Sunday, February 22, 2015

New Maigret TV Movies starring Rowan Atkinson

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.

from RadioTimes:

ITV has announced a new adaptation of George Simenon's novels about Parisian sleuth Jules Maigret. The books were originally adapted by the BBC in the 1960s, before Michael Gambon stepped into the detective's shoes in an ITV version in 1992.

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 creation.”

HT: EuroCrime


TD said...

Rowan Atkinson will have to bring his A game to the role of Maigret if he hopes to equal Sir Michael Gambon's portrayal of the famed detective in the 1992-93 series.

J Palmer said...

Hard to imagine any english speaking actor can fill the Maigret role as brilliantly as did French actor Bruno Cremer, and an equally excellent cast of French actors did for so many years. I tried Gambon after watching the entire series with Cremer and simply couldn't get beyond thinking the English version was a simply a subtle parody. I'm intrigued though and will check out Atkinson in the role. I look forward to anything Simenon.