Wallander (2008–2016)
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Before the Frost 

An elderly woman is murdered in a wood by a man she saw setting fire to swans. He buries her corpse with a bible annotating the book of Revelations and from his finger-prints he is ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Martin

Writers:

Peter Harness, Henning Mankell (novel)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Andrew Williams Paul Andrew Williams ... Janek Langas
Cecilia Hjalmarsson Cecilia Hjalmarsson ... Birgitta Medberg (as Cecelia Hjalmarsson)
Rebekah Staton ... Kristina Albinsson
Kenneth Branagh ... Kurt Wallander
Mark Hadfield ... Stefan Lindeman
Sarah Smart ... Anne-Britt Hoglund
Maimie McCoy ... Anna Westin
Carol Starks Carol Starks ... Jennie Medberg
Jaspar Paavolainen Jaspar Paavolainen ... Alfred Medberg
Rasmus Paavolainen Rasmus Paavolainen ... Hjalmar Medberg
Dermot Keaney ... Niklas Martinell
Emily Bruni ... Lisa Pahlberg
Richard McCabe Richard McCabe ... Nyberg
Barnaby Kay ... Lennart Mattson
Jeany Spark ... Linda Wallander
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An elderly woman is murdered in a wood by a man she saw setting fire to swans. He buries her corpse with a bible annotating the book of Revelations and from his finger-prints he is identified as Jannek Langas, a religious maniac and arsonist. He has escaped from a secure unit but nonetheless has a healthy bank account in an assumed name. At the same time Anna, a friend of Linda, disappears after a cryptic visit to Wallander. Following Langas's suicide by immolation Wallander learns that Langas and Anna belonged to the same, fundamentalist Christian group and that other members are dying. Wallander must discover who is behind the killings and whether Anna is accomplice or victim - or even alive. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Official Sites:

Branagh's Wallander website

Release Date:

23 September 2012 (USA) See more »

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Zodiak Entertainment See more »
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Jeany Spark (Linda Wallander) & Sarah Smart (Anne-Britt Hoglund) also worked together on episode 1.5, Death in Paradise: Spot the Difference (2011), of Death in Paradise (2011) as Emilie Saunders & Suzie Park respectively. See more »

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Version of Wallander: Innan frosten (2005) See more »

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S3: Continues the engaging and consistent grimness of the second season, to good effect
29 January 2017 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

After an uninspiring first season, the second season of this show produced a much more satisfying season of dark but engaging stories. This is continued into the third season, even though it opens with comparative positive situation for Wallander. The first mystery continues that tone, with a dead body in his own garden combined with an investigation into a girl killed at sea. The season continues with a brutal gang-related murder, and then the burnt corpse of a grandmother in the woods. As material for Sunday night viewing, it is consistently dark and grim in its tone and content.

In the first season, this felt very obvious and forced, but in the third as with the second, the delivery here makes it work. The stories are much more engaging; okay they have strong elements of convenience and coincidence in what they link together, but it did not stand out to me as being tenuous – even if on paper it was. There is a dogged persistence to the grim tone that is perfectly spread across all aspects. It doesn't feel like it is trying to paint it on, but rather that someone has steeped the episodes in something, getting it everywhere.

Branagh is very good at this – as he was in the second season. I believe his character, and I believe the damage done to him by the things he sees and does – again, it seems to be deep in his performance, not just something on the surface. He is wisely the focus of each episode, and his weary but determined performance gives the show a lot of drive and weight. Production values are very high; the locations look great, and everything by design has a tired cold grimness to it. The showy crimes do not feel like they are deliberately 'shocking' as they were in the first season, but rather they too are delivered with a sigh, even if they are extreme.

After not seeing the fuss at all in the first set of episodes, I'm very much on board now, and hoping the fourth season can continue the strengths here.


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