Image: ITV/John Rogers.
Image: ITV/John Rogers.
ITV has ordered two more episodes of Rowan Atkinson’s Maigret following “huge audience appreciation” for Maigret Sets a Trap, the first of two films in which Atkinson plays Georges Simenon’s global famous detective.

Maigret’s Dead Man, based on Maigret et son mort, has already been filmed and will air on ITV later this year.

The two new films are 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.

ITV says both new stories are part of a Maigret series and will go into production in November 2016 until February 2017.

“It’s an absolute privilege to commission two further stand alone Maigret films for ITV,” said Victoria Fea, ITV’s Controller of Drama.

“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.”

BBC Worldwide is the international partner for Maigret and will oversee the global rights for the series in all territories outside the UK.

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