Around the World in 80 Days: David Tennant cast as Phileas Fogg in BBC adaptation of Jules Verne classic

The BBC’s new eight-part adaptation of Jules Verne’s Around The World in 80 Days, starring David Tennant, is coming to TV in 2021.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 8 July 2021 - 5.27pm
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Ibrahim Koma

BBC David Tennant, Leonie Benesch and Ibrahim Koma in Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World In 80 Days, Jules Verne's classic novel, is being adapted into an eight-part TV series for the BBC.

David Tennant leads the cast, playing literature’s greatest explorer Phileas Fogg, in a globe-trotting adventure that is one of the most-anticipated TV shows of 2021.

Here is everything you need to know about Around the World in 80 Days…

What is the release date of David Tennant’s Around The World in 80 Days?

The series is expected to start in autumn 2021.

Production was delayed on the series due to the global pandemic, but in March 2021, production company Slim Film+Television confirmed filming was finished.

Who is in the cast of Around the World in 80 Days?

David Tennant, who will play Phileas Fogg in the new Around the World in 80 Days Getty

David Tennant, the award-winning actor and star of series such as Broadchurch, Jessica Jones, Doctor Who and Good Omens, will lead the cast as intrepid explorer Philieas Fogg as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.

Joining Tennant is rising French star Ibrahim Koma (Je Suis Daddy, Mother Is Wrong), who takes on the role of the mercurial Passepartout: an irrepressible chancer who falls into the role of Fogg’s ‘valet’, little knowing it will change his life forever.

Leonie Benesch (The Crown, White Ribbon) plays Abigail Fix, the young journalist determined to make her mark in a man’s world and emerge from the long shadow of her British establishment father.

The impressive cast will also include Jason Watkins (Des), Peter Sullivan (Poldark), Lindsay Duncan (A Discovery Of Witches), Dolly Wells (Dracula), Richard Wilson (Merlin), Faical Elkihel (The Spy), Anthony Flanagan (The Terror), Gary Beadle (Patrick Melrose) and Giovanni Scifoni (DOC – Nelle Tue Mani).

Ashley Pharoah (Life On Mars, Ashes to Ashes) leads the writing team on the series.

What is the story of Around the World in 80 Days?

Around the World in 80 Days poster with David Tennant playing Phileas Fogg BBC

Following an outrageous bet, Fogg and his valet, Passepartout, take on the legendary challenge of circumnavigating the globe in just 80 days.

They are swiftly joined by aspiring journalist Abigail Fix, who seizes the chance to report on this extraordinary story.

Previous adaptations of the novel have included Steve Coogan and Jackie Chan’s 2004 movie and a 1980s TV mini-series with Pierce Brosnan as Fogg.

Around the World in 80 Days trailer

We’re still waiting for the first trailer for the series to be revealed.

Around the World in 80 Days is coming to the BBC in 2021.

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