Rowan Atkinson will star in new ITV adaptation of Maigret. The Mr Bean and Blackadder actor is set to play the famous French detective Jules Maigret in two stand-alone dramas.
Rowan Atkinson will play Maigret in two stand-alone, 120-minute films
for the channel. Both dramas will be set in 1950s Paris, with
screenwriter Stewart Harcourt adapting the books Maigret Sets a Trap and
Maigret's Dead Man.
Atkinson said, "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."
The novelist's son John Simenon has given Atkinson his backing,
saying: “Maigret has been part of our family for almost nine decades,
and we are bringing together one of the best-known characters in world
literature with one of the greatest international stars.
"I have no doubt my father, like me, would have approved of Rowan’s
casting and been very excited to see him inhabit his most renowned
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