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Branagh returns as Swedish detective in 'Wallander II' as part of 'Masterpiece Mystery!' on AETN

"Wallander II," a series based on the bestselling mystery novels by Henning Mankell, will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Sunday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m. and air in three parts Oct. 3, 10 and 17 at 9 each night.

Hosted by Alan Cumming, "Wallander II" features Kenneth Branagh (Henry V, Hamlet, Shackleton), who returns to his Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated role as the soul-searching Swedish cop created by bestselling novelist Henning Mankell. Viewers will be treated to three new Kurt Wallander cases based on the books that launched the craze for Nordic thrillers.

Set in the Swedish port town of Ystad, a crossroads of international crime and home-grown misfits and psychopaths, the series pits Wallander against serial killers, vigilantes, organ harvesters, and sadistic armed robbers. The new season finds the down-at-the-heels sleuth nearing the end of his emotional rope - at odds with Linda, his father, his gyrating blood sugar, and coming to terms with having killed a man.

Branagh is joined by: David Warner ("Titanic," "Morgan!") as the elder Wallander, a painter who is losing his mind to Alzheimer's but worries about his son's soul; Tom Hiddleston ("Return to Cranford") as Wallander's fellow cop Magnus, a crisp professional who both admires and resents his colleague's chaotic style; Jeany Spark ("Tess of the D'Ubervilles") as Wallander's long-suffering daughter, Linda; and guest star Rupert Graves ("The Forsyte Saga") as a wealthy philanthropist, whose altruism seems too good to be true.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit www.aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at www.aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).

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