Maigret (1960 TV series)

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Maigret
Series titles against a brickwall
Genre Crime drama
Created by Georges Simenon
Written by Giles Cooper (19 episodes)
and 9 others
Starring Rupert Davies
Ewen Solon
Neville Jason
Helen Shingler
Theme music composer Ron Grainer
Opening theme The Maigret Theme
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 52 (plus a pilot episode in 1959)
Production
Executive producer(s) Andrew Osborn
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) BBC
Release
Original network BBC One
Picture format 1.33 : 1 Black & white
First shown in 1960
Original release 1960 – 1963
External links
Website

Maigret is a British television series made by the BBC and which – following a pilot episode broadcast in 1959 – ran for 52 episodes from 1960 to 1963.

Based on the Maigret stories of Georges Simenon, the series starred Rupert Davies in the title role.

Cast[edit]

The series starred Rupert Davies as the Sûreté detective Commissaire Jules Maigret, who took up the role in 1960 after Basil Sydney, who had played Maigret in the pilot episode, was unable to continue.[1]

The main cast were:-

Episodes included such well-known faces as Stratford Johns, Terence Alexander, Roger Delgado, William Franklyn, Michael Goodliffe, and Barry Foster, to name a few.[2]

Although staying largely true to the storyline of the books, the series featured only three of Maigret's team of detectives (the “faithful four”,[3] omitting any casting for Janvier.

Rupert Davies as Insp. Jules Maigret in “Murder on Monday”

The choice of Davies to play Maigret was enthusiastically approved by Simenon himself. Remembering the role in a 1964 interview Davies said "When Andrew Osborn, the producer of the show, offered me the part on Good Friday in 1960, I knew very little about Maigret. I knew he was a famous French fictional detective, but that was all." Rather than read the books to get the feel for the character, Davies thought it would be better to meet Maigret's creator and hear from him how he saw the character. The BBC agreed and a meeting was arranged between Davies and Simenon in Lausanne.[4]

"The moment Simenon saw me he shouted: "C'est Maigret, c'est Maigret. You are the flesh and bones of Maigret!" Davies later remembered. "That was a wonderful beginning. Then he drove us to his lovely château in the village of Enchandens, where I met his wife. Later he began to coach me in Maigret's idiosyncrasies."[4]

Production[edit]

The series was written by a set of ten writers, each contributing individual episodes; the most prolific being Giles Cooper, credited with nineteen episodes, and Roger East, with twelve.[2]

Directing was similarly shared by sixteen directors, with veterans Gerard Glaister and Terence Williams responsible for eight each, Andrew Osborn seven, and Eric Taylor six.[2] Each episode was shot in black-and-white and lasted 50 minutes, and (as it was made for the BBC) was intended to be screened without commercial breaks. It was shot mainly in studio, though many of the exteriors were filmed on location in Paris.

The haunting theme music was composed by Ron Grainer.[2] Apart from the pilot, all 52 episodes still reside within the BBC's archives.[5]

Episodes[edit]

(with dates of first broadcast on BBC TV)

Pilot episode[edit]

Title First shown Based on Notes[6]
Maigret and the Lost Life 12 April 1959 Inspector Maigret and the Dead Girl (Maigret et le jeune mort) 1954 novel: Starring Basil Sydney as Maigret

Series 1[edit]

Title First shown Based on Notes[7]
Murder in Montmarte 31 October 1960 Inspector Maigret and the Strangled Stripper (Maigret au Picratts) 1950 novel: Rupert Davies takes over as Maigret
Unscheduled Departure 7 November 1960 Maigret Has Scruples (Les scrupules de Maigret) 1957 novel
The Burglar's Wife 14 November 1960 Maigret and the Burglar's Wife (Maigret et le grand perche) 1951 novel
The Revolver 21 November 1960 Maigret's Revolver (Le revolver de Maigret) 1952 novel
The Old Lady 28 November 1960 Maigret and the Old Lady (Maigret et la vieille dame) 1950 novel
Liberty Bar 5 December 1960 Liberty Bar (Liberty Bar) 1932 novel
A Man of Quality 12 December 1960 The Death of Monsieur Gallet (M. Gallett décédé) 1931 novel
My Friend the Inspector 19 December 1960 My Friend Maigret (Mon ami Maigret) 1949 novel
The Mistake 26 December 1960 Maigret's Mistake (Maigret se trompe) 1953 novel
On Holiday 2 January 1961 A Summer Holiday (Les vacances de Maigret) 1947 novel
The Experts 9 January 1961 Inspector Maigret and the Killers (Maigret, Lognon, et les gangsters) 1951 novel
The Cactus 16 January 1961 Maigret Takes a Room (Maigret en meuble) 1951 novel
The Children's Party 23 January 1961 The Crime of Inspector Maigret (Le pendu de St Pholien) 1931 novel

Series 2[edit]

