Shetland Season 5 Review

  • Series Title: Shetland
  • Season: 5
  • Episodes: 6
  • Discs: 2
  • Network:  BBC (Produced by ITV Studios, presented by Britbox)
  • Cast: Douglas Henshall, Alison O’Donnell, Steven Robertson
  • DVD: R1, NTSC DVD
  • General Information: Based on the mystery novels by Ann Cleeves

The severed hand and arm of a young man washes up on a beach in the Shetland Islands, and it is soon followed by the discovery of the man’s head in a duffel bag. The man was Daniel Ugara and he was in Shetland to find his kidnapped sister, Zizi. This leads DI Perez into a case of human trafficking and murder. The young woman’s estranged mother also arrives in Shetland looking for her, but it becomes apparent that not only is she a victim, but she’s desperate and possibly violent. Could she be driven to kill those she thinks responsible for the death of her son and the kidnapping of her daughter?

Season 5, as with previous season, sets the wild beauty of the Shetland Islands in sharp contrast to horrific, violent crimes – in this case, people trafficking and multiple murders. And taking place in a small community, even those close to DI Perez might be involved – even if unwittingly. Shetland Season 5 is a brilliant long-form mystery. We hope Perez finds the missing girl alive, and the clues and red herrings alike keep the story moving along. It’s a cracking good mystery and one who’s resolution I’m not going to spoil. I highly recommend Shetland, especially season 5.

Read my Review of Shetland Seasons 1 and 2.
Read my Review of Shetland Season 3.
Read my Review of Shetland Season 4.