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Masterpiece Mystery: WALLANDER Drama Series Aires May 10, 17, 31

abstract:OK, I must admit to having a certain soft spot for Kenneth Branagh. You too? Is it his thin lips or a lifetime of stunning acting, directing, producing and screenwriting achievements? Not surprisingly, we are not alone. PBS Masterpiece's Executive Producer, Rebecca Eaton admitted to a 20-year crush on him in Los Angeles this past April 29th when introducing Branagh at the Paley Center screening of, One Step Behind It's the first of 3 episodes in Series 1 that PBS Masterpiece Mystery airs this coming Sunday May 10th with Sidetracked and Firewall airing on May 17th and May 31st respectively. Each show is adapted from the "Wallander" mystery series written by Swedish uber-author, Henning Mankell. Kenneth Branagh produces and plays the lead character, Kurt Wallander, a a burned-out police detective in Sweden who has a deep empathy with the crime victims he comes into contact with. The show was a hit for the BBC last year and now it debuts in North America. Branagh admits he became entranced with the character after blitzing through all 9 novels in rapid succession. He later met the author in Sweden at an Ingmar Bergman Festival. With impeccable timing Branagh and the series have recently been bestowed prestigious BAFTA awards for Best Producer for Best Television Series 2009 respectively. (Check out the YouTube video Filmed on location in Ystad, Sweden where the scenery plays a big part in the fresh-otherness of the series, it uses a primarily British cast. Othe other actors include Jeany Spark as Linda Wallander, Sarah Smart as Anne-Britt Hoglund, Tom Beard as Svedberg, Tom Hiddleston as Martinsson, Richard McCabe as Nyberg, Sadie Shimmin as Lisa Holgersson and David Warner as Povel Wallander. Nicholas Hoult, star of the film "About a Boy", makes an appearance as Stefan Fredman in "Sidetracked".


May 07, 2009

Episodes of WALLANDER

May 10, 2009 at 9pm
When a young woman sets herself on fire in a field, Wallander leads a search for her identity. Could her suicide be connected to a string of grisly murders?

May 17, 2009 at 9pm
Wallander and his team investigate the murder of a taxi driver by two teen girls. Can Wallander fight crime and find love at the same time?

May 31, 2009 at 9pm
One Step Behind

Three young people are ritually gunned town in a meadow. Wallander always seems to be one step behind the killer.

Viewers should check their local stations for exact times. The PBS web site will have the films available for online viewing between May 11 - June 7, 2009. The series will be released on DVD on June 2 and is available for pre-order via the website and in the US at and in Canada at This 2 disc set contains all three films as well as several extras, including the Who is Kurt Wallander? documentary that aired on the BBC and an interview with Henning Mankell and Kenneth Branagh.

Celebrating BookBuffet's partnership with WGBH Boston's PBS station and Masterpiece, we will be giving away 24 sets of Firewall and Sidetracked by Henning Makwell. Become a BookBuffet "Masterpiece Book to Film Club" member and you'll be entered into a draw. Here's how to participate:

Join The Book & Film Club

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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