ITV Orders Rowan Atkinson To Return As Maigret

Following consolidated ratings of 7.2m and a 28% audience share for Maigret Sets a Trap earlier this year, ITV has commissioned a further two films, with Rowan Atkinson to reprise his role as the titular character.

The next instalment in the series, Maigret’s Dead Man, has already been filmed and will air on ITV later this year. The two new commissions, Night At The Crossroads and Maigret in Montmartre, will go into production in November 2016 through to February 2017.

ITV Controller of Drama, Victoria Fea, said: “It’s an absolute privilege to commission two further Maigret films for ITV. We were thrilled to welcome Rowan Atkinson to the channel as Maigret. His superb performance, and the filmic execution from the production team ensured the audience greatly appreciated the first Maigret film which aired earlier this year.”

Georges Simenon, who wrote 75 Maigret novels, is one of the most successful writers of the 20th century, having sold around a billion books worldwide. The synopsis for the books upon which the forthcoming films are based are as follows:

In Maigret’s Dead Man: A man calls Maigret from a cafe and asks for police protection, saying he’s being followed by men trying to kill him. The next day, the man’s body is identified in the street. To catch the killer, Maigret must piece together the details of his dead man’s life, leading police into the crowded, fetid underground world of the Paris slums in the process

In Night At The Crossroads: Maigret has been interrogating Carl Andersen for seventeen hours without a confession. He’s either innocent or a very good liar. So why was the body of a diamond merchant found at his isolated mansion? Why is his sister always shut away in her room? And why does everyone at Three Widows Crossroads have something to hide?

In Maigret in Montmartre: A garishly dressed woman arrives at the police station with information of terrible urgency – then denies it an hour later. Two brutal stranglings and a beautiful corpse lead Maigret into an all-too-familiar underworld where he traces a desperate eroticism to its inevitable conclusion.