Shetland star Douglas Henshall opens up on ‘tricky’ return to filming

Shetland: Douglas Henshall stars in season six trailer

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BBC’s hit Scottish murder-mystery series Shetland is back with a sixth series. The new thrilling six-part tale follows DI Perez (played by Douglas Henshall) and the team as they investigate the doorstep murder of a prominent local figure. It’s been a while since the drama has been on screen, with series five finishing in early 2019. In a recent interview, actor Douglas Henshall opened up about how it felt to be back on set and the challenges of filming amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The new series of the crime drama was made under strict Covid-19 guidelines, making filming more challenging.

Chatting about the new series, Douglas confessed it wasn’t an easy return to filming in the Shetland Isles.

He remarked: “Well, obviously it’s wonderful to be back but it was tricky at the start because we all went into our own self-imposed lockdown again.

“For me, all I do is go to work and go home with the odd visit to a supermarket once in a while.

“I don’t really do anything else. I feel the weight of responsibility this time around,” he said.

However, Douglas made it clear he was pleased to be back working in such a beautiful part of the world.

The actor explained: “It’s been great being on location in Shetland and out in the fresh air.

“Being outside again has been wonderful,” he added.

The star detailed how nice it felt to be back filming after such a long break during the pandemic.

However, he said it was also a “daunting” experience returning to work and being around so many people again.

Douglas commented: “You know, I came to Shetland and I hadn’t worked for a year and a half.

“I hadn’t been in a room with more than four people and suddenly to come on a TV set with all the cast and crew around me was a bit daunting for a little while.

“It’s always lovely to come back to Shetland but it’s certainly not been under normal circumstances this year,” he explained.

Despite the long filming break, Douglas insisted he didn’t find it too hard to get back into character as DI Jimmy Perez.

The actor claimed: “I think I’ve been doing it so long, Perez is just in my bones now.

“Normally it takes me around a week to start to feel comfortable playing him again but after that it’s pretty straightforward,” he said.

Douglas isn’t the only familiar face back in the new series as Alison O’Donnell has also returned, playing DS Alison ‘Tosh’ Macintosh.

Fans of the crime drama will also be pleased to know there will be more Shetland episodes in the future, as the BBC has confirmed the show’s renewal for series seven.

Shetland series six airs Wednesdays at 9pm on BBC One.

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