Magnus Bain
Magnus Bain is a character on Shetland


He’s a very simple man, a man who’s lived by simple means and cut himself off from the rest of the world. It’s a life he’s chosen as he’s just not sociable. Up until now, he’s been protected by his own self-imposed isolation.

on the Programme Edit

Magnus is a recluse and when the body of a young girl is discovered near his home, he quickly becomes a suspect. And a tragedy that happened in his life many years ago comes back to haunt him after a long period of time.

Magnus is very much the victim of a community reacting to a terrible situation and because Magnus is odd he catches people’s eye. He’s pretty isolated so he’s a natural fall guy for the vigilante mentality. We know so much these days but sometimes too much knowledge makes people ignorant.