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Wallander Series 3: More classic telly from Brannagh and Mankell,
This review is from: Wallander - Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)
Wallander Series 3 sees the return of Kenneth Brannagh in one of the roles he will be best remembered for - Henning Mankell's moody detective Kurt Wallander.
With a private life hindered by his inability to leave his job at the office, and a work life hindered by his inability to cope with the consequences of his rash actions in episode 1, Wallander is a tortured soul and Brannagh transmits this beautifully. Don't worry about the convoluted and increasingly contrived mysteries; the point of these dramas is the study of the man rather than `whodunnit'. Just sit back and immerse yourself in 4.5 hours of quality drama with some great photography of Sweden and a dark tale of one man's obsession.
There are three episodes, each 90 minutes long, on 2 discs. Episodes are:
An Event in Autumn - Wallander's fresh new start with girlfriend Vanya and new house in the countryside are ruined when a body is found in his back garden. The subsequent investigation has disastrous consequences for one of his colleagues that hangs over the rest of the series.
The Dogs of Riga - When two corpses wash up in a dinghy, Colonel Leipa is sent over from Lithuania to help Wallander investigate. The secretive Leipa is not much help, and sees to be playing his own game. Soon things get dark as Wallander finds himself in Riga, investigating Leipa's death and he realises that he is involved in a very dark game and there is no-one he can trust. I've read the book for this one, and can say that the screen adaptation is excellent, capturing the main story without losing too much of importance.
Before the Frost - A missing person's case leads Wallander into the deep and dark waters of religious mania and cults, and there might be a personal connection. An excellent series closer, and probably the best episode in series 3.
Top marks once again for this fine drama series, 5 stars.