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Masterpiece Mystery: Wallander Oct 1-13th

abstract: BookBuffet is excited to announce the return of a whole new season of Wallander, Masterpiece's second series adaptation of bestselling Swedish thriller writer Henning Mankell's novels, starring Kenneth Branagh. The highly acclaimed Series I of Wallander won a BAFTA award for its gripping, surreal production standards, and gave Branagh Best Actor for 2010. He was also nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his stunning portrayal of the brooding Detective Kurt Wallander. BookBuffet is once again able to offer the first few members who register with our "Masterpiece Book to Film Group" (how to join below) copies of the novels adapted for the series. Read the books, then watch the series. Masterpiece has a number of teaser videos to pique your appetite, and online streaming of episodes in the series are available for a limited period. Check the PBS schedule for your area. Faceless Killers (October 3), The Man Who Smiled (October 10) and The Fifth Woman (October 17). Download the You Tube trailer here. See PBS Masterpiece reader resources here.


September 11, 2010
— Critics who've watched the new series are saying Branagh's performance is “a revelation” (The Telegraph), “close to perfect” (The Sunday Times), and “one of the great treats of contemporary television” (The Evening Standard).

Set in the Swedish port town of Ystad, a crossroads of international crime and home-grown misfits and psychopaths, the series pits Wallander against serial killers, vigilantes, organ harvesters, and sadistic armed robbers.

Branagh is joined by David Warner (Titanic, Morgan!) as the elder Wallander, a painter who is losing his mind to Alzheimer’s, but worries about his son’s soul; Tom Hiddleston (Return to Cranford) as Wallander’s fellow cop Magnus, a crisp professional who both admires and resents his colleague’s chaotic style; Jeany Spark (Tess of the D’Urbervilles) as Wallander’s long-suffering daughter, Linda; and guest star Rupert Graves (The Forsyte Saga) as a wealthy philanthropist, whose altruism seems too good to be true.

The new season finds the down-at-the-heels sleuth nearing the end of his emotional rope—at odds with Linda, his father, his gyrating blood sugar, and coming to terms with having killed a man. It’s almost more than a self-doubting crime solver can stomach, but circumstances throw the following cases into his lap:

Faceless Killers—Sunday, October 3, 2010, 9 to 10:30pm ET on PBS
An elderly couple on a farm are tortured and murdered in a way that suggests the killers were trying to extract information. The woman’s dying word to Wallander: “foreigner”—or something like it. Unfortunately, this uncertain testimony leaks to the press and a vigilante campaign against migrant laborers begins—with deadly consequences. Wallander faces his own conflicting attitude toward foreigners when Linda begins dating a Syrian doctor. Racism, revenge, greed, and the search for justice prove a volatile mix, as the darker side of human nature erupts.

The Man Who Smiled—Sunday, October 10, 2010, 9 to 10:30pm ET on PBS
Scarred by the experience of shooting a man and on the verge of resigning from the force, Wallander is approached by an old friend. The man’s father has just died in a suspicious car crash. Distracted, Wallander refuses to investigate, but then his friend is found hanged. Both father and son have the same unusual injury to a bone in the neck, indicating murder. This double homicide soon points to a heinous conspiracy, where Wallander’s chief informant is a resentful former Ystad cop who was fired for wrongful death.

The Fifth Woman—Sunday, October 17, 2010, 9 to 10:30pm ET on PBS
An elderly widower and birdwatcher is tortured and killed with shocking barbarity. Then, it’s the turn of a flower shop manager. Yet another older man dies hideously before Wallander begins putting the pieces together, pointing at an avenging angel who is dispensing justice for past wrongs—terrible wrongs. Complicating the picture is Wallander’s ailing father, turning the crumpled cop into an emotional wreck as he races to save the “angel’s” next deserving victim. ** *

Wallander II is a Left Bank Pictures, Yellow Bird, TKBC series co-produced with BBC, Degeto, WGBH, TV4, and FiSK. It is adapted by Richard Cottan and Simon Donald from the novels by Henning Mankell. The directors are Hettie MacDonald and Aisling Walsh. The producer is Sanne Wohlenberg. The executive producers are Francis Hopkinson, Andy Harries, Kenneth Branagh, Ole Søndberg, Anni Faurbye, Rebecca Eaton, Anne Mensa, and Daniel Ahlqvist.

MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is executive producer. Funding for the series is provided by public television viewers.

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Here's how to join BookBuffet's own "Masterpiece Book To Film Group."
On the BookBuffet website home page, click: JOIN
Select: "Invited to join an existing group."
Type: Masterpiece Book To Film Group
Then type your own member details. That's it!
You will see the "current book" posted on the group calendar, as well as the dates the series airs on television. You'll be on the member list and receive email updates on new content such as podcasts and WGBH material. You'll also be able to chat on the online forum for this group. JOIN TODAY

Members in the group are entered into a draw for give-aways of book sets, and DVD's as part of our continuing BookBuffet-Masterpiece partnership.

For our in-depth interview with Masterpiece Executive Producer of 20 years, Rebecca Eaton, click on the following BookBuffet Podcast.



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