Maigret (2016 TV series)

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Maigret
Series title with a silhouette of Maigret against a map of Paris
Genre Crime drama
Based on Novels by Georges Simenon
Written by Stewart Harcourt
Starring
Composer(s) Samuel Sim
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 4 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Paul Aggett
Stewart Harcourt
Ben Latham-Jones
John Simenon
Barnaby Thompson
Producer(s) Jeremy Gwilt
Production location(s) Budapest, Hungary, Szentendre, Hungary
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) Ealing Studios
Maigret Productions
Release
Original network ITV
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 28 March 2016 (2016-03-28) – present
External links
Website

Maigret is a British television series from ITV set in mid-1950s[1] France. Its first episode aired on 28 March 2016. It is an adaptation of the books by Georges Simenon featuring his fictional French detective Jules Maigret played by Rowan Atkinson.[2]

Series overview[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1228 March 2016 (2016-03-28)25 December 2016 (2016-12-25)
2216 April 2017 (2017-04-16)24 December 2017 (2017-12-24)

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Series 1[edit]

The Jezsuita Stairs in Budapest doubled as stairs in Montmartre[3]

The episodes were mainly filmed on location in Budapest and Szentendre, Hungary, which stand in for 1950s Paris. Rowan Atkinson, who plays Jules Maigret, is a big fan of the books, saying, "I have been a devourer of the Maigret novels for many years and I'm very much looking forward to playing such an intriguing character, at work in Paris, during a fascinating period in its history."[4][5]

Series 2[edit]

These buildings on Alkotmány Street, Szentendre became the Picratt for "Maigret in Montmartre".[6]

On 17 June 2016, prior to the second episode's airing, and after the popularity of the first, ITV commissioned a further two episodes of which production was due to begin in November 2016 and run until February 2017.[7]

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions)
11"Maigret Sets a Trap"Ashley PearceStewart Harcourt28 March 2016 (2016-03-28)7.17[8]

Based on Maigret Sets a Trap.
Maigret comes under pressure from his superiors and the press to catch a serial killer of women with no common feature except their hair. Making no progress Maigret sets a trap using undercover police women. The trap yields a clue to a suspect with a possessive wife and mother but a sixth murder while his suspect is in custody throws doubt on Maigret's theory and his superiors decide to replace him as investigator of the case.

22"Maigret's Dead Man"Jon EastStewart Harcourt25 December 2016 (2016-12-25)5.48[9]

Based on Maigret's Dead Man.
One morning, an agitated man calls the Police judiciaire asking for Maigret. He claims he's being followed by someone trying to kill him. Before Maigret can get the details he hangs up, calls back again from various cafés, until the calls finally stop. That night, his body is found, his face badly beaten, stabbed to death. Riddled with guilt for not having saved “his" dead man, Maigret is determined to find the murderer.

Series 2 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions)
31"Maigret's Night at the Crossroads"Sarah HardingStewart Harcourt16 April 2017 (2017-04-16)5.47

Based on Maigret at the Crossroads.
The body of a Jewish jeweller is found in the car of a Danish national who lives with his sister. When the man is taken in for questioning, he denies all knowledge of the murder, but establishing his true identity is problematic. Maigret attends the funeral of an old colleague and then works with another old colleague on the case.

42"Maigret in Montmartre"[7]Thaddeus O'SullivanGuy Andrews24 December 2017 (2017-12-24)5.48

Based on Maigret in Montmartre.
Arlette, an exotic dancer at "Picratt" club, comes to the police for help, telling Maigret about a "countess" who is in grave danger, but she then flees, distrustful and afraid. Soon afterwards, she is found murdered; then, the countess' body is discovered. Maigret must discover the link between the two women as he and his men hunt for the killer in Montmartre's streets.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Montmartre episode at 1:26:41 shows a calendar dated 1955.
  2. ^ "Rowan Atkinson starts filming ITV drama Maigret". ITV. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Follow in the footsteps of Rowan Atkinson’s Maigret… in Budapest, RadioTimes 16th April 2017, accessed 29 July 2018
  4. ^ Nicola Methven (8 September 2015). "Rowan Atkinson to get serious as filming for ITV remake of Maigret begins". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "IMDB.com". Retrieved 19 July 2018. 
  6. ^ Ismét Magyarországon forgat Mr. Bean, Szentendréből francia kisváros lett, 29 January 2017, retrieved 3 August 2018
  7. ^ a b "ITV Press Centre - "ITV commissions further Maigret films starring Rowan Atkinson"". ITV Press Centre. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Digital Spy – Forums – The Ratings Thread (Part 67)". Digital Spy Forums. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  9. ^ weekly viewing at barb.co.uk

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