What an action-packed past few months it’s been for Shetland! In January, the world was captivated by a collection of photos of Fivla and Vitamin, two cute Shetland ponies dressed in their winter woolies. A few days later, Europe’s largest annual fire festival Up Helly Aa took place and lit up the streets of Lerwick. Then just a few weeks ago, Three released a humorous ad featuring moonwalking Shetland ponies that prompted us to dust off our old Fleetwood Mac vinyls.
Now the stunning islands take centre stage again in the two-part crime drama ‘Shetland’ which premiered on BBC One last night. Described as a murder-mystery set against the stunning Scottish backdrop of the Shetland Isles – the story is based on one of Ann Cleeves’ crime novels, Red Bones, featuring Detective Jimmy Perez. Ann was recently interviewed by Wanderlust where she explained how the islands inspired her writing and gave some great insight as to why people should visit:
It’s worth going to Shetland just for the drama of weather. There can be spells of bright sunshine, and then the long empty beaches are stunningly beautiful. It’s just as lovely in storm-force gales, when the spray hits the dramatic cliffs. This is a landscape of extremes.
So if you didn’t manage to watch the show last night, check out the trailer above or catch it on BBC iPlayer. Alternatively, download the handy PDF guide Promote Shetland compiled that allows you to explore the islands in the footsteps of Detective Jimmy Perez.
Image courtesy of Promote Shetland