If you are interested in watching something this weekend with a criminal law theme, there is a superb Scottish detective show currently available on Netflix. It’s called Shetland. A joint production of the BBC and ITV, Shetland is based on the novels of the distinguished mystery writer Ann Cleeves. The series is set in Scotland’s remote Shetland Islands and it follows the criminal investigations of Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez, played by the superb Douglas Henshall. The show’s acting and writing are consistently outstanding and the scenery is breathtaking. The series has also attracted notable actors in guest roles, including Ciarán Hinds, Saskia Reeves, and Brian Cox.
If you are a fan of Kenneth Branagh’s great Wallander series (which aired on PBS a few years ago and is now also available on Netflix), you will love Shetland. Netflix has the first three seasons of Shetland but the fourth season is currently only available in the UK. Like Wallander, Shetland has also previously aired on PBS and may do so again, so if you don’t have Netflix, keep an eye on your local public television station. Shetland is definitely worth waiting for.