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For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
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Interesting news, this – ITV have announced two TV movies based on fictional French detective Jules Maigret. In the starring role will be Mr Rowan Atkinson. We assume you’re as intrigued as we are to see how this one turns out.
If you’re not familiar, Jules Maigret is the protagonist of Georges Simenon’s series of detective novels set in 1950s Paris. It’s a statement of confidence, surely, that ITV have announced two films from the off.
The first of these films will be Maigret Sets A Trap, followed by Maigret’s Dead Man. Treasure Island and Marple director Stewart Harcourt will helm both of them. This choice makes us think that a more serious tone than Atkinson’s Mr Bean and Johnny English exploits will be on the cards here, which should be interesting. »
The 120-minute films, which are set in 1950s Paris, are titled “Maigret Sets a Trap” and “Maigret’s Dead Man.” Pics, which will go into production in September, are being produced by Ealing Studios and Maigret Prods, and will be licensed outside the U.K. by BBC Worldwide.
The pics will be written by Stewart Harcourt (“Love & Marriage,” “Treasure Island,” “Marple”). Executive producers are Barnaby Thompson and Ben Latham-Jones for Ealing Studios, John Simenon for Maigret Productions and Stewart Harcourt. Jeremy Gwilt will produce.
- Leo Barraclough
Rowan Atkinson (Bean; Johnny English) will star as Georges Simenon’s iconic French detective Jules Maigret in two stand-alone feature-length dramas for ITV, Maigret Sets A Trap and Maigret’s Dead Man, it was announced today. Set in 1950's Paris, the first of the two-hour long films will go into production in September 2015, produced by Ealing Studios and Maigret Productions Ltd (a Peters Fraser Dunlop Group company) and commissioned by ITV’s Director of Drama, Steve… »
U.K. broadcaster ITV on Friday unveiled plans for two TV movies based on Georges Simenon's novels about fictional French detective Jules Maigret, with Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean, Johnny English) playing the lead role. ITV director of television Peter Fincham said the network operator has ordered two stand-alone dramatic films. Set in the 1950s in Paris, the first of the two-hour long films will be Maigret Sets A Trap, followed by Maigret’s Dead Man. They will go into production in September and be produced by Ealing Studios and Maigret Productions. The TV movies will be written by Stewart
- Georg Szalai
Savile Row suits, old school ties, and a lethal way with a weaponised umbrella: why must British screen spies be so posh? Stuart Jeffries opens the dossier on our not-so-secret obsession with class
One day in 1986, John le Carré interviewed a British spy called Nick Elliott. The espionage novelist wanted to know why Elliott and his MI6 colleagues let the British spymaster and Kgb lackey Kim Philby escape to Moscow and never dragged him back to London to be punished for passing on secrets to the Soviets. “Nobody wanted him in London, old boy,” Elliott replied. Le Carré – as he reports in an afterword to Ben Macintyre’s recent book A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal – wondered why MI6 didn’t bump Philby off. “My dear chap,” retorted Elliott disapprovingly. “One of us.”
Quite so. Philby may have been one of the most effective traitors »
- Stuart Jeffries
6 items from 2015
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