Wagner is a criminal investigator for the City ofAarhus Police, and brilliant at what he does. He has a strong sense of justice and he dislikes the way that Dicte always interferes. His temper may occasionally get the better of him, but only because he gets impatient and because he despises stupidity and sloppiness.
Wagner has been divorced for the past five years. He actually had a pretty good life when he was married to his somewhat younger wife with whom he had Alexander, their son. His wife, however, fell in love with another man and moved to theUSAtaking their son with her. This has been hard on Wagner. Ever since the collapse of his family he has been a workaholic who does not indulge himself in fun and games. He misses his son immensely, but hides his true feelings from everyone around him.
Wagner is played by Lars Brygmann.
Unlike Wagner, Bendtsen – Wagner's partner in the crime squad – has no problem with women. She is a lesbian with an active social life, dating and going out on the town. And she doesn't mind telling Wagner all about it, who, on the other hand, is usually somewhat less than keen to hear of her escapades. Bendtsen is, however, much to Wagner’s approval, both highly competent and hard-working.
Bendtsen sees it as her mission to make Wagner enjoy life again. There may be harsh words between them from time to time, but in reality the two of them are probably more alike than they think, and deep down they have a profound respect for one another.
Bendtsen is played by Ditte Ylva Olsen.