Wallander (2008–2016)
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Three youngsters are shot dead whilst having a woodland picnic in fancy dress. One girl's mother reports her as missing but postcards from Paris supposedly sent by the daughter negate any ... See full summary »


Philip Martin


Richard Cottan, Henning Mankell (novel)

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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 Richard McCabe ... Nyberg
Jeany Spark ... Linda Wallander
Ben Meyjes Ben Meyjes ... Louise / Ake
Anna Ahlerup Anna Ahlerup ... Astrid Hillstrom
Melker Sörensen Melker Sörensen ... Martin Boge
Nicole Briggs Nicole Briggs ... Lena Norman
Lorraine Brunning Lorraine Brunning ... Eva Hillstrom (as Lorrainne Brunning)
Samantha Best Samantha Best ... Lillemor Norman
Duncan Holmes Duncan Holmes ... Klas Boge
Ragnar Landerholm Ragnar Landerholm ... Svedberg's Caretaker


Three youngsters are shot dead whilst having a woodland picnic in fancy dress. One girl's mother reports her as missing but postcards from Paris supposedly sent by the daughter negate any police involvement. Then another parent reports that Wallander's troubled colleague, Svedberg, had earlier expressed an interest in the kids' movements, and then Svedberg is also found shot, photos of the dead trio being found in his flat along with one of a mystery woman, identified by Svedberg's cousin as his ex-girlfriend Louise. The corpses are found, and a friend of the victims is also slain, having told Wallander that his workmate was really gay, and that 'Louise' is a transvestite, and a wholly murderous one, who adds to his toll of dead by killing a further trio of innocents. Diagnosed as diabetic and aware that he never truly knew the dead colleague who regarded him as his best friend, Wallander must not only avenge Svedberg but halt a psychopath from an ordinary but obvious walk of life ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

24 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ystad, Skåne län, Sweden

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jeany Spark (Linda Wallander) & Sarah Smart (Anne-Britt Hoglund) also worked together on episode 1.5, Death in Paradise: Spot the Difference (2011), of Death in Paradise (2011) as Emilie Saunders & Suzie Park respectively. See more »


Wallander has two moles, one below his the left of his mouth and one just above his chin to the right of center. It would have been difficult to flip the film as the season was filmed using digital cameras. See more »


Version of One Step Behind (2005) See more »

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Well-made, complex and exciting
26 October 2009 | by pivicSee all my reviews

A nice step back into form. Wallander finds a colleague, Svedberg, opening up about emotions and the police department where they work. He is quite soon found dead, and the more an over-worked and exhausted Wallander looks into the case, the more it seems to be connected with another, and it seems like a serial killer is loose. I found the parallel story-lines working very well together, and the cinematography, especially the use of light and focus, was really good. Wallander's persona blooms in this film, where it touches on his family life as in the first. Or rather, it touches the parts of him that seemingly wilt and make him very human; the emptiness that haunts him from within, branching out as he tries to solve the case is portrayed beautifully, not to mention how exciting this episode was. This last installment of the Wallander mini-series made me long for new episodes!

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