Good news for Wallander fans: three new, 90-minute Wallander episodes starring (ahem) Sir Kenneth Branagh begin airing on BBC1 on Sunday 8 July.
An Event in Autumn (based on Mankell’s short story ‘The Grave’)
The Dogs of Riga (the second in the original series of novels)
Before the Frost (the ninth in the series, featuring daughter Linda Wallander)
The episodes are a Left Bank Pictures/Yellowbird/TKBC Production for the BBC.
I’m looking forward to this third series, even though I’ve seen almost all of the Swedish Wallander adaptations already. While obviously not in Swedish (and insisting on a grating, anglicised pronunciation of the detective’s name), these English-language adaptations offer a strong central performance by Branagh (who won a BAFTA for series 2), as well as some stunning cinematography of Swedish landscapes.
As a very interesting article by Vicky Frost in today’s Guardian reveals, Branagh also has a final set of adaptations in mind – The White Lioness (the third in the series) and The Troubled Man (the last novel), the latter probably in two parts. Mind you, I’m not sure Branagh looks worn out or old enough yet to portray Wallander right at the end of his career: he needs to have a few more sleepless nights and age around 20 years!
A BBC trailer for the series is now available. Looks good.
Update: Review of Episode 1 now posted.