OF ‘SHETLAND’ ON BRITBOX
What’s ahead for your character of Shetland Islands Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez in Season 5 of “Shetland”? The main theme is ... basically people trafficking in modern slavery. David Kane, our writer, found a story about a small house in a picturesque place in the Highlands of Scotland that was being used as a safe house for traffickers. And I think we all talked about how prevalent it is and how common it is and how widespread it is. And so that’s (the subject of) the investigation of this year’s series. People always talk about how the exteriors of their shows are characters in their own right, but the striking landscapes of the Shetland Islands here really are. Do you agree? Yeah. The landscape is a kind of counterpoint, really, to what’s going on in the story because you’ve got some very harsh things going on within the investigations, set against somewhere that’s really very beautiful but sometimes is very harsh itself. You know, it’s either a counterpoint or it’s something that goes alongside the story. The landscape is very much a character, I suppose, but not really deliberately. And I think that’s something that people like to watch the show for, but we don’t really use it as part of our story deliberately.