For some strange reason I felt a need to go back to my Wallander boxset today.

Five minutes into the first episode_ Sidetracked_ and I had a a very sad realisation.

Nothing has changed in the past 15 years.

Having read a couple of Henning Mankell’s Wallander books, I wasn’t much impressed with them. Too dark and convoluted in a Swedish noir way that didn’t sit well. Then I learned that KenBran had also read the books and had been inspired to make a UK TV series.

After a long fought battle he succeeded and the first show ran in 2008 (if I remember rightly.) Which was the year we moved here.

Taken from the description in the video below.

Kenneth Branagh as Kurt Wallander: charismatic, deeply moving, unforgettable

All the suffering of the world is reflected in his eyes and seems to burden on his shoulders. His beautiful soul is injured by the everyday violence and brutality he is faced with due his professional activity as a police inspector. But he never looses his impressive capability to empathize with his fellow human beings.

Music: “Melancholy Man” by The Moody Blues

The 21 year old son of our neighbour across the road did exactly the same as the girl in the beginning of this episode – a couple of years ago.

The darkness will always be here. That’s why it is so important to search for the light…if you choose to.

This is a truly disturbing episode. But every topic covered is completely relevant TODAY!

Sadly :o(

P.S. The end of this TV series is especially poignant when you watch every episode and connect with Wallander’s family. Superb story-telling.