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 ... 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 »


The mole on Kenneth Branagh's chin moves from one side to the other in different scenes. Apparently the film was flipped in some of the scenes. See more »


Version of One Step Behind (2005) See more »

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S1: Professional production, but pushes too hard for too much without a base or satisfying development
2 July 2016 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

This is one of those shows that I have planned to watch for ages since generally the praise for this show is high. I was surprised by what I found then, because this first season seems to be pretty weak in some key areas.

The production values are not one of them; whether it be the locations, the cast, or so on – it is a good-looking show no doubt. The issue for me was that from the very start it seemed to rush to a place of darkness and despair for its world and characters. This is not to say that I needed it to take me on a longer journey to get there, but rather that it very much lays this on thick in every regard. So the specifics of events, the heavy hearts of the characters, the obvious use of music, and so on – all of it seems to be trying to create something rather than letting it come through organically. I have not seen the original series, so maybe this is how that is, and this version wanted to reproduce that out of the gate?

The impact though is a season that didn't engage me. Branagh looks convincingly broken and tired, but it is very much a 'performance' and I didn't really get the character at a deeper level. Support is roundly good although mostly it is police-procedural 101. On this level, the actual crimes are not particularly strong; they are quite interesting but mostly the 'disconnected crimes' are clearly going to come together, and a few times the solutions are also quite clear and the viewer is a little ahead. Some specifics don't ring true in the writing whether it be the crime or the characters. It is hard to describe, but it did feel like it knew what it wanted to be, but didn't do the base foundation work to try to get there.

I am probably wrong, since the vast majority of viewers seem to love the show, so I'll give season 2 a stab and see if it is different; however the first season was certainly a case of it being a polished disappointment.

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