While taking care of my father over the weekend I discovered that Kurt Wallander, the fictional character created by Henning Mankell, in only a way that Masterpiece Theater can deliver.
Every May Masterpiece Theater takes on murder and mystery for the summer with their Masterpiece Mystery series. Starting everything off is the Wallander Series.
4 time academy award winning British actor Kenneth Brannaugh bring the scruffy Swedish sleuth to the screen in a three episode mini-series.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Kurt Wallander, he is an inspectorwho lives in the town of Ystad Sweden, in Skåne. As a young police officer, he was nearly killed when a drunk he and his partner were arresting stabbed him with a butcher's knife. Wallander was once married, but his wife Mona left hm and he has since had a difficult relationship with his only child, LInda, who just barely survived a suicide attempt when she was fifteen. He also had issues with his late father, an artist who painted the same landscape 7,000 times; the elder Wallander strongly disapproved of his son's decision to join the police force, and frequently derided him for it. Inspector Wallander has a couple of close friends because of his lifestyle. He has an on again off again relationship with Baiba Liepa in Latvia.He drinks a little too much and is a food junkie,and has anger management issues. He also has a problem with his blood sugar and diabetes.
As time goes on he wrestles with a man he shot and killed by accident in the fog and constantly questions if he should have become a police officer at all.
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