ITV commissions further Maigret films (Series 2) starring Rowan Atkinson
ITV today confirmed commission of two further single films featuring the legendary French fictional detective Jules Maigret with globally renowned actor Rowan Atkinson in the title role.
Following huge audience appreciation and critical acclaim for Maigret Sets a Trap which aired on ITV earlier this year and achieved an impressive consolidated rating of 7.2m and a 28% share of the audience, writer Stewart Harcourt (Love & Marriage, Treasure Island, Marple) will adapt ‘Night At The Crossroads’ from Georges Simenon’s novel. Simenon’s son, John, returns as an executive producer of the new films. Simenon wrote seventy-five Maigret novels and is considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century selling around a billion books worldwide.
The second of the new films will be ‘Maigret in Montmartre’ set, once again, against the beautiful backdrop of 1950’s Paris.
The 120’ films are part of a Maigret series and will go into production in November 2016 until February 2017, and will be produced by Thompson & Thompson Productions Ltd and Georges Simenon Limited. The new films have been commissioned for ITV by Controller of Drama, Victoria Fea.
“It’s an absolute privilege to commission two further stand alone Maigret films for ITV,” said Victoria Fea. “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.”
The Executive Producers are Barnaby Thompson (Easy Virtue, Dorian Gray, St. Trinians) for Thompson & Thompson Ltd, John Simenon for Georges Simenon Limited, Stewart Harcourt and Jeremy Gwilt (Undeniable, Foyle’s War, Torn, Home Fires) who produced the first two Maigret films – Maigret Sets a Trap and Maigret’s Dead Man. Jeremy Gwilt will also produce the new films.
‘Maigret’s Dead Man’ based on ‘Maigret et son mort’ has already been filmed and will air on ITV later this year.
BBC Worldwide is the international partner for Maigret and the BBC’s commercial arm will oversee the global rights for the series in all territories outside the UK.