JIMMY BECK (Played by Lorcan Cranitch)
once described Jimmy Beck as being "too old fashioned, too 'starsky
and hutch'. He only knows one tune" which perfectly
complemented his approach to police work - Jimmy preferred to use
the more aggressive approach to many of the criminals they came
across, and resented Fitz's involvement with the police.
Bilborough's death, of which Beck was partly responsible, finally
pushed him over the edge leading him to an act of rape against
Penhaligon in 'Men Should Weep' which would eventually lead to his
suicide in 'Brotherly Love'. After interviewing Albie in 'To Be A
Somebody' and believing Albie's story that he had cancer as the
reason for his shaven head, Beck later had to live with the guilt
that it was his fault Albie later went on to murder Bilborough
mainly because Beck felt he showed some "compassion"
towards Albie but at the same time, didn't even check properly if
what Albie had told him was infact, true. And the guilt he felt
afterwards just overwhelmed him.
in his suicide he 'apologises' to Penhaligon for raping her, he
denies it right up to the last third of the episode when he breaks
down in a pub and finally confesses to Fitz that he did rape her.
Not much is really known about Jimmy's past. He came over from
Ireland when he was 14, and we do meet his sister briefly in 'Best
Boys' when she shows up for his funeral. And Beck left a suicide
note for his mother just before he killed himself. He become
infuriated by some of Fitz's suggestion's in 'One Day A Lemming Will
Fly' that Beck thought for a time he could be homosexual. Even
taking to eventually shaving off his moustache to 'prove I've got
nothing to prove'. He often got things wrong and went about much the
wrong way. He was primarily responsible for Dean's death in 'The Big
Crunch' after assuming he was the killer (Dean later went on to kill
himself), and was one for saying what he wanted when he wanted.
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