Rowan Atkinson will be French detective Maigret

The madman of Bergerac

Two films featuring the French detective Jules Maigret, created by Georges Simenon, have been commissioned by ITV and  go into production this September. Rowan Atkinson will play Maigret. Penguin Classics has so far published 16 of the Maigret novels, with the remaining 59 due at a rate of one per month.

The films will be “Maigret Sets a Trap” and “Maigret’s Dead Man.”

Simenon’s son John, one of the executive producers, said: “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.”