It may look like Paris but the ITV adaptation is actually filmed in the Hungarian capital.
Last Easter, Rowan Atkinson stepped into the shoes and heavy coat of Jules Maigret for the first time.
Like creator Georges Simenon’s books, the ITV adaptations plunge viewers into 1950s Paris. You can almost smell the puffs of smoke from the inspector’s trademark pipe. And yet Atkinson barely sets foot in France’s capital: they’re mostly filmed in the “Paris of the East”, Budapest, and the Hungarian countryside.
“Paris isn’t much like it was in 1955,” Atkinson explained. “Budapest is much more like it was in 1955, where you can actually find grass growing up between the cobbles in the streets. There’s an awful lot of street furniture in Western Europe that you don’t find in Eastern Europe.”