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