Wallander (2008–2016)
4 user 2 critic

The Dogs of Riga 

The discovery of two slain youths in a dinghy which washes into Ystad brings hard-drinking Latvian detective Karlis Liepa from Riga. He tells Wallander they were his informants in a ... See full summary »


Esther May Campbell (as Esther Campbell)


Peter Harness, Henning Mankell (novel)


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ciarán Owens ... Erik Jacobsen (as Ciarán Owens)
Jim Bywater Jim Bywater ... Jan Holmgren
Kenneth Branagh ... Kurt Wallander
Sarah Smart ... Anne-Britt Hoglund
Richard McCabe ... Nyberg
Barnaby Kay ... Lennart Mattson
Mark Hadfield ... Stefan Lindeman
Søren Malling ... Karlis Liepa
Rebekah Staton ... Kristina Albinsson
Radoslaw Kaim ... Zids
Ingeborga Dapkunaite ... Baiba Liepa
Arturs Skrastins Arturs Skrastins ... Putnis
Zoltan Butuc Zoltan Butuc ... Murnieks
Arvydas Dapsys Arvydas Dapsys ... Bekalov
Anamaria Marinca ... Inese


The discovery of two slain youths in a dinghy which washes into Ystad brings hard-drinking Latvian detective Karlis Liepa from Riga. He tells Wallander they were his informants in a drug-smuggling ring after the dinghy, containing cocaine, is stolen. Liepa is murdered on his return home and Wallander travels to Riga to learn that the secretive detective did not show his case notes to his colleagues. After Wallander discovers that his hotel room is bugged and he is being shadowed, journalist Sergei Upitis tells him that Liepa was investigating corruption in his own force, but Upitis is framed for Liepa's murder and is found hanged in his cell. The Riga police then close the case. However, Wallander, working with Liepa's widow Baiba and her cousin Inese, locate the missing case notes to unmask the traitor in the Latvian force. Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Official Sites:

Branagh's Wallander website

Release Date:

16 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Riga, Latvia

Company Credits

Production Co:

Zodiak Entertainment See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Version of The Hounds of Riga (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Kurt Goes International
14 November 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Two men are found brutally killed, floating in a raft. A policeman from Latvia comes to assist in the investigation. It appears that the Russians have had a hand in this, probably the mafia. Shortly after the man leaves, Kurt finds that he has been killed. He decides to assist in the investigation of the death. When he gets to Riga, he is somehow being targeted by forces that are hard to interpret. He becomes involved with the widow of the murdered policeman. The two are pursued at times and realize that Kurt somehow has been given access to damning evidence. We get to see Wallander once again on the hunt, but he begins to feel something for the beautiful widow. This is a good episode because it keeps one guessing. I thought this was the best of the Mankell books as well. It's entertaining because our boy can't figure out if he is really in over his head or just dealing with local issues.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed