WALLANDER


Winner
Leading Actor, Kenneth Branagh, Wallander, British Academy Television Awards 2010
Wallander for Best Sound - Fiction, British Academy Television Craft Awards 2010

Winner
Best Actor, Kenneth Branagh Wallander, 35th Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) Television and Radio Awards

Winner
Wallander for Best Drama Series, British Academy Television Awards 2009
Wallander for Phlips Audience Award for the Best Programme of 2008, British Academy Television Awards 2009
Wallander for Best Original Television Music; for Best Photography & Lighting - Fiction/Entertainment; for Best Production Design; for Best Sound - Fiction, British Academy Television Craft Awards 2009

 

The first Wallander Team
BBC Wallander Site


BBC TV Blog: Henning Mankell's Wallander: I'm the Screenwriter


Branagh's Wallander
Website dedicated to the BBC's English-language television series about Henning Mankell's fictional Swedish detective Kurt Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh

Click here for other Wallander production photos

More Wallander photos

Even more Wallander photos I

Even more Wallander photos II

Photos from filming of Wallander 2  I

Photos from filming of Wallander 2  II

Photos from Wallander 2  III

Photos from Wallander 2  IV

Photos from Wallander 2  V

Covers from a new issue of Wallander titles

Photos from the British Academy Television Awards 2009

Photos from the PBS Wallander promo, August 2010

Audio/Video

BBC promo for episode one of the new Wallander series
Kenneth Branagh talks about Wallander (and much more)
Kenneth Branagh talks to Stuart Jeffries about the new series of Wallander
Extended version of the Swedish Radio interview with Kenneth Branagh
Another Swedish Radio interview with Kenneth Branagh, 29 September 2009
Swedish Radio interview with Kenneth Branagh, 5 March 2009
BBC promo for Wallander
Click here for the BBC fall television promos, with a few peeks at Wallander
Click here for a webtv snippet from the press session, 30 May 2008
Award announcement and Kenneth Branagh's speech
Interview with the Wallander producers team
Brief "red carpet" interview with Kenneth Branagh
Video greeting recorded by Kenneth Branagh on the occasion of crew screening of Wallander: The Dogs of Riga

