REVIEW: Beck (S7 E2/4)

Behind the scenes at a boys’ ice hockey club, tensions are festering; a parent argues with the coach, and resentment against refugee pupils grows. But when popular coach Simon Lindstrom is found stabbed to death, there’s no initial indication of whodunnit, or why. The first of Beck’s cases with him in the role of superintendent…

REVIEW: Beck (S7 E1/4)

We kinda thought we’d seen the last of Martin Beck (Peter Haber) two years ago – and with the tragic loss of his steely blue-eyed sex-bomb colleague Gunvald Larsson (Mikael Persbrandt), the steam seemed to have gone out of the long-running Swedish police procedural. But, dependable as Ikea meatballs, Beck is back (this season was…

BBC Four announces Beck transmission date

Ah. Now then. It seems like we haven’t had a Scandi series for a while, but with the nights drawing in and the chill getting, well, chillier, it’s the perfect time to head back over the North Sea to Sweden and catch-up with Beck. The four-episode series seven premiered in Sweden right at the start…

ITV confirms Vera transmission date

I’ve just reeled off five news stories detailing transmission details for pretty much everything that’s happening in the first two weeks of January (it’s a lot), and now there’s another one – this time ITV’s hugely watchable Vera, starring the fabulous Brenda Blethyn. Series eight is on its way…

Beck to return on New Year’s Day in Sweden

Oh how enjoy a bit of Beck on The Killing Times. The titular detective series – based on the novels by Scandi legends, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö – is coming back for four new episodes in 2018, the first one airing in Sweden on New Year’s Day. Full details after the jumperoo.

Review: Beck: The Last Day, Saturday 8th October, BBC4

Now that Beck has the obnoxious  Freden out of the way, he might have expected an easier ride, but his new boss Hedvall seems to be a bore if not worse. But surely going on about football all the time can’t be the reason Beck chooses now to hand in his resignation? NB: Spoilers

Review: Beck: End Of The Road, Saturday 1st October, BBC4

The gloom factor is at critical this week, when an ex-policeman, Rickard Birgersson, and his family are found shot in their home. Is it something to do with his security work, or the stash of stolen weapons found in a panic room in his house? NB: Spoilers

Review: Beck: Steinar, Saturday 17th September, BBC4

We’re still in shock at last week’s senseless death of Larsson, so like Beck, we’re spending a lot of time staring into the abyss. He makes it clear he doesn’t believe in an afterlife. But despite being zonked out on Propavan and wine, Beck has to deal with a replacement, Steinar Hovland. NB: There are…

Review: Beck: Eye Of The Storm, Saturday 3rd September, BBC4

Gunvald Larsson never plays it by the book, so when we’re promised that he’s going to ‘go rogue’ in The Eye of the Storm, we can only imagine the mayhem that will ensue. Beck doesn’t normally get tangled in the machinations of the intelligence services either, so the involvement is SAPO in this one rather…

Review: Beck: In The Name Of God, Saturday 28th August, BBC4

This week’s episode is called In the Name of God, an obviously ironic title as the theme is a neo-nazi organisation conducting a vicious campaign against the gay community. With several assaults and murders having taken place, Jansson, a paparazzo, is beaten to death by a masked man, and his work stolen.