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I am a huge fan of the MhZ International Mystery series where you can catch this show every few weeks. They alternate with Italian, German, Swedish, and in the past Norwegian mysteries. Jules Maigret is the kind of dad you would like to have had growing up. He is intelligent, sophisticated, speaks French, and quite handsome for a big guy. What makes the show hilarious is that he is the only one in each series who has any wisdom whatsoever. The other characters dance around him like complete imbeciles trying to trick him while he smokes his pipe and think that he isn't paying attention. He is a French Sherlock Holmes, without a side kick, though now his nephew has joined in on the action lately and it seems he will stay. The nephew is interested in girls more than crime though and pulls out the machismo whenever he appears to be slacking off, to impress his uncle. His uncle is not impressed though but as a devoted family member tries to teach him the trade. If you love classic film, Masterpiece theater, and generally watch British humor or mysteries on PBS, you have to look for MhZ International programs and find this. They are on Facebook as well.
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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