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Wallander: The White Lioness (BBC-1 22 May 2016)

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The White Lioness heralds the return of Wallander for one final season and sees the Swedish detective taken out of Sweden and into Africa where even though he is a speaker at a conference he finds that he can’t help getting mixed up in murder.

While attending a policing conference, Wallander is drawn into the case of a missing Swedish national in Cape Town. He finds himself on a physical and emotional journey that will lead him from the aching beauty and open spaces of rural Africa to the intense poverty and deprivation of its urban townships, and finally bring him face to face with an individual who has not only lost hope in their country but betrayed everything they once believed in.

Alongside, and in contrast to this, the relationships that Wallander forms on his journey – with Grace Mthembu, a cop and a single mother, and Mabasha, a young man driven to a life of crime – will help him come to terms with his own doubts about modern Sweden and serve to rekindle his belief in the value of his 40 years as a policeman.

Wallander creator Henning Mankell had something of an obsession with Africa and would live there for many months of each year. He was heavily involved in charitable works and ran a theatre in Mozambique.

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UK / BBC One – Yellowbird – Left Bank / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 22 May 2016 @ 9.00pm

Writer: James Dormer / Novel: Henning Mankell / Producer: Sanne Wohlenberg / Director: Benjamin Caron

Series: Wallander Season 4 Episode 1

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Kenneth Branagh as Kurt Wallander
Bonnie Mbuli as Grace Mthembu
Alex Ferns as Axel Hedeman
John Kani as Max Khulu
Tessa Jubber as Inga Hedeman
Lemogang Tsipa as Mabasha
Jeany Spark as Linda Wallander
Clint Wilkenson as Conference Delegate
Deon Lotz as Colonel Julian van Heerden
Tumisho Masha as Bernie Mewiya
Clayton Evertson as Detective
Gavin Werner as Detective
Patrick Madise as Concierge
Chris April as Local Man
Julian Koberman as Meyer
Nkcubeko Tutu as Township Boy
Thokozile Ntshinga as Miranda Khulu
Quanita Adams as Female Guest
Ernie St Claire as Male Guest
Latita Ndzwayiba as Nomalanga Mthembu
Mary Twala as Elderly Woman
Siya Mayola as Second Assasin

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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.

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I may be common but I’m not stupid

production details
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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