REVIEW: White House Farm (S1 E3/6)

We’re at the half-way stage of this good-looking true crime dramatisation, and surely the penny is going to drop soon to everyone – not just Stan (I miss times when people were called Stan) and Ann – that Bamber is the killer.

At the end of episode two, we saw Ann find some a faulty door latch and an open window at the back of White House Farm, which suggested that someone had got in and out of the property during the murders. This someone, Ann reckoned, was Jeremy Bamber.

More evidence was found in tonight’s instalment. Ann, who was paranoid about her cousin’s sudden need to sell everything off, decided to go round to the house to lock away some valuables. Under the stairs, her husband found a silencer, which she later gave to Stan.

This was important because it fitted the rifle used to carry out the murders. It also had blood on it; the blood of Sheila Caffell. But the question remained: why would Sheila shoot herself with the silencer on, take it off and then shoot herself again. Stan asked a pathologist assistant to test a theory – she was of the same(ish) height to Sheila so he asked her to hold the rifle and shoot herself with it with the silencer on. That extra length meant that she could not reach the trigger.

Stan was racing against the clock to present this new evidence before the inquest and before the bodies were due to be released to the family (and cremated by Bamber). He failed.

I’ve just finished watching The Deuce, which is just about as vibrant and bold and creative and rich and immersive as you can possibly get when it comes to drama. While White House Farm is nicely played, looks the part and no doubt strives to do the source material and the people involved justice, I just found this episode deathly dull.

I had worried that it would find it difficult holding our attention for six episodes, and half-way way through this one, I did think that it had ground to a halt – Taff was still being Taff, Stan was still being Stan and Jeremy… well, Jeremy was changing. He was being inappropriate, he suddenly had a new (male) friend who he was physically very close with, and displaying worrying signs of arrogance and narcissism. He girlfriend began to look as though she wanted to say something, but couldn’t.

But even Jeremy I feel is being presented as a bit of a caricature, someone, who at the end of the last episode, stood coldly over his mum’s dog as he had it put down (NOT THE DOG!).

Things began to heat up when Stan made his silencer discovery, but perhaps this was one of those ‘calm before the storm’, mid-series episodes.



Found a silencer

Four new Beck film in production

Production of four new Beck films, anticipated to have an exclusive streaming premiere on Swedish channel C More this autumn, will begin soon.

Filming of the 39th Beck film began in February and when shooting wraps in mid-summer, a total of 42 Beck films starring Peter Haber will have been produced.

“Congratulations all you Beck fans out there – and I know there are a lot of you! This is such a kick. Year after year, the Beck films top the list of what our users at C More watch the most, so I am thrilled that we will be able to offer new films by the end of 2020,” says Niva Westlin Dahl, executive producer of Beck at C More and TV4.

The new films, 39-42 in the series, pick up right where the Beck team left off last time. Martin Beck (Peter Haber) is now top brass and Alexandra Beijer (Jennie Silfverhjelm) heads up the team, side-by-side with her colleagues Steinar Hovland (Kristofer Hivju), Oskar Bergman (Måns Nathanaelson), Ayda Cetin (Elmira Arikan) and Jenny Bodén (Anna Asp). Martin’s daughter (Rebecka Hemse) and The Neighbour (Ingvar Hirdwall) are also returning by popular demand.

Film 39 is expected to premiere on C More this autumn.

BBC renews Baptiste for a second series

Tchéky Karyo will return as retired police investigator, Julien Baptiste, and will be joined by Fiona Shaw for a brand-new gripping case which will take viewers into Budapest’s secretive and corrupt underworld.

Julien Baptiste is not the man we knew before. After enduring a horrific personal tragedy, Julien has pushed his wife Celia away and is looking for any distraction – whether that be the bottom of a bottle or a new case – to consume him.

When British Ambassador Emma Chambers’ (Shaw) whole family disappears whilst on a skiing holiday in the Hungarian mountains, Baptiste immerses himself into Emma’s world, committed to finding her husband and two sons. However, when the case turns into something far more brutal and desperate, Julien must navigate a Hungarian police force he doesn’t trust and unrelenting media interest who are hungry for information on such a high-profile international case.

Julien must remain rational in the face of chaos in order to find Emma’s family. Will he be able to solve his most complex case yet?

Tchéky Karyo, says: “I am so excited and proud of Harry and Jack [Williams] for their new audacious story in Hungary. I can’t wait to prepare for Julien’s new adventure and for the emotions that he is about to go through. I’m looking forward to sharing this incredible journey with an amazing cast.”