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Drawing on her love of theatre and art, New Zealand novelist Ngaio Marsh created elegant crime-puzzlers full of quirky characters with hidden agendas, all brought meticulously to life in this BBC series.
From Montmartre to the remote French countryside, Maigret encounters the dark side of the human psyche. Yet, he manages to maintain both compassion and a sense of humor as he explores the complex motives that lie behind every crime.
Bruno Cremers' Maigret is shown occasionally on TV these days and I've seen quite a number of episodes through the years. Cremer is a bit of an unlikely actor to play the part with his massive frame. But that perhaps, is cause the only 2 actors observed in this role were Jean Gabin and dutch actor Jan Teulings. Both seemed more appropriate in a physical sense. However, Cremer manages to hold your attention by underplaying his role. His Maigret never seems to raise his voice , yet keeps you interested by his mere presence. It is a bit of a one trick pony, as Cremers presence is just about the only true reason to watch the series. With all the 'modern' crime investigation series hosted by todays television This Maigret does feel very dated. Not only is Maigret doing all his own footwork (which chief of police would be willing to?) but his suspects seem to think he will be the one to pass the verdict. As we all know judges are there for, but with Maigret even the sentence seems covered.
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