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Maigret In Montmartre

  • Episode: 

    1 of 1

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 24 Dec 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    8.30pm - 10.25pm
  • Week: 

    Week 52 2017 : Sat 23 Dec - Fri 29 Dec
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    New
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Maigret In Montmartre
 
Short synopsis
 
Maigret investigates the random murders of a Countess and a Showgirl and discovers a dark secret that links their past lives at the Grand Hotel in Nice. 
 
Long synopsis
 
Arlette, a beguiling showgirl from a seedy club in Montmartre arrives at the Quai des Orfevres late one night drunk and claiming she has overheard two men discussing the murder of a Countess whilst she was performing. During initial questioning Arlette is prickly and then overcome with tiredness, she insists on lying down to sleep. Left alone, sometime later she suddenly wakes terrified and screaming the name "Oscar". As Maigret tries to dig a little deeper asking if Oscar is one of the men intending to kill. But Arlette becomes increasingly defensive and suddenly rushes from the building.
 
The next morning news arrives that Arlette has been found murdered in her apartment. 
 
Maigret learns from Coroner Dr Paul that Arlette was strangled by a strong man. Her identity papers are forged and Maigret suspects Arlette had a reason to hide her past. Arriving at the scene, young inspector La Pointe is rendered unaccountably speechless at the sight of the girl. He hurriedly excuses himself and leaves the apartment. Annoyed with himself for failing to appreciate the depth of Arlette's troubles, back at the Quai Maigret vows to catch the killer. But he is interrupted by news that a Countess has also been found strangled in a similar manner.
 
It's a squalid scene and clear the Countess was heavily dependent on morphine. But what's left of the Countess's valuables have been left untouched and a tiara found on the stairs suggest that the killer wasn't after her money. Maigret also finds a bundle of love letters which tell of the Countess's passionate relationship with her husband.
 
Later, Moers checks newspaper records and discovers that the Count apparently committed suicide when he jumped from the balcony of their 10th floor apartment. Gathering that the relationship had soured Maigret wonders whether "the old boy was pushed?" but there's no evidence to suggest it. The Concierge at the Countess’s apartment tells Maigret that the only people to visit the Countess regularly were her doctor, whom she's already summoned and a pathetic rent boy who was most certainly there the night before but whose name she can't recall. Maigret wonders if the boy witnessed the murder. As he leaves the building Maigret meets Doctor Bloch who’s just arrived to attend his patient. Discovering the Countess is dead Bloch is in a hurry to leave but Maigret insists he attends the Quai where he’s questioned about the supply of morphine. Maigret also learns the identity and address of the rent-boy living in a garret above the Countess. His name is Philippe Martinot and together with Janvier, Maigret visits the loft but there’s no sign of the boy.
 
Maigret obsesses over the connection between the two women, and Madame Maigret becomes increasingly frustrated that his investigation is taking over their lives. In the middle of the night Mme Maigret discovers her husband re-staging Arlette's murder in his dining room together they imagine the scenario and work out an explanation for the two types of blood found at the crime scene. Maigret is convinced the killer has unfinished business and will kill again. 
 
At Club Picratt Maigret meets Fred, the owner and his wife Rosa. Rosa is very upset but defensive about the girls. She tells Maigret that earlier in the evening before she died, Arlette was keeping close company with a young man. Could he be the killer? Later Maigret returns to the club to question showgirls Tania and Betty and learns that Arlette's real name was Marie LeFevre.
 
Maigret discovers further relative information which leads his team to Lisieux and Nice and discovers the story of Arlette’s early upbringing which led her to meet the Countess where she became her maid and finds out about a chauffeur named Oscar Bonvoison.
 
Convinced that Philippe can identify Oscar, Maigret tasks Janvier to find the boy and he is eventually cornered near a pissoir in Montmartre. In desperate need of a fix, Philippe is released in the hope that he will act as bait for Oscar and lure him out. 
 
Maigret continues on a journey of discovery to unveil the truth behind the murders.