Maigret is the name of a fictional detective in books by George Simenon. He was a prolific author and his series starring Jules Maigret was the post popular of the hundreds of novels he published.
I first came upon Maigret portrayed by Bruno Cremer, who like the current actor portraying him Rowan Atkinson, presents him has quiet, doesn’t waste words, very intelligent, and very dedicated to his job and the men working under him. Whereas the second actor I saw portray the French detective Michael Gambon . His portrayal still leaned toward the other two but his Jules could be more talkative and willing to work away from his desk.
Also, all three present his home life along side work breaking things up nicely. Only the Atkinson series has referred to a child that died young. Otherwise each series pretty much sticks to the same formula as the other in terms of story. There are slight differences of course but generally the solving of the case is the same. Out of the three series I have watched I like Gambon best in the role. Cremer was good and Atkinson is too however, I prefer Gambon’s portrayal because he did not always portray the detective as grim, he did have a lighter side, and would smile now and again.