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Play of the Month: Maigret at Bay


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by Georges Simenon
Television play by Donald Bull
[Starring] Rupert Davies
with Helen Shingler, Neville Jason, Gillian Hills, Yootha Joyce
Music by Ron GRAINER
Script editor, Rosemary Hill Designer, Eileen Diss

Maigret at Bay
Rupert Davies returns in his most famous role for Play of the Month's presentation of Simenon's recent Maigret novel - tonight at 8.15

Even Commissaire Maigret must get old one day, and in Maigret at Bay he is beginning to feel his age.
He is, naturally, as busy as ever and particularly concerned with a chain of daring jewel-robberies. But, all the same, he is only five years off retirement and a little worried about his weight, his insomnia, his restless habit of looking out of windows, which Dr. Pardon says is a symptom of claustrophobia.
Mme. Maigret thinks they should be looking round for a cottage in the country; a place where property is still reasonable and the fishing good.
It is unfortunate for Maigret that he should be having one of his wakeful nights when a girl called Nicole telephones him. She is a stranger to Paris and obviously very distressed. She has fallen into bad company and been doped and robbed.
Maigret goes to her rescue-after all, he's not sleepy! The next day he is summoned to the Prefet - a new-broom who disapproves of Maigret's highly personal methods - and is handed a deposition made by Nicole in which she accuses Maigret of attempted rape....
Donald Bull, himself one-time editor of the Maigret series, has dramatised Simenon's novel and explored every twist and turn of its ingenious story. And by the time Dr. Pardon comes to his old friend Maigret's fiftieth birthday dinner, perhaps the Commissaire no longer feels quite so ready for the grass or that '... every time I pass an angler on the quays, I see myself in five years' time.' ROSEMARY HILL


Author: Georges Simenon
Television play by: Donald Bull
Music: Ron Grainer
Script Editor: Rosemary Hill
Designer: Eileen Diss
Producer: Cedric Messina
Director: William Slater
Commissaire Maigret: Rupert Davies
Madame Maigret: Helen Shingler
Lapointe: Neville Jason
Nicole Prieur: Gillian Hills
Mademoiselle Motte: Yootha Joyce
Aline Palmari: Mary Webster
Manuel Palmari: Clive Cazes
Dr Francois Melan: Tony Harwood
Dr Pardon: Geoffrey Morris
Professeur Vivier: Martin Miller
Acolant: Hans de Vries
Director of P J: Charles Leno
Préfet de Police: Donald Pickering
Oscar Coutant: Murray Evans
Philippe Landry: Victor Langley
Jean-Baptiste Prieur: Kenneth Benda
Désiré: Steven Zammit
Hotel porter: Ian Gray
Hotel manageress: Ann Tirard
Maigret's shadow: Leonardo Pieroni
Wine waiter: Stanley Davies
Sergeant Julien: Geoff Cheshire
Police Surgeon: Walter Horsbrugh
Inspector Barnacle: Marc Barrett
Police Inspector: Robin Scott

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Play of the Month: Maigret at Bay

BBC One London, 9 February 1969 20.15

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