Maigret Travels Abroad
Maigret has all the components for an international hit; classic engaging stories, great casting, atmospheric and filmic. Audiences everywhere will be swept along in these gripping crimes stories set in 1950s Paris. Liam Keelan, Director of Scripted for BBC Worldwide
The 2 x 90 minute dramas have sold to Russia (Channel One), Norway (NRK), New Zealand (TVNZ), Ireland (RTE), Finland (YLE) and Czech Republic (Prima TV) amongst others. Previously announced sales include France (France 3), Germany (ARD), Sweden (TV4) and Denmark (DR) with BBC First airing the drama in Australia, Benelux, pan Middle East and Africa.
Liam Keelan, Director of Scripted for BBC Worldwide, said: “Maigret has all the components for an international hit; classic engaging stories, great casting, atmospheric and filmic. Audiences everywhere will be swept along in these gripping crimes stories set in 1950s Paris.”
Based on the novels by George Simenon, featuring the legendary French fictional detective Jules Maigret played by Rowan Atkinson, Maigret Sets a Trap and Maigret’s Dead Man were adapted by Stewart Harcourt (Love & Marriage, Treasure Island, Marple) and produced by Jeremy Gwilt (Undeniable, Foyle’s War, Torn, Home Fires). The Executive Producers are Barnaby Thompson (Easy Virtue, Dorian Gray, St. Trinians) and Ben Latham-Jones (Nina, D Train, Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Ealing Studios, John Simenon and Paul Aggett for Maigret Productions, and Stewart Harcourt.
Maigret Sets a Trap aired on ITV earlier this year achieving an impressive consolidated rating of 7.2m and a 28% share of the audience. Maigret’s Dead Man will air in the UK later this year. ITV recently announced commissions for Night at the Crossroads and Maigret in Montmartre that will go into production in November 2016 until February 2017.
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