Henning Mankell's Wallander
- 3 Seasons
Henning Mankell's Wallander are a series of films produced for the British network BBC; following successful Swedish language adaptations of Mankell's series of Wallander novels English language versions were produced as made for TV films. The character of Kurt Wallander, a middle aged Swedish detective struggling with a changing life and career in the police force is played by Sir Kenneth Branagh in the BBC versions of the novels; despite his attempts at finding a romantic relationship and rebuilding his relationship with his daughter, Linda Wallander struggles with alcohol and family problems throughout the series of films. Nine films have been compelted in the Wallander series for the BBC taking their plots directly from the novels written by Mankell. Although filmed out of sequence the English language Wallander films built a continuing story altering plotlines to allow for the alterations in backgrounds for the characters caused by the change in order. Wallander's first investigation in the series was Sidetracked telling of an investigation into the deaths of successful businessmen around the small town of Ystad in the south of Sweden. Kurt Wallander is haunted throughout the series by mistakes he made in his career and personal life; it is revealed he was stabbed as a young police officer and has divorced his wife and lost contact with his daughter. During the films Wallander also breaks the rules at various times placing his investigations in jeapordy; one of his decisions to investigate a building ends with his closest colleague Anne-Britt Hoglund is attacked and paralysed due to Wallander rushing into the property without permission. The relationship between Wallander and his daughter, Linda becomes more important as the series of films progresses resulting in the character inspiring and taking part in a number of the investigations in later productions.