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The Martin Beck Killings

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S1-E1 Roseanna

S1-E1 Roseanna

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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.


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 & Crew

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