Wallander (2008–2016)
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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)


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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

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An excellent episode.
6 February 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The first international case for Branagh's Wallander sees him travel to Latvia to investigate corruption and drug smuggling. The Dogs of Riga is arguably my least favourite of Mankell's novels, and arguably one of the best of the BBC's adaptations, I'd go so far as to say I prefer this to the original book. It's a gripping, action packed story, which moves along at a racing pace, twisting and turning, ultimately rewarding the viewer. I like the overhang from the previous episode, Vanja seems to have dumped him, and Kurt is still not coping with the plight of Anne Britt.

Superb production values as always, the scenery is glorious, Riga looked incredible in some scenes, the location filming gave the episode a very different flavour. Some excellent performances, Søren Malling stole the early scenes, a true match for Branagh, Zoltan Butuc, Arturs skrastins and Radoslaw Kaim were also very, very good as the main players.

Compelling viewing. 9/10

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16 September 2012 (USA) See more »

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Riga, Latvia

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