The Martin Beck Killings

Series 1 - 1. Roseanna

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Anderson

I must be one of a tiny minority who has not watched any of the recent spate of Swedish crime drama on the television. Now I understand what I have been missing.

Writing in Radio Times, Mark Lawson voted the Martin Beck novels of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo in at number six on his list of the top 17 European fictional supersleuths. This intricately plotted and sublimely intelligent thriller shows why he rates the writers so highly.

The clues are almost non-existent and their Swedish detective team works as hard as the listener to fathom who the killer of a sex-mad 20-something is. It is an exquisite piece of writing, as taut as a strangler’s hands.

About this programme

1/10. By Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. Translated by Lois Roth and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth. Stockholm Detective Inspector Martin Beck and his colleagues at the National Police Homicide Department investigate the death of an unknown girl, whose body was found in a canal dredger. Stars Steven Mackintosh as the titular detective.

Cast and crew

Cast

Beck
Steven Mackintosh
Kollberg
Neil Pearson
Ahlberg
Jonathan Tafler
Kafka
Garrick Hagan
Bengtsson
John Mackay
Inga
Lucy Black
Sonja
Susie Riddell
Mulvaney
Harry Livingstone
Miss Peterson/Siv
Amaka Okafor
Miss Gota
Jenny Harrold
Police doctor
Patrick Brennan
Colonel
Robert Blythe
Doctor
Christine Absalom
Man from the shipping office
Sam Alexander
Lesley Sharp
Nicholas Gleaves

Crew

Director
Sara Davies
Dramatised By
Jennifer Howarth
Writer
Maj Sjowall
Writer
Per Wahloo
Categories
Drama