Maigret (1992 TV series)

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Maigret
Series titles and an image of Michael Gambon as Maigret
GenreCrime drama
Based onNovels by Georges Simenon
Starring
Theme music composerNigel Hess[1]
Composer(s)Nigel Hess
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes12
Production
Executive producer(s)Sally Head
Arthur Weingarten
Rebecca Eaton (1992)
Producer(s)Jonathan Alwyn
Paul Marcus
Running time49–51 minutes
Production company(s)Granada Television
DistributorITV Studios
Release
Original networkITV
Original release9 February 1992 (1992-02-09) –
18 April 1993 (1993-04-18)

Maigret is a British television series that ran on ITV for twelve episodes in 1992 and 1993.[2] It was an adaptation of the books by Georges Simenon featuring his fictional French detective Jules Maigret.[3] The program aired in the United States on Mystery!.[4]

Production[edit]

The program was filmed in Budapest[5] which doubled for post-WWII France.[1] Airing in two seasons, each of the episodes was based on a single book. The series covered only 12 of Georges Simenon's 75 novels and 28 short stories about the detective.[3]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series 1

Ep # Title Release Date Director
1 The Patience of Maigret[3] 9 February 1992 James Cellan Jones
2 Maigret and the Burglar's Wife[4] 16 February 1992 John Glenister
3 Maigret Goes to School[4] 23 February 1992 James Cellan Jones
4 Maigret and the Mad Woman[5] 1 March 1992 John Glenister
5 Maigret on Home Ground[4] 8 March 1992 James Cellan Jones
6 Maigret Sets a Trap[5] 15 March 1992 John Glenister

Series 2

Ep # Title Release Date Director
1 Maigret and the Night Club Dancer[4] 14 March 1993 John Strickland
2 Maigret and the Hotel Majestic[3] 21 March 1993 Nicholas Renton
3 Maigret on the Defensive[4] 28 March 1993 Stuart Burge
4 Maigret's Boyhood Friend[4] 4 April 1993 John Strickland
5 Maigret and the Minister[4] 11 April 1993 Nicholas Renton
6 Maigret and the Maid[4] 18 April 1993 Stuart Burge

Reception[edit]

Reviewing the debut episode, Variety called it "clever and soaked with procedure and atmosphere" and noted that the production values were "first class."[1] Two decades later, USA Today called the program "the definitive version" when reviewing the DVD collection.[2] The New Yorker agreed calling this adaptation "the best".[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Scott, Tony (8 October 1992). "Mystery! Maigret–Part I Maigret Sets a Trap". Variety. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "DVD extra: Michael Gambon's 'Maigret' out this week". USA Today. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Cogdill, Oline. "Maigret With Michael Gambon". Mystery Scene. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Pitts, Michael R. (2004). Famous Movie Detectives III. Scarecrow Press. p. 91. ISBN 0810836904.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h O'Connor, John J. (8 October 1992). "Review/Television; A Belgian Detective With a Muted Approach". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  6. ^ Behrens, Frank (12 June 2013). "French Inspector Maigret Returns on Updated DVDs". Battleboro Reformer. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  7. ^ Acocella, Joan (3 October 2011). "Crime Pays - The dilemma of Georges Simenon". The New Yorker. Retrieved 21 December 2019.

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