MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Wallander: One Step Behind
Airs Thursday, October 22 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Kenneth Branagh stars as "the Norse Morse," Inspector Kurt Wallander, the scruffy Swedish sleuth created by best-selling author Henning Mankell. In three whodunits, Mankell pits his hero against the creeping malaise affecting contemporary Sweden, where permissiveness and the collapse of the welfare state are slowly undermining the spirit of law and order. A maelstrom of bizarre crimes, involving axe murders, scalpings, random assassinations and cyber-terrorism, taxes Wallander's wits. Three young people celebrating Midsummer's Eve in a secluded meadow are ritually gunned down - and the murders have only just begun. One eventual victim is Wallander's most trusted colleague, who leaves behind a photo of a mysterious woman. As the clues add up, Wallander always seems to be one step behind the killer.