The BEST Episodes of Wallander (UK)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 14, 2020

Network: BBC One

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.

An Event in Autumn

#1 - An Event in Autumn

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 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.

star 8.29
417 votes
Directors: Toby Haynes
Writers: Peter Harness
The Man Who Smiled

#2 - The Man Who Smiled

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 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.

star 8.14
409 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Henning Mankell, Simon Donald
Before the Frost

#3 - Before the Frost

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 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.

star 8.13
275 votes
Directors: Charles Martin
Writers: Peter Harness
One Step Behind

#4 - One Step Behind

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 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.

star 8.12
526 votes
Directors: Philip Martin
Writers: Henning Mankell, Richard Cottan

#5 - Firewall

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 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.

star 8.12
575 votes
Writers: Henning Mankell, Richard Cottan, Richard McBrien
The Troubled Man

#6 - The Troubled Man

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 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.

star 8.11
290 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Harness
Faceless Killers

#7 - Faceless Killers

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 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

star 8.11
448 votes
Writers: Henning Mankell, Richard Cottan

#8 - Sidetracked

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 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.

star 8.06
607 votes
Directors: Philip Martin
Writers: Henning Mankell, Richard Cottan
The Fifth Woman

#9 - The Fifth Woman

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 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.

star 7.96
375 votes
Directors: Aisling Walsh
Writers: Henning Mankell, Richard Cottan
The Dogs of Riga

#10 - The Dogs of Riga

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 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.

star 7.89
432 votes
Directors: Esther Campbell
Writers: Peter Harness
A Lesson In Love

#11 - A Lesson In Love

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired May 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.

star 7.89
300 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Harness
The White Lioness

#12 - The White Lioness

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired May 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.

star 7.76
318 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: James Dormer