Shetland

Shetland

Seasons One & Two

DVD - 2015
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Follows DI Jimmy Perez and his team as they investigate crime within the close knit island community. In this isolated and sometimes inhospitable environment, the team have to rely on a uniquely resourceful style of policing.
DI Jimmy Perez and his team investigate crimes within the close knit island community of the Shetland Islands.

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RainbowRabbit
Aug 23, 2017

Four sets of two-part murder mysteries, set on the Shetland Islands, northeast of Great Britain. The actors have accents in various degrees, so it is helpful to have on the subtitling.
The rural locations, the beautiful scenery, the island characters - they all cobine to set the stories exotically. Of course, the trick is to keep the viewer attentive to clues so that there is enjoyment of the hunt to unveil the murderer. First one, then another, then a third person is seen to be the killer, but who is it? It all comes out in the last act. While suspicions are raised by misdirection, the clues eventually lead to the real murderer. Enjoy.

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JLMason
Jun 01, 2017

This is a well-made, well-acted BBC series of classic murder mysteries in a beautiful, singular setting suffused with the light of the North Sea and the atmosphere of its craggy landscape. The Shetland Islands' population is small, the suspects are limited, and everyone knows the business of everyone else; in one story the murder takes place on Fair Isle with a population under 80. Each two hour mystery unfolds slowly, but never dully, as the detective inspector and his multi-functional team of two piece together the clues and relationships that drive someone to murder. The Shetland Islands reminded me of Newfoundland: a rocky, northern, isolated, maritime land with a limited economy based on the sea, dealing with recent prosperity and problems brought by the oil and gas industry. Subtitles were essential!

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Tbabij
Apr 17, 2017

Excellent series set on the North Sea. Enjoy British television and production. This is not as polished as some but the scenery provides a visit to a distant place without leaving your room. Well worth the time spend!

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empbee
Feb 28, 2017

Gripping, brooding, melancholic, fascinating investigation in a beautiful, Northern isolated environment.

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Biblitz
Feb 21, 2017

Slow moving. Charmless characters portrayed by unattractive actors. Came as a relief when one especially dull youngster is murdered and left in a hole - best place for her. Nicely filmed so the series has some travelogue value, but weak writing and actors with the exception of asst. det. Tosh, who wears braces to have 'Amerrrriken not Scottish teeth.' Quite right.

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adhopkins
Feb 03, 2017

I've read the books this series is based on, and enjoyed them. They were well written. I know when you make a film from a book, it's not possible to not change something. In this case, though, some of the changes changed the stories, and the relationships among the characters, for no good reason I can think of. On the other hand, the shots of the scenery were great!

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Nov 06, 2016

Fine detective series which takes place on stark Shetland and surrounding islands. Beautiful scenery, but action is slow and methodical. Each episode is in two parts dragged out to almost 2 hours, and imo could have used more editing. But if you like British cop fare in the country, here's another series for you.

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7527
Sep 20, 2016

Vastly superior to American pap.

Bunny_Watson716 Sep 13, 2016

Great setting, strong characters and good human interest make this some great, get cosy watching!

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bobbles1
Aug 30, 2016

Got through the first episode and enjoyed it very much, we were looking forward to something good but our policy is that when cursing includes the Lord's name we exit. Second episode, we exited.... Good otherwise....

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jimg2000
Aug 10, 2016

She wasn't an easy woman. She could start an argument in an empty room. But she was my mother.
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Perez isn't a Shetland name.
-No. They say they came over with a shipwreck from the Armada. And a Spanish sailor
fell in love with a girl from Fair Isle.
-You don't look very Spanish.
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Morning, Craig. Anything?
-Robert Eunson's in the cells. Drunk in the Market Square at three this morning singing King Of The Road. You'd think he'd have found another song by now.
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I thought I was off-duty.
-We're never off-duty here. Have you still not got that yet?
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Here he is, my favourite godson!
-I'm your only godson!

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jimg2000
Aug 10, 2016

First, we have to eliminate family members from our inquiries. Now, just so that I understand this, you and Joseph's late wife were cousins, am I right?
-Aye, but we're all connected in one way or another on Shetland, aren't we? One big happy family.

