TV Series Review: Wallander (2008)

“Wallander” is a British television series based on detective novels by Swedish author Henning Mankell. The series follows the investigations of Kurt Wallander, a detective with the Ystad police department in Sweden, as he solves complex and often disturbing cases.

The series premiered in 2008 and starred Kenneth Branagh as Wallander. It ran for four seasons, with a total of 12 episodes. The first season adapted three novels from the series: Sidetracked, Firewall, and One Step Behind. The second season adapted Faceless Killers, The Man Who Smiled, and The Fifth Woman. The third season was comprised of three original stories written specifically for the television series. The fourth and final season adapted two novels: The White Lioness and The Troubled Man, and also included an original story.

In terms of the storyline, the TV series is generally faithful to the books, although some changes have been made to fit the narrative into the format of a television show. The character of Wallander, for example, is portrayed as a more complex and troubled figure in the TV series than he is in the books. Additionally, some of the supporting characters have been expanded upon and given more prominent roles in the TV series.

One major difference between the books and the TV series is the setting. While the books take place in Sweden, the TV series is set in England. This was done to make the show more accessible to a British audience, and to allow for more familiar cultural references and settings.

Overall, fans of the Wallander books will likely enjoy the TV series, although they should be prepared for some changes and adaptations to the original source material. The series has been well-received by critics and audiences alike and is considered a high-quality adaptation of the novels.

The series was praised for its gritty realism and for the strong performances of its cast, especially Branagh as Wallander. It also explored complex social issues such as immigration, extremism, and mental illness. The series won several awards, including a BAFTA for Best Drama Series, and has been adapted in other countries, including Sweden and Germany.

Kenneth Branagh is a British actor and director who is best known for his work in film and television. He has also played the role of Kurt Wallander, a Swedish detective, in the television series “Wallander”.

“Wallander” is based on a series of crime novels by Swedish author Henning Mankell. The series follows the investigations of Kurt Wallander, a detective with the Ystad police department, as he solves complex and often disturbing cases. Branagh played the role of Wallander in the British television adaptation of the series, which aired from 2008 to 2016.

Branagh’s portrayal of Wallander was widely praised by critics and audiences alike. He was nominated for several awards for his performance, including a BAFTA for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

“Wallander” is a good adaptation that makes the incredible series more accessible to English-speaking audiences. If you are a fan of the books or enjoyed the English series, two Swedish adaptations are even better than this version. I highly recommend this tv series. If you have never read the Wallander books, I suggest starting with the first in the series: Faceless Killers, which you can get from Amazon here.


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