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Based on the books by best-selling author Henning Mankell, detective Kurt Wallander (Krister Henriksson), is an intense and headstrong misanthrope, who is prone to eating poorly, sleeping irregularly and drinking too much. With unorthodox methods of working and his blunt approach, Wallander relies on instinct and experience and doesn’t shy away from using illegal means to solve crimes.

Broadcast to critical acclaim on BBC4, the complete series of films is now available.

SERIES 1: FILMS 1-13

DVD 1: COLLECTED FILMS 1-7

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND

Before the Frost Dawn. Through the mist, burning swans rise from the lake. What first appears to be a cruel prank soon takes on frightening proportions, with a murder linked to the mutilated birds. Kurt Wallander’s only clue is a Bible in English, with an unconnected collection of citations in Hebrew. At the same time, Kurt’s daughter Linda lands in Ystad to move in with her childhood friend Anna. When Anna disappears, Linda realizes that her friend carries a dark secret, one that could be connected to the hunt for the murderer.

The Village Idiot When a man with long braids and an American Indian-style feather in his hair walks into a bank with what looks like a bomb around his neck, he demands that a precise sum of money be transferred to an account. The bomb is real and his wishes are carried out, but it is obvious that someone is exploiting the man, known in the village as being intellectually handicapped. Kurt Wallander and his colleagues face a long and complicated investigation. The case demands understanding of astrology, something that Kurt and his daughter Linda did not know that they had.

The Brothers Olof and Carolina Wrangel are found during a military exercise, murdered at their stately home. The wife was tortured and raped in front of her husband before they were both killed. Who killed them and why? Kurt Wallander is under pressure from his superiors in Stockholm to find out. He has the help of his daughter Linda and Detective Stefan Lindman, who are proving that when it comes to police work they are just as good as Kurt. The emerging evidence all seems to point to an act of revenge for a 20-year-old transgression.

The Overdose A white car is parked by a side road in the beautiful landscape of Scania in southern Sweden. A child sits alone without an adult in sight. The child’s father has been reported as missing, while the mother is in a psychiatric institution, unresponsive and apathetic. Kurt Wallander’s failing health sees Linda take the lead in the case. It will touch her deeply as she discovers that the child has been unscrupulously tricked, exploited and humiliated. Linda has never been so committed to solving a case. She has her lover and colleague Stefan Lindman to help her, but even Kurt is drawn in, unknowingly and against his will.

The African Ystad’s Social Democrats are putting up campaign posters for their candidate whose fight against anti-immigrant forces has cleansing Scania of its racist reputation as its No.1 priority. Then a train rolls into the railway station in Gdansk in Poland – with a dead black man on board. It appears he was murdered in Ystad, where the train originated, making this a case for Kurt Wallander. Most of the evidence points to a race crime, further strengthening prejudice against Scania. But the investigation takes an unexpected turn when the murder weapon is connected to one of Kurt’s childhood friends.

Mastermind Someone has infiltrated the Ystad police station, effectively closing it down for several critical hours. The culprit is everywhere and nowhere, like a virus that is noticed far too late. At the same time, Kurt Wallander is trying to comprehend the connection between his colleague Martinson’s daughter Therese and a woman found hanged. And why has someone left a chopped-off doll’s head in a field? What is behind all these events, which must have taken years of planning? Wallander and Martinson are soon behaving like hunted animals.

The Tricksters When a farmer is kicked to death by his favourite horse, the horse breeder claims it is impossible, while an examination of the farmer’s body provides new clues to the cause of death. The neighbours confirm that the farmer lived alone, but there had been a mysterious woman, that he met through the personal ads, staying at the house. Searches for the woman turn up nothing until the police discover the farmer’s bank accounts were emptied the day he died. Kurt and Linda play cat and mouse with the killer when they place their own personal ad. The bait works and Kurt finds himself in deep water.

DVD 2: COLLECTED FILMS 8-13

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The Photographer An American tourist is found dead and her husband demands the body and all her possessions be returned. But the woman had been visiting an internationally renowned photographer, who lives locally, fuelling the husband’s long-held suspicion that she was being unfaithful. Kurt Wallander takes an interest in the cuckolded husband and the dead woman believing there is more to the photographer than meets the eye. But he is surprised to learn that the dead woman was murdered, and that the motive is to be found far from Sweden.

The Castle Ruins A bulldozer careens wildly down a sandy road and tips over on the beach. The driver is dead and the cab stinks of gin. Although a confirmed alcoholic, the autopsy shows the man was sober when he died. Kurt, Linda and Stefan start their investigation by examining the background of the man, who had made a career from digging. They are led to a ruined castle where they discover a buried clue that is integral to the case. The team is working together better than ever, but beneath the surface, something remains unspoken and it could thwart justice.

