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Budapest doubles for Paris in second series of Maigret

MaigretPeriod drama Maigret for UK broadcaster ITV is once again set to use Budapest as the main filming locations when shooting gets up and running in November. 

The Hungarian capital doubles for 1950s Paris in the show, which stars Rowan Atkinson as the sombre French detective. 

Filming on the first series, which comprised two feature-length episodes, was also based in Budapest, with just a few scenes shot in Paris itself as the Seine was more appropriate for some scenes than the Danube. 

Although there are several UK HoDs heading to Hungary for the three-month shoot, many local crew will also be attached, including location managers

Stewart Harcourt hs written the adaptation of the first feature-length film in the new series, based on Georges Simenon’s novel Night At The Crossroads. Guy Andrews is writing the second stand-alone episode. 

Simenon’s son, John, is among the executive producers, working alongside Barnaby Thompson, Harcourt and Jeremy Gwilt. 

Hungary offers producers an attractive 25% rebate based on their expenditure in the country, a fact which has considerably boosted the country’s production profile. Its world-class studio facilities add to the appeal, drawing in high-profile productions such as Ridley Scott’s The Martian, which used Korda Studios

For more on filming in Hungary, head over to our production guide