Wallander (2008–2016)
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Kurt Wallander is a police inspector in the Swedish town of Ystad. Shortly after he has seen a young girl kill herself by self-immolation, he is called to investigate the murder of ... See full summary »


Philip Martin


Richard Cottan, Henning Mankell (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Branagh ... Kurt Wallander
Sarah Smart ... Anne-Britt Hoglund
Sadie Shimmin Sadie Shimmin ... Lisa Holgersson
Tom Beard ... Svedberg
Tom Hiddleston ... Magnus Martinsson
Richard McCabe ... Nyberg
David Warner ... Povel Wallander
Jeany Spark ... Linda Wallander
Polly Hemingway ... Gertrude
Ashley Madekwe ... Dolores Maria Santana
Jon Laurimore ... Edvin Salomonsson
Jessica Lloyd Jessica Lloyd ... Dr. Malmström
Malcolm Tierney ... Wetterstedt
Jasper Jacob Jasper Jacob ... TV Interviewer
Joanna Griffiths ... Sara Bjorkland


Kurt Wallander is a police inspector in the Swedish town of Ystad. Shortly after he has seen a young girl kill herself by self-immolation, he is called to investigate the murder of government minister Wetterstedt. He has been scalped. Wealthy business-man Carlman is murdered in the same fashion, and a serial killer is clearly responsible. Drunken ex-journalist Lars Magnusson points Wallander towards Sandin, a retired and corrupt cop, who admits that he once 'cleaned up' for both the dead men but will offer no more information. The next murder is that of an habitual criminal, who has been tortured before death. His estranged wife and teen aged son are not grief-stricken. His behaviour has traumatized his younger son and sent his daughter into a mental hospital. Following another scalping, and an appeal to the public, a former prostitute tells Wallander that all the victims were connected with a vice ring, importing very young girls into Sweden. The girl who killed herself was probably ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Kenneth Branagh's performance as Swedish cop Kurt Wallander makes it the third time when a famous Swedish movie/television cop gets portrayed by an actor who is not from Sweden/speaking Swedish. The first two are Walter Matthau as Jake Martin (Jake Martin is the americanized version of Martin Beck) in The Laughing Policeman (1973) and Derek Jacobi as Martin Beck in The Man Who Went Up in Smoke (1980). See more »


[first lines]
Kurt Wallander: [holding up his badge] Wallander.
Farmer: Thought they would have sent a police car. Lights. Flashing.
Kurt Wallander: There was an accident on the Svarte Road. Cars with lights are all taken.
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Version of Sidetracked (2001) See more »


Composed by Emily Barker
Performed by Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo
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Pretty good for TV
18 March 2014 | by inaudio-951-656350See all my reviews

Pretty good for a TV detective show. But get the book and read that for a devastatingly great, deep story that will make your dreams change! There is SO much more to the story!

Wallender is a far more engaging character than Mr Branagh portrays, with deep emotions and a complex background.

Get the book and find out what is missing! Henning Mankell, at a library near you!

I'm taking a class on Scandinavian mysteries called Murder on Ice, and reading some amazing mysteries, and invariably the movie versions are missing lots of nuances and detail. Plus the BBC has no idea how to depict a deep character, and Mr Branagh does not show more than just a couple of emotions... Disappointing.

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Release Date:

10 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ystad, Skåne län, Sweden

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1.78 : 1
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