The Black King A dead woman and, for once, a suspect with an obvious motive. But Linda, Kurt Wallander’s daughter, knows the suspect and is not convinced of his guilt. Stefan, Linda’s lover and colleague, however is certain and with Kurt’s backing digs into the man’s background with grave consequences. To prove her belief Linda must solve the case herself. Is the murdered woman’s interest in chess the key to solving the mystery?

The Container Lorry When the police are called to investigate an abandoned container lorry they find it filled with dead bodies, including those of children. Human trafficking and a complicated ring of suspects, each part of a larger puzzle, emerge as the investigation unfolds. Kurt finally gets a lead from an unlikely source, a group of local nuns, and a sports fan who fails to completely hide his true identity. But the case isn’t over until Kurt can figure out who is really behind the smuggling.

The Forger Hans Wiman’s remains are revealed when a house burns to the ground. When the initial investigation shows Wiman was dead prior to the fire, the police start looking for a murderer. Wiman proves to be a master of mystery. Kurt is drawn into the case when he finds a warehouse, rented in Wiman’s name, filled with counterfeit paintings. When he engages the help of local art expert Katrin both the investigation and Kurt’s pulse move into high gear, as the detective finds himself taking a personal interest in his new colleague. However, Kurt risks overstepping boundaries and taking things into his own hands as he tries to determine what is real and what is not.

The Secret A boy’s body is discovered in an abandoned barn. The murder shocks Kurt, Linda and Stefan, but the crime and the suspects don’t seem to match. As they delve into the world of child abuse the characters are forced to come to terms with their own experiences and struggle with hidden demons. The battle is more than Stefan can take, and Kurt and Linda are left to deal with their grief and anger – and a dark secret from the past.


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Character profiles

Alcoholic and diabetic Inspector Kurt Wallander is the Senior detective of Ystad Police Department. Disillusioned with his job and disgruntled with his family life, Wallander investigates crimes in the South Eastern province of Skåne in Sweden.

Born in 1946, Krister Henriksson studied in Malmö before making his breakthrough in Peer Gynt at the Stockholm Stadsteater in 1973. As well as the 32 Wallander films, he has enjoyed an exceptionally varied TV and film career in Sweden, and made his West End debut in Victoria Jeffrey’s one-man show Dr Glas last year.

 


Reviews

“Here is one of the year’s best and most provocative thrillers and maybe it says something that it’s a 91-minute installment of a Swedish TV series.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times.

“Swede dreams are made of this” – The Independent.

“Wallander’s so good it makes me think I speak Swedish” – Nigel Farndale, The Telegraph.

“Heniksson has a certain something that makes you want to watch him” – Alice Maltin, Indiewire.


Available to buy

Synopsis

Based on the books by best-selling author Henning Mankell, detective Kurt Wallander (Krister Henriksson), is an intense and headstrong misanthrope, who is prone to eating poorly, sleeping irregularly and drinking too much. With unorthodox methods of working and his blunt approach, Wallander relies on instinct and experience and doesn’t shy away from using illegal means to solve crimes.

Broadcast to critical acclaim on BBC4, the complete series of films is now available.

SERIES 2: FILMS 14-27

DVD 3: COLLECTED FILMS 14–20

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND

The Revenge Kurt Wallander has finally achieved his dream and bought a house by the sea, enjoying long summer evenings and strolls on the beach with his dog. But his peace and quiet is shattered when the town’s power station blows up. As more acts of sabotage follow, Ystad is in chaos and Wallander fumbles in darkness as he tries to chase down the culprits.

The Guilt When a six-year-old boy disappears from pre-school, Wallander and the Ystad police join a desperate search to find him. Suspicions immediately fall on a paedophile recently released from prison, but as the investigation develops it becomes evident that the crime has its roots in relationships far more complicated than the police could ever have imagined.

The Courier A motorbike racer is found dead and a girl is attacked by a dangerous dog. Clues to both crimes lead Wallander and the Ystad police to the local motorbike club, but are more powerful forces at play, and how far will they go to achieve their goals?

The Thief 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. At the same time, a Polish builder is reported missing by his distraught wife. Neither case is deemed high priority, but Wallander and the Ystad police investigate and uncover more than they expected.

The Cellist A Russian cellist is subject to a bomb attack following a performance in Ystad. It turns out that she is a witness in a murder prosecution against a member of the Russian mafia. The member in question is no less than the son of the big boss Leb Munchin himself. Wallander and the Ystad police suddenly find themselves in the midst of a war against a powerful international enemy whose methods are merciless.

