Maigret's Dead Man

Synopsis: A series of vicious, murderous attacks on three wealthy farms in Picardy hit the national headlines and the elite Brigade Criminelle at the Quay Des Orfevres is called upon to lend its expertise in tracking down the brutal gang responsible for the slaughter. However, Inspector Maigret is resolute in investigating the murder of an obscure anonymous Parisian, an investigation that ultimately solves both crimes.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Jon East
Production: Ealing Studios
88 min

Thank you for your help.

Who's done this?

It feels like an underworld job,


A settling of scores.

Who is he? He had nothing in his

pockets, Chief, no wallet or


Looking at how they've wrecked

his face,

I'm not sure even his own mother

would recognise him. That's how

they do it.

Watch the chief. He's going to get

in the van with this one.

No, he won't.

He will.

This one's got under his skin.

I'll stay with him.

Thank you.

Do you have to smoke

while we're doing this? Hmm.

Antiseptic in the air.

Where did you qualify?

Is his suit handmade?

It's off-the-peg, average stuff.

He's poor all right,

or at least his childhood was.

How can you tell?

By looking at his teeth.

Where did you qualify?

What else, Paul?

His hands don't suggest

any particular occupation.

They're well-kept. He's got tender

feet though, with dropped arches,

They're well-kept. He's got tender

which indicates a life standing up.

Any scars on the body?

Any old wounds?

I don't think he's underworld,


Time of death?

Between eight and ten last night.

Well, good night, gentlemen.

What did they damage his face with?

Something heavy. Not fists.

After he died?

Yeah, that's right.

It was the knife that killed him

but...'s like he's been held down

and operated on.

The bruises on the arms,

this knife wound to the heart.

It's vicious, Maigret.

I'd like to get a mortician

to reconstruct his face,

see if we can get

a recognisable photograph.

All right. I'm going to open him up

and see what he last ate.

Those of a weak disposition

should look away.

We need to find the

cream-and-blue Citroen.

Janvier, take a man

and do nothing else. Hmm, Chief.

And I want witnesses from the bars

from which the dead man called.

Are people going to recognise him

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Stewart Harcourt

Stewart Harcourt is a British screenwriter and showrunner. He has created, written, and executive produced the series Maigret (ITV, 2016), Agatha Raisin (Sky, 2016), Love and Marriage (ITV, 2013), Jericho (ITV, 2005) and Hearts and Bones (BBC, 2000-2001). He has written screenplays for Agatha Christie's shows Poirot and Marple, and also adapted the novels Treasure Island for Sky, Dracula for BBC, and Churchill's Secret for ITV. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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