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David Tennant to Star in BBC’s Around the World in 80 Days

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The BBC has acquired the Around the World in 80 Days series from Slim film+television and Federation Entertainment. David Tennant will play literature’s greatest explorer, Phileas Fogg, in the epic eight-episode, hour-long adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic.

The world renowned and multi-award winning actor, whose credits include Broadchurch, Jessica Jones, Doctor Who and Good Omens, will lead the cast and travel the world as the intrepid explorer who takes on the adventure of a lifetime.

Following an outrageous bet, Fogg and his valet, Passepartout, take on the legendary journey of circumnavigating the globe in just 80 days, swiftly joined by aspiring journalist Abigail Fix, who seizes the chance to report on this extraordinary story.

Joining Tennant to complete the valiant trio are 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, and Leonie Benesch (The Crown, White Ribbon) playing 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 series, which is adapted by a team of renowned writers led by Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, The Living and the Dead) and Caleb Ranson (Child of Mine, Heartless) starts filming in February 2020.

Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, says: “This is such an exciting project. There is an amazing team both in front and behind the camera and we cannot wait to see their ambitious interpretation of this classic novel for a new generation.”

Around the World in 80 Days is a Slim film+television and Federation Entertainment co-production with additional co-production partners, Palladium Pictures in South Africa, and Daro Film, associate producer. It was acquired from Slim film+television and Federation Entertainment by Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition. Film, television and music video director Steve Barron (The Durrells, Treasure Island, Dreamkeeper) will be lead director with Charles Beeson (The Mentalist, Supernatural) also lined up to direct a number of episodes. The executive producers are Simon Crawford Collins for Slim film+television and Lionel Uzan and Pascal Breton for Federation.

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Mirko Parlevliethttp://VitalThrills.com
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded VitalThrills.com to cover movie, TV, video game, music, and theme park news.

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