Nicholas Le Prevost stars as the French detective in four new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatizations. These new adaptations of classic stories find Maigret recreating four memorable cases for his creator Georges Simenon.
In 'Maigret: A Man's Head', a convicted man is allowed to escape, then followed by police investigating a double murder. Maigret finds himself entering glittering society and a war of nerves with a suspect.
'The Bar on the Seine' sees a condemned man telling Maigret about a riverside drinking hole where a murderer lurks undetected. Pursuing the clue, Maigret witnesses a death and discovers a much older crime....
'My Friend Maigret' finds Maigret investigating the murder of a tramp on the French island of Porquerolles - but he is hampered by the attentions of Inspector Pyke of Scotland Yard.
Finally, in 'Madame Maigret's Own Case', when Madame Maigret makes a friend outside her dentist's office, she stumbles upon the resolution of one of her husband's most stubborn investigations.
©2011 Georges Simenon (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd
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"A bit let down."
Maigret (Simenon) is a master at this type of tale. I was not able to get deeply into the story as the acting seemed to me to be distracting from the story.
"Maigret a French Phillip Marlowe?"
I have read some Maigret - but didn't really enjoy him. This dramatisation with Nicholas Le Provost made me realise how much I'd been missing. He's a bit like a French Phillip Marlowe - but more philosophical.
I listened to another dramatisation from the BBC with Maurice Denham who is a favourite actor after great performances as Le Carre's Smiley and as Rumpole. Le Provost is different - and less world weary - but he still brings class to this classic detective role.
Not before this.
Nothing dramatic. I was engaged and entertained.
Another good dramatisation from the Beeb.
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