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Photo: “Wallander, Series II” – Kenneth Branagh returns for a second season detective Kurt Wallander. Based on the novels by best-selling author Henning Mankell, Wallander battles crimes, and his own demons, in the bucolic yet brutal seaside town of Ystad, Sweden. Shown: Kenneth Branagh as Kurt WallanderWallander Returns to Masterpiece Mystery!


Wednesday, October 6th, 2010


Kenneth Branagh (Henry V, Hamlet, Shackleton) returns to his remarkable Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated role as the soul-searching Swedish cop Kurt Wallander in three gripping new cases based on the books by bestselling novelist Henning Mankell. Wallander II airs on Masterpiece Mystery! Sundays, October 3-17 from 8-9:30 p.m.


Critics were mesmerized with gh during last year’s premier season of Wallander. Writing in The New York Times, Alessandra Stanley marveled, “Kenneth Branagh…is Wallander as he was conceived by his creator: a romantic hero with none of the mystique or physical attributes.”


Wallander II has Branagh back in top form in a performance greeted by rapturous UK critics as “a revelation” (The Telegraph), “close to perfect” (The Sunday Times), and “one of the great treats of contemporary television” (The Evening Standard). The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) could not agree more, honoring him with the Best Actor Award for 2010.


Set in the Swedish port town of Ystad, a crossroads of international crime and home-grown misfits and psychopaths, the series pits Wallander against serial killers, vigilantes, organ harvesters, and sadistic armed robbers.


Branagh is joined by David Warner (Titanic) as the elder Wallander, a painter who is losing his mind to Alzheimer’s, but worries about his son’s soul; Tom Hiddleston (Return to Cranford) as Wallander’s fellow cop Magnus, a crisp professional who both admires and resents his colleague’s chaotic style; Jeany Spark (Tess of the D’Urbervilles) as Wallander’s long-suffering daughter, Linda; and guest star Rupert Graves (The Forsyte Saga) as a wealthy philanthropist, whose altruism seems too good to be true.


The new season finds the down-at-the-heels sleuth nearing the end of his emotional rope—at odds with Linda, his father, his gyrating blood sugar, and coming to terms with having killed a man.


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Contact: Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP Promotion Director, (309) 495-0594 or stacey.tomczyk@wtvp.org



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