BBC One - 9pm
Who's in it?
Douglas Henshall is back as windswept detective Jimmy Perez, taking on the mean streets of Shetland. Well, "mean fields" doesn't have quite the same ring, does it?
In a nutshell
Alan Partridge aficianados will remember the great man once pitched an idea for a show called "Swallow", about the toughest detective in Norwich. It niftily satirised the paucity of imagination in the whodunit genre, where a brand new locale is all the excuse programme makers need to give us yet another detective series. Still, locales don't come much better than Shetland. Closed community? Ominous empty skies? Rugged coastline? That's detective heaven, right there.
The show returns tonightwith DI Jimmy Perez and his cabal of coppers dealing with midsummer. This is a period where there's constant daylight, which does funny things to people's heads. Is it perhaps linked with the murder of a young woman, found sprawled on a beach? And is local recluse Magnus Bain the most likely suspect? Yes, which means he obviously didn't do it. Unless it's a double bluff, and he did. Don't ask us, we're not Poirot.
What's the verdict?
Undemanding detective fare which will reinvent no wheels and shatter no earth. But when a show looks this handsome, it doesn't really matter. And the Shetland setting makes a welcome change from Midsomer.