Rowan Atkinson will return as legendary French fictional detective Jules Maigret in two further single films.
The Blackadder star made his debut as Maigret earlier this year in ‘Maigret Sets a Trap’, which attracted 7.2 million viewers and a 28% share of the audience.
Two new 120-minute films will begin filming in November, again set in Paris in the 1950s.
Writer Stewart Harcourt (Treasure Island, Marple) will adapt ‘Night At The Crossroads’ and ‘Maigret in Montmartre’ from Georges Simenon’s novels.
Simenon wrote a total of seventy-five Maigret novels and son, John, will be back as an executive producer.
ITV’s Controller of Drama, Victoria Fea commented: “It’s an absolute privilege to commission two further stand alone 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.”
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ITV’s second Maigret film, ‘Maigret’s Dead Man’, has already been filmed and will air later this year.
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