The storylines are quite dark, being based on murder mysteries; for example Saturday night’s programme, entitled “Mastermind”, was based on a local murder and the disappearance of a policeman’s daughter. Kurt and his team realize that the two are connected, and as the investigation moves on it becomes apparent that the criminal knows every move they’re making and is practically controlling them! So perhaps its not the best programme to watch if you get nightmares easily…
Wallander is set (and filmed on location) in the city of Ystad, in Southern Sweden. The city is considered one of the best preserved cities in the Scania Province, and it is said that few cities in Sweden can match its picturesque old houses and streets.
According to Wikipedia, the “Y” is believed to be a link to an old name for the Yew tree, while “Stad” is the Swedish for town or place. I find this interesting, considering that Stadt is also a German word! Perhaps more interesting, is that “Ja” is also a Swedish word – can you guess what it means!??
Now, I don’t learn the Swedish language, but its interesting to listen to what’s being said, because you soon realize that there are some similarities it shares with German; one is a North Germanic language, while the other is a West Germanic language. So they’re distantly related.
In fact, I found a map on Wikipedia which shows where in Europe different Germanic languages are spoken; the dividing line between North and West Germanic is just North of Germany, which borders Denmark (by land) and Sweden (by sea)!
Its only because there are subtitles in English that I can understand it – which Dad doesn’t like because it gives him a headache. I don’t mind them, in fact subtitles for me a perfectly normal.
That’s because I watch a lot of Greek TV where dubbing a film isn’t standard practice. Therefore, a large majority of films, some children’s TV shows and even clips on the News featuring non-Greek speakers broadcast in Greece are in English with Greek subtitles. Even one of my Yes, Minister DVDs has an option for Greek subtitles!
So Wallander returns to BBC 4 on Saturday night, for episode 7 of 13, which is entitled “Den Svaga Punkten“. Tune in at 9, if you have time. Alternatively, watch last week’s episode on the BBC iPlayer.