SWEDEN’S FINEST COP PLAYED BY ENGLAND’S FINEST EVER ACTOR: BACK TOGETHER FOR ONE LAST SERIES IN SWEDEN AND ON THE BBC
Do you follow all things ‘Briddddish’? You know: that land of red post boxes and pre Uber Black Cabs? Where people still drink Tea and are frightfully, awfully civilised? Where everyone spends time just falling in love but fighting off the occasional mustache twirling baddie (who, to be fair, drinks tea and is very civilised, despite being a frightful cad!).
You do? GREAT! Then you will be thrilled to know that we still have this thing called the BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION (BBC). And they make ACTUAL television programmes. NOT been axed. Rumors of its passing hugely exaggerated. #SAVEBBC
Its latest offering to reach out, internationally? WALLANDER! It’s SO British! So British it’s set in SWEDEN and NOBODY notices?
Well..it’s how Ken started out and it worked pretty well for him. Precocious ambition. Seriously: just read his autobiography, ‘Beginning’ (an endearing, entertaining, inspirational read). But that was all before the dark times..before he started showing everyone, in every film and Theatre show, his ‘toight’ body. Even his Richard III at Sheffield back in 2002, inexplicably, had a shirtless Ken. The Hunchback villain King Richard..showing us his pecs..no doubt it is somewhere in Shakespeare’s text and I missed it?
And Another Thing..
Wallander is set in Sweden. That’s kind of a ‘thing’ now in cop shows. Though sadly not movies (seriously: WHY is there NO sequel for the remake of GIRL WITH DRAGON TATTOO? It’s a GREAT film!). Bit like having post boxes and red buses and shards and gherkin shots (no not like THAT) from ‘Laahndun, England’ as substitute for plot /story / atmosphere / instant hotline to American market.