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Kenneth Branagh's Wallander Returns to Our Screens

After four years off our screens, Kenneth Branagh's Swedish detective makes a triumphant return to BBC One, swapping the frosty weather of Scandinavia for a troubling case in Cape Town...

Swedish super-sleuth Kurt Wallander returned to our screens last night, played by the unflappable dramatic legend, Kenneth Branagh. Four years ago, Branagh’s Wallander was stalking the snowy landscape of his native Scandinavia solving crimes, but last night he swapped Europe for a less familiar climate, pitching up in South Africa to trail the case of a missing woman.

Famed Shakespearean actor and director Branagh, who recently described how he had ‘discovered’ apparent heir to the Bond franchise Tom Hiddleston, spoke about returning to the role, and the changes that have happened to the character over the years.

“Someone said to me recently who had just seen this final season, they said ‘God, you look terrible,” explained Wallander to Masterpiece, “I’d find after just a few days in Ystad just beginning to work on Wallander again, you’d look in the mirror and think ‘God, I have aged a bit, haven’t I?’”

“You carry yourself differently,” he continued, “a bit heavier, a bit saggier, a bit grayer. At the same time, I think there’s a wonderful bravery in how Kurt, from moment to moment, handles himself.”

If you’re a fan of Branagh’s grizzled police inspector, the 55-year-old actor is appearing on the cover of Radio Times – now with 40% off.

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