BECK VOLUME 2
NORDIC NOIR & BEYOND Out Now
Pathologist Gunilla Urst (Anu Sinisalo) tells Martin Beck (Peter Haber), “A person doesn’t have to be evil just because they do evil things”. That reflects the subtle philosophical maturity that exemplifies the approach of this Swedish detective drama.
Packaged for the UK as the second volume of the Beck series, these latest four television films (episodes 31 to 34 in a run stretching back to 1997) provide ample support for the show’s continued success, even if “The Last Day” — in some respects the most predictable of the four — toys with the idea of the titular Martin Beck retiring.
The main story arc across these four episodes of Beck is the effective writingout of the show’s long-term principal sidekick, Gunvald Larsson (Mikael Persbrandt), and the establishment of his successor, Steinar Hovland. The latter, played by the mightily-bearded Kristofer Hivju, may be a selfdescribed “troll” but he quickly proves to be a likeable, tenacious and, as one of his superiors soon discovers, a very loyal colleague.
From the murder of an investigative journalist to some historical police corruption, Martin Beck and his team of officers continue to successfully cast light upon the shadows of human behaviour.
Beck has a new sidekick, Hovland ( below, with beard).