Part One of the BBC's latest crime drama, set amongst the dramatic scenery of Shetland, has brought a mixed bag of reviews from the critics, good and bad.
The eponymously-named programme does not bear the title of the Ann Cleeves' book, Red Bones, from which it is dramatised, but I guess this does allow for other books in the series to be aired under the same label.
None of the above withstanding, Our Lass and I watched the episode mainly for the scenery, not for any comparison to Scandinavian crime dramas of recent yore. And we weren't disappointed. Whilst a little greener in hue than we remember (don't forget that it was filmed during the unseasonally wet year of 2012), the stunning backdrop of Shetland was always going to steal the show. In addition, comparisons to other series are probably pointless, as the thing that really shines through is the precious sense of community that can be experienced on Shetland and Orkney (other outer islands are available). A fast-paced, weapons-heavy, tortuously-twisted plot would be hideously and erroneously out of place in this particular landscape. Long may it remain so.
So we will be eagerly awaiting this evening's denouement with happy anticipation.