First Images: Rowan Atkinson In ITV’s ‘Maigret’ Adaptation

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ITV has released the first image of Rowan Atkinson in character as Inspector Maigret in ITV’s upcoming series of TV movies based on the novel series Georges Simenon. The first such adaptation, Maigret Sets A Trap, is currently being shot on location in Budapest.

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 is based on the Georges Simenon novel Maigret tend un piège and was developed for television by Stewart Harcourt. Maigret Sets A Trap is produced by Ealing Studios & Maigret Productions Ltd and also stars Fiona Shaw, Aidan McArdle, Shaun Dingwall, Lucy Cohu, Leo Starr, Rufus Wright, Hugh Simon, David Dawson, Colin Mace and Rebecca Night. Jeremy Gwilt is the producer, while Stewart Harcourt, Barnaby Thompson, Ben Latham-Jones and John Simenon will executive produce.

Check out the first look image below: