Satur­day Beck: Buried Alive 9pm, BBC Four

Sunday Herald Life - - TV & RADIO -

TONIGHT, it’s ei­ther Lucy Wors­ley talk­ing about opera (Lucy Wors­ley’s Nights At The Opera, 9pm, BBC Two), or a re­peat for a mid­dling Euro­pean cop show dat­ing from 2009 last shown here two years ago. As if that’s any choice. Beck is based on the char­ac­ter of Martin Beck, the ground-down Swedish po­lice­man cre­ated in the 1960s by hus­band-wife writ­ing team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. The books have been adapted for movies and TV since the 60s, but the two episodes show­ing tonight are drawn from the long-run­ning, on-off Swedish se­ries that started in 1997, which puts the char­ac­ters in new sto­ries set in the present. Fans of the books will miss the drab 1960s-70s set­ting, but Peter Haber is good as the un­showy, non­plussed cop, and, while a lit­tle run of the mill, it’s a de­pend­ably dour de­tec­tive snooze date. In tonight’s first film, a se­rial killer is bury­ing peo­ple alive in Stockholm. In the sec­ond, a young woman is found stran­gled in Stockholm. You get the idea.

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