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Maigret - Series 1 And 2 - Complete  [DVD]
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The complete first and second series of the 1990s TV drama starring Michael Gambon as the famed Belgian detective Inspector Maigret. Includes the episodes: 'The Patience of Maigret', 'Maigret and the Burglar's Wife', 'Maigret Goes to School', 'Maigret and the Mad Woman', 'Maigret on Home Ground', 'Maigret Sets a Trap', 'Maigret and the Nightclub Dancer', 'Maigret and the Hotel Majestic', 'Maigret on the Defensive', 'Maigret's Boyhood Friend', 'Maigret and the Minister' and 'Maigret and the Maid'.
An absolute must for fans of Georges Simenon's beloved sleuth, Inspector Jules Maigret, this four-volume Maigret Collection is the finest detective series from Granada Television since the late Jeremy Brett gave us his definitive portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the 1980s. The masterful Michael Gambon is the latest in a long tradition of familiar leading men (from Jean Gabin to Richard Harris) who have played Simenon's blunt but humane, occasionally whimsical, and magnificently insightful investigator. Yet Gambon is perhaps uniquely suited to the part: a popular star with none of the baggage of a brand-name icon or the self-effacing obligations of a character actor. He captures perfectly Maigret's measured but hardly inscrutable presence in the eruptive underworld of Paris crime.
Among the 12 episodes here is "Maigret and the Burglar's Wife", which does honour to Simenon's compassionate tale of a retiring thief whose accidental encounter with a corpse sets in motion one of Maigret's most intense psychological duels. The equally compelling "Maigret's Boyhood Friend" finds the detective on a case drawing suspicion to an old school chum, while "Maigret Sets a Trap" is a wonderful production of Simenon's puzzler about a serial killer whose patterns of motivation and action must be deciphered before he can be caught. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The next time you're in Paris and feel like an aperitif you'll find one of Maigret's bars in the Place des Vosges.
I do not know much about the back history of Maigret, but nearly twenty years after this adaptation was made, I have thoroughly enjoyed these two 6-episode series wishing there was more. I would have to say that some episodes are better or more appealing than others, but that is true of any series, and opinions will vary as to the best episodes.
Granada, producers of the excellent Sherlock Holmes series, have shown their talent for crime series and made another significant contribution to both crime television and television in general. I will soon be watching The Singing Detective (bought when first came out on DVD but still not seen) as I want to watch more Michael Gambon.
Michael Gambon is brilliant -as is the supporting cast- and the episodes have a timeless quality to them. The writing is first class and the characterisation fairly faithful to the books. Nothing is overblown or out of place and you never feel that scenes have been written to give an actor the chance 'to shine'! Good old fashioned -in the best possible sense - tv writing and acting!!
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Does not have subtitles, which makes it a bit hard taken into account that the audio is not too clear. Also, the qulity of the video is not too good. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Hannah J.
A Classic version encompassing the brilliance of Michael Gambon in the leading role of Maigret..Published 3 months ago by Alfred Nestor
INTELLIGENT STORIES WITH A VERY LIKABLE CAST. FOUR DISC'S WITH THREE EPISODES PER DISC. THE AUDIO/VIDEO QUALITY IS EXCELLENT. I ONLY WHICH THERE WERE A HUNDMORE EPISODES.Published 5 months ago by Stephen D. Hayes
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