Shetland fans praise series six opener as DI Jimmy Perez investigates the grisly murder of a local lawyer

MURDER mystery fans rejoiced last night as drama series Shetland returned with DI Jimmy Perez trying to solve a grisly death on the island.

BBC One's Scottish detective drama – now in its sixth series – delves into the murder of Alex Galbraith (Jim Sturgeon), a popular lawyer on the island.

The series opener delivered plenty of suspects including an ex-soldier angry that Galbraith refused to defend him when he was accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners; a Shetland mum who lost custody of her kids in one of his cases; and a dodgy businessman with links to his wife.

Hundreds of viewers reacted to the juicy episode, as one Tweeted: "Magic opening to the new series of #Shetland tonight, great to have it back on screen!"

Another said: "#Shetland is bloody back! Wowwoweee!" and "Fantastic first episode of #shetland, Brilliant acting all round @djhenshall, @AtotheOD etc can't wait for next week".

One impressed viewer penned: "Great to have a new series of #Shetland to look forward to now the nights are drawing in.

"Less flashy than other crime dramas but tightly plotted and brilliantly acted with bleakly stunning scenery thrown in for good measure."

Actor Douglas Henshall, who plays DI Jimmy Perez, thanked people for high the praise.

He wrote on Twitter after the episode aired: "Thanks for all the feedback to Ep 1 of #Shetland it’s good to be back."

@Fantastic first episode of #shetland, Brilliant acting all round @djhenshall, @AtotheOD etc can't wait for next [email protected]

The series was first brought to the screen by David Kane, who has remained a principal writer throughout all six seasons.

It is based on the novels of English crime writer Ann Cleeves.

While Cleeves’ novel doesn't exactly lift from true events, they are inspired by her time living in Shetland, where she worked as a former probation officer. 

“It is more than 40 years since I first went to Shetland because I got there in 1975," the author told the Daily Record on Jan. 16, 2016. 

"The Shetland plots couldn’t be set anywhere else because they are intrinsic to what is going on in Shetland," 

The writers have chosen to loosely follow the essence of Ann’s books and characters, while they create new stories.

Episodes air weekly on Wednesdays at the same time of 9pm on BBC One.

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