REVIEW Beck (S8 E4/4)

When the passengers on a bus are massacred, Beck faces one of his most harrowing cases – but does the key to the crime lie closer to home than he imagines? This has been a rattling good season, and The Crying Cop ends it in style. The action starts with an anti-police riot after a young boy…

Beck (S8 E3/4)

Martin Beck and his team do a Jack Bauer in this tense siege drama, acted out in real time. Will morning TV turn into a bloodbath, and if so, will it be good for the ratings? Alex is appearing on a morning TV chat show together with a businessman, Tormalm (Dag Malmberg), whose charity enterprises,…

REVIEW Beck (S8 E2/4)

Now that Martin Beck has an allotment, can we expect him to come into the office offering his colleagues a look at his massive marrow, or the pick of his aubergines? Seemingly not – as his daughter says, you can take Martin out of the police, but you can’t take the police out of Martin….

REVIEW Beck (S8 E1/4)

Beck is back! That was by no means a foregone conclusion, as the last time we saw the gloomy Swedish police chief, Martin Beck (Peter Haber) he was being wheeled into an operating theatre, with a slim chance of surviving an operation on a brain tumour. But Haber’s contract negotiations must have gone well, because…

NORDIC NOIR Four new Beck films commissioned by C More

You just can’t keep Beck down. The Swedish procedural series – based on the Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö novels – is back for more. Specifically, C More. The streaming service has announced four new Beck films, numbers 47-50, have started production. Beck, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, continues to be a heavy hitter…

NORDIC NOIR Beck releases new trailer for 58 Minuter film

We haven’t had the new Beck films in the UK yet, but they’ll surely be coming. In Sweden, host service C More is now onto the next one, which will be broadcast on Friday 18th February. Here’s a trailer for ’58 Minuter’. Alex Beijer is on morning TV along with the entrepreneur Tomas Tormalm. But…

NORDIC NOIR First trailer for new Beck released

We know that the first of the new Beck films will be released on Christmas Day in Sweden. Now we have a trailer. In the new episode – entitled Ett nytt liv – a new life a corpse is found floating in the water near Liljeholmen in Stockholm. The body turns out to be a 39-year-old…

NORDIC NOIR New Beck gets Christmas Day premiere

The world is getting a brand-new film from Beck, and it’s set to premiere in Sweden on Christmas Day. Beck – A New Life will be the first of four new films. Swedish broadcaster C More says: “This season, the Beck group is facing more complex cases and also major private challenges.” A body is…

REVIEW Beck (S8 E3/4)

As Beck undergoes medical examination after collapsing, his team forges on without him – but dissension in the ranks and political interference threaten to derail the investigation of a murder.  Last week, Martin Beck had a funny turn on his balcony, and we’re not talking about barmy neighbour Grannen. So what’s the matter, and how…

REVIEW Beck (S8 E2/4)

If you like your Scandis miserable, this is the episode for you – between infant mortality, mental illness, drug addiction and senile degeneration, it’s got the lot.  In The Fall Guy, new man Josef, who only got his place on the team last week, is almost immediately suspended after a hostage situation goes wrong and…

REVIEW Beck (S8 E1/4)

It’s been so long since we saw Beck (three years, in fact), that we were beginning to think that the Swedish cop’s semi-retirement had turned into a permanent situation. But here he is back again, for four feature-length dramas, and nothing much has changed.  Certainly we’re getting used to seeing a lot less of Beck…