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GEORGES SIMENON & MAIGRET: A BRILLIANT COMBINATION!
on December 24, 2013
As a teenager in the sixties I was a fanatical viewer of the old BBC-TV series of "Maigret" starring Rupert Davies (allegedly Georges Simenon's personal favourite of the many actors who portrayed his famous creation) and featuring Ron Grainer's unforgettable theme music. Through the years I have collected and read countless Maigret's and loved them all: gripping psychological portraits of all aspects of French crime and its participants. They are unique crime novels by an incredibly prolific writer. This French series is remarkably faithful to the original books and I think Simenon would very much have liked Bruno Cremer as his pipe smoking, methodical and likeable policeman. The art directors have certainly worked overtime in creating the look of the 50's; mainly filmed in the Czech and Slovak Republics. I highly recommend this series to readers of Simenon who appreciate thoughtful and probing crime dramas. There is little violence; just good old-fashioned plotting and character study. Obviously some episodes are better than others but I suggest you absorb some slow moments to appreciate the excellent overall results. This series is also a good primer for those who haven't read any Maigret novels. Go online now and search the second-hand/antiquarian bookshops. You won't be disappointed by Simenon's brilliant works.