The long-running Swedish crime series is going strong in its sixth season. Detective Martin Beck and his colleagues are continuing to put everything on the line in search of the truth. They continue their investigations into tragic murders. In season 6, they face more conflict as they find themselves protecting not just their professional lives, but their personal lives as well. They also have trouble identifying who the real victim is in the case of a murder. Is it really the victim or was the victim committing murder to save themselves from a worse fate?
Peter Haber plays @Beck’s main character, the serious and committed Martin #Beck. Mikael Persbrandt plays Gunvald Larsson, the more dangerous cop who is willing to veer off of what is legal. And Oskar Bergman is played by Mans Nathanaelson, the cop who hopes to one day be @Beck, taking the lead on cases and solving the crimes. The three main actors have been with the show since season 1 and will maintain their roles throughout season 6. Persbrandt recently announced that he will be leaving his longtime role as Larsson in his efforts to commit to a film career. Persbrandt played the role of Beorn in the Hobbit trilogy. While his role in the films was not very large, he is optimistic about his future in the film industry. “It was about time I ended with #Beck,” Perbrandt said in a recent interview. Without his eccentric partner in the show, the dynamic of Beck may change in the future. There has not been word as of yet whether the character will be recast or whether the character will be killed off in an effort of character consistency. The role of Inspector Winter has been changed once in the series already having Magnus Krepper replace Johan Gry as the dark and troubled inspector, which does give optimism that the character itself may not be removed. In the hands of another actor, however, the role could be very different.
Into season 7 the show will continue to take us across Sweden, showing the country how it truly is: diverse with the same problems faced by cultures around the world. The theme of betrayal and greed will also continue throughout the series with the perpetrators of the crimes having a variety of motives. The show is based on a popular book series The Story of a Crime. There are a total of 10 books in the series, which was written by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. The entire series has been adapted into movies, which came out between 1967 and 1994, but they also have released 34 episodes since then, all following the same characters from the original series. Even though the primary story lines have already been put into film, the crime team led by Martin Beck still piques the interest of audiences and gives us an endless supply of entertainment.
A new episode for the show comes out monthly instead of weekly, making the show’s format unique to television. You can watch new episodes of Beck on BBC 4 Saturdays at 9:00 pm. There are also episodes available to watch online, but the availability depends on where in the world you are located. The BBC iPlayer often has recent episodes available for streaming.
The popularity of the show rests in the capable hands of Haber, whose extreme lack of emotion in regard to victims and perpetrators alike have made him a trustworthy detective throughout the series. He remains steadfast as he finds the smallest clues to solve crimes throughout Stockholm, revealing the seedy underbelly of a city that has a friendly international reputation.