All the 1960-63 series exists (including a lot of uncut studio footage), plus the 1969 "Play of the Month" revival. The only BBC "Maigret" that is lost is the 1959 single play (not starring Rupert Davies) that preceded the series.
Actually, wasn't there some form of deal with the BBC and Simenon that the films had to be junked after transmission (or am I getting very confused)? If so, how did the full set of them manage to survive?
Post by andrew martin on Nov 30, 2005 11:04:15 GMT
I think you must be confused! I'm not aware of any such deal, and it would be pretty incredible if a series has survived so comprehensively if there had been such a deal. The series was a co-production with a company called Winmill Productions, it's possible that deal contributed to its survival as it might well have been impossible for the BBC to junk them... Even if the 35mm material had been junked, the 16mm copies (many of them are ex foreign broadcasters) would probably have ensured the series' survival.