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Masterpiece Mystery! Wallander, Series II: The Fifth Woman

Airs Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Kenneth Branagh (left) as Kurt Wallander and Tom Hiddleston as Martinsson in "Masterpiece Mystery! Wallander, Series II: The Fifth Woman."

Behind-the-Scenes Video

The second time is a charm for Kenneth Branagh and the cast of "Wallander," returning for three all-new episodes of the series. Kenneth Branagh, the cast and crew talk about coming back to their complex characters. Watch now

Swedish cop Kurt Wallander is back on the beat in the award-winning role created by Kenneth Branagh ("Henry V," "Hamlet," "Shackleton") and based on the international bestsellers by Henning Mankell. At odds with his family, friends, and fellow police, Wallander is in his element with serial killers and psychopaths, tracking them across the stark farm country of southern Sweden, which he does brilliantly in three new 90-minute cases: "Faceless Killers" (October 3), "The Man Who Smiles" (October 10), and "The Fifth Woman" (October 17).

In this episode, a bird-watcher falls to his painful death while being observed by a masked figure. A florist with a violent past has gone missing, stains of blood spotting the floor in his orchid-lined shop. Inspector Kurt Wallander (Kenneth Branagh) is torn between two disparate murders while dealing with one harsh and heartbreaking reality — the demise of his father. When another victim is found, it is clear that a serial killer is at work in Ystad. It is one of Wallander's most personal and harrowing cases — one that will even bring him into an unexpected kinship with a killer. "The Fifth Woman" is based on the novel by international bestseller Henning Mankell.

"Wallander Series II: The Man Who Smiled" is available for online viewing through November 9, 2010.

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Opening Sequence: Wallander, Series II: The Fifth Woman

Above: Kenneth Branagh returns for a second season as detective Kurt Wallander. Based on the novels by best-selling author Henning Mankell, Wallander battles crimes, and his own demons, in the bucolic yet brutal seaside town of Ystad, Sweden. In this episode, "The Fifth Woman," two seemingly unconnected cases leads Wallander to believe he is on the trail of a serial killer bent on revenge.