 Cast

Shetland Season 8 Cast

Henshall announced before Shetland season 7 that he would be leaving the series and his role as DI Jimmy Perez, but that it would continue without him. There is finally an announcement of the cast for Shetland Season 8.

The main cast of Shetland is as follows:

  • Ashley Jensen as DI Ruth Calder
  • Alison O’Donnell as Alison
  • Steven Robertson as Sandy Wilson
  • Mark Bonnar as Duncan Hunter
  • Mark Bonnar as Duncan Hunter
  • Julie Graham as Rhona Kelly
  • Lewis Howden as Billy McCabe
  • Erin Armstrong as Cassie Pérez
  • Anneika Rose as Maggie Kean
  • Lucianne McEvoy as Meg Pattison

Shetland Season 8 Plot

Shetland Season 8 Plot

As of right now, little is known about the plot of Shetland Season 8 other than Ruth will be introduced. Shetland will have a different dynamic with Ashley Jensen, but won’t change too much for fans to continue to enjoy the show’s distinctive qualities.

Shetland Season 8 Trailer

As of now, there is no trailer available for Shetland Season 8. Till then you can watch the trailer for the previous season and can get an idea of the show if you haven’t watched it yet.

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Where To Watch Shetland Season 8 Online?

You can watch Shetland Season 8 on BBC iPlayer. All the season of the crime drama series Shetland is available on the platform. You can stream Season 1 to season 7 on the platform if you haven’t watched the show yet.


Here’s everything about Shetland Season 8. This crime drama series is produced by ITV Studios for BBC Scotland. While some of the filmings take place on the Scottish mainland, the stories are largely set on the eponymous archipelago. The eighth series of Shetland is scheduled for 2023, however without Douglas Henshall. Douglas Henshall won’t be returning to the show. Whose is your favourite character in the series? What is your expectation from the introduction of a new detective in the series? Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section down below.


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