Rowan Atkinson is on the detective trail as Inspector Maigret. played many ordinary men. I have played more characterised people, people who are slightly eccentric or odd,” he says. One aspect that he loves about his new role is that unlike other famous fictional detectives, including Inspector Poirot (Agatha Christie’s Poirot, 1989-2013), “Maigret hasn’t got a lisp or a French accent or a particular love of opera or all those other things that people tend to attach to many fictional detectives. He is just an ordinary guy doing an extraordinary job.”
EPISODES OF ACTION
Episode 1, which aired in the UK in March 2016, is set in 1955 Paris and Maigret is in a race to find his serial killer. Out of ideas, he plans a sting operation using undercover brunette policewomen he hopes will lure out the killer. There’s only one problem when he does arrest his man and has him behind bars – another murder.
Not much is known about episode 2 (8 January), which airs in the UK on Sunday 25 December. What we can tell you is that Inspector Maigret gets mysterious phonecalls from a man claiming that the Paris underworld wants him dead…