ITV has commenced filming Night At The Crossroads, the first of two new films in the Maigret series, featuring the legendary French fictional detective Jules Maigret, played by Rowan Atkinson.

Rowan Atkinson as Maigret for ITV

Night At The Crossroads, adapted by Stewart Harcourt, features Aiden McCardle, Shaun Dingwall, Lucy Cohu and Leo Starr. Further cast includes Kevin McNally, Tom Wlaschiha, Mia Jexen, Stephen Wight, Mark Heap and Robin Weaver.

Georges Simenon’s Night At The Crossroads is a complex tale of murder, deceit and greed in an isolated country community. Maigret has been interrogating a mysterious Dane, Carl Andersen, for hours without a confession. Why was the body of a diamond merchant found in his car at his isolated mansion? He’s either innocent or a very good liar. What does his beautiful but vulnerable sister know? And what compels everyone at the Three Widows Crossroads to be so secretive? Maigret sets out to find his killer.

Set in the stunning backdrop of 1950’s Paris, the production has started filming in Budapest and will be followed by Maigret in Montmartre.

Maigret Sets a Trap aired earlier in the year and achieved an impressive consolidated rating of 7.2m and a 28% share of the audience. The formidable character of Jules Maigret first appeared in print in 1931. Georges Simenon, who wrote 75 Maigret novels, is considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century – selling around a billion books worldwide to date.

 “We were thrilled to welcome Rowan Atkinson to the channel as Maigret. His superb performance, and the filmic execution from the production team ensured the audience greatly appreciated the first Maigret film which aired earlier this year.” – Victoria Fea, ITV’s Controller of Drama

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