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Rowan Atkinson hints at a return for TV drama Maigret after it was dropped by ITV

‘I don’t rule out more filming’: Rowan Atkinson hints at a return for TV drama Maigret… which was dropped by ITV after just four episodes

He played the eponymous Superintendent in TV Drama Maigret.

And Rowan Atkinson has hinted at a return for the 2016 whodunnit, which was dropped by ITV after just four episodes over two seasons.

The 67-year-old actor told The Daily Mail’s Alison Boshoff that he “wouldn’t rule out filming more,” admitting it wasn’t his decision to cancel.

Open to it: Rowan Atkinson, 67, has hinted at a return for TV drama Maigret… which was dropped by ITV after just four episodes

“It wasn’t my decision to pull the plug,” Rowan said of the pipe-smoking detective’s death.

“That was up to ITV, who kind of made a judgment about what kind of shows they wanted to make and I guess how well – or not – our show went down. It was their privilege; and it is not for me to raise any defense against that decision. But never say never. I don’t rule out more filming.’

Set in 1950s France, the show launched over Christmas 2016 but disappeared from our screens less than a year later.

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From above: ‘It wasn’t my decision to pull the plug,’ said Rowan of the pipe-smoking detective’s death

Open: never say never.  I don't rule out more filming,

Open: never say never. I don’t rule out more filming,” Rowan continued

It was based on books by Georges Simenon, published between 1931 and 1972, and featured his famous fictional French detective Jules Maigret.

Back in 2021, radio times reported that a new Maigret series is in the works, from Colin Callender’s BAFTA-winning production company Playground Entertainment.

While few details were revealed about the new series, the publication reported that Playground has the rights to all 75 novels and 28 short stories based on the detective.

Rowan addressed claims that he is notoriously picky in his roles during a recent conversation with express.co.ukadmits that he must have “total confidence” in a project.

Projects: Rowan addressed claims he is notoriously picky in his roles during a recent chat with Express.co.uk, admitting that he must have 'total confidence' in a project

Projects: Rowan addressed claims he is notoriously picky in his roles during a recent chat with Express.co.uk, admitting that he must have ‘total confidence’ in a project

“I’m very happy to be working, but I need to work on something that I have full faith, belief and understanding,” he explained.

‘It must inspire me, I think I must want to do it, [for example] The Johnny English movies and the Mr Bean movies.’

And admitting that he needs recovery time after starring in a project, Rowan later explained, “I feel completely dead creatively after projects, which is why it takes me three months or six months to think about nothing.”

Inspired: 'It must inspire me, I think I must want to do it, [for example] The Johnny English movies and the Mr Bean movies,

Inspired: ‘It must inspire me, I think I must want to do it, [for example] The Johnny English movies and the Mr Bean movies,” he shared

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