REVIEW: Beck (S7 E3/4)

After last week’s underwhelming episode, in which Beck’s detective work was sidelined by various romantic relationships, will the old warhorse get the bit between his teeth now? When a young girl finds her mother Manuela dead at the foot of the stairs, the obvious question is, did she fall, or was she pushed? Her history…

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…

Netflix confirms transmission date for Danish thriller, Kriger

Dar Salim is, seemingly, a prolific crime drama person. We’ve seen him recently in Dicte (see our reviews here) as well as Below The Surface (see our reviews here). Now he’s set to appear on our screens once more in another Danish series. Kriger (Warrior) is a six-part Danish drama about communities, loyalty and betrayal…

Stars named for Swedish financial thriller

We always look out for new Swedish crime dramas, and we’re hearing that a new financial thriller is on the way. Based on the books by Carolina Neurath, Blinded will be headed to C More/TV4 in Sweden. Now we know who’s going to be in it. Variety reports: Matias Varela and Julia Ragnarsson will star in “Blinded,”…

Kim Wall murder investigation to be made into a TV series

The brutal and heartbreaking murder of Swedish journalist really affected us here at The Killing Times, and now news reaches us that the investigation into her disappearance and death is to be made into a TV series. Tobias Lindholm is to make it and for Swedish channels C More and TV4. “A murder case in…

Walter Presents confirms Alex transmission date

Walter Presents, that foreign-language brand, has had a busy day or so. It has announced two new Icelandic crime dramas waiting in the wings for September, and now it has added another, Swedish crime drama, Alex. On the outside, Alex is an exemplary citizen: a dedicated father and law-enforcer. In reality, he is drug-fuelled, dirty…

New Swedish crime drama goes to post-war Berlin

Sweden’s Måns Mårlind – the creator of Midnight Sun and writer on The Bridge – is behind a new, English-language thriller set in Berlin in the immediate aftermath of World War II. The eight-part Shadow Play centres on Max McLaughlin, an American cop who arrives in Berlin in the summer of 1946 to help create…

REVIEW: Dicte – Crime Reporter (S3 E4/5)

Blimey. This episode (originally two episodes in its native Denmark) had a bit of everything, except for much of a case. In fact, I’d argue that the central mystery was really almost a MacGuffin – something in the background but far from the most important thing. This was an episode where Nina and Tonni’s relationship…