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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 3

    Before the Frost

    Aired 7/22/12

  • S 3 : Ep 2

    The Dogs of Riga

    Aired 7/15/12

  • S 3 : Ep 1

    An Event in Autumn

    Aired 7/8/12

  • S 2 : Ep 3

    The Fifth Woman

    Aired 1/17/10

  • S 2 : Ep 2

    The Man Who Smiled

    Aired 1/10/10

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kenneth Branagh

    Kurt Wallander

  • Richard McCabe


  • Sarah Smart

    Anne-Britt Hoglund

  • Tom Hiddleston


  • Sadie Shimmin

    Lisa Holgersson

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  • show Description
  • Kenneth Branagh plays a Swedish detective called Kurt Wallander in this crime drama for the BBC. The show is an adaptation of Swedish author Henning Mankell's critically acclaimed book series, the Kurt Wallander Mysteries.

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (26)

    • Svedberg: The Crime Bureau have got a database for abbreviations and acronyms, haven't they?
      Martinsson: Yeah, but I wouldn't want to be the schmuck who has to trawl though that lot, for three letters? God! (everyone turns to stare at him)... Oh right, it's me, isn't it?

    • Man: Thought they would have sent a police car. Lights. Flashing. Wallander: There was an accident on the Svarte Road. Cars with lights are all taken.

    • Mats Ekholm: Your killer appears to have crossed a psychological boundary. Virtually anyone can commit murder or manslaughter without premeditation. On the surface, he can live a completely normal life. He has two identities that he controls utterly. Wallander: Fine. So now we know that we're looking for someone who seems completely normal... on the surface. Very helpful.

    • Wallander: (Linda is sorry she put him on a dating website) Don't be sorry. You were right. I thought I was dead inside. But I'm not, am I?

    • Wallander: (after Ella's murder by her partner) Why did you have to kill her?
      Kristian: You stopped her believing.

    • Kristian: (regarding Wallander) You like him?
      Ella: He's a good man.
      Kristian: Ours is a good cause. You are still strong, aren't you?
      Ella: Yes,yes, I'm still strong...

    • Wallander: (heartbroken upon realising his girlfriend was a spy all along) I've seen her a couple of times and she... obviously, she's been tapping me for information. I didn't realise... I thought... Christ! What did I think?

    • Holgersson: (regarding Wallander's cybercrime theory) Stockholm think it's just a fantasy.
      Wallander: Yeah, well, what do they think about two mangled corpses? Is that a fantasy?

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    Notes (10)

    • Adapted from the novel Villospår ("Critics") (1995) by Henning Mankell. An English-language edition was published as Sidetracked in 1999.

    • The episode is the first in a three part series based on the best-selling books by Swedish author Henning Mankell. The episode was filmed on location around Ystad in the region of Skåne in southern Sweden.

    • Adapted from the novel Brandvägg ("Firewall") (1998) by Henning Mankell. An English-language edition was published in 2002.

    • Adapted from the novel Steget Efter ("Step After") (1997) by Henning Mankell. An English-language edition was published as One Step Behind in 2002.

    • Adapted from the novel Mördare Utan Ansikte ("Faceless Killers") (1991) by Henning Mankell. An English-language edition was published in 1997.

    • Adapted from the novel Mannen Som Log ("The Man Who Smiled") (1994) by Henning Mankell. An English-language edition was published in 2005.

    • Adapted from the novel Den Femte Kvinnan ("The Fifth Woman") (1996) by Henning Mankell. An English-language edition was published in 2000.

    • Adapted from the short story "Händelse om hösten" ("Event in the Autumn") by Henning Mankell, first published in the Netherlands as Het Graf ("The Grave") (2004).

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    Trivia (1)

    • The Volvo that Wallander drives in the episode should actually be a black Saab, at least according to the registration number MYC222 as found in the Swedish car database.

    Allusions (1)

    • Robert: It's, it's online assault on European banking system, there was something similar last year... Wallander: In Estonia, yeah. Wallander refers to "Cyberattacks on Estonia"(also known as the "Estonian Cyberwar") on April 2007.

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Dark and compelling.

    By kikkapi, Jan 02, 2015

  • One of the best shows ever

    By pozet, Mar 21, 2013

  • excelent

    By AjayThomas1, Dec 21, 2012

  • wallander

    By SonyaHauck, Sep 24, 2012

  • Want more episodes.

    By alilynsmith, Sep 20, 2012

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