Shetland's Douglas Henshall speaks out on Jimmy Perez replacement 'Would be my preference'

Shetland's Douglas Henshall speaks out on Jimmy Perez replacement 'Would be my preference'

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Shetland: Douglas Henshall on show's future after his exit

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Earlier this year, Shetland fans were left devastated when Jimmy Perez (played by Douglas Henshall) decided to leave his role as lead detective. It was an emotional moment for Jimmy as he said goodbye to his colleagues before handing the baton over to a very tearful Tosh (Alison O'Donnell).

Since his departure, fans have been left guessing who could replace Jimmy as the lead detective.

Nothing has been confirmed by the BBC, but Douglas has opened up about who he would like to take his place.

Speaking with Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary on Friday's This Morning, the actor also addressed whether he has any plans to return to the drama.

When asked whether he would like to see Tosh replace Jimmy, Douglas nodded in agreement.

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"Yeah, I mean, that's what I would like to see," he told the hosts before adding: "I don't know if it will happen or not, but that would be my preference."

"Do you feel protective over it now?" Alison went on to ask after playing the role of Jimmy since the beginning.

"If you know it's going to carry on without you, do you feel protective over how they're going to do it?"

"Well, I don't know to be honest," Douglas candidly replied. "I try not to think about it too much.

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"I kind of think, well, I love what we all did together, and I'm very happy with that.

"I mean, it's going to be a different show now. So, I mean, I wish them all every success, but I don't know that I'll be able to watch it."

Alison probed further as she asked the actor about making a one-off appearance as Jimmy.

"No, no," said shutting down the idea of a comeback. "I'm done."

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"He's done!" Alison repeated before Dermot chipped in: "Well, one of the reasons you're done is because you get to do theatre!"

Douglas' exit from the show may have come as a shock to fans, but for the actor, he had been thinking about it for a long time.

"I had a conversation with David Kane asking how many series we had left in us," Douglas said in another interview.

"We thought if we could get two more series, we could probably wrap up Perez’s story and wrap up the show in a way that was satisfactory for both us and the audience."

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"But it was preferable to be told that we were not going to do it anymore because it had run its course," he continued to Radio Times.

"Nor did I want to keep coming back and taking the pay cheque. I feel very comfortable with the decision I made."

Jimmy's replacement hasn't been confirmed just yet, but the BBC announced at the end of series seven that they would soon be filming for series eight.

It is unclear when the new episodes will air, but if the series follows suit, it will be shown in August 2023.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.