Saturday Beck: Buried Alive 9pm, BBC Four
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.