Prepare for a new and redefining chapter in the distinguished Beck series
Beck is back with the latest season of feature-length episodes that you won’t forget. This Saturday sees the first in four new cases, beginning with Gunvald on BBC Four at 9pm. We know what to expect and we have been anticipating this moment for some time. The sixth season marks the dramatic end of an iconic Nordic Noir partnership between Martin Beck (Peter Haber) and Gunvald Larsson (Mikael Persbrandt). It also marks the beginning of a fresh, contrasting duo to flourish in its wake with Steinar Hovland (Kristofer Hivju).
In the first episode, a crime unfolds when an investigative journalist is murdered. When the body is discovered, it appears that the killer is an infamous debt collector when fingerprints are found at the scene. However, the investigation reveals that the victim acquired a host of enemies from right-wing extremists, as a result of working on a book that dared to examine and spotlight societal flaws and controversies. As Martin Beck and Gunvald Larsson explore the darker side of humanity, the case intensifies and threatens their own safety. We have seen both Martin and Gunvald cross the line and become intimately involved in their jobs; from emotional attachments with suspects, to narrowly escaping death and being buried alive. This time, there is no going back to how things used to be.
Gunvald will be a farewell to the beloved character after almost 20 years on screen. What will Beck be like without Mikael Persbrandt? No-one can really take the place of Gunvald Larsson and his formidable approach to police work. Nevertheless, Norwegian actor and star of Game of Thrones and Force Majeure, Kristofer Hivju, will surely bring a different Nordic element to the show as Steinar Hovland. Find out next week with episode two: Steinar.
Beck returns to BBC Four on Saturday 10th September from 9pm