(Series One, Episode 13)
The 11-year-old son of Stefan’s friend is sexually abused and killed, but Lindman is unable to assist Wallander’s investigation because he is facing suspension pending disciplinary proceedings. The prime suspect is a man seen chatting to Johannes at a supermarket, but is soon found dead. His neighbour, an ex-policeman, had already arrested a similar child killer years earlier, so who is the perpetrator? The case’s descent into child pornography hardly lightens the mood.
A Polish builder is reported missing by his wife, and a spate of burglaries prompts a group of neighbours to form a private guard for the streets of Ystad. Though neither case is treated as a priority, it does not take long for Wallander and the team to uncover much more than they expected. A theme that has been a frequent in Scandinavian police drama, expertly covered here.
(Series Two, Episode Eight)
The detective and his team investigate when a petty crook is killed by a sniper, who turns out to be a 16-year-old boy who may or may not be trying to impress a gang leader. Turns out he isn’t trying to impress the gang leader – he has altogether more surprising and personal reasons for his sharp-shotting.
The cops are following up on a particularly sadistic killer when Kurt finds himself working with his estranged daughter Linda, a new member of the force in Ystad. Working together is very stressful and short-tempered Kurt finds her rookie failings annoying. “Didn’t they teach you anything at the academy?” he rages, in front of her colleagues in the field. Not the World’s Number One Dad yet.
(Series One, Episode Four)
When a two-year-old boy is found in an abandoned car, inquiries reveals that the father is missing and the child’s 14-year-old sister had committed suicide months earlier – causing her mother to be admitted to a mental institution. Wallander and his team’s investigation uncovers a sordid secret at the girl’s school.
Den Orolige Mannen
(Series Three, Episode One)
It is a highly subjective choice, but it is a joy to see to see a few tender exchanges between Kurt, Linda and grand-daughter Klara early in this opening episode of the final third series – especially as we know these close family moments will be few and far between. Kurt is at Linda’s home and goes into Klara’s bedroom to watch her sleeping for a while before going out to investigate more death and mayhem. It is probably a more tender moment than he has ever shared with his own daughter.
(Series Three, Episode Five)
The heart-rending scene where Wallander and his colleagues realise that deranged arsonist Tommy (Christoffer Nordenrot) has finally snapped under the pressure brought to bear by the village’s opprobrium and is now going for broke. He takes hostage his young cousin Alex, one of the only people who has shown him acceptance. Kurt persuades him to let innocent Alex go – but then he douses himself in solvent and brandishes a lighter.
Wallander: Saturday 21st June, 9pm, BBC4
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