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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.

TV4
3 Seasons, 33 Episodes
November 5, 2007
Crime, Drama, Mystery
7.6/10
Cast: Krister Henriksson, Fredrik Gunnarsson, Mats Bergman, Douglas Johansson
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Henning Mankell's Wallander Full Episode Guide

  • As Wallander and Linda work with Malmö police to solve the kidnapping of a restaurateur, Wallander suspects that the police are involved in the crime.

  • When a man dies in a fire, it looks as if a convicted arsonist recently released from prison is being framed, but he refuses to help the investigation exonerate him.

  • Wallander travels to Moldova to learn more about a woman found dead in Ystad. Upon returning to Sweden, he searches for her missing baby.

  • The estranged wife of a prominent man is found dead near the family home. The husband is the obvious suspect, but several loose ends suggest more is going on.

  • Just back from suspension from the police department, Wallander conducts an investigation into the disappearance of a girl which has frightening similarities to a case he worked ten years earlier.

  • Wallander's daughter Linda is married and has a daughter of her own. The disappearance of Linda's father-in-law draws Wallander into a case that has roots in Swedish submarine incidents.

  • A little girl is hiding somewhere in Ystad. She has seen something terrible and must be silenced at all cost.

  • A woman is found dead in her flat, and it soon becomes clear to Wallander that there was a fight that got out of hand.

  • The Bräda cider factory hosts a business dinner, during which the company's CEO is killed. Could a competitor be behind the killing?

  • A house burns to the ground following a gas explosion, killing a man and woman. The police suspect arson.

  • A young women's choir gives an acclaimed guest performance in a country church outside Ystad. Afterwards, an 18-year-old choir member disappears.

  • A sniper is terrorising Ystad. The victims are all connected to a robbery of a jewelry store.

  • When a security van is robbed, Wallander suspects a leak inside the security company and seeks some expert advice from an old friend.

  • A priest is shot outside a hostel in Ystad in what looks like an attempted murder.

  • A Russian cellist is the subject of a bomb attack following a performance in Ystad. It turns out that she is a witness in a murder case.

  • When Ystad is hit by a wave of burglaries, a group of neighbours take matters into their own hands by guarding the streets at night.

  • A motorbike racer is found dead and a girl is attacked by a dog. Clues to both crimes lead Wallander and the Ystad police to the local motorbike club.

  • When a 6-year-old boy disappears from preschool, Wallander and the Ystad police join a desperate search to find him.

  • Kurt Wallander's newfound peace and quiet is shattered when the town's power station blows up and more acts of sabotage follow.

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