Rowan Atkinson will play French detective Jules Maigret in two telemovies currently being filmed for ITV.
The character by Georges Simenon has been the subject of numerous dramatisations including with Michael Gambon and Rupert Davies.
Set in the 1950’s in Paris, the first of the two dramas, Maigret Sets A Trap, has started filming in Budapest and will be followed by Maigret’s Dead Man.
Maigret Sets A Trap also features Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter, True Blood), Aiden McCardle (Mr Selfridge, The Mill), Shaun Dingwall (Silent Witness, Death In Paradise), Lucy Cohu (Broadchurch), Leo Starr (Call The Midwife, Lewis), Rufus Wright (Miranda, Doctors), Hugh Simon (The Mill, MI-5), David Dawson (Ripper Street, Peaky Blinders), Colin Mace (Doctors, Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies) and Rebecca Night (Starlings).
Maigret is written by Stewart Harcourt and produced by Jeremy Gwilt. Executive Producers are Barnaby Thompson and Ben Latham-Jones for Ealing Studios, John Simenon and Paul Aggett for Maigret Productions, and Stewart Harcourt.
BBC’s commercial arm will oversee the global rights for the series. An Australian broadcaster has not yet been announced.