Young Wallander

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Young Wallander
Written by
  • Benjamin Harris
  • Jessica Ruston
  • Anoo Baghavan
  • Ben Schiffer
Directed by
  • Ole Endresen
  • Jens Jonsson
Country of origin
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Producer(s)Berna Levin
Running time41-52 minutes
Production company(s)Yellow Bird
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 3, 2020 (2020-09-03) –

Young Wallander is a drama web television series based on the writings of Henning Mankell about fictional Inspector Kurt Wallander. The series premiered on Netflix on September 3, 2020.

Pålsson explained that the pre-imagining (i.e. Young Wallander being set in the present day) made more sense than a straight pre-qual as it allowed for the social commentary which is a strong element of Mankel's original Wallander. [1]

This choice of setting the series in the modern day has been criticised in a number of reviews. [1][2]


Young Wallander is a young, edgy, and modern series that sees Henning Mankell’s iconic detective Kurt Wallander investigate his gripping first case. The story focuses on the formative experiences – professional and personal – faced by Kurt as a recently graduated police officer in his early twenties.

Cast and characters[edit]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [4]
1"Anti Immigration at Home"Ole EndresenBen HarrisSeptember 3, 2020 (2020-09-03)
In Malmö, a young Kurt Wallander becomes witness to local Hugo Lundgren, who is tied to a fence with a grenade in his mouth, blows up in his neighbourhood. The police suspect a young boy who lives in his neighbourhood, whom Wallander also knows. He promises the boy's mother that he will find out why he was suspected. Despite his efforts, he learns that the police have evidence based on the boy's arguments with Lundgren the same day before he died. Lundgren's murder sparks anti immigration protests in the city, which Wallander is attached to. Amid the protests, neo nazis burst through the protesters and cause havoc and starts attacking bystanders and other officers. Wallander sees the man from the scene of Lundgren's murder, and chases him through a subway station before cornering him by a locked gate. The man chants in a foreign language as Wallander moves in to arrest him, but the man pulls out a knife and stabs him before fleeing.
2"Nightclub Smugglers"Ole EndresenBen SchifferSeptember 3, 2020 (2020-09-03)
Waking up in the hospital, Wallander discovers that Reza has been placed into intensive care after the anti immigration protests spiralled out of control. He and Hemberg later talk to the Hugo Lundgren’s parents again about their son’s whereabouts. While Wallander speaks to the father, Hemberg talks to the mother, who reveals that she knew that Hugo snook out the night of his death and that the father was informed to cause him any stress. Wallander speaks to Mona, a pro immigration protester who works a local shelter about the man he was chasing. She also treats his wound before leaving. Hemberg and Wallander speaks to Isak, Hugo’s best friend who reveals that they both frequented a nightclub named The Cube, and at the night of his death, Isak had left him there. Hemberg questions Ibra’s mother, who subsequently reveals that she didn’t know about Ibra’s whereabouts after going to bed. At The Cube, Wallander speaks to Bash about supporting Ibra, which he is reluctant to do, but later agrees to it. On his way out, Wallander is attacked by club guards.
3"Mona & Munck Connection"Ole EndresenJessica RustonSeptember 3, 2020 (2020-09-03)
4"Assassination Closed?"Jens JonssonAnoo BhagavanSeptember 3, 2020 (2020-09-03)
5"Billionaire's Black Tie"Jens JonssonBen HarrisSeptember 3, 2020 (2020-09-03)
6"Bomb"Jens JonssonBen HarrisSeptember 3, 2020 (2020-09-03)


On September 11, 2019 it was announced that filming had begun.[5] Although set in Malmö it was shot in and around Vilnius, Lithuania. [6]

Critical response[edit]

Reviewed by Ellen E Jones in the Guardian who gave the series 3 out of 5 stars. "Netflix’s prequel to the Wallander novels and TV series takes place in the present day, weaving in contemporary politics – but would a straight origin story have been better?" Jones felt a more traditional prequel set in the 1970s may have been more interesting: "Just imagine if the show had researched and recreated 70s Malmö, where the Henriksson-timeline Wallander would have been a rookie? Imagine exploring how that very specific time and place – the era of plane hijacking, radical politics and Abba’s Eurovision win – shaped Wallander’s character? Now that would have been a case worth digging into."[6]

Reviewed in The Daily Telegraph by Chris Bennion the series was given 1 star out of 5. "Here we have it, ladies and gentlemen – surely the worst TV drama of the streaming era. Or, to put it another way, if you loved Wallander, you’ll hate Young Wallander"[2]

Reviewed by Beth Webb for NME, given 3 out of 5 stars. Webb states "Despite its strong aesthetic, the show’s target audience seems unclear. Wallander has built a sizeable following over its extended lifespan, and older fans may struggle to connect with this modern version. But the story doesn’t feel suitable for a younger audience either. As a short, suspense-laden crime drama, this is a justifiable watch, especially with its low-episode count. For those seeking another dose of their favourite seasoned Swedish inspector however, you’re better off revisiting the original."


  1. ^ a b "TV to Go: Tortured Swedish detective Wallander is back with Adam Pålsson's younger version". Metro Newspaper UK. 2020-09-01. Retrieved 2020-10-17.
  2. ^ a b Bennion, Chris (2020-09-03). "Young Wallander, Netflix review: the worst TV drama of the streaming era". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2020-10-17.
  3. ^ "Young Wallander". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  4. ^ "Young Wallander – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  5. ^ "Filming Begins for Netflix's Young Wallander Series". 2019-09-11. Retrieved 2019-12-29.
  6. ^ a b Jones, Ellen E. (2020-09-03). "Young Wallander review – back to the future with TV's gloomiest copper". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-09-04.

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