Based on the characters of the hugely popular Martin Beck detective series of novels by Swedish husband-and-wife writers Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, Beck – The Series sees the much-loved detective brought to life on the small screen. This collection of five feature-length films sees detective Martin Beck investigating a serial killer who buries his victims alive, the shocking death of a young woman found strangled in a hotel room, a gangster kingpin executed by a sniper in front of his family, a terrorist attack and a suspicious hospital death which sourly turns out to be premeditated murder.
Starring Peter Haber (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) as Beck and Mikael Persbrandt (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Salvation, The Hypnotist) as the charismatic Gunvald Larsson, the drama’s combination of complex woven details of police procedure and beautifully realised characters combined with twisting, masterful storylines, has ensured that the award-winning series has won fans and acclaim all around the world.
Beck The Series: Volume 1 includes the following episodes:
Episode 26: Buried Alive
The case from the previous season sees a masked villain burying pillars of society alive in wooden boxes. The bodies mount up as suspects quickly turn up as the next victims. With the threat of a serial killer on their hands, the duo are pressured to solve the mystery in a race-against-time.
Episode 27: Room 302
As Beck and Larsson follow-up on their leads they reveal that the victim of a mugging and a corpse found in a hotel room are connected. However, they must get used to their new boss and his insistence on being actively involved – more involved than they have been used to in the past.
Episode 28: The Family
When an infamous figure of the criminal underworld is shot by a sniper in front of his family, the partners are faced with an infinite number of suspects who could be to blame. However, another case involving a mother killed in a car park is soon discovered to be more than a tenuous link.
Episode 29: The Invasion
Identifying two corpses found buried proves to mystify Beck and Larsson, until the ramblings of a white supremacist may have some significance when an Islamic terrorist group is the primary lead. Could this be a fundamentalist cell operating in Sweden, or is there a far sinister plot closer to home?
Episode 30: The Hospital Murders
A series of hospital murders begins from an unlikely source. An elderly patient suffering from motor neurone disease dies which may appear as death from natural causes. Nevertheless, suspicions arise when the detectives are called in to unveil that the terminal illness has been used as a convenient cover.
“Beck is like a Swedish kitchen: it all works and looks neat in an unflashy sort of way. Clean lines, nothing loud, what you see is what you get” – David Butcher, Radio Times