Mai­gret’s Night at the Cross­roads

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The body of a Bel­gian jew­eller is found in a car at a countryside man­sion. The owner (Tom Wlaschiha) is un­sur­pris­ingly a prime sus­pect (he even wears an eye­patch for that ex­tra touch of vil­lainy). But what is his house­keeper up to, and isn’t there some­thing a lit­tle odd about his re­la­tion­ship with his sis­ter? After two one-offs last year proved a hit with view­ers (if less so with crit­ics), Ste­wart Har­court adapts an­other of Ge­orges Si­menon clas­sic mur­der mys­ter­ies, with Mai­gret re­quired to pen­e­trate a ru­ral con­spir­acy of si­lence and ne­go­ti­ate the some­times star­tling in­ep­ti­tude of his fel­low po­lice­men.

At its heart is Rowan Atkin­son’s anti-per­for­mance in the lead, still loi­ter­ing some­where be­tween enig­matic re­serve and co­matose blank­ness. It’s left to Lucy Cohu as Madame Mai­gret to in­ject hu­man­ity into pro­ceed­ings, fret­ting about the phi­lan­der­ing and drunk­en­ness of her hus­band’s col­leagues. It’s a strange af­fair, and not nec­es­sar­ily in­ten­tion­ally so. There’s noth­ing wrong with a policier that can demon­strate re­straint, but cere­bral doesn’t have to mean chilly or slug­gishly paced, as In­spec­tor Morse proved. For all the at­ten­tion to de­tail on dis­play, it’s oddly un­en­gag­ing. Gabriel Tate

Unan­swered ques­tions: Rowan Atkin­son as de­tec­tive Mai­gret

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