One of my favourite detectives is Henning Mankell's Swedish inspector Kurt Wallander.
Based in the small town Ystad the books bring a sense of the hidden, sinister depths of rural Sweden. In most stories there is friction between Kurt and his daughter Linda.
The BBC produced three one hour shows starring Kenneth Branagh. Though these are good I prefer the longer two Swedish films, which are currently been seen on BBC. The pace is slightly slower and Wallander's character is better developed.
The good news is that for a short time these films will be available on the BBC iplayer.
The first, Before the Frost, is available now on
New policewoman Linda Wallander is waiting for her first big case at Ystad police station and her father, Inspector Kurt Wallander, is getting on her nerves. When her childhood friend Anna mysteriously disappears she is thrown in at the deep end and soon needs her father's help on a fascinating and very dangerous investigation.
The second will be put on the iplayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/tv/bbc_four
after the second film is shown on Tuesday 30th.
Unfortunately the actress who plays Linda, Johanna Sallstrom, has committed suicide, which means there will be no more Wallander films in this series.
These films will be removed on the 6th July.
The iplayer is also a good source for other BBC crime/ thrillers. However TV programmes are generally removed after about a week.