Maigret (1960 TV series)

Maigret is a British television series made by the BBC and which – following a pilot episode broadcast in 1959 – ran for 52 episodes from 1960 to 1963.

GenreCrime drama
Created byGeorges Simenon
Written byGiles Cooper (19 episodes)
and 9 others
StarringRupert Davies
Ewen Solon
Neville Jason
Helen Shingler
Theme music composerRon Grainer
Opening themeThe Maigret Theme
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes52 (plus a pilot episode in 1959)
Executive producer(s)Andrew Osborn
Running time50 minutes
Production company(s)BBC
Original networkBBC One
Picture format1.33 : 1 Black & white
First shown in1960
Original release1960 
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Based on the Maigret stories of Georges Simenon, the series starred Rupert Davies in the title role.


The series starred Rupert Davies as the Police Judiciaire detective Commissaire Jules Maigret, who took up the role in 1960 after Basil Sydney, who had played Maigret in the pilot episode, was unable to continue.[1]

The main cast were:-

Episodes included such well-known faces as Stratford Johns, Leon Cortez, Terence Alexander, Roger Delgado, William Franklyn, Michael Goodliffe, and Barry Foster, among others.[2]

Although staying largely true to the storyline of the books, the series featured only three of Maigret's team of detectives (the “faithful four”,[3] omitting any casting for Janvier.

The choice of Davies to play Maigret was enthusiastically approved by Simenon himself. Remembering the role in a 1964 interview Davies said "When Andrew Osborn, the producer of the show, offered me the part on Good Friday in 1960, I knew very little about Maigret. I knew he was a famous French fictional detective, but that was all." Rather than read the books to get the feel for the character, Davies thought it would be better to meet Maigret's creator and hear from him how he saw the character. The BBC agreed and a meeting was arranged between Davies and Simenon in Lausanne.[4]

"The moment Simenon saw me he shouted: "C'est Maigret, c'est Maigret. You are the flesh and bones of Maigret!" Davies later remembered. "That was a wonderful beginning. Then he drove us to his lovely château in the village of Enchandens, where I met his wife. Later he began to coach me in Maigret's idiosyncrasies."[4]


The series was written by a set of ten writers, each contributing individual episodes; the most prolific being Giles Cooper, credited with nineteen episodes, and Roger East, with twelve.[2]

Directing was similarly shared by sixteen directors, with Gerard Glaister and Terence Williams responsible for eight each, Andrew Osborn seven, and Eric Taylor six.[2] Each episode was shot in black-and-white and lasted 50 minutes, and (as it was made for the BBC) was intended to be screened without commercial breaks. It was shot mainly in studio, though many of the exteriors were filmed on location in Paris.

The haunting theme music was composed by Ron Grainer.[2] Apart from the pilot, all 52 episodes still reside within the BBC's archives.[5]


(with dates of first broadcast on BBC TV)

Pilot episode

Title First shown Based on Notes[6]
Maigret and the Lost Life12 April 1959Inspector Maigret and the Dead Girl (Maigret et la jeune morte)1954 novel: Starring Basil Sydney as Maigret

Series 1

Title First shown Based on Notes[7]
Murder in Montmartre31 October 1960Inspector Maigret and the Strangled Stripper (Maigret au Picratt's)1950 novel: Rupert Davies takes over as Maigret
Unscheduled Departure7 November 1960Maigret Has Scruples (Les scrupules de Maigret)1957 novel
The Burglar's Wife14 November 1960Maigret and the Burglar's Wife (Maigret et le grand perche)1951 novel
The Revolver21 November 1960Maigret's Revolver (Le revolver de Maigret)1952 novel
The Old Lady28 November 1960Maigret and the Old Lady (Maigret et la vieille dame)1950 novel
Liberty Bar5 December 1960Liberty Bar (Liberty Bar)1932 novel
A Man of Quality12 December 1960The Death of Monsieur Gallet (M. Gallett décédé)1931 novel
My Friend the Inspector19 December 1960My Friend Maigret (Mon ami Maigret)1949 novel
The Mistake26 December 1960Maigret's Mistake (Maigret se trompe)1953 novel
On Holiday2 January 1961A Summer Holiday (Les vacances de Maigret)1947 novel
The Experts9 January 1961Inspector Maigret and the Killers (Maigret, Lognon, et les gangsters)1951 novel
The Cactus16 January 1961Maigret Takes a Room (Maigret en meuble)1951 novel
The Children's Party23 January 1961The Crime of Inspector Maigret (Le pendu de St Pholien)1931 novel

