Brian Cox & Julie Graham Join BBC One’s ‘Shetland’

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Brian Cox (Bob Servant Independent) and Julie Graham (Being Eileen) have joined the cast of BBC One’s drama series Shetland for its upcoming six episode second season. Cox will appear in the first two-parter Raven Black where he will play Magnus Bain, a solitary man and social outsider who finds himself the focus of a murder investigation. Graham will be playing procurator fiscal Rhona Kelly, a recurring character who will make her mark in the opening and closing episodes of season 2.

Based on the novels by acclaimed writer Ann Cleeves, Shetland follows Jimmy Perez, a native Shetlander who has returned home after a long spell away and leads a murder investigation, uncovering secrets and lies from the past. The show’s second season will keep a similar format, with three of the remaining stories from Ann’s Shetland Series: Raven Black, Dead Water and Blue Lightning, forming three two-part episodes. The drama series is produced by ITV Studios and stars Douglas Henshall, Steven Robertson, Alison O’Donnell, Mark Bonnar and Frances Gray.

Speaking of her new role Julie Graham said: “Rhona is a woman who commands attention so it’s a joy to play such a strong female character. I loved the first series of Shetland and I’m delighted to be joining Dougie and the rest of the cast as a new returning character. It’ll also be lovely to be back filming in Scotland and visiting Shetland.”

Executive Producer Elaine Collins commented: “I’m delighted to be working with the BBC again on this first six-part series of Shetland, and thrilled that Brian Cox and Julie Graham are joining our wonderful central cast led by Douglas Henshall. We have an extremely strong line-up of writers and directors this year and are all looking forward to returning to the compelling and unique landscape of Shetland.”

While Christopher Aird, Head of Drama for BBC Scotland and Executive Producer, added: “This first six-part series of Shetland will build on the huge success of the pilot. Douglas Henshall’s Perez is our charismatic guide to this unique world of compelling mysteries and fascinating character stories, all told under the brooding skies of the islands. We have some wonderful writers and directors working on the show and I am thrilled the likes of Brian Cox and Julie Graham will be joining the cast this year.”