This Tuesday, November 15, Canal broadcasts the film Maigret in the first part of the evening. It is Gérard Depardieu who plays the famous police officer in this feature film directed by Patrice Leconte. The actor plays a tired Superintendent Maigret, who has to stop smoking on the advice of his doctor. The latter must however investigate the murder of a woman in her twenties. Problem, the victim has no element to identify him.

Superintendent Jules Maigret is a key figure in detective literature. He is the hero of 75 novels and 28 short stories. Physically recognizable, the character, imagined by the Belgian novelist Georges Simenon, always wears a hat and an overcoat. He is also a great blowjob lover.

Superintendent Maigret has known several faces on screen. In the cinema, Pierre Renoir was the first actor to have played the famous investigator of the Quai des Orfèvres. The film was called The Night at the Crossroads (1932). It was an adaptation of the novel by Georges Simenon. Like Gérard Depardieu, other great actors have interpreted the role of Jules Maigret such as Harry Baur, Albert Préjean, Michel Simon and Jean Gabin.

On the small screen, Commissioner Maigret has seen several adaptations around the world. In Great Britain, Rupert Davies played the investigator between 1960 and 1963, followed by Michael Gambon between 1992 and 1993 and by Rowan Atkinson, known for his cult role of Mr. Bean, between 2016 and 2018. In France, Jean Richard played the investigator in the series entitled Les Enquêtes du commissaire Maigret between 1967 and 1990. He gave way to Bruno Cremer in the series simply renamed Maigret between 1991 and 2005.

In our slideshow below, discover the different great actors who played Commissioner Maigret on screen.