An unidentified body is found in the remains left after a fire in a trailer at a run-down caravan park. The owner of the trailer, a young drug-addicted woman, is missing, but is she really ... See full summary »

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Anna Asp ...
Jenny Bodén
Elmira Arikan ...
Ayda Cetin
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Åsa Karlin ...
Bergström
Anu Sinisalo ...
Gunilla Urst
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Petra
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Hans Wikstrand
Gustav Lindh ...
Morgan Vlasic
Peter Carlberg ...
Kaj
Chatarina Larsson ...
Inez Falkengren
Annika Olsson ...
Mona Vlasic
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An unidentified body is found in the remains left after a fire in a trailer at a run-down caravan park. The owner of the trailer, a young drug-addicted woman, is missing, but is she really the victim? And what role has the so-called neighborhoods watch from the nearby community played? The case is difficult to solve, with everyone involved guarding their secrets, regardless of social class. Furthermore, police supervisor Klas Fredén decides to go over Martin Beck's head and recruit charismatic, Norwegian homicide investigator, Steinar Hovland. The newly-structured Beck group faces the blight of a power struggle. And Martin struggles to find his way back to his old self.

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Steinar Hovland is loosely based on Lennart Kollberg, one of the lead characters in the original novels about Martin Beck, but never part of the Beck series. See more »

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Introducing Steinar as son of a Norwegian father with a Swedish mother, and therefore has dual citizenship. You can't have dual citizenship in Norway as you may have in Sweden. So the Swedish research team have missed this fact. Steinar could only have had Norwegian citizenship when working for the Norwegian police in Oslo. And you also need to be a Swedish citizen to be allowed to work for the Swedish police. See more »

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Murder Among the Underclasses
2 October 2016 | by (London) – See all my reviews

One of the difficulties of reviewing multiple episodes of the same series is the need to avoid repetition, or to take the easy way out and retell the plot.

This is certainly the case with the first post-Gunvald episode of BECK, where Beck's sidekick has been replaced by Norwegian-born Kristofer Hivju (Steinar Hovland), another thickset police officer with an expansive ginger beard and bushy hair. He comes across as both sympathetic yet efficient - less violent than Gunvald, but someone possessed of similar maverick tendencies. As if slightly unsure of where to go with the episode, director Mårten Klingberg introduces another familiar 'tec story cliché - the obstreperous boss (Jonas Karlsson) trying to take advantage of Hivju's introduction as an excuse to remove Beck, with whom he has a history of verbal conflict.

It's best to look instead at the framework of this episode rather than the story. Klingberg has a fine sense of place: setting much of the action in a derelict caravan park outside of Stockholm, he emphasizes just how desperate people's lives can be. Even those professing to help them through acts of Christian charity can turn out to be self-interested. Beck and his fellow-officers might sympathize but can do little to alleviate their plight; such people are doomed to inhabit the margins.

This episode also looks at the personal effect of Gunvald's passing on Beck and his team. Although repeatedly professing to be "OK" and able to pursue their work, it's evident that they have suffered a grievous emotional as well as a personal loss, emphasizing thereby just how dangerous police work can be.


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