Wallander (2008–2016)
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The White Lioness 

Wallander is drawn into the case of a missing Swedish national while attending a police conference in South Africa.


Benjamin Caron


James Dormer, Henning Mankell (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Branagh ... Kurt Wallander
Bonnie Mbuli ... Sgt. Grace Mthembu
John Kani ... Max Khulu
Deon Lotz ... Colonel Julian van Heerden
Lemogang Tsipa Lemogang Tsipa ... Victor Mabasha
Alex Ferns ... Axel Hedeman
Tumisho Masha ... Bernie Meyiwa
Tessa Jubber ... Inga Hedeman
Jeany Spark ... Linda Wallander (voice)
Clint Wilkenson Clint Wilkenson ... Conference Delegate
Clayton Evertson Clayton Evertson ... Detective
Gavin Werner ... Detective
Patrick Madise Patrick Madise ... Concierge
Chris April Chris April ... Local Man - Kayelitsha
Julian Koberman Julian Koberman ... Meyer


Whilst Wallander is attending a conference in South Africa Swedish national Inga Hedeman, an outreach worker, goes missing and local police chief Van Heerden, under pressure from Inga's husband Axel, asks Wallander to investigate, partnered by widowed sergeant Grace Mthembu. Journeying alone to a township to see Victor Mabasha, a former client of the Hedemans, Wallander dodges an assassin's bullet though Grace suspects Axel paid Victor to kill his wife. However Victor is killed before he can Wallander further information. Political candidate Bernie Mewiya, an opponent of European investment in the country, steps into the frame but, having discovered Inga's fate, Wallander deduces that the solution to the case leads him to corruption in very high places. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Based on Henning Mankell's third Kurt Wallander novel, published in 1993 and set in 1992. F.W. de Klerk is the real-life reforming politician featured in the novel, replaced by fictional politician Bernie Mewiya in the modern TV update. See more »


Version of The White Lioness (1996) See more »

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Flawed politics but a good story otherwise
23 August 2016 | by janrdohSee all my reviews

I rather enjoy seeing foreign made shows set in South Africa just to see how badly they get it wrong. Now don't take this the wrong way I did enjoy the show but the way it was portrayed was a little off putting for someone who lives there.For example Kurt wandering around in Kayaletsha unmolested and even going into a pub.If you are a white guy alone good luck with that,not to say you would be killed or anything but you would know you aren't supposed to be there.Second thing was the obvious pro ANC dialogue through out especially in a city where there is not much love for the ANC. The most annoying of course was the part where the female Detective mentions that a white youth had attempted to shoot a black politician. Yes many black ANC politicians were killed during the local election but that was all done by people within the party removing their opposition and people not happy with who the party had elected to stand as Councillors.Not once was a white, Indian or Coloured person ever caught or accused of perpetrating those crimes. If you can overlook the biased politics in the show the rest of the story is great and well worth watching.

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8 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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