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Maigret In Montmartre: Rowan Atkinson Interview

“WHAT I’ve had once or twice is people saying:

‘Oh, hello. I know you…what’s your name again?’

“I say, ‘Rowan Atkinson.’

“And they say, ‘No, no, no.’

“A most peculiar idea where you tell people your name and they don’t believe you.

“Or they assume you’re joking. That you’ve made something up.

“For your identity to be denied to your face is potentially quite disturbing.”

Rowan Atkinson talking to me about his experiences on public transport.

During our latest interview ahead of Maigret In Montmartre (ITV, 8:30pm Christmas Eve).

Perhaps the best yet in this series of TV dramas based on the classic Georges Simenon novels. Continue reading

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Maigret: Interviews

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“I hope people find the stories engaging. I think they will.

“I’m quite good at not doing very much on screen.”

Rowan Atkinson talking to me in Budapest last November while working on two major new TV films.

Maigret (ITV, 9pm Easter Monday) marks his debut in the role of the original television detective who set the benchmark for all who followed.

Adapted from the books by legendary author Georges Simenon.

The casting of the Blackadder and Mr Bean star as Chief Inspector Jules Maigret made headlines around the world when it was first announced last year.

It was fascinating to watch his transformation into the French detective during filming in the Hungarian capital.

Doubling for Paris in the 1950s because it looks far more like that city at that time than modern Paris does today.

Darkness had fallen on location at a former Budapest brewery when shooting wrapped for the day.

The moment for me to interview Rowan in his trailer for the ITV press pack / production notes.

He did not disappoint. Continue reading

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Titanic Set Visit

BACK from an amazing week in Hungary, on the Budapest set of ITV1 drama Titanic.

Written by Julian Fellowes, it is due to be screened both in the UK and around the globe in 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic.

Having been bought by a large number of broadcasters, including ABC Network in America.

I was the first journalist on the incredible Stern Studios sets on Monday and the last to leave at the end of the week.

Completing, to date, a total of 22 one-to-one interviews, including 16 principal cast plus Julian and key members of the production team. Continue reading

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