Wallander (2008–2016)
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Before the Frost 

An elderly woman is murdered in a wood by a man she saw setting fire to swans. He buries her corpse with a bible annotating the book of Revelations and from his finger-prints he is ... See full summary »


Charles Martin


Peter Harness, Henning Mankell (novel)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Andrew Williams Paul Andrew Williams ... Janek Langas
Cecilia Hjalmarsson Cecilia Hjalmarsson ... Birgitta Medberg (as Cecelia Hjalmarsson)
Rebekah Staton ... Kristina Albinsson
Kenneth Branagh ... Kurt Wallander
Mark Hadfield ... Stefan Lindeman
Sarah Smart ... Anne-Britt Hoglund
Maimie McCoy ... Anna Westin
Carol Starks Carol Starks ... Jennie Medberg
Jaspar Paavolainen Jaspar Paavolainen ... Alfred Medberg
Rasmus Paavolainen Rasmus Paavolainen ... Hjalmar Medberg
Dermot Keaney ... Niklas Martinell
Emily Bruni ... Lisa Pahlberg
Richard McCabe Richard McCabe ... Nyberg
Barnaby Kay ... Lennart Mattson
Jeany Spark ... Linda Wallander


An elderly woman is murdered in a wood by a man she saw setting fire to swans. He buries her corpse with a bible annotating the book of Revelations and from his finger-prints he is identified as Jannek Langas, a religious maniac and arsonist. He has escaped from a secure unit but nonetheless has a healthy bank account in an assumed name. At the same time Anna, a friend of Linda, disappears after a cryptic visit to Wallander. Following Langas's suicide by immolation Wallander learns that Langas and Anna belonged to the same, fundamentalist Christian group and that other members are dying. Wallander must discover who is behind the killings and whether Anna is accomplice or victim - or even alive. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

23 September 2012 (USA) See more »

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Zodiak Entertainment See more »
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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 »


Version of Wallander: Innan frosten (2005) See more »

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A bit harder to engage with, but still good.
13 March 2018 | by Paul EvansSee all my reviews

Before the Frost was the only episode in this excellent series that I found a bit of a slog, after a baffling, macabre and unique opening we get pretty much eighty minutes of slow drama, then a fantastic, gripping last ten minutes. After the brilliance of The Dogs of Riga, this one seems slow and almost overly grim. Lindsay Duncan is excellent as Monica, a hugely talented actress, who lit up the screen alongside Branagh. Nice to finally see Kurt enjoy some quality time with his daughter, and engage with her.

The story is very clever and fascinating, I just find the delivery a little pedestrian, at times it felt overly sombre. Still very good, just a little flat in comparison to other episodes. As for his ringtone!! Who keeps the same one for 4 years?

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