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The BBC has picked up the third season of Swedish crime series Wallander, the adaptation of Henning Mankell‘s best-selling detective novels featuring Krister Henriksson as the hard-drinking, depressed Nordic detective of the title.
The series, which has aired on BBC4 in the U.K., was ranked the top imported drama in both 2009 and 2010. Arrow Films has acquired the video rights for the U.K.
The BBC also has produced its own English-language version of the Wallander books. The fourth, three-episode season of the series, starring Kenneth Branagh as Wallander, is set to air on BBC later this year.
The third season of the Swedish Wallander, which features six 90-minute episodes, is based on Mankell’s last novel, The Troubled Man, and other original stories. Swedish production company Yellow Bird Entertainment is producing, with parent company Zodiak Media handling international sales.
In addition to the U.K., Zodiak secured sales of Wallander‘s third season to Australia and New Zealand (High Gloss Entertainment), CIS countries (Mauris Business), Poland (Canal+), Iceland (Ruv) and the former Yugoslavia (Kip).
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