Review: Beck (E1/5), Saturday 12th September, BBC1

We’re into the stygian evenings of September – a perfect backdrop to the penumbrous characters surrounding events in Swedish cop series Beck (adapted from the beloved novels of the legendary husband-and-wife team of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö). And as Jeremy Clarkson might say, Scandi dramas like first episode Buried Alive don’t come much darker than this.

Review: Ripper Street (S3 E7/8), Friday 11th September, BBC1

Susan Hart’s misdeeds are closing in on her, as the miraculously recovered Inspector Reid recovers his detective mojo, and Jackson is fingerprinting the gun that shot Reid. Obsidian, the property empire run by Capshaw, has run out of control with his death; Susan fears that the contractors on a new tenement project are taking over…