BBC One is calling time on their adaptation of Wallander.
After months of rumours, the broadcaster today confirmed that the Kenneth Branagh fronted drama would wrap its run with its upcoming fourth season, which is due to begin production on location in Skane, Sweden, Copenhagen, Denmark and Cape Town, South Africa.
The final season, which is once again being co-produced by PBS and will air as part of their Masterpiece strand in the United States, will see Branagh reprising his role as Inspector Kurt Wallander for three two-hour episodes, based on the novels The White Lioness and The Troubled Man. In addition to Branagh, returning cast members include Jeany Spark, Richard McCabe, Barnaby Kayand Ingeborga Dapkunaite.
The first episode of the final season, based on The White Lioness, was penned by James Dormer and is directed by Jonathan van Tulleken; while the final two episodes, based on The Troubled Man, were penned by Peter Harness and will be directed by Ben Caron. Wallander is produced by Left Bank Pictures, Yellow Bird and TKBC, with Andy Harries, Annie Faurbye Fernandezm Daniel Gylling, Kenneth Branagh, Matthew Read and Rebecca Eaton serving as executive producers.
“I always approach each series of Wallander with anticipation and excitement, but this last series of films contain some of the greatest challenges the character has ever faced”, said Branagh. “It’s a privilege to try to meet them, and I look forward to a great Swedish Autumn working on Henning Mankell’s masterly creation.”
While Ben Stephenson, the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning, added: “It is only right that we bring the final chapter of the brilliant and ground-breaking Wallander to BBC One, for what is set to be a dark, thrilling and emotional finale. Thanks to the incredible cast and production for bringing four series of this genre-shaping drama to our BBC audience.“