Title First shown Based on Notes[7]
Shadow Play 23 October 1961 The Shadow in the Courtyard (L'ombre chinoise) 1932 novel
The Simple Case 30 October 1961 Maigret and the Headless Corpse (Maigret et le corps sans tête) 1955 novel
Death of a Butcher 6 November 1961 Maigret's Failure (Un echecs de Maigret) 1956 novel
The Winning Ticket 13 November 1961 Maigret's Dead Man (Maigret et son mort) 1948 novel
Inspector Lognon's Triumph 20 November 1961 Maigret and the Surly Inspector (Maigret et l'inspecteur malgracieux) 1946 short story
The Lost Sailor 27 November 1961 Death of a Harbour Master (Le port des brumes) 1932 novel
The Golden Fleece 4 December 1961 The Lock at Charenton (L'Écluse no.1) 1933 novel
Raise Your Right Hand 11 December 1961 Maigret in Court (Maigret aux assises) 1959 novel
The Liars 18 December 1961 Maigret Goes to School (Maigret a l'école) 1953 novel
A Crime for Christmas 25 December 1961 Maigret's Christmas (Un Noël de Maigret) 1960 short story
The Reluctant Witnesses 1 January 1962 Maigret and the Reluctant Witnesses (Maigret et le temoins recalcitrants) 1958 novel
The White Hat 8 January 1962 Madame Maigret's Own Case (L'Aime de Mme. Maigret) 1949 novel
Murder on Monday 15 January 1962 Maigret and the Man on the Boulevard (Maigret et l'homme du banc) 1953 novel

Series 3[edit]

Title First shown Based on Notes[7]
Voices from the Past 24 September 1962 Maigret in Society (Maigret et les veillards) 1960 novel
The Madman of Vervac 1 October 1962 The Madman of Bergerac (Le fou de Bergerac) 1932 novel
The Countess 8 October 1962 Maigret and the Countess (L'affaire St Fiacre) 1932 novel
The Wedding Guest 15 October 1962 Guinguette by the Seine (Guingette à deux sous) 1931 novel
High Politics 22 October 1962 Maigret and the Minister (Maigret chez le ministre) 1954 novel
Love from Felicie 29 October 1962 Maigret and the Toy Village (Felice et là) 1944 novel
The Dirty House 5 November 1962 Maigret in Retirement (Maigret se fâche) 1945 novel
The Crystal Ball 12 November 1962 To Any Lengths (Signé Picpus) 1944 novel
The Crooked Castle 19 November 1962 Maigret at the Crossroads (lLe nuit a carrefour) 1931 novel
Death in Mind 26 November 1962 A Battle of Nerves (La tête d'un homme) 1931 novel
Seven Little Crosses 3 December 1962  ?  ?Original teleplay
The Trap 10 December 1962 Maigret Sets a Trap (Maigret tend un piège) 1955 novel
The Amateurs 17 December 1962 Maigret and the Lazy Burglar (Le voleur paressage) 1961 novel

Series 4[edit]

Title First shown Based on Notes[7]
Poor Cecile! 1 October 1963 Maigret and the Spinster (Cécile est morte) 1942 novel
The Fontonay Murders 8 October 1963 Maigret Afraid (Maigret a peur) 1953 novel
The Lost Life 15 October 1963 Maigret and the Dead Girl (Maigret a jeune mort) 1954 novel: (remake of 1959 pilot)
The Cellars of the Majestic 22 October 1963 Maigret and the Hotel Majestic (Les caves du Majestic) 1942 novel
A Man Condemned 29 October 1963 Maigret has Doubts (Une confidence de Maigret) 1959 novel
The Flemish Shop 5 November 1963 The Flemish Shop (Chez Flamand) 1932 novel
A Taste of Power 12 November 1963 Maigret's First Case (La première enquête de Maigret, 1913) 1948 novel
The Log of the Cap Fagnet 19 November 1963 The Sailors' Rendezvous (Rendezvous a le Terre Neuve) 1931 novel
The Judge's House 26 November 1963 Maigret in Exile (Le maison du juge) 1940 novel
Another World 3 December 1963 Maigret and the Millionaires (Maigret voyage) 1957 novel
The Crime at Lock 14 10 December 1963 The Crime at Lock 14 (Le charretier de la Providence) 1931 novel
Peter the Lett 17 December 1963 The Strange Case of Peter the Lett (Pietr-le-Letton) 1931 novel
Maigret's Little Joke 24 December 1963 Maigret's Little Joke (Maigret s'amuse) 1956 novel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rupert Davies at trussell.com; retrieved 17 May 2016
  2. ^ a b c d Maigret: full cast and crew at IMDb; retrieved 17 May 2016
  3. ^ Maigret's faithful four at trussel.com; retrieved 17 May 2016
  4. ^ a b Maigret (1960) on Television Heaven
  5. ^ "Maigret at lostshows.com". 
  6. ^ Basil Sydney at trussel.com; retrieved 15 May 2016
  7. ^ a b c d Rupert Davies at trussel.com; retrieved 15 May 2016

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