First Look: Wallander series 4
Kenneth Branagh returns to BBC One as Kurt Wallander this weekend in Wallander series 4. The new trilogy promises a dark, thrilling and emotional finale for our dedicated Swedish detective.
Two of the feature-length episodes will be adapted from Henning Mankell novels – The White Lioness, the third novel in the Wallander series, and The Troubled Man, the final Wallander novel. These adaptations will bring the complete cycle of Mankell’s novels to their natural conclusion.
In The White Lioness, Wallander is drawn into the case of a missing Swedish national while attending a police conference in South Africa. It is the start of a physical and emotional journey that leads him from the aching beauty of rural Africa to the intense poverty of the townships. Back in Sweden for A Lesson in Love, Wallander investigates the murder of a middle‐aged woman. As the investigation unravels, Wallander senses he is being followed – targeted – but by demons he cannot identify. In The Troubled Man, Wallander is in a race against time as he embarks on his final case – the disappearance of his daughter Linda’s father‐in‐law. Becoming entangled in cold war politics and fractured familial relationships, Wallander must prevail against the odds if he is to safeguard his daughter’s future.
Branagh said of his character, “Wallander is preoccupied with the substance and circumstances of crimes. He can’t ever be indifferent to discovering dead bodies. It’s never just his shock at the violence – it’s everything else, too. He knows he’s going to have to make a phone call – ‘Yes, she’d been dead a few days, she lives locally, she’s a teenager.’”
“He immediately connects with the human cost of crime – whose daughter, whose sister is it? In a place the size of Ystad, people know each other. They’re interconnected. So he can’t help being really driven to find answers for, and about, people he knows.”
Thus far, BBC’s Wallander has picked up seven BAFTA wins, as well as nominations for two Emmy awards and one Golden Globe. We can’t wait for Wallander series 4 – will you be tuning in?