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BBC1 commissions final series of British Wallander

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BBC1 has greenlit a final three Wallander films, starring Sir Kenneth Branagh, from Left Bank Pictures.

Principal photography is due to begin on location in Skane, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Cape Town, South Africa.

The 3×90 minute Wallander films are produced for BBC1 by Left Bank Pictures, Yellow Bird and TKBC, co-produced with Masterpiece, TV4, Film i Skåne and the Copenhagen Film Fund, in cooperation with ARD Degeto and with the support of the Ystad Österlen Filmfond.

The three feature length episodes are written by Peter Harness (Case Histories, Is Anybody There?) and James Dormer (Spooks, The Fixer), and adapted from two original novels by Swedish author Henning Mankell.

The first film, The White Lioness, written by James Dormer and directed by Jonathan Van Tulleken (Top Boy, Misfits) is adapted from Mankell’s third original novel in the Wallander series, The White Lioness. The story takes place in South Africa, and will be filmed on location in Cape Town.
The two final instalments in the Wallander series will be written by Peter Harness, directed by Ben Caron (Skins, My Mad Fat Diary, Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This), and adapted from Mankell’s final Wallander novel, The Troubled Man.

The Troubled Man will be filmed on location in Skane, Sweden; and Copenhagen, Denmark.
great Swedish Autumn working on Henning Mankell’s masterly creation.”

Andy Harries, Executive Producer for Left Bank Pictures said;  “Wallander was the very first commission for Left Bank Pictures and we are delighted to be able to bring the complete cycle of Henning Mankell’s novels to their natural conclusion. Sir Kenneth Branagh has created one of the iconic detectives of our time and to collaborate with him on this incredible journey has been a privilege.”

Executive Producers for the three films are Andy Harries for Left Bank Pictures, Annie Faurbye Fernandez and Daniel Gylling for Yellow Bird, Kenneth Branagh for TKBC, Matthew Read for BBC Scotland, Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece and Åsa Sjöberg for TV4. Co-Producers are Ralf Ivarsson and Thomas Gammeltoft and producer is Sanne Wohlenberg.

via TeleVisual.com