Series 2

Title First shown Based on Notes[7]
Shadow Play23 October 1961The Shadow in the Courtyard (L'ombre chinoise)1932 novel
The Simple Case30 October 1961Maigret and the Headless Corpse (Maigret et le corps sans tête)1955 novel
Death of a Butcher6 November 1961Maigret's Failure (Un échec de Maigret)1956 novel
The Winning Ticket13 November 1961Maigret's Dead Man (Maigret et son mort)1948 novel
Inspector Lognon's Triumph20 November 1961Maigret and the Surly Inspector (Maigret et l'inspecteur malgracieux)1946 short story
The Lost Sailor27 November 1961Death of a Harbour Master (Le port des brumes)1932 novel
The Golden Fleece4 December 1961The Lock at Charenton (L'écluse no 1)1933 novel
Raise Your Right Hand11 December 1961Maigret in Court (Maigret aux assises)1959 novel
The Liars18 December 1961Maigret Goes to School (Maigret à l'école)1953 novel
A Crime for Christmas25 December 1961Maigret's Christmas (Un Noël de Maigret)1960 short story
The Reluctant Witnesses1 January 1962Maigret and the Reluctant Witnesses (Maigret et le témoins recalcitrants)1958 novel
The White Hat8 January 1962Madame Maigret's Own Case (L'amie de Mme Maigret)1949 novel
Murder on Monday15 January 1962Maigret and the Man on the Boulevard (Maigret et l'homme du banc)1953 novel

Series 3

Title First shown Based on Notes[7]
Voices from the Past24 September 1962Maigret in Society (Maigret et les vieillards)1960 novel
The Madman of Vervac1 October 1962The Madman of Bergerac (Le fou de Bergerac)1932 novel
The Countess8 October 1962Maigret and the Countess (L'affaire St Fiacre)1932 novel
The Wedding Guest15 October 1962Guinguette by the Seine (Guingette à deux sous)1931 novel
High Politics22 October 1962Maigret and the Minister (Maigret chez le ministre)1954 novel
Love from Felicie29 October 1962Maigret and the Toy Village (Félicie est là)1944 novel
The Dirty House5 November 1962Maigret in Retirement (Maigret se fâche)1945 novel
The Crystal Ball12 November 1962To Any Lengths (Signé Picpus)1944 novel
The Crooked Castle19 November 1962Maigret at the Crossroads (La nuit du carrefour)1931 novel
Death in Mind26 November 1962A Battle of Nerves (La tête d'un homme)1931 novel
Seven Little Crosses3 December 1962Original teleplay
The Trap10 December 1962Maigret Sets a Trap (Maigret tend un piège)1955 novel
The Amateurs17 December 1962Maigret and the Lazy Burglar (Maigret et le voleur paresseux)1961 novel

Series 4

Title First shown Based on Notes[7]
Poor Cecile!1 October 1963Maigret and the Spinster (Cécile est morte)1942 novel
The Fontonay Murders8 October 1963Maigret Afraid (Maigret a peur)1953 novel
The Lost Life15 October 1963Maigret and the Dead Girl (Maigret et la jeune morte)1954 novel: (remake of 1959 pilot)
The Cellars of the Majestic22 October 1963Maigret and the Hotel Majestic (Les caves du Majestic)1942 novel
A Man Condemned29 October 1963Maigret has Doubts (Une confidence de Maigret)1959 novel
The Flemish Shop5 November 1963The Flemish Shop (Chez Flamand)1932 novel
A Taste of Power12 November 1963Maigret's First Case (La première enquête de Maigret, 1913)1948 novel
The Log of the Cap Fagnet19 November 1963The Sailors' Rendezvous (Au rendez-vous des Terre-Neuvas)1931 novel
The Judge's House26 November 1963Maigret in Exile (Le maison du juge)1940 novel
Another World3 December 1963Maigret and the Millionaires (Maigret voyage)1957 novel
The Crime at Lock 1410 December 1963The Crime at Lock 14 (Le charretier de "la Providence")1931 novel
Peter the Lett17 December 1963The Strange Case of Peter the Lett (Pietr-le-Letton)1931 novel
Maigret's Little Joke24 December 1963Maigret's Little Joke (Maigret s'amuse)1956 novel


  1. Rupert Davies at; retrieved 17 May 2016
  2. Maigret: full cast and crew at IMDb; retrieved 17 May 2016
  3. Maigret's faithful four at; retrieved 17 May 2016
  4. Maigret (1960) on Television Heaven
  5. "Maigret at".
  6. Basil Sydney at; retrieved 15 May 2016
  7. Rupert Davies at; retrieved 15 May 2016
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