 
Articles      Click here for links to untranslated articles
Kenneth Branagh Still Figuring Out 'Wallander', Salt Lake Tribune, 11 September 2012
Wallander: Nordic Noir, Minus the Stieg Larsson Melodrama, The Globe and Mail, 9 September 2012
Kenneth Branagh Revisits Nordic Noir as Somber Detective Kurt Wallander, LA Daily News, 8 September 2012
TV Review: Great Performance From Kenneth Branagh Anchors ‘Wallander’, HollywoodChicago.com, 8 September 2012
Kenneth Branagh Brings ‘Wallander III’ to Life, New York Daily News, 6 September 2012
Branagh Holds Off on Swedish Accent, Toronto Sun, 6 September 2012
Kenneth Branagh’s Wallander Leads Brooding Scandinavian Sleuths, Chicago Sun Times, 6 September 2012
Kenneth Branagh Returns to Wallander, Vancouver Sun, 4 September 2012
Wallander III premiers on PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery, Washington Post, 30 August 2012
Oh Joy! Wallander's Back, Express, 15 July 2012
Kenneth Branagh: "Wallander Is Quite a Cheerful Person. It's Just He Doesn't Often Get the Chance", The Radio Times, 8 July 2012
Interview: Kenneth Branagh on 'Wallander', TimeOut, July 2012
Sir Ken's Swede Success: Despite Being the Star of Hit TV Detective Series Wallander, Just-knighted Kenneth Branagh Insists He's Still Plain Ken, The Daily Mail, 28 June 2012
Wallander: Swede Dreams Are Made of This, The Independent, 23 June 2012
Kenneth Branagh: Wallowing in Wallander, The Guardian, 17 June 2012
Branagh 'Excited' by New Wallander, Belfast Telegraph, 29 January 2012
Web Exclusive: Kenneth Branagh on “Wallander”, Thelma Adams.com, 1 January 2012
Wallander a Familiar Name For Crime Fans, Thelma Adams.com, 28 December 2011
“Wallander” Star and “Thor” Director Kenneth Branagh Is in a Scandinavian State of Mind, StarNewsOnline, 17 October 2010
Kenneth Branagh Brings Swedish Detective Kurt Wallander Back to American TV, Philadelphia Enquirer, 2 October 2010
TV Review: 'Wallander' Gets a British Makeover, SFGate.com, 1 October 2010
Brooding Branagh Impresses as Swedish Detective on PBS, Denver Post, 1 October 2010
Kenneth Branagh Plays Detective, Superbly, The Globe & Mail, 7 August 2010
Kenneth Branagh Interview: WALLANDER II, Collider.com, 4 August 2010
Kenneth Branagh Wallander Wins BAFTA Again, Hollywood Today, 7 June 2010
Your Next Box Set: Wallander, The Guardian, 19 February 2010
Branagh Brings Us a Jewel In the Krona, Evening Standard, 22 January 2010
Branagh's Back to Wow Once Again, Herald.ie, 18 January 2010
Wallander: Mobile Ringtone Mystery Solved, The Telegraph, 13 January 2010
In Close-up You’ll See Evidence of Greatness Is All Over Wallander, The Sunday Times, 10 January 2010
Wallander, The Observer, 10 January 2010
Kenneth Branagh Interview for Wallander, The Telegraph, 8 January 2010
Wallander (BBC One), The Telegraph, 4 January 2010
The Weekend's Television: Wallander, The Independent, 4 January 2010
Crimes of Passion, Radio Times, 2-8 January 2010
Talking Shop: Kenneth Branagh, BBC News, 1 January 2010
Branagh Asked Smart for TV Tips, UK Press Association, 30 December 2009
Branagh's Wallander Discomfort, UK Press Association, 22 December 2009
Crumpled Hero, Sydney Morning Herald, 2 December 2009
Famed Fictional Resident Helps Ystad Land Swedish Tourism Prize, The Local, 22 October 2009
Wallander: Swede Dreams Are Made of This, The Independent, 31 July 2009
Interrogating Inspector Wallander, Bild, 2 June 2009
A Swedish Cop, Not a Danish Prince, but Still Melancholy, New York Times, 10 May 2009
Branagh Brilliant in PBS' 'Wallander', Baltimore Sun, 10 May 2009
Branagh Is Drawn to ‘Wallander’, Buffalo News, 10 May 2009
Weekend Viewing: Det. Wallandar Makes His TV Debut, Maclean's, 10 May 2009
Kenneth Branagh on 'Wallander', Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2009
Brood Awakening, Boston Globe, 8 May 2009
The Accent Is On a Swedish Sleuth in 'Wallander', USA Today, 7 May 2009
Wallander: Sidetracked, USA Today, 6 May 2009
Branagh’s ‘Masterpiece’ Moment, TV Week, 1 May 2009
Branagh’s Honest ‘Wallander’ Feels Original, The Army Times, 27 April 2009
At Last, A Clue The Beeb Can Still Do Quality, The Sunday Express, 7 December 2008
What He Watched: Wallander BBC1, The Observer, 7 December 2008
Wallander, BBC1, The Independent, 7 December 2008
Wallander - Where Have All the Detectives Gone?, The Sunday Times, 7 December 2008
Inspector Norse, News & Star, 6 December 2008
Lost in Translation, The New Statesman, 4 December 2008
Wallander: Testament to Kenneth Branagh's Greatness, The Telegraph - Blog, 1 December 2008
The Weekend on Television: Wallander, The Telegraph, 1 December 2008
The Swede That’s Like a Potato, The Herald, 1 December 2008
Swedeness and Light, The Mirror, 1 December 2008
Wallander, The Times, 1 December 2008
TV Review: Wallander, Leicester Mercury, 1 December 2008
The Weekend's Television: Wallander, The Independent, 1 December 2008
Kenneth Branagh: Wallander, The Telegraph, 29 November 2008
Kenneth Branagh Is Kurt Wallander, The Times, 29 November 2008
The British View of Wallander Country, Ystadsallehanda, 28 November 2008
Branagh's Different Detective, This Is South Wales, 28 November 2008
Inspector Morose: Meet Wallander, the Most Tortured Detective to Grace the Small Screen, The Daily Mail, 28 November 2008
Killing Time , BBC, November 2008
Kenneth Branagh: The Stunning, Troubled World of the 'Norse Morse', Daily Telegraph, 31 October 2008
Henning Mankell on Kenneth Branagh's Wallander , The Sunday Times, 26 October 2008
Swedes Are So Cool, Kvllsposten, 2 June 2008
Kenneth Branagh's Life as Kurt Wallander, Ystads Allehanda, 30 May 2008
The Scenery Is Under Construction for the BBC-Wallander, Ystads Allehanda, 2 April 2008
 
Early Short Articles

Inspector Norse
Radio Times, 30 August - 5 September 2008         (see the photo here)

Meet TV's latest addition to the ranks of TV detective. Kenneth Branagh brings a brooding, Bergmanesque quality to his performance in Wallander, a new BBC1 series adapted from the award-winning crime novels of Swedish author Henning Mankell.

