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venerdì 18 marzo 2016
SIMENON SIMENON. MAIGRET COMES BACK ON MARCH 28
On the upcoming television series and Rowan
Atkinson, the new Chief Inspector Maigret.
SIMENON SIMENON. MAIGRET REVIENT LE 28 MARS Sur la série télévisée à venir et Rowan
Atkinson, le nouveau commissaire Maigret SIMENON SIMENON. 28 MARZO, IL RITORNO DI MAIGRET La prossima serie televisiva e Rowan
Atkinson, il nuovo commissario Maigret
new Maigret television film series by ITV will begin appearing on March
28th. First out of the box will be a two-hour standalone presentation:
Maigret Sets A Trap (Maigret tend un piège). Due to follow, but at a so
far unspecified date, is Maigret’s Dead Man (Maigret et son mort).
a commercial television network centered in Britain, plans a full 12
episodes in a series to be entitled Maigret. French public television
channel France 3, German public broadcaster ARD, Swedish broadcaster
TV4, and Danish DR are all expected to run the series eventually.
Whether the USA will join in is not yet clear.
first production, after the stabbings of five women in Montmartre,
Maigret sets up a complicated ruse that succeeds in flushing out the
apparent serial killer. However, after the arrest, another stabbing
In the second production, a mysterious man
heckles Maigret with a string of telephone calls, claiming someone is
following him throughout Paris with the intention of killing him.
Suddenly, the calls stop and an unidentified body turns up, so Maigret
sets up another ruse that only succeeds in triggering another murder….
Atkinson plays Jules Maigret. Atkinson faces a challenge in this
straight dramatic role because his experience has been primarily that of
a comic actor. According to Daily Mail.com, “this is his first foray
into crime drama.”
If interest and motivation are useful
determinants of success in acting, Atkinson sounds promising in this
role. He has said, “I have been a devourer of the Maigret novels for
many years and I’m very much looking forward to playing such an
intriguing character, at work in Paris during a fascinating period in
its history.” Furthermore, the Daily Mail described him as “an actor who
will take only the roles he really loves.”
of mine is how Atkinson will look. Readers know Maigret is massive
(massif). Whether big, wide, heavy, or fat (I’ve read he approached 250
pounds), the stories emphasize his large size, sometimes equating him
with large animals. An elephant and a bear are two that come to mind.
Judging from the images I’ve seen so far, Atkinson doesn’t evoke either
of these. Curiously, Maigret AKA Simenon devotes a few pages in
Maigret’s Memoirs to his observations about how various movie and
television actors have not looked like him. Unless this newest actor has
bulked up considerably, he’ll have to rely on the way he moves to
effectively depict the pachyderm (pachyderme) that Maigret readers
anticipate. Atkinson has a reputation as a physical performer, but it’s
as a comic one, and there’s never anything comic about Maigret. Thus, if
Atkinson doesn’t look massive, he will have to play massive to succeed.
Size considerations aside, it will be interesting to see
how Atkinson stacks up against Rupert Davies, Michael Gambon, Richard
Harris, and Charles Laughton, the other well-known Maigret portrayers in