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About the show

Rowan Atkinson plays French detective Jules Maigret, the legend who has appeared in over 72 novels by Georges Simenon.

Season 1 Episode 1: Based on Maigret Sets a Trap, Maigret investigates a serial killer targeting women with dark hair strolling the Parisian neighborhood Montmarte at night. Maigret stages a trap using undercover policewomen to catch the suspect.

Season 1 Episode 2: Based on Maigret’s Dead Man, a man seeking Maigret’s help is found dead. Riddled with guilt for not having saved "his" dead man, Maigret is determined to find the murderer.

Season 2 Episode 1: Based on Maigret at the Crossroads, the detective investigates the death of a Jewish jeweler.

Season 2 Episode 2: Based on Maigret in Montmarte, a showgirl informant and a countess in danger are found murdered. Maigret must discover the secret that links the past lives of these two women.

Meet the Cast

Jules Maigret

Rowan Atkinson

Jules Maigret was invented by the novelist Georges Simenon. The inspiration was Chief Inspector Marcel Guillaume, said to be the greatest French detective of his day, who became a longtime friend of Simenon.

He grew up in the village of Saint-Fiacre in the Allier Department, where his father Evariste Maigret was the bailiff for the local landowner.

His investigative style is methodical. He smokes a pipe and is known to be pragmatic in his decision-making.