Wallander to return for fourth and final series


Wallander, the police procedural drama series adapted from Swedish novelist Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander novels and starring Sir Kenneth Branagh will return, most likely, to BBC One and PBS in 2015. That’s the brilliant news. The bad news is that the fourth series will be the last according to Branagh.
 
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The three episode fourth series will consist of an adaptation of “The White Lioness” and a two-episode adaptation of Mankell’s final Wallander novel, “The Troubled Man”. Ronan Bennett, writer of the Johnny Depp gangster film Public Enemies, is on board to write at least the final two episodes with the writer of the first episode yet to be confirmed. Interestingly, “The White Lioness”, which is set in South Africa, has not been adapted for any of the Wallander series. Filming is planned to take place in the summer of 2014.

There is a shining light at the end of the tunnel, however, as Branagh admitted back in 2012 that he is open to making a fifth series of Wallander if Swedish novelist Mankell were to write more books in the future. Hope came in the form of a quote from Branagh himself, who told Digital Spy, “Henning Mankell had said recently that he enjoyed the series so much that it made him want to write some more books. I feel our series has particularly taken its DNA from these novels. So if there are more of those, I’m sure we might think about it.

I feel a bit like rationalizing this bit of hope like Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber when talking with Mary Swanson.

Lloyd: Hit me with it! Just give it to me straight! The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?

Mary: Not good.

Lloyd: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?

Mary: I’d say more like one out of a million.

Lloyd: So you’re telling me there’s a chance… *YEAH!*

  • Charles Robertson

    The English version is awful. The Swedish version, on the other hand, is the finest crime drama series ever made, especially Series 1 [MKII] with Krister Henriksson & Johanna Salstrom

    • Doug White

      Haven’t seen the Swedish version, but you are way off base on the English version. It is pretty good, especially as it gets to season 3. Well shot, well acted. Good pacing, drama, action. When you fall in love with a show, it is natural to see any remake as inferior, and to exaggerate the deficiencies you see.

      • Ann Taylor

        Agreed. And to be able to revisit Skane (southern Sweden) even if by TV is wonderful.

      • Charles Robertson

        Sorry Doug. I have actually watch a couple of the English episodes, but it just doesn’t wash with me.

        The Swedish version is far superior to the English version. No subtitle snobbery at play here. The Swedish version is authentic, because it captures the spirit of Sweden. The character development is captivating and the chemistry between Kurt & his daughter in Series 1, is incredibly powerful. Each series brings a different perspective. The 2nd series deals with the character interaction between Kurt & the prosecutor. The 3rd series deals with Kurts slow demise into Alzheimer’s. The end of Mordbrännaren is incredibly moving. And the sound track & music throughout all 3 series are beautiful & enigmatic. I will sorely miss Wallander.

        I was hoping that Mankell would write some more stories with Linda as the protagonist, but I read that the author himself, is at present, fighting his own battle against cancer..

    • Ann Taylor

      I agree with you about the Swedish version. I think the English version chose the wrong guy for Wallander.

    • lausdteacher

      I like both series quite a lot. They are a bit different but I have enjoyed both immensely. I miss some of the actors who were police officers in the Swedish version. They left after Season 2.

  • Ann Taylor

    Give me all the Wallander you can find. Even in Swedish. I forstor Svenska and I dont care if it is English or Swedish. Makes me heartsick I ever left Scandinavia after my two year tour.

  • Gail Rooney

    Thank you Netflix, for introducing me to the first 3 seasons of Wallander (English version). I love the directing, writing and acting and look forward to season 4. I truly hope that
    Swedish novelist Mankell writes more books and that Kenneth Branagh returns to Wallander.

  • Concetta Nardone

    I very much like the UK version with its touch of sadness over Wallander’s father having Alzheimers and asking his son to take him to Rome.

  • Concetta Nardone

    Must add however, that the Swedish version has some quirky humor. Very fine indeed.

  • asifitreallymatters

    Brannagh is brilliant, and all the sour grapes in the world won’t change that. Great news.