HIGH­LIGHTS

The Herald Magazine - - CONTENTS -

Mr Bean and Black­ad­der star Rowan Atkin­son dusts off his hat and pipe to re­turn as enig­matic French de­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Jules Mai­gret. The lat­est in­stal­ment is set in the Parisian district of Mont­martre. When two women from con­trast­ing and seem­ingly un­con­nected back­grounds are found dead, Mai­gret’s well-tuned an­ten­nae be­gin twitch­ing. Not least be­cause he had met one of the vic­tims, Ar­lette, a show­girl from a seedy night­club, the pre­vi­ous evening. She had ar­rived at the po­lice head­quar­ters to re­port a mur­der, be­hav­ing oddly and out of sorts be­fore rush­ing off into the night.

There comes a sur­pris­ing – and rather ten­der – in­sight into the true na­ture of our usu­ally in­scrutable hero’s re­la­tion­ship with his long-suf­fer­ing wife Madame Mai­gret (Lucy Cohu) when she finds him re-stag­ing Ar­lette’s mur­der at their home in the mid­dle of the night. TIME to say goodbye as lead­ing man Peter Ca­paldi and show run­ner Steven Mof­fat bow out. Pearl Mackie, the Time Lord’s com­pan­ion, will also bid farewell. But it is hello again as fans are given a treat by see­ing Ca­paldi’s Doc­tor No 12 meet his first in­car­na­tion, in this case played by Harry Pot­ter and Games of Thrones star David Bradley (the orig­i­nal Doc­tor Who ac­tor Wil­liam Hart­nell died in 1975). The two Doc­tors are stranded in a snowy Arc­tic land­scape, stub­bornly re­fus­ing to face re­gen­er­a­tion. Throw in En­chanted Glass Peo­ple who steal vic­tims from frozen time, along­side a First World War Cap­tain des­tined to die

Clock­wise from above: Mai­gret in Mont­martre star­ring Rowan Atkin­son as the French de­tec­tive; Doc­tors old and new as Peter Ca­paldi bows out from Doc­tor Who; and Jenna Cole­man and Tom Hughes in the Christmas edi­tion of Vic­to­ria

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