The Priest A priest is shot outside a hostel in Ystad in what looks like an attempted murder. Wallander and the Ystad police look for clues and hope that the priest will regain consciousness and be able to identify his assailant.

The Leak When a security van is robbed, Wallander suspects a leak inside the security company. The Ystad police investigate and Wallander seeks some expert advice from an old friend.

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The Sniper A sniper is terrorising Ystad. The victims are all connected to a robbery of a jewellery store. Wallander discovers that the events are linked to a criminal organisation. During the sniper’s attempt to kill the last people involved in the robbery, Wallander’s colleague Pontus gets caught in a chase of life and death. Wallander is now forced to head an investigation where one of his own people could be the next victim and where the solution turns out to be more complicated than expected.

The Angel of DeathA choir of young women gives an acclaimed guest performance in a country church outside Ystad. Afterwards, the 18-year-old choir member Miranda Dahno disappears. Initially it seems like Miranda has left of free will, but soon traces are found that point in the opposite direction. The thrilling hunt for both victim and culprit leads Wallander to people close to Miranda. It also leads him to conclude that there is a fine line between love and hate.

The Ghost A house burns to the ground following a gas explosion. A man and a woman die. The police suspect arson. As the dead man is identified, an intricate web of betrayal and secret love affairs materialise. A deceived colleague of the murdered man is immediately suspected – until he too is found killed in his home. As Wallander searches in the men’s past, he finds a probable culprit: a man who has travelled far and whose mission is yet not finished. Not until his daughter gets to meet her dead father in the flesh again.

The Heritage The Bräda cider factory host a business dinner, during which the company’s CEO is killed. Could a competitor trying to destroy Bräda’s reputation be behind the killing or are there personal motives lurking? Wallander soon realises that there is money involved and that there are people prepared to kill again to hurt the company Bräda.  A wave of murders commences and it seems like a serial killer is at large in Ystad. The police are drawn into a mess of brainwashing, infidelity and despiteful former Bräda employees – all of which will affect Wallander personally in a way that he could never had imagined.

The Collector In her flat, a woman is found dead. It soon becomes clear to Wallander that there’s been a fight that’s gone out of hand. Traces point to the victim’s ex-boyfriend, the bouncer Fabian. During the investigation however, Pontus realise that his colleague Isabel carries a dark secret from her past – a secret that has a connection to the case. Isabel’s future as a police is all of a sudden at risk, while at the same time her loyalty towards both Pontus and Wallander is put to the ultimate test.

The Witness A little girl is hiding somewhere in Ystad. She has seen something terrible and must be put to silence at all cost. Meanwhile, a trafficking trial commences where Wallander and the prosecutor Katarina Ahlsell are threatened to life. The frightening situation forces them slowly to reassess their professions and lives. As the little girl herself contacts Wallander to tell him what she has seen, they both end up in a dramatic showdown with their lives at stake.


Character profiles

Alcoholic and diabetic Inspector Kurt Wallander is the Senior detective of Ystad Police Department. Disillusioned with his job and disgruntled with his family life, Wallander investigates crimes in the South Eastern province of Skåne in Sweden.

Born in 1946, Krister Henriksson studied in Malmö before making his breakthrough in Peer Gynt at the Stockholm Stadsteater in 1973. As well as the 32 Wallander films, he has enjoyed an exceptionally varied TV and film career in Sweden, and made his West End debut in Victoria Jeffrey’s one-man show Dr Glas last year.

 


Reviews

“Here is one of the year’s best and most provocative thrillers and maybe it says something that it’s a 91-minute installment of a Swedish TV series.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times.

“Swede dreams are made of this” – The Independent.

“Wallander’s so good it makes me think I speak Swedish” – Nigel Farndale, The Telegraph.

“Heniksson has a certain something that makes you want to watch him” – Alice Maltin, Indiewire.


Available to buy

Synopsis

Based on the books by best-selling author Henning Mankell, detective Kurt Wallander (Krister Henriksson), is an intense and headstrong misanthrope, who is prone to eating poorly, sleeping irregularly and drinking too much. With unorthodox methods of working and his blunt approach, Wallander relies on instinct and experience and doesn’t shy away from using illegal means to solve crimes.

Broadcast to critical acclaim on BBC4, the complete series of films is now available.

SERIES 3: FILMS 27-32

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND

The Troubled Man 1982: At the height of the Cold War, a Russian submarine invades the Swedish territorial waters. Present day: A fisherman pulls the dead body of a diver out of the sea. This event sets inspector Kurt Wallander on an investigation with ties to the Cold War State Affairs, involving some of his relatives.

