Shetland: Douglas Henshall says Jimmy Perez 'deserves a break'
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Shetland made its long-awaited return to BBC One after being faced with major delays due to COVID-19. Season five hit the screens with frontman Detective Jimmy Perez (played by Douglas Hensall) and although he has been solving crimes this season, the actor teased there could be bigger conflict and tensions ahead.
Shetland will conclude and air its season six finale next week which will see DCI Jimmy and his team focus on longtime character Donna Killick (Fiona Bell).
She made her first appearance in season four as the head of an animal sanctuary and the mother of Alan Killick (Gerard Miller).
Donna became known to Jimmy after she began having an affair with Duncan Hunter – the father of DI Jimmy Perez’s stepdaughter Cassie.
This was before she became one of the most notorious villains Jimmy and his team had ever faced and in a shocking turn of events, she will soon be released from prison.
For more than 20 years, a local man had been jailed for the murder of a young girl, Lizzie Kilmuir although he had protested his innocence.
Sally Rooney, a local journalist who also happened to be Alan’s girlfriend had been murdered in a similar fashion and was found in a Kiln, just like Lizzie.
Another plot twist revealed Alan was also in fact Duncan’s illegitimate child.
In the season finale, Duncan was arrested for the murder, after his DNA was found the scarf that was used to strangle Sally.
As police were looking in Sally belongings for clues they discovered a photo of Donna on the Unst ferry going through the trunk of her car, on her memory stick.
The photo was also dated the day after Lizzie’s disappearance, which police found suspicious.
After an interrogation, Donna admitted to killing Lizzie and claimed to have snapped because Lizzie threatened to tell Duncan about her affair with Duncan.
Despite being convicted for murder and spending time in prison it was recently revealed Donna would be released.
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Douglas opened up about it in a recent interview with the BBC and was asked how his character felt about the return.
The actor responded: “He’s waiting to see what happens. There’s some conflict within the team because Sandy (Steven Robertson) is very close to the Kilmuir family and doesn’t think Donna should be there at all.”
Speaking more on Donna’s controversial return to Shetland, he revealed: “Donna’s terminally ill and has been given compassionate release from prison.”
“There are a lot of people on the islands, including the victim’s family, who don’t feel she should be allowed to come back here,” he explained.
Douglas continued: “Then there are other people who think there’s no harm in her coming back to die.”
He added: “Perez is more worried about the effect it will have on Duncan (Mark Bonnar) more than anything else.”
Donna’s release causing an uproar is likely to be an understatement, especially with Lizzie’s sister Kate Kilmuir (Neve Mcintosh) still living in the area.
Fans will have to tune in to see what kind of welcome Donna will receive from the locals as she returns to Shetland.
Shetland continues on Wednesdays at 9pm on BBC One.
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