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Wallander (UK)

Wallander (UK)

PBS 2008

This drama follows Inspector Kurt Wallander – a middle-aged everyman – as he struggles against a rising tide of violence in the apparently sleepy backwaters in and around Ystad in Skane, southern Sweden. Based on the international best-selling books by Henning Mankell.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Wallander (UK)

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#1 - The Troubled Man (Season 4 - Episode 3)

Kurt Wallander is in a race against time as he embarks on his final case - the disappearance of his daughter's father-in-law.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 178 votes.

Wallander (UK) - S4E2

#2 - A Lesson In Love (Season 4 - Episode 2)

The detective investigates when a body is found half-buried in a swamp, Visiting her home, Wallander discovers signs of an intruder and that the dead woman's daughter is missing. The return of a lost love distracts him from the case at hand, as he encounters a gang of bikers that have been causing trouble in the area and begins to suspect he is being watched.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 190 votes.

Wallander (UK) - S1E3

#3 - One Step Behind (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Three youngsters are shot dead whilst having a woodland picnic in fancy dress. The corpses are found, and a friend of the victims is also slain, having told Wallander that his workmate was really gay, and that he is a transvestite, and a wholly murderous one, who adds to his toll of dead by killing a further trio of innocents.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 170 votes.

Wallander (UK) - S1E2

#4 - Firewall (Season 1 - Episode 2)

A body is found at a cash point, the apparent victim of a heart attack. Two teenage girls are arrested for the brutal murder of a cab driver. The girls confess to the crime, showing no remorse. Two open and shut cases. At first these two incidents seem to have nothing in common, but as Wallander delves deeper into the mystery of why the girls murdered the cab driver, he begins to unravel a plot much more involved complicated than he initially suspected. The two cases become one, and lead to a conspiracy that stretches beyond the borders of Sweden.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 189 votes.

Wallander (UK) - S4E1

#5 - The White Lioness (Season 4 - Episode 1)

When a Swedish national goes missing in Cape Town, Wallander is brought in to piece together the mysterious puzzle. Little does he know that behind the woman's disappearance lies a complex conspiracy, which leads Wallander on a treacherous journey through both the beauty and sorrow of an emerging South Africa.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 205 votes.

Wallander (UK) - S3E1

#6 - An Event in Autumn (Season 3 - Episode 1)

Wallander moves into a dream home with his new girlfriend. But his happiness is shattered when the skeleton of a girl is discovered in the garden. Wallander must try to get his new life back on track by finding her killer, but the case is not as cold as he thinks.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 150 votes.

Wallander (UK) - S2E1

#7 - Faceless Killers (Season 2 - Episode 1)

The detective is called to a remote farmhouse, where he finds an elderly man has been brutally murdered, and his wife is close to death. He hears the woman mutter something before dying, but cannot decipher her words. When he is pressured into revealing what he believes they were, the consequences of his reply have a serious impact on life in the town of Ystad. Drama based on the best-selling books by Henning Mankell, starring Kenneth Branagh, Sarah Smart and Richard McCabe, with Dearbhla Molloy and June Watson

The episode was rated 7.69 from 152 votes.

Wallander (UK) - S2E2

#8 - The Man Who Smiled (Season 2 - Episode 2)

Wallander decides to resign from the police after killing a man in the line of duty. A solicitor-friend asks Wallander to investigate the suspicious death of his father in an apparent car accident.

The episode was rated 7.66 from 144 votes.

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#9 - The Fifth Woman (Season 2 - Episode 3)

Wallander investigates the murder of an elderly bird-watcher, found impaled on sharpened bamboo poles. When another man is reported missing, Wallander realise he is looking for a serial killer.

The episode was rated 7.65 from 139 votes.

Wallander (UK) - S3E2

#10 - The Dogs of Riga (Season 3 - Episode 2)

After two Eastern European corpses are washed ashore on a raft in Ystad, Wallander travels to Latvia on the hunt for the killers. Thrown into a cold, alien world of police surveillance and lies, Wallander soon finds himself entangled in a web of corruption with no-one to trust.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 139 votes.

Wallander (UK) - S1E1
#11 - Sidetracked
Season 1 - Episode 1

What connects the shocking suicide of a young woman and the vicious murder of a government minister? Inspector Kurt Wallander's investigation uncovers wrongdoing and corruption that extends to the heart of the Swedish establishment.

The episode was rated from 223 votes.
Wallander (UK) - S3E3
#12 - Before the Frost
Season 3 - Episode 3

A friend of Wallander's daughter comes begging for his help but then disappears. Meanwhile, an elderly woman's body is found cremated in a shallow grave. Killed by a seemingly religious obsessive, Wallander must catch the culprit before he strikes again.

The episode was rated from 131 votes.

Last updated: nov 18, 2022



I finished of the Wallander series two nights ago, and forgot to post my thoughts. I gave it a 7 (good) out of 10, although one episode in the 3rd season was an 8 (great). Disappointingly, I struggled with the personality of the title character, and wondered what the Swedes see in him that escapes me. It wasn't Sir Kenneth Branagh's depiction of him, which was probably spot on, it was the way the character was drawn - moody, non-communicative even in intimate or professional relationships, depressed, and self isolating yet brilliant in solving the mysteries around the crimes. I know that this character is a Swedish National treasure, but I'd love it if some Swede would tell me, "What's the appeal?" For me, what kept series from being an 8 (great and re-watchable), or a 9 (superb) was this character's inability to grow. Feedback welcomed. I'd like to "get it"


Really enjoyed the show. It was slow at times and the main character was it but hard to understand but I wonder if that was part of his character. I mean, was he a bit autistic? The last season was very sad but well done. Never seen another show portray the disease so well.


Wallander is one of the best series I've ever seen. Beautiful photography, masterfully directed and a flawless cast make this series a must for anyone serious about quality drama. It takes a lot of patience, because Wallander is shot between Kenneth Branagh's filming schedule (and he's quite busy as a director), so it's 3 episodes every two years... but it's worth it. Now, I'm waiting for the 4th season and enjoying it all over again.


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