Our exclusive picture is also a first glimpse of what could soon be known over here as "Wallender country". The gingerbread houses and flower-filled square of the sleepy town of Ystad on Sweden's south coats are scarcely what you expect from Scandinavia's rival to our own Midsomer, but it's already a big tourist draw. Shooting in the precise locations mentioned by the novels, the film crew have found that they have to fight for space with fans of the books - and numerous Swedish TV and film adaptations - pilgrimage to their hero's picturesque stamping ground.


Branagh to Play Wallander in TV Series
UPI, 14 July 2008

Kenneth Branagh is to star in a new TV series based on the Kurt Wallander detective books by Swedish author Henning Mankell, "Masterpiece Mystery" announced.

Branagh, a co-producing partner and longtime fan of the novels, said in a statement his latest character is "wonderfully complex and compelling."

Shot in rarely seen locations in southern Sweden, "Wallander" is to air on "Masterpiece Mystery" on PBS in the spring or summer of 2009.

"We're thrilled to be presenting Kenneth's passion project on 'Masterpiece Mystery'," executive producer Rebecca Eaton said in a statement. "'Wallander' will introduce PBS audiences to a stunning part of the world -- and a fascinating new detective."

Branagh, a Northern Irish actor-filmmaker who recently directed a remake of "Sleuth," has starred in the films "Much Ado About Nothing," "Hamlet," "Celebrity" and "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein." He will soon be seen in the big-screen war movie "Valkyrie," opposite Tom Cruise.


Plans for New Wallander Films
Sveriges Radio P4 Malmö, 31 May 2008  (go to the site for a link to an audio clip)
** Thanks Jonas for the translation

The BBC is planning for at least three new Wallander films in Ystad, probably next year. This was announced when the production management let the press have access to the film team of the English language Wallander films for the first time.

The British actor Kenneth Branagh, who portrays Kurt Wallander, says it was the multi-faceted character of Kurt Wallander that lured him to the role.

"I appreciate a man, who as an experienced inspector, constantly encounters violence and the dark sides of human behavior and still takes it personally and is emotionally affected by this."

Yesterday the film team was filming in a townhouse area and was shooting a scene from "One Step Behind". They have already wrapped up "Sidetracked" and have "Firewall" left before they end in August. If proven popular, the plan is to film three more next year.

It was Wallander's slightly complicated character that attracted Branagh. An interesting lack of predictable manliness, as he put it. Tough but, also emotional. But the British Wallander will be a bit different than the original. He does not listen to opera, the British audiences are too familiar with the opera-loving Inspector Morse. Branagh has worked hard at making Wallander his own.


More English Wallander Films in the Works in Ystad
Ystads Allehanda, 31 May 2008
By Ulf Mårtensson
** Thanks Jonas for the translation

There will be more British Wallander films in Ystad than the three current ones.

"This has always been our and Branagh's goal, as long as the audience enjoys them", says Francis Hopkinson, producer with Left bank, one of the companies involved.

Yellow Bird Producer Ole Søndberg, says two of Mankell’s books could be hard to film. He mentions "The White Lioness" and "The Dogs of Riga" as being hard to film.

This leaves three five films, if one is to stick to original Mankell novels.

Three films a year is the work pace, so maybe the British filmmakers will already be back in Ystad next year. If that is the case, this is good news for the film town of Ystad and Ystad studios.

Almost Classic
The film companies' ambition is to make Inspector Wallander the next classic British copper. Comparisons have been made with Midsummer Murders. "But that series is too traditional. Mankell’s stories are much more interesting and deal with social issues in a very different manner", says director Philip Martin.


