Euro TV fans, rejoice. Beck, the Swedish detective film series starring Peter Haber and Mikael Persbrandt, is back after an absence of more than five years. And not just with one new film, but eight.
Based on the crime novels and characters created by the Swedish writing couple of Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö, the popular Beck series stars Peter Haber and Mikael Persbrandt as the Stockholm-based, crime-fighting duo of Inspector Martin Beck and Detective Gunvald Larsson, respectively.
Until January of this year, 26 Haber/Persbrandt Beck films had screened in the Nordic countries. (The first 24 have been shown in the US on MHz Worldview, where Beck is currently airing on Sunday evenings.)
Then on New Year’s Day 2015, the first of eight new Beck films premiered on C More First, the Nordic premium pay TV channel, and the C More Play online service.
“Room 302” (“Rum 302“) follows the investigation into the murder of a teenage girl, whose strangled body is discovered in Room 302 of the Hotel Stureplan. From the looks of things, she’d been partying in Stockholm’s tony Stereplan area, and might have been a victim of rape as well. At about the same time, a stolen luxury car is found in the suburb of Alby, and riots and car burnings ensue. With Martin’s new boss demanding quick results and his daughter Inger dating a cop, the life of the veteran cop isn’t getting any easier.
Reprising their Beck roles are Ingvar Hirdwall as Beck’s neighbor, Måns Nathanaelson as Oskar Bergman, and Rebecka Hemse as Inger. Jonas Karlsson (The Inspector and the Sea, Welcome to Sweden) joins the cast as the new police chief, Klas Fredén.
“The Family” (“Familjen“), which premiered on the 10th of January, revolves around the case of the murder-by-sniper of Zlatko Lozanovic, a notorious crime boss killed in front of his family by a shot through the window of his home. The person who ordered the hit could have been any one of the victim’s enemies in Stockholm’s underworld, and matters get complicated when a woman with links to the mobster’s murder is herself found killed in a suburban car park.
During the investigation, Gunvald gets up close and personal with the victim’s grieving widow, Charlotta (Marie Robertson, Real Humans), while Rimfors (Johannes Brost, Jordskott) from the narcotics division lends Beck’s team a helping hand.
This month, two more Beck films make their debuts in the Nordic countries, and the last four will premiere in January and March of 2016. Stay tuned for more details. Ditto regarding if/when the new films will screen in the US and/or UK.
The Beck films are produced by Filmlance International in cooperation with Sweden’s TV4, Denmark’s Nordisk Film, and Norway’s C More.