Wednesday 13 December 2017

Swedish 'wallander' casts branagh astray

Usually the most acerbic of television critics, AA Gill thinks Kenneth Branagh was perfectly cast as Wallander (BBC One) and advises Scandinavian actors to study him because "this is a Northern Irish Protestant showing them how to do it properly".

Well, he's certainly glum and dour enough to fit both Nordic and Northern Irish stereotypes, though in the superb Swedish version of Wallander, Krister Henriksson brings many other shadings to the role and is an infinitely more intriguing character.

But the new season of Branagh's Wallander has other deficiencies, too, not least plot turns and character reactions that don't really make any sense.

Still, it's arrestingly shot and if this week's instalment achieved nothing else, it photographed Riga so alluringly that it made me want to hop on the next plane.

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