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Friday, August 24th, 2012


Wallander III


Wallander III airs Sundays, September 9-23 at 8pm on WTVP-HD.

Kenneth Branagh as Kurt Wallander

—from the bestselling mystery series by Henning Mankell—on MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!


Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn, Henry V, Hamlet) returns as Inspector Kurt Wallander, the moody Swedish detective created by mystery writer Henning Mankell, who famously lit the spark for today’s passionate interest in Scandinavian crime fiction. MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! presents three new 90-minute whodunits on Wallander III, airing Sundays, September 9th, 16th, and 23rd at 8pm on WTVP-HD.

“Kenneth Branagh outdoes himself in series 3,” says MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton. “No one else matches him in sheer soul-stirring emotion. In our long list of favorite detectives, Kurt Wallander is one of the most fascinating.”

After an Emmy®- and Golden Globe®-nominated debut season in 2009, the second Wallander series was judged just as gripping and refreshingly different as the first. USA Today hailed it as “an adult, modern MYSTERY! designed for those who want their murder stories to land somewhere between cozy and hopelessly dark.”

The depressed detective himself might beg to differ. “I'm basically quite a cheerful person!” Wallander insists to a dubious colleague in the opening episode of the new season. But his inner sunny outlook is trapped in unremitting Nordic gloom.

Wallander III finds the Swedish cop trying to improve his disposition—in the face of torture killings, dashed romance, homicidal do-gooders, and a resentful grown-up daughter. His caseload features these investigations:

An Event in Autumn - Sunday, September 9th at 8pm
A pregnant woman leaps to her death from the side of a ferry. Or was she pushed? The routine case barely disturbs Wallander’s newly blissful life with Vanja (Saskia Reeves, Page Eight), his lover from the end of series 2. But then the happy couple discovers a decade-old corpse of a murdered woman on their property. With Wallander’s work now getting too close to home, he follows the leads of two investigations that get increasingly entangled. On top of it, tragedy strikes one of his colleagues, and Wallander blames himself—with good reason.

The Dogs of Riga - Sunday, September 16th at 8pm
A raft adrift in Swedish waters has a grisly cargo: two horribly tortured Latvian corpses. Arriving to investigate from Latvia’s capital, Riga, is an enigmatic police major. He reports back to headquarters and then disappears. After hearing reports of his death, Wallander goes to Riga and meets the major’s wife, Kristina (Rebekah Staton, Tess of the D’Urbervilles). Together, they get embroiled in a desperate search for files that may document high-level corruption that threatens to make Wallander and Kristina the next victims.

Before the Frost – Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 8pm
An escapee from a psychiatric hospital sets fire to a flock of geese and then incinerates a passing hiker. And he’s far from finished. While investigating, Wallander is unexpectedly visited by Anna, an old friend of his estranged daughter, Linda (Jeany Spark). Then Anna disappears. As the arson attacks mount, it appears that Anna may be connected. Duty demands that Wallander reconcile with Linda and join forces to find Anna at all costs. But father-daughter concord is hardly helped by Linda’s memory that her dad once had an affair with Anna’s mother.





Wallander III is a Left Bank Pictures, Yellow Bird, TKBC series co-produced with BBC, Degeto, MASTERPIECE, TV4, Riga Film Fund and FiSK. Made with support from Region of Skane, City of Ystad and Ystad-Osterlen Film Fond, Sweden. Made with support from the Riga City Council, Latvia. It is adapted by Peter Harness from the novels by Henning Mankell. The Directors are Toby Haynes (An Event in Autumn), Esther Campbell (The Dogs of Riga) and Charles Martin (Before the Frost). The Executive Producers are Andy Harries, Daniel Ahlqvist, Francis Hopkinson, Kenneth Branagh, Ole Søndberg, Anni Faurbye Fernandez, Rebecca Eaton, Hans-Wolfgang Jurgan, Matthew Read and Åsa Sjöberg. The Co-Producer is Ralf Ivarsson.

MASTERPIECE on PBS is presented by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is executive producer. Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking River Cruises, with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust, created to help ensure the series’ future.





For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org



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