ITV has set the cast for their first Maigret adaptation.
Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter), Aidan McArdle (Mr Selfridge), Shaun Dingwall (Death In Paradise), Lucy Cohu (Broadchurch), Leo Starr (Lewis), Rufus Wright (Doctors), Hugh Simon (The Mill), David Dawson (Ripper Street), Colin Mace (The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies) and Rebecca Night (Starlings) have been tapped for co-starring roles opposite Rowan Atkinson in Maigret Sets A Trap.
Jules Maigret (Rowan Atkinson) is a legendary French detective, who is described as “magnificently measured and insightful”. The character was created by Georges Simenon and first appeared in print in 1931. By the time of his death in 1989, Simenon had written some 75 novels featuring the character, known for his laconic manner, heavy coat and trademark pipe.
Maigret Sets A Trap was originally published in 1955 and tells the story on Inspector Maigret who is called in to investigate when a suspected serial killer is believed to be on the loose on the streets of Paris. Maigret hatches a plan to capture the murderer by playing on the killer’s perverse vanity. He finally succeeds when an important clue leads him to a trio of suspects. But the three are entangled in a web of guilt and possessiveness so tight that the unraveling nearly exhausts the Inspector–until, at last, he discovers the tortured motives behind the murders.
The two-hour adaptation was originally ordered by ITV back in February, when they commissioned a pair of Maigret adaptations, with a view to ordering further adaptations should these two prove successful. This first adaptation is based on the Georges Simenon novel Maigret tend un piège and was developed for television by Stewart Harcourt.
Ealing Studios and Maigret Productions Ltd are producing with Jeremy Gwilt serving as the producer, while Stewart Harcourt, Barnaby Thompson, Ben Latham-Jones and John Simenon will executive produce. Production on Maigret Sets A Trap is now underway in Budapest, with ITV eyeing a 2016 premiere. BBC Worldwide is handling global sales.