Rowan Atkinson will indeed be playing Georges Simenon’s intuitive Parisian detective Jules Maigret in two new 2-hour films for ITV: Maigret Sets a Trap and Maigret’s Dead Man. (I mentioned a rumour in May last year)
‘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.’
As is usual for TV adaptations, the new series will be set in the 1950s.
I think Atkinson in serious mode will do a pretty good job of this, as does John Simenon:
‘Maigret has been part of our family for almost nine decades, and we are bringing together one of the best-known characters in world literature with one of the greatest international stars. I have no doubt my father, like me, would have approved of Rowan’s casting and been very excited to see him inhabit his most renowned creation.’
Full coverage at the Guardian.