Filming has started in Budapest on two further TV movies featuring Rowan Atkinson as legendary French fictional detective Jules Maigret.
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. ITV’s second Maigret film, ‘Maigret’s Dead Man’, has already been filmed and will air later this year.
Writer Stewart Harcourt (Treasure Island, Marple) has now adapted ‘Night At The Crossroads’ and ‘Maigret in Montmartre’ from Georges Simenon’s novels.
A complex tale of murder, deceit and greed in an isolated country community, ‘Night At The Crossroads’ will star Aiden McCardle (Mr Selfridge), Shaun Dingwall (Death In Paradise), Lucy Cohu (Broadchurch) and Leo Starr (Call The Midwife), alongside Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean), Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones), Mia Jexen (Dual), Stephen Wight (The Paradise), Mark Heap (Friday Night Dinner) and Robin Weaver (Inbetweeners).
The official synopsis for ‘Night At The Crossroads’ reads: “Maigret has been interrogating a mysterious Dane, Carl Andersen, for hours without a confession. Why was the body of a diamond merchant found in his car at his isolated mansion? He’s either innocent or a very good liar. What does his beautiful but vulnerable sister know? And what compels everyone at the Three Widows Crossroads to be so secretive? Maigret sets out to find his killer.”
Georges Simenon wrote a total of seventy-five Maigret novels and his son, John, will be back as an executive producer.
ITV’s Controller of Drama, Victoria Fea previously 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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