Friday, 8 March 2013

Recalling 1963: Maigret Meets A Milord, Penguin Books,1963

Strange that out of all the casualties of television programmes that are missing from the 1960s including episodes of Dixon of Dock Green, Z Cars, Doctor Who, Top Of The Pops, The Likely Lads  and others, virtually every episode of the detective series Maigret broadcast between 1960 and 1963 survives.

Actor Rupert Davies enthralled audiences each week as French writer Simenon's super sleuth that he was even brought back for a one-off special in 1969.

Curiously Maigret has rarely been repeated since the 60s and has niether been released on video or DVD. I recall catching a repeat back in the 80s and would certainly welcome the chance to see a few more.

In the meantime I will have to make do with this Penguin book I found last weekend. Published in 1963 to tie-in with the TV series (and featuring Rupert Davies as Maigret on the cover) this title, Maigret Meets a Milord features several of Simenon's early Maigret stories translated into English.


1 comment:

  1. I suspect that the Maigret episode you saw was the one repeated as part of the TV50 celebrations. I think its one I still have on VHS somewhere. Although writing about a French detective Simenon was of course of Belgian origin.



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