First picture released from ITV’s Maigret with Rowan Atkinson as lead; starts filming

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ITV has commenced filming Maigret Sets A Trap one of two stand-alone dramatic films featuring the legendary French fictional detective Jules Maigret, played by Rowan Atkinson.  This image is the copyright of ITV and must be used in relation to Maigret. Photographer John Rogers.

Photographer: John Rogers.

Let’s face it – when the BBC began a new partnership with Agatha Christie’s estate and Poirot finished (as well as Foyle’s War), ITV needed a vintage-era detective series. So when it announced it had cast Rowan Atkinson as the venerable Maigret, it many ways it wasn’t too much of a surprise. There hasn’t been an incarnation of Georges Simenon’s classic detective since Michael Gambon took the lead role back in the early 1990s, but Rowan Atkinson? The supreme comic actor’s casting as the French detective rankled with many. But perhaps seeing the first picture of him in full costume might change the mind of those who turned up their nose up.

Aside from releasing the first image of Atkinson as Maigret, the network has also announced that it has commenced filming Maigret Sets A Trap, one of two stand-alone dramatic films.

Maigret Sets A Trap also features Fiona Shaw, Shaun Dingwall, Lucy Cohu, Leo Starr, Rufus Wright, Hugh Simon, David Dawson, Colin Mace and Rebecca Night.

Set in the 1950’s in Paris, the first of the two 120-minute films, Maigret Sets A Trap has started filming in Budapest and will be followed by Maigret’s Dead Man.

Look out for it early next year. For what it’s worth, I think Atkinson looks great!

One thought on “First picture released from ITV’s Maigret with Rowan Atkinson as lead; starts filming

  1. wwendalynne

    Most excellent news for Mr. Atkinson. I always sympathize when an actor becomes irrevocably typecast. It has to be as tedious for the player as it is for their audience. He looks fantastic as Maigret! Still, dude can make me giggle like teenage wasteland; particularly the scene in the film Love Actually where he is ‘flourishing’ a Christmas packet. Yup, I die every time.

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