EXCLUSIVE: It was billed as being ITV’s successor series to Poirot (after they lost the Christie rights to the Beeb), but Maigret won’t be matching the nearly 25 year run of the Agatha Christie drama. My sources are telling me that ITV has quietly cancelled the Rowan Atkinson fronted series after two seasons, each consisting of two episodes.
A representative for the channel confirmed that they have “no current plans” for more Maigret. The news comes nearly six months after Maigret In Montmartre aired on ITV; managing a consolidated audience of close to six million viewers. For his part, Atkinson wont be hurting for work. He is currently committed to reprising his role as Johnny English in Johnny English Strikes Again, which is set to be released later this year.
Based on the the novels by Georges Simonen, Maigret starred Atkinson as Jules Maigret a legendary French detective, who is described as “magnificently measured and insightful”. The series was produced by Thompson & Thompson Productions Ltd and Georges Simenon Limited, with Barnaby Thompson, John Simenon, Stewart Harcourt and Jeremy Gwilt executive producing.
The Maigret 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. Only four of the novels – Maigret Sets A Trap, Maigret’s Dead Man, Maigret At The Crossroads, and Maigret In Montmarte – were adapted. Stewart Harcourt penned the scripts for all four adaptations.