The BEST episodes of Wallander (UK)

Every episode of Wallander (UK) ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Wallander (UK)!

A drama series, in which Swedish detective Kurt Wallander investigates a series of violent and terrifying murders in the beautiful setting of Skane, Southern Sweden.

Last Updated: 12/3/2022Network:BBC One
An Event in Autumn
420 votes

#1 - An Event in Autumn

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/8/2012

Wallander moves into a dream home with his new girlfriend. But his happiness is shattered when the skeleton of a girl is discovered in the garden. Wallander must try to get his new life back on track by finding her killer, but the case is not as cold as he thinks.

Directors: Toby Haynes
Watch Now:Amazon
The Man Who Smiled
417 votes

#2 - The Man Who Smiled

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/10/2010

Wallander decides to resign from the police after killing a man in the line of duty. A solicitor-friend asks Wallander to investigate the suspicious death of his father in an apparent car accident.

Directors: Andy Wilson
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One Step Behind
538 votes

#3 - One Step Behind

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/14/2008

Three youngsters are shot dead whilst having a woodland picnic in fancy dress. The corpses are found, and a friend of the victims is also slain, having told Wallander that his workmate was really gay, and that he is a transvestite, and a wholly murderous one, who adds to his toll of dead by killing a further trio of innocents.

Directors: Philip Martin
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584 votes

#4 - Firewall

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/7/2008

A body is found at a cash point, the apparent victim of a heart attack. Two teenage girls are arrested for the brutal murder of a cab driver. The girls confess to the crime, showing no remorse. Two open and shut cases. At first these two incidents seem to have nothing in common, but as Wallander delves deeper into the mystery of why the girls murdered the cab driver, he begins to unravel a plot much more involved complicated than he initially suspected. The two cases become one, and lead to a conspiracy that stretches beyond the borders of Sweden.

Directors: Niall MacCormick
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Before the Frost
281 votes

#5 - Before the Frost

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/22/2012

A friend of Wallander's daughter comes begging for his help but then disappears. Meanwhile, an elderly woman's body is found cremated in a shallow grave. Killed by a seemingly religious obsessive, Wallander must catch the culprit before he strikes again.

Directors: Charles Martin
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Faceless Killers
453 votes

#6 - Faceless Killers

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/3/2010

The detective is called to a remote farmhouse, where he finds an elderly man has been brutally murdered, and his wife is close to death. He hears the woman mutter something before dying, but cannot decipher her words. When he is pressured into revealing what he believes they were, the consequences of his reply have a serious impact on life in the town of Ystad. Drama based on the best-selling books by Henning Mankell, starring Kenneth Branagh, Sarah Smart and Richard McCabe, with Dearbhla Molloy and June Watson

Directors: Hettie Macdonald
Watch Now:Amazon
The Troubled Man
301 votes

#7 - The Troubled Man

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/5/2016

Kurt Wallander is in a race against time as he embarks on his final case - the disappearance of his daughter's father-in-law.

Directors: Benjamin Caron
Watch Now:Amazon
616 votes

#8 - Sidetracked

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/30/2008

What connects the shocking suicide of a young woman and the vicious murder of a government minister? Inspector Kurt Wallander's investigation uncovers wrongdoing and corruption that extends to the heart of the Swedish establishment.

Directors: Philip Martin
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The Fifth Woman
383 votes

#9 - The Fifth Woman

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/17/2010

Wallander investigates the murder of an elderly bird-watcher, found impaled on sharpened bamboo poles. When another man is reported missing, Wallander realise he is looking for a serial killer.

Directors: Aisling Walsh
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The Dogs of Riga
442 votes

#10 - The Dogs of Riga

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/15/2012

After two Eastern European corpses are washed ashore on a raft in Ystad, Wallander travels to Latvia on the hunt for the killers. Thrown into a cold, alien world of police surveillance and lies, Wallander soon finds himself entangled in a web of corruption with no-one to trust.

Directors: Esther Campbell
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A Lesson In Love
302 votes

#11 - A Lesson In Love

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/29/2016

The detective investigates when a body is found half-buried in a swamp, Visiting her home, Wallander discovers signs of an intruder and that the dead woman's daughter is missing. The return of a lost love distracts him from the case at hand, as he encounters a gang of bikers that have been causing trouble in the area and begins to suspect he is being watched.

Directors: Benjamin Caron
Watch Now:Amazon
The White Lioness
312 votes

#12 - The White Lioness

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/22/2016

When a Swedish national goes missing in Cape Town, Wallander is brought in to piece together the mysterious puzzle. Little does he know that behind the woman's disappearance lies a complex conspiracy, which leads Wallander on a treacherous journey through both the beauty and sorrow of an emerging South Africa.

Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writer: James Dormer
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