Wallander is drawn into the case of a missing Swedish national while attending a police conference in South Africa.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Inga Hedeman
Lemogang Tsipa ...
Clint Wilkenson ...
Alex Ferns ...
Axel Hedeman
Colonel Julian van Heerden
Max Khulu
Grace Mthembu
Bernie Mewiya
Clayton Evertson ...
Police Officer
Gavin Werner ...
Police Officer
Patrick Madise ...
Chris April ...
Julian Koberman ...


Whilst Wallander is attending a conference in South Africa Swedish national Inga Hedeman, an outreach worker, goes missing and local police chief Van Heerden, under pressure from Inga's husband Axel, asks Wallander to investigate, partnered by widowed sergeant Grace Mthembu. Journeying alone to a township to see Victor Mabasha, a former client of the Hedemans, Wallander dodges an assassin's bullet though Grace suspects Axel paid Victor to kill his wife. However Victor is killed before he can Wallander further information. Political candidate Bernie Mewiya, an opponent of European investment in the country, steps into the frame but, having discovered Inga's fate, Wallander deduces that the solution to the case leads him to corruption in very high places. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Based on Henning Mankel's third Kurt Wallander novel, published in 1993 and set in 1992. FW de Klerk is the real-life reforming politician featured in the novel, replaced by fictional politician Bernie Mewiya in the modern TV update. See more »


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20 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to say that Branagh's interpretation of the Swedish detective is quite bland. He seems to have little emotion, especially one of joy. The book character is interested in music and is able to laugh at times. While at a law enforcement conference, Kurt finds himself embroiled in South African politics after a white woman disappears. It is not as simple as finding out what happened to her. It involves cover-ups and reprisals. It also brings in the element of power. One normally thinks of the blacks versus the whites in this country and the issues related to Apartheid. But here, there is something involving a wealthy black man that hypocritically puts him in bed with the evil element. Kurt works with a young, black South African female cop. As is his wont, he launches himself into danger without carefully considering the consequences. The down side is the aforementioned lack of personality. A fair comment would be that taking the Swede out of Sweden sort of sterilizes everything. Not a bad offering, but kind of far afield.

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