Lucy Mangan has made a witty and spirited demolition job of Rowan Atkinson’s venture into the world of Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret (Last night’s TV, 29 March). From the perspective of someone who read the original novel, Maigret tend un piège, in the original language, I am amazed that she found the action slow. The story is powerful and dramatic, with surprising twists that make it far from a plodding story, and bravely exploits the murky world of the human subconscious. The atmosphere and the very “1950s” attitude towards women struck me as well-researched, particularly as I spent six months in Paris at about that time. Could she have watched the live broadcast version, with its interminable advertisements, rather than an advert-free cut produced for the critics? In which case, everything afflicted by the necessary evil of advertising would appear slow.