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Wallander: The Dogs Of Riga (BBC-1 15 July 2012)

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In The Dogs Of Riga, the second of three new episodes Wallander finds himself tangling with the Russian mob following the discovery of two bodies found on a raft in Ystad harbour. Once the investigation begins ties to Latvia are discovered – the Latvian police send over their own man, Major Karlis Liepa – a course of action that leaves Wallander less than happy but when Liepa himself is killed Kurt is forced to go to Latvia to investigate deeper.

The Dogs of Riga was the second Wallander novel written by Henning Mankell and it was the novel that introduced Kurt’s long distance love Baiba who Kurt just can’t seem to commit to. What is interesting here of course is the producers of the series have already deviated away from Wallander’s source material having introduced Vanja Andersson as Kurt’s girlfriend (although in last weeks opener they were already having counselling) so it may well be that Baiba just ends up being a minor character in the TV version or it may be that it is Vanja who is sidelined.

Without question Wallander is currently the best crime drama series on the box – capturing the essence of Mankell’s books to a tee.

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UK / BBC-1 / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 15 July 2012 @ 9.00pm

Writer: Peter Harness / Director: Esther May Campbell

Series: Wallander / Series 3 Episode 2

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KENNETH BRANAGH as Kurt Wallander
INGEBORGA DAPKUNAITE as Baiba Liepa
SOREN MALLING as Major Karlis Liepa
ANAMARIA MARINCA as Inese Berzins
SARAH SMART as Ann-Britt Hoglund
RICHARD McCABE as Nyberg
BARNABY KAY as Lennart Mattson
MARK HADFIELD as Stefan Lindeman
REBEKAH STATON as Kristina Albinsson
ZOLTAN BUTUC as Colonel Aleksandr
ARTURS SKRASTINS as Colonel Jazeps Putnis
RED KAIM as Sgt Niklavs Zids
ARVYDAS DAPSYS as Leo Berkalov
DRAGOS BUCUR as Sergei Upitis
CIARAN OWENS as Erik Jacobsen
JIM BYWATER as Jan Holmgren

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)

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Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost

In Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost our intrepid hero pays a visit to the seaside when an accountant, Peter Harlow, calls him in over a cottage he has been left in a will. He has no idea why he has been left the cottage but since he has taken over ownership more than a few strange things have been happening.

Hazell stays at the cottage for a few days and manages to find no small amount of comfort when Harlow’s wife Stephanie turns up (Harlow himself is in New York). Although there is clearly something spooky going on it’s definitely man made and it doesn’t take Hazell too long to work it out.

The episode was a rare outing outside of London for the series, it was filmed in the East Anglian village of Walberswick and surrounds. Although all the interiors were filmed in studio of coure.

classic quote
I may be common but I’m not stupid

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 31 May 1979

Writer: Richard Harris / Production Design: Philip Blowers, Peter Elliot / Director: Mike Vardy

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 7

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Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Michael Gaunt as Peter Harlow
John Woodnutt as Vicar
Desmond Llewellyn as Bell
Richard Simpson as Weaver
Meg Davies as Stephanie Harlow
Desmond McNamara as Tel
Peter Woodward as Gregory Summers
Joy Steward as Mrs Summers

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