Wallander (2008–2016)
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Before the Frost 

An elderly woman is murdered in a wood by a man she saw setting fire to swans. He buries her corpse with a bible annotating the book of Revelations and from his finger-prints he is ... See full summary »


Charles Martin


Peter Harness, Henning Mankell (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Andrew Williams Paul Andrew Williams ... Janek Langas
Cecilia Hjalmarsson Cecilia Hjalmarsson ... Birgitta Medberg (as Cecelia Hjalmarsson)
Rebekah Staton ... Kristina Albinsson
Kenneth Branagh ... Kurt Wallander
Mark Hadfield ... Stefan Lindeman
Sarah Smart ... Anne-Britt Hoglund
Maimie McCoy ... Anna Westin
Carol Starks Carol Starks ... Jennie Medberg
Jaspar Paavolainen Jaspar Paavolainen ... Alfred Medberg
Rasmus Paavolainen Rasmus Paavolainen ... Hjalmar Medberg
Dermot Keaney ... Niklas Martinell
Emily Bruni ... Lisa Pahlberg
Richard McCabe ... Nyberg
Barnaby Kay ... Lennart Mattson
Jeany Spark ... Linda Wallander


An elderly woman is murdered in a wood by a man she saw setting fire to swans. He buries her corpse with a bible annotating the book of Revelations and from his finger-prints he is identified as Jannek Langas, a religious maniac and arsonist. He has escaped from a secure unit but nonetheless has a healthy bank account in an assumed name. At the same time Anna, a friend of Linda, disappears after a cryptic visit to Wallander. Following Langas's suicide by immolation Wallander learns that Langas and Anna belonged to the same, fundamentalist Christian group and that other members are dying. Wallander must discover who is behind the killings and whether Anna is accomplice or victim - or even alive. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Branagh's Wallander website

Release Date:

23 September 2012 (USA) See more »

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Zodiak Entertainment See more »
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Did You Know?


Jeany Spark (Linda Wallander) & Sarah Smart (Anne-Britt Hoglund) also worked together on episode 1.5, Death in Paradise: Spot the Difference (2011), of Death in Paradise (2011) as Emilie Saunders & Suzie Park respectively. See more »


Version of Wallander: Innan frosten (2005) See more »

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15 November 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is the story of a man with a messiah complex who decides to do God's work by destroying people who have committed "sins." (I won't get on my soap box about how destructive religion can be (we need only look at the world in general), but rather at the ease with which people can be talked into almost anything. Anna is a friend of Linda (Kurt's daughter) and she comes to see Kurt one night, full of guilt and uncertainty. Soon she disappears from sight. Now churches are set afire, people are dying at their own hands, but there is an overriding consistency to these things. Anna is carrying around a secret and seeks atonement. Unfortunately, the atonement only comes in death. Her mother and father are at the center of all this and, as usual, Kurt must wade through a lot of muck to find the truth.

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