Here Is Where They Are Shooting the New Wallander Films
Sydsvenskan.se, 17 April 2008
By Olof Åkerlund
** Thanks Jonas for the translation

There have been many secrets surrounding the British Kurt Wallander series. But on Thursday the star actor Kenneth Branagh (Wallander) was seen, as well as the rest of the Anglo-Swedish film team at Häckeberga castle outside the town of Genarp.

Originally another castle was scheduled as a shooting location but when that plan fell apart, Bo Madsen, the manager of Häckeberga castle, was quick to offer a filming location to the 60-person strong film crew and the roughly 50 extras.

The guests had to be moved to the castle stables, but that worked out very well. This is really exiting, a true circus. It is not everyday that you encounter Kenneth Branagh, says Bo Madsen.


Kick-off for the BBC-Wallander Film Shooting
Ystads Allehanda, 14 April 2008
** Thanks Wenda for the translation

Shooting for the British version of the Henning Mankell Wallander mysteries started on Monday at Sodra Anggatan in Ystad.

The star actor Kenneth Branagh, who plays the opera-loving inspector, and a large film team were in place in a functional house [i.e. a house from around 1920s or 1930s]. In parts of Agatan and Anggatan it was not permitted to park during the week-end or on Monday. But the people of Ystad are used to film teams in action and did not seem to take very much notice of the start of shooting. The football match continued on Dammen at the Bleke school and neighbourhood life continued as usual. For the next 3 months 3 films will be shot for the BBC in Ystad and nearby locations.

 
Press Releases Anouncing Wallander
Wallander – Kenneth Branagh in Major New Drama Adaptation for BBC One, BBC Press Office, 10 January 2008
Kenneth Branagh to Star in BBC 'Wallander' Series, The Local, 10 January 2008
Detective Branagh: Kenneth is Set to Star in a New BBC Series to Rival 'Inspector Morse', Daily Mail, 10 January 2008


The Herald, 11 January 2008
Branagh Is Given Lead Role in £6m BBC Scotland Adaptation of Hit Crime Novels
By Carolyn Churchill

Kenneth Branagh will star as a hard-drinking Swedish detective in a £6m TV series commissioned by BBC Scotland, it was revealed yesterday.

The actor will play Kurt Wallander in adaptations of three critically acclaimed crime novels by Swedish author Henning Mankell.

'Wallander', which will be filmed on location in Sweden, is a major coup for BBC Scotland and comes only a few months after director-general Mark Thompson said the corporation north of the border should triple its output for UK networks.

The new series of 90-minute programmes is being co-produced by three independent companies after being commissioned by Anne Mensah, head of drama at BBC Scotland.

She said: "'Wallander' is an extremely ambitious project - after all, we're looking to create a classic new detective character for British television. We couldn't hope for a stronger team behind the project, nor for a more perfect leading man."

The books have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide and the programmes will be based on three of the novels, Sidetracked, One Step Behind and Firewall.

Branagh, whose production company will make the series in conjunction with Left Bank Pictures and Mankell's own company Yellow Bird, said he was a fan of the novels.

He said: "Wallander is a wonderfully complex and compelling character and, as a long-time admirer of the novels, I'm very excited to be playing this fascinatingly flawed but deeply human detective."


Variety, 11 January 2008
Branagh Set for BBC Adaptation
Actor to star in $12 million TV production

By Steve Clarke, Gunnar Rehlin

Kenneth Branagh is set to star as fictional Swedish cop Kurt Wallander in a BBC adaptation of Henning Mankell's bestselling crime novels.

Swedish production company Yellow Bird, owned by Zodiak Television, has sold the rights for three 90-minute features based on the novels "Sidetracked," "Firewall" and "One Step Behind."

The films will be made by Left Bank Pictures, producer Andy Harries' shingle, along with Yellow Bird and Branagh's as-yet-unnamed shingle. BBC Worldwide, the pubcaster's commercial arm, has a 25% stake in Left Bank Pictures.

The pics will be shot in Ystad, in the south of Sweden, during spring and summer. They will air on flagship BBC web BBC1.

Mankell's books have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, giving the dramas big global potential.

"Wallander" was commissioned by BBC Scotland head of drama Anne Mensah and BBC controller of fiction Jane Tranter. Mensah said the "extremely ambitious" project is aimed at creating "a classic new detective character for British television."

Yellow Bird has made 13 Wallander films for the Scandinavian market, three for theatrical release and 10 for TV.