Nobody wants to think that a Shetlander did this, Mr. Haldane, but the fact is, nine times out of ten, victims know their killers.
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Mum was right, cooking is all about timing, and you don't have any.
-It'll be ready in two minutes.
It's only pasta, the place looks like a bomb's hit it.
-One minute.
I don't know why you don't just let me cook.
-Cos I like cooking.
Well, that may be, but you're rubbish at it.
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You know your problem? You think it's perfect here and you want to protect it
at all costs. And a wee bit more sunshine and you'd turn it into Benidorm?
-I wish. No, I just think most people here don't lock their doors and I'd like it to stay that way

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jimg2000
Aug 10, 2016

He worked on the Shetland Bus during the war.
-Is that right?
Local boats were used to... transport saboteurs into Norway under the noses of the Germans. Across the North Sea in the dead of winter.

Between 1940 and '45, they took spies, supplies, and large sums of money across to Norway. Sometimes they'd bring back refugees. To take the Shetland Bus became a synonym for escaping the Nazis.
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I was rubbish at history. I mean, King James VI and King James I were the same person? That's just confusing. Having said that, Rocky II and Rocky IV are the same film.
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Jimmy, you've got to stop seeing the world through the eyes of the job.
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Whenever someone dies, and especially in circumstances like this, there's always rumours about what may or may not have happened. And they don't help. Cos all they do is make people scared.
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Whar's du fae?
-I'm fae Fair Isle. Originally.
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What will the neighbours say? Two male visitors in one night. Practically a knocking shop.

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jimg2000
Aug 10, 2016

You know... people say "friend" like that means it's simple. But it's not... it's really complicated being close. Why would you hurt someone who didn't matter? … She knew my life... how crap everything is. She was so confident, she could have anything she wanted. And she couldn't even leave me the crumbs.
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500 tankers a year used to take crude out of here. At Sullom Voe it was more. Today, it's about 150. It's only a matter of time before it runs out. Which makes the new pipeline even more important?
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We need as much gas as we can get, like we needed the oil. I remember you couldn't get work here for love nor money.
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What is your problem?
-My problem is whether or not you're ready to go away for a weekend on your own.
Not on my own. With my friends. You know what I mean. Dad, I'll be going to university soon. Deal with it. Or are you going to close down the ferries and the airport and make sure I never leave?

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jimg2000
Aug 10, 2016

It's just that you know every inch of these islands, people trust you. So... if you have to leave, it's going to make my job twice as difficult...
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Why should we believe that?
-Because I've got nothing left to lose. Everyone I ever loved has gone.
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I've never raised my hand to her.
-You didn't have to, did you? What you did was much worse. You tried to control every single thought she had.
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I was glad when he had his accident, I won't lie, but I had nothing to do with it.
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"Blood toucheth blood"?
-It's according to the King James Bible: by lying, killing and committing adultery,
bloodshed follows bloodshed.
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"Blood toucheth blood." Blood, as in family as in brother.
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I loved my brother. I always will. I just loved this land more.

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jimg2000
Aug 10, 2016

How many times have you and your wife wished each other a happy anniversary today?
-Haven't you heard? Absence makes the heart grow fond of texting.
You're like a pair of Canada Geese.
-To you, my sad, unpaired friend.
Unpaired I may be. Sad about it? No.
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There hasn't been an unlawful killing on Fair Isle for 70 years. And even that was caused by the Luftwaffe.
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He's a connected man, your dad.

-Yeah, well, I suppose when you live on an island with 70 people …

In our field, we don't resent those who are cleverer or more insightful than us. We applaud it, we're grateful for it. Cos in the end, it moves us all forward.
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He maintains he didn't kill her. Although, you know "I didn't" can turn into "I didn't mean to". But then, it's possible he's telling the truth about that and lying about why he...
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What?
-The memory card, that one that you're holding in your left hand. You can stand there looking glaikit all day if you want, I don't mind, or you can give me the card.

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jimg2000
Aug 10, 2016

I can't imagine! Why would a beautiful woman, married to an older man, want to get away from the prying eyes of Fair Isle to spend an afternoon alone with an attractive student? If that was the case, they could just have slipped behind the bike sheds.
-Why go all the way to the main island?
You think?
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If she was the last Icterine Warbler on Earth, this number of pictures would be excessive... Uh-huh.
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"On the bubble" refers to a patient balanced on the threshold between life and death.
-Why "bubble"?
Apparently, it relates to the Indy 500 race in America. If a driver was only just about to qualify for the race proper, and a rival posted a better time, then the first driver's dreams are dashed and his bubble is burst.
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The...the affairs. I hated it. I hated it. But I learned to live with it.
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Some people look at all this terrible beauty and they see the hand of God in it.
But where was God when my xyzxyz died? Where was God then?

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