This very satisfying adaptation of the Maigret Simenon crime novels stars film and TV actor Michael Gambon in the title role. He plays the detective from the Paris Surete as a solid, dependable plodder who studies people far more than shreds of evidence. He’s more at home in cafes than his office and can always depend on Madame Maigret to provide a hearty meal at night.
A young Minnie Driver guest stars in the second series as the ill-fated stripper Arlette, who has links with one of Maigret’s own detectives.
The series was filmed in Hungary because it was cheaper and looked more like old France and Paris than the real thing. Gambon was initially lined up as George Lazenby’s successor as James Bond. He was invited to audition for the role of 007 by the franchise’s legendary producer Cubby Broccoli. But the films’ makers decided they didn’t want to take another risk with a relatively unknown actor, and so instead cast Roger Moore.
Maigret has long remained a popular TV proposition, from Rupert Davie’s long running BBC version of the late fifties, through to a 1988 TV movie with Richard Harris and most recently Rowan Atkinson in lush period adaptations for ITV.
UK / ITV – Granada / 12×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 February 1992 – 18 April 1993
Novels: Georges Simenon / Script Editor: Craig Dickson / Theme Music: Nigel Hess / Executive Producers: Sally Head, Arthur Weingarten
Michael Gambon as Chief Inspector Maigret
Geoffrey Hutchings as Sergeant Lucas
Jack Galloway as Inspector Janvier
James Larkin as Inspector Lapointe
Ciaran Madden as Madame Maigret (season 1)
Barbara Flynn as Madame Maigrat (season 2)
Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochmerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.
CYRIL CUSACK as Major Piechut
ROY DOTRICE as Ponosse
KENNETH GRIFFITH as Ernest Tafardel
WENDY HILLER as Justine Putet
HUGH GRIFFITH as Alexandre Bourdillat
BERNARD BRESSLAW as Nicholas the Beadle
MADELINE SMITH as Hortase Girodet
GEORGINA MOON as Rose Biraque
PETER USTINOV as Narrator
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.
ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.
Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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