Rowan Atkinson’s Maigret has now been sold to over 45 territories following, with broadcasters in Russia (Channel One), Norway (NRK), New Zealand (TVNZ), Ireland (RTE), Finland (YLE) and Czech Republic (Prima TV) the latest to add the series to their schedules.
Maigret Sets a Trap, the first of two films in which Atkinson plays Georges Simenon’s global famous detective, aired in the UK earlier this year on ITV and Maigret’s Dead Man, based on Maigret et son mort, has already been filmed.
ITV has also commissioned Night At The Crossroads and Maigret in Montmartre, both of which will be executive produced by Simenon’s son, John, and produced by Thompson & Thompson Productions Ltd and Georges Simenon Limited.
International sales are handled by BBC Worldwide which has already sold the show to France (France 3), Germany (ARD), Sweden (TV4) and Denmark (DR).
In Australia, Benelux, pan Middle East and Africa the drama airs on BBC First.
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.”