ITV cancels Rowan Atkinson’s Maigret

When the BBC entered into a new relationship with Agatha Christie Limited to produce new versions of the late author’s work, many wondered aloud what its rival, ITV, was going to do to fill the Golden Age-sizedhole the likes of Miss Marple and Poirot. It filled it with a new, ongoing adaptation of Georges Simenon’s Maigret…

Maigret’s Night At The Crossroads transmission date confirmed by ITV

Love it or hate it (or somewhere in between), Rowan Atkinson’s Maigret is here to stay for the time being and likely to be wheeled out at holiday periods. We had a Christmas Day helping of this new re-telling of Georges Simenon’s early-20th century French policeman, and now the third in an ongoing series will transmit…

Review: Maigret’s Dead Man, Sunday 25th December, ITV

Earlier this year, Rowan Atkinson made his debut as Georges Simenon’s classic, Golden Age(ish) French detective Jules Maigret. Eyebrows were raised when Atkinson was cast, chiefly because he’s obviously well known for his comedy acting, but Atkinson did a relatively good job in the new version. It was just that this new version wasn’t much of…

Rowan Atkinson begins filming on two new Maigret films

Rowan Atkinson’s debut as Georges Simonen’s Maigret met with mixed reviews, but there wasn’t anything wrong with Atkinson himself in the part, which seemed to be the most talked-about aspect of the whole reboot. In the end it was a fairly faithful and reverential retelling of the Paris detective’s stories, and now we’re going to have…

Rowan Atkinson signs up for two more Maigret films

The latest adaptation of Georges Simenon’s Maigret was a huge audience hit. Airing earlier this year, it snaffled a very impressive consolidated rating of 7.2m and a 28% share of the audience. Any big-name heritage age crime story is bound to get good numbers, but the real selling point was Rowan Atkinson’s casting as the glum…

Was Rowan Atkinson’s Maigret too deadpan?

We had our first taste of Rowan Atkinson’s Maigret last night, in the feature-length story Sets A Trap. When Atkinson was first announced to play Georges Simenon’s classic early 20th century Parisian detective it divided opinion – surely someone who has made a living from comic characters couldn’t pull off the deadpan Maigret? Fans of…

Review: Maigret (Sets A Trap), Monday 28th March, ITV

Parisian Chief Inspector Jules Maigret first appeared in 1931 and smoked his thoughtful way through an amazing 75 novels and 28 short stories (often at the rate of three novels a year). His creator Georges Simenon was Belgian rather than French, but moved to Paris in 1922 to further his writing career. Maigret has been portrayed…

ITV confirms Maigret transmission date

We’ve known for some time that Rowan Atkinson was to step into the shoes (and hat and pipe) of Georges Simenon’s classic French detective, Jules Maigret, and that the first of two new films from ITV were just around the corner. Now the network has confirmed the transmission date and it’s in the next couple of…

Trailer: Maigret, ITV

When Rowan Atkinson was announced as the new Maigret, it felt like a polarising appointment. But I could see why he was cast, and it seemed to me if it worked out it would be an interesting and potentially inspired piece of casting. We’re edging towards transmission of the first film (we’re talking only weeks away, here),…

Rowan Atkinson to play Maigret in new ITV version

Well, this news came out of the blue. One of the most revered British actors in the comedy arena – Rowan Atkinson – is to don the heavy coat and pipe of Georges Simenon’s classic fictional detective, Jules Maigret, in two new ITV adaptations. First seen in print in 1931, Maigret went onto to feature…