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Beck – 302

Rum 302

Beck 302 opened with “bad Arabs” robbing a man, Peter Ahre, of his car and wallet at gunpoint closely followed by a very young girl’s corpse being discovered by a hotel maid next morning.

A new boss has joined the team – Klas – and he made it clear from the off that he was a “hands-on/foot on filing cabinet” sort.

There are two references to “not being afraid to get your hands dirty” within the first ten minutes.

The ex boyfriend of Denise was the first prime suspect but the first arrests are the Arabs seen holding up Peter at the start. They are pictured using drugs and the arrests cause riots in an immigrant enclave. The new boss makes obscure racist comments about Star Wars being better than Ali Baba.

As the episode continues it becomes apparent that things are far more complex than the original mugging suggested. Timelines or phone calls and credit card payments prove that things were not as they appeared and family dynamics are explored but at the heart of it all is loss and sorrow.

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Beck – BBC4

Beck is the latest ScandiNoir programme to hit our TV screens in the UK. Shown last night as the first in a series of new Scandanavian police procedurals it brought with it a sense of giddy excitement to those of us who like forests, sweaters and flawed police officers who will not give up till they get their man or woman.

The opener started with a woman stopping off at a garage forecourt to buy something from the shop and to get the car washed in the automatic carwash before going off to see her sick mother in her nursing home. Now, hitherto I have never been afraid of carwash brushes but as she was attacked from behind by a mask wearing hoodie while the soapy brushes muffled her screams I vowed to never go through one at night.

Beck was a lead officer with a police team who seem to love him – perhaps literally – and a boss who isn’t quite ready to back off and leave him to it. The body has been discovered in a coffin under some sand in a children’s play park. The woman has been buried alive and unfortunately by the time the discoverer waits for the police to arrive the woman is dead. As a prosecutor she has her fair share of suspect murderers who may have done this.

The bodies rack up in number with a frequency that suggests that if the team don’t get their act together there will soon be no-one left in Sweden to keep the home fires burning. Beck, unfortunately, has a fear of enclosed spaces so it is fairly certain that at some point he will be the victim of a live burial. The viewer can only hope that the team gets its act together before he joins the ranks of the dead.

There was one genuinely “heart in the mouth” fright even although I know how these things work.

Certainly worth a watch.

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