Wallander: Series 1 (2008)



Critic Consensus: Kenneth Branaugh excels as Wallander, a detective who must hold his life together long enough to crack the case in this intriguing procession of haunting mysteries.


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Air date: May 10, 2009
Air date: May 17, 2009
Air date: May 31, 2009

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The gritty crime drama stars Kenneth Branagh as Swedish author Henning Mankell's scruffy Swedish police detective Kurt Wallander. Season 1 finds him tackling a series of engrossing mysteries. First, he investigates a 15-year-old girl's self-immolation and a series of ax murders; then, he tackles the murder of a cabbie by two teens and the death of a computer-systems analyst; and, last, he looks into the Midsummer Eve's disappearance of three young people. At the same time, he deals with his aging dad (David Warner), who's slipping into the grips of dementia, and a re-energized social life, as his daughter Linda (Jeany Spark) enrolls him in an Internet dating service.


Kenneth Branagh
as Kurt Wallander
Sarah Smart
as Anne-Britt Hoglund
Tom Hiddleston
as Magnus Martinsson
David Warner
as Povel Wallander
Sadie Shimmin
as Lisa Holgersson
Jeany Spark
as Linda Wallander
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Critic Reviews for Wallander Series 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (9)

As wonderfully played by Kenneth Branagh, Wallander is a fine addition to the tradition of PBS' Mystery!

Nov 30, 2008 | Full Review…

The series has great hypnotic allure, as the murders and deaths drive Wallander further into himself.

Nov 30, 2008 | Full Review…

It was all smoothly shot and constructed and skilfully played, yet I found myself a little less than enthralled.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

When a series has only two interesting things about it, and one of them is that it's set in Sweden, you may ask yourself, "What's the point?"

Nov 30, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Kenneth Branagh is perfect as one of its broken-down men.

Nov 30, 2008 | Full Review…

It's the road traveled that makes Wallander more than worthy of its Masterpiece imprimatur.

Nov 30, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

What makes Wallander memorable in the end is the arc that underlies them -- the detective's own story as he plummets toward emotional and physical crisis.

Nov 30, 2008 | Full Review…

It's the main character who provides the main reason for watching, as the long-suffering Wallander struggles to solve the crimes and put his life back in order.

Nov 30, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The strength of the script and Branagh's finely drawn performance - not to mention the excellent scenes between Branagh and David Warner, who plays Wallander's dad - make up for missteps.

Nov 30, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Mr. Branagh dominates the screen, but there are some excellent, low-key performances by supporting actors who play Wallander's colleagues.

Nov 30, 2008 | Full Review…

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