The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - FOOD & DRINK - So­phie Heath

It was a smart move by the Swedes when, in 2005, they chose to adapt Hen­ning Mankell’s nov­els about trou­bled In­spec­tor Kurt Wal­lan­der for the small screen. Long be­fore the cur­rent ob­ses­sion with all things Scan­di­na­vian, there was some­thing about the glo­ri­ous Swedish land­scape that made the per­fect back­drop for Mankell’s moody mur­der mys­ter­ies. In­cred­i­bly, when the BBC de­cided to make an English lan­guage ver­sion (this was be­fore The Killing, when sub­ti­tles were still re­garded with sus­pi­cion), it didn’t end up be­ing a sec­ond-rate, hol­low copy – un­like the US ver­sion of The Killing. In­stead, thanks to the in­spired cast­ing of Kenneth Branagh as Wal­lan­der (pic­tured), plus the same oh-so­sub­tle colour­ing in the back­ground, it was a tri­umph. This new run of three fea­ture-length episodes gets off to a crack­ing start, as Wal­lan­der finds a body – in his own gar­den. Some guys have all the luck… Sunday, 9pm, BBC1.

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