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!