Monday, November 3, 2008

Wallander telemovies bought by channel 7

I read in the SMH today that channel 7 have bought Kenneth Branagh's Wallander series. Filmed earlier this year in Sweden, the three 90 minute episodes are based on the Henning Mankell novels Sidetracked, One Step Behind and Firewall. I'm still not sure about the idea of Branagh in the role of Wallander, but look forward to the series anyway.

Kenneth Branagh as Kurt Wallander
Celebrity photo

This BBC series is apparently due to begin screening in the UK sometime this month, but there is no word yet on a screening date for Australia. Let's hope the network treats the series and its fans with more respect than has sometimes been the case in the past with the commercial networks and non-mainstream series.


  1. That's interesting Helen. I wasn't expecting him to look quite so scruffy

  2. The books are one of my all-time favourite series and I enjoyed the two versions of the Swedish movies almost equally, but, like helen, I'm not sure how Branagh will go in the role. Looking forward to them nevertheless.

  3. Yes, Kerrie, he's certainly looking ragged enough to be Wallander, although I'm not sure he's 'chunky' enough!

    I've enjoyed both of the Swedish movie series too, Bill, and the Wallander books are definitely on my list of all-time favourites.

    I'm wondering if it will seem strange having Wallander speaking English, and whether the actors will put on some kind of Swedish accent.

  4. Does anybody know when we will see Hanning Mankell's series, Wallander in the USA?

    The books were great and amazon uk can't ship dvd to my area.