Wallander is Back or the Return of the Man With the Annoying Ringtone

Yes, he's back, and I don't mean the original Swedish television version of "Wallander", but the one co-produced by BBC Scotland and several other studios. Yes, "Wallander" returned to BBC 1 last night looking as bleak as ever with an episode called "An Event in Autumn" based not on a Henning Mankell novel, but on a short story originally only ever published in Sweden called "The Grave". Did it show? Possibly, but here I was thinking that they ended series two perfectly with "The Firfth Woman" with Wallander actually looking like he'd shaved, was wearing fresh clothes and had a woman in his life. In fact, I thought it was so perfect they should perhaps just stop there, especially when it no longer had its place in the annual schedule, the previous two series being broadcast in January, and January 2012 was long past. But no, events have moved on, and two years had passed and Wallander has just moved into a new, slightly creepy-looking house right on the sea with his girlfriend, Vanya, and her son (although she has still kept her flat, she says, tellingly at one point), and no sooner has Wallander began to investigate what happened to a young Polish woman who fell from a ferry (was it a fall, or was it murder?) when bits of her are washed up, than Vanya's dog digs up a lower jaw in the garden of their new house. Talk about bad luck, without it, Wallander would have no luck at all.

Given all that, it wasn't long before our hero was sleeping through the night on a chair again, a bottle of red wine beside him, and gloriously mucking things up by breaking into the compound where the previous owner of his house now lives where they are attacked by his two alsations and the man himself, swinging a hammer with terrible consequences for one of Wallander's colleagues.

Newly-knighted, Sir Kenneth Branagh looks even more worse for wear as Wallander, having lost a few pounds and has a gaunt, stark, stary-scarey look at times. Sadly, his old detective team have gone their seperate ways. Svedbery got murdered way back in series one, and Tom Hiddleston who played Magnus has moved on to bigger and better things, starring in indie films, mainstream movies and blockbusters like "Thor" (directed by Branagh himself) and the recent "Avengers Assemble" movie. Only Anne-Britt seems to be around, but for how long after last night, and even his nagging old boss has been replaced by a slick guy in a suit who looks like he actually looks after himself, unlike our hero. Next week we get "The Dogs of Riga" and the series wraps up with "Before the Frost" which will be interesting as it is actually based on the first of three Linda Wallander novels that Mankell was going to write, but never did.

And there is even a fourth series planned, adapting the novels "The White Lioness" and the latest and last-ever Wallander novel "The Troubled Man" turned into a two-parter. The troubled man? Now who could that be? Don't think it will be long before our hero is on his own, eating pizza, drinking bottles of red wine and going into work wearing the clothes he slept in, and wore at work yesterday. Welcome back, Kurt.

By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 09 July 2012 Comment Comments( 0 ) Hits Views(142371)