Missing Ella, an eight-year-old girl, disappears on her way to school. All that is found is a piece of candy and the girl’s bicycle hidden in a swamp. Inspector Kurt Wallander, just back from his suspension, takes on the case, eager to get back to work. The first suspects are Ella’s parents, who are fighting in court as to whom should be their daughter’s legal guardian. The father has also threatened to take Ella to his home country, Chile. When the girl’s mother is found dead in a remote cabin, Wallander realises that they are chasing a very desperate and disturbed person. The hunt takes Wallander back in time to an old case with a little girl who was never found. A case where Wallander blamed himself for not finding the girl. He doesn’t want that to happen again. When he suddenly finds links between the two cases, he realises that this is far worse than he could imagine. Who has done it? Will Wallander find the girl before it is too late?

The Betrayal Amanda, a young student, walks into the police station and reports her mother Julia missing. Amanda and Julia are very close; The fact that Julia doesn’t answer the phone is odd, something must have happened. The next day, Julia’s burned body is found buried in the sand close to the family’s house. Amanda is taken to the hospital, in shock. When Kurt Wallander visits Amanda for questioning, he immediately gets fond of her. Wallander’s daughter Linda finds this very peculiar. Erik, Amanda’s absent father, shows up and asks for Amanda’s forgiveness. Kurt accuses him, both for being a bad father but most of all for the murder of Julia. Kurt Wallander however does not know that Erik is being blackmailed by someone who knows who killed Julia. Erik does everything to cover up the tracks. Who does he protect? Meanwhile, Wallander’s close colleague Martinsson notices that Kurt tends to forget more and more of what he’s doing, but Linda just laughs it away. Kurt realises that the case is about a family that slowly falls apart and a girl that knows more than we think.

The Loss Worried, Kurt Wallander asks his doctor about his memory losses.  Meanwhile, his grand-daughter Bea is out on a field trip with her day-care centre. They pass by a construction site where Bea spots a human head buried in the ground. The head is separated from the body. The body is the one of a young prostitute from Moldavia. The suspicions point to Tigran Perski, a Russian model scout. Wallander wants to know more about the girl and travels to Moldavia to meet her twin sister and father. There, he finds out that they received a huge sum of money. Why? And from whom?  The case takes Wallander into depression, sorrow and adoption questions. He also receives the results from his doctor. A verdict that throws him into an even darker side.

The Arsonist Kurt Wallander has now been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It’s like a bullet in the head. He wants to hide it from his friends and relatives. Tommy is released from prison after he has served time for arson. As the whole town of Ystad hates Tommy, he gets to live with his sister and her husband. Immediately, Ystad, is burning again and all the evidence points to Tommy. Something Wallander doesn’t believe. The inspector suffers more and more from his disease, which leads to even more problems for Tommy, the one he tries to help. Is Tommy guilty or is it the whole village? Finally, Wallander tells his daughter Linda about his disease. She promises him to be there for him until the end.

The Sad Bird It’s Christmas in the town of Ystad. Kurt Wallander struggles against his bad memory, his new disease. He knows that he will soon need to tell his colleagues. His daughter Linda is next to him to cover up his mistakes but she too struggles. Meanwhile, a well-known restaurant owner, Paolo Salino, is being brutally kidnapped. Salino has been under investigation by the Malmö police for a long time but he never was convicted. Wallander and his co-workers collaborate with the Malmö police to solve the case. He and Jenny, one of his new colleagues, are getting fond of each other. Jenny is eager to solve the case but as time goes, Kurt understands that she has another agenda. The trail after the kidnapping leads straight to the police and to a violent struggle, not only for those involved, but specifically for Kurt Wallander himself.


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Character profiles

Alcoholic and diabetic Inspector Kurt Wallander is the Senior detective of Ystad Police Department. Disillusioned with his job and disgruntled with his family life, Wallander investigates crimes in the South Eastern province of Skåne in Sweden.

Born in 1946, Krister Henriksson studied in Malmö before making his breakthrough in Peer Gynt at the Stockholm Stadsteater in 1973. As well as the 32 Wallander films, he has enjoyed an exceptionally varied TV and film career in Sweden, and made his West End debut in Victoria Jeffrey’s one-man show Dr Glas last year.


Reviews

“Here is one of the year’s best and most provocative thrillers and maybe it says something that it’s a 91-minute installment of a Swedish TV series.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times.

“Swede dreams are made of this” – The Independent.

“Wallander’s so good it makes me think I speak Swedish” – Nigel Farndale, The Telegraph.

“Heniksson has a certain something that makes you want to watch him” – Alice Maltin, Indiewire.


Available to buy