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David Tennant - Around The World In Eighty Days

David Tennant - Around The World In Eighty Days

David Tennant will star as Phileas Fogg in the television adaption of Around The World In Eighty Days.

It is a new television adaptation of the Jules Verne novel and is a France T�l�visions co-production as part of Alliance which is a partnership with RAI and ZDF which aims to to develop international projects. It is also co-produced by Slim Film and Television in London.

The eight episode series will be shot in English and filming is scheduled to start on