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.