Beck (1997– )
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The Stockholm police bomb squad blows a briefcase to pieces after what looks like false alarm, but a baby was hidden inside, which is thus executed by shocked cops. As if the PR disaster ... See full summary »


Harald Hamrell


Rolf Börjlind (screenplay), Rolf Börjlind (story) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Haber ... Martin Beck
Mikael Persbrandt ... Gunvald Larsson
Stina Rautelin ... Lena Klingström
Per Morberg ... Joakim Wersén
Ingvar Hirdwall ... Grannen
Rebecka Hemse Rebecka Hemse ... Inger
Fredrik Ultvedt Fredrik Ultvedt ... Jens Loftegård
Peter Hüttner Peter Hüttner ... Oljelund
Bo Höglund Bo Höglund ... Servitören (as Bosse Höglund)
Mia Benson Mia Benson ... Åklagare Lindgren
Björn Gedda ... Sture Andersson
Magnus Roosmann ... Gert Ahlgren
Hasse Jonsson Hasse Jonsson ... Ove Lundin
Steve Kratz Steve Kratz ... Polis 1
Lars Hansson Lars Hansson ... Föreståndare Blå Hjorten


The Stockholm police bomb squad blows a briefcase to pieces after what looks like false alarm, but a baby was hidden inside, which is thus executed by shocked cops. As if the PR disaster weren't bad enough, the press gets wind of enough to cry cover-up. Soon after, young mother is targeted. Beck tries to link her to the baby by its biological father Ove Lundin, thus the prime suspect, but still lacks a motive for the sadistic MO, and the fiend 'Monster' isn't done. Written by KGF Vissers

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Martin Beck: He was a little... broken... so I took him to the psychiatric clinic.
Gunvald Larsson: Well, good! Each man where they belong! One in the cell and one at the hospital. And I, I'm heading for the bar!
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For the German TV version the scenes with the pathologist Oljelund were re-shot with German actor Ottfried Fischer. See more »

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Great series...
3 June 2000 | by behSee all my reviews

I watched several episodes of Beck on German TV recently. So far, "Beck: Das Monster" (German title) is my favourite episode of the series - and, maybe I should add, the others are similarly interesting.

Together with Cracker(UK) and quite a few of the German Tatort crime series, this is as good as crime stories get.

What makes 'Beck - Monstret' so interesting is the storyline: The police gets a warning call indicating that there is a time-bomb in a red suitcase in front of a police precinct. The suitcase is quickly found and the bomb squad comes to investigate. They find that there is something that might be a trigger mechanism, but they can't find out much more and so have a robot drive the suitcase to a nearby place and detonate it.

Afterwards the police finds out in shock, that instead of a bomb there was a little baby hidden in the suitcase, and it might be possible, that the police killed it (forensics can't find out for sure whether the baby was dead before or whether it was alive).

Beck is called in to investigate.

While Beck is an inspector, the series bears certain similarities to "Cracker" (UK series; Robbie Coltrane plays "Fitz" a psychologist supporting the Manchester police). In both series, it is not the crime itself, that is the central point of interest, but in both series, the people and circumstances around the case are highlighted. And in both cases, we get to see the personal sides of the main characters...

If you have a chance to see these, seize the opportunity. :) (Even more so if you liked Cracker as well).

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