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Included in this collection are the first 12 episodes from the series, originally broadcast in 1992 and starring the masterful British actor Michael Gambon (now Sir Michael Gambon) as Maigret of the Paris Surete. Among the programs is "Maigret and the Burglar's Wife," which does honor 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.
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. --Tom Keogh
F.Y.I.: This collection has been issued 3 times. Each edition is identical including quality. You can buy it on Amazon for $49.62. Do not pay this outrageous price ($460. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bryan Brodie
I bought this mainly because Michael Gambon plays in this role. I watched them and found them not to be quite as good as Poirot/Midsomer Murders etc, but I still enjoyed them. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2012 by Duchess
Nice to see something more gentle for a change and the stories are good all over again. Michael Gambon is great as usual.Published on Nov. 9 2011 by sally
As with the other reviews, I would agree. This one tests your own detective skills and unfolds in sutle and intriguing ways. Set in post war France it is also great to look at. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2009 by Paul D. Leney
I've read several reviews complaining about the picture quality in this set--perhaps it could have been a little sharper--but all things considered, I didn't have any problem with... Read morePublished on June 4 2004 by "vanhubris"
The Agatha Christie novels are justifiably among the greatest mystery novels of our time. But it is equally clear that P.D. Read morePublished on April 23 2003 by Bob Michaels
Michael Gambon is wonderful as Chief Inspector Maigret in this series of mysteries originally broadcast on A&E. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2002 by Jennifer M.