I have only seen the first season of Kenneth Branagh’s Wallander from the BBC and so cannot either comment on the following shows or compare it with the Swedish version but within the first few moments of watching this I was mesmerized by every aspect of the production from the images to the acting. It is simply the most beautiful television fiction show I have ever seen.
I also offer this youtube of some scenes but it is only a hint of what it really looks like. (When I was searching for clips I found that most sidestepped the incredible landscape imagery and focussed obsessively on Branagh -one a homage to his sleeping patterns, another to his eyes, and so forth. Seems to be quite a KB cult out there.)
Branagh is perfectly cast in this role. And the performance is so deep, it is difficult to watch at times. He is a man destroyed by his profession. Broken and depressed by what he sees in his job, he has never desensitized, if anything he has become impossibly fragile and yet he soldiers on toward more inevitable pain.
This man, pale and weakened, moves against an absurdly beautiful landscape. This was shot in high def and has the impression of being vignetted though it is fairly subtle. One really nice touch is that though everyone speaks British English, whenever you see script on his computer screen or on shops, it is Swedish.
What I promise is that you will not only see the best crime series you have ever seen but you will something that looks unlike anything you have every seen.