ITV has cancelled Rowan Atkinson’s ‘Maigret’ after two seasons

It’s emerged that ITV will not be making any more episodes of Maigret.

Adapted from the books by Georges Simenon, the series of feature-length TV movies starred Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean, Blackadder) as legendary French fictional detective Jules Maigret.

Atkinson made his debut as Maigret in March 2016 with ‘Maigret Sets a Trap’, followed by ‘Maigret’s Dead Man’ and ‘Maigret’s Night at the Crossroads’.

The most recent instalment, ‘Maigret in Montmartre’, aired last Christmas on ITV and pulled in nearly 6 million viewers.

An ITV spokersperson confirmed: “We’ve no current plans for further Maigret films. Rowan Atkinson is also committed to other projects.”

All four episodes are available to buy on DVD now.

Author Georges Simenon had written 75 novels featuring the character by the time of his death in 1989.

ITV reportedly hoped that the series could be a replacement for its long-running Poirot adaptations, which concluded in 2013.