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5.0 out of 5 stars Maigret is Midsomer's Nettles-like in sleuthing and acting, January 15, 2013
This review is from: Maigret: Complete Collection (DVD)
Georges Simenon's novel sleuth, Maigret, comes alive through actor Sir Michael Gambon, some declare to be the finest Maigret ever. It's period Paris underworld of crime. 12 episodes adapted from among 75 novels and 28 short stories of Simenon. Novel sleuth Maigret first appeared in 1930. Some episodes appear to be 30s while others are certainly mid 50s. Stumbling on this DVD set of UK TV crime is a delight. It proves again, nobody televises murder better than the UK, even in 1992-3. Realistic sets (though filmed in Budapest), costumes, props, cases, and dialogue.

Maigret displays characteristics making this series appear the forerunner of Midsomer Murders: Village Case Files. Did Midsomer (1997-today) use Maigret as a blueprint? The style of sleuthing, even hubby/wife relations (actress of Mrs Barnaby actually appears in an episode), and the heavily peppering (like the who's who) of UK guest stars, make both great series look similar. CI Maigret is the early sleuth master of using psychology, a victim sympathizer, very polite, and constantly puffing his Briar. Supporting regular cast: Lucas (Geoffrey Hutchins); Janvier (Jack Galloway); LaPointe (James Larkin) and too many guest stars to name them all.

SDH SUBTITLES for all episodes, each short of an hour. Lengthy, sorry, but a lot of guest loaded stories.
1: The Patience of Maigret - Maigret's arch-rival thief, Malmari (Trevor Pemock), heists jewels for the 73rd time but then it's a murder case. The criminal's mistress (Cheryl Campbell) assists in this apartment bldg crime. Also guest staring Ron Cook (Little Dorrit) and Paul Bigley). Ciaran Madden (Fortunes of War) plays Mme Maigret in four 1992 episodes.
2: Maigret and the Burglar's Wife - Con discovers a shot female while burgling which sends him into hiding. His wife (Sandy Ratcliff) goes to the cops who begin investigating--but without a body.
3: Maigret Goes to School - Small village murder of venomess postmistress busy-body finds a suspected teacher wanting cleared. His wife is Joanna David (First Among Equals) & local Capt. is Adrian Lukis (Pride & Prejudice). Beautiful oyster village scenes.
4: Maigret and the Mad Woman - Paranoid old Mme Antoine (Marjorie Summerville- `Little Dorrit) is suffocated, proving her previous claims dead-right. Maigret feels guilt.
5: Maigret on Home Ground - A crime threatened during mass in Maigret's home town. The warning note encourages Maigret's attendance on all Saints Day.
6: Maigret Sets a Trap - 5th young girl serial murder in Montmarte. Killer escapes a trap which leaves a clue linking a son of a doting mama (Ann Mitchell- `Eastenders') as the suspect. Is the arrest false? Also see an early role by Catherine Russell (Inspector Lynley).
7: Maigret and the Night Club Dancer - A drunk stripper (Minnie Driver) reports a planned murder but recants before the murder. The stripper's madam is Brenda Blethyn (Vera) and an addict is Michael Sheen (`The Queen').
8: Maigret and the Hotel Majestic - A rich American (Michael Shannon- We'll Meet Again) wife strangled in hotel kitchen. A prostitute (Toyah Willcox) attacks Maigret. Michael J. Jackson (Wish Me Luck: Complete Collection) and John Kavanagh are guest stars.
9: Maigret on the Defensive - Attacked in the middle of the night, caller gets Maigret rushing to her aid with dire consequences. Episode is 1954 time set. A stomatologist nurse played by Deborah Findlay- `Cranford'). Cranford's Barbara Flynn also now becomes the inspector's wife for episodes 9, 10, & 11. A recognizable porter is John Cater (Duchess of Duke Street) and Pip Torrens (Dorian Gray - War Horse) is Chief Comm.
10: Maigret's Boyhood Friend - Florentin (Edward Petherbridge- The Brief Complete Collection), old school chum, asks the detective to find his lover's killer--amid 5 lovers, all suspect, all guest stars. One is Peter Blythe (Rumpole of the Bailey).
11: Maigret and the Minister - Children's sanatorium collapse kills 62. A predicting engineer's report is stolen. Watch for Madame Gaudry (Jane Wymark- Poldark: The Complete Collection and Midsomer M.)
12: Maigret and the Maid - Retiree shot to death. 1955 casket date. A sassy testy 24-yr-old female witness (Susie Lindeman) claims neither being daughter, mistress, or maid. Local Insp. Is Paul Moriaty- (Eastenders). Another suspect played by Tony Rohr (Les Mis 2012).
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Initial post: Sep 6, 2013 3:45:43 PM PDT
Carlos tosca says:
Are we in miami, fl in area 1 for DVD purposes? Please someone let me now.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2013 8:33:38 PM PDT
Harold Wolf says:
USA & Canada is Region One. Europe is Region Two.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 8:10:24 AM PST
I said exactly the same thing about Maigret comparing to Tom Barnaby--same style indeed

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2014 5:18:13 AM PDT
mckavitt says:
Strange & amused to read that you find similarities between Maigret & Barnaby. Hadn't thought of that. For me, not the slightest comparison between the two, except that they are both happily married, yes, both still in love with their wives, who support them cheerily, but that ends it. Maybe that's enough! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2014 11:41:01 AM PDT
Harold Wolf says:
Also strange and amusing, mckavitt, is that you see little comparison twixt Maigret & Barnaby; but the comment just prior to yours, from Judy gallegos, agrees with me. We all have opinions, all are valid, all good. Makes life interesting. Regardless, both Barnaby and Maigret are series that should be enjoyed.
Thanks to both of you for commenting. HW

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2014 9:51:43 AM PDT
Not all opinions are valid and good. That's my opinion.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 8:52:52 PM PDT
inthefoam says:
Midsomer Murders was mere entertainment virtually no thematic insights or depth. Nettles got a great role, but one that could have been botched by many actors. I have watched all the episodes, including the ones with Dudgeon as the lead character. Unfortunately, much as fans of Midsomer wanted the new ones without Nettles to succeed they just don't make it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2014 8:59:08 PM PDT
I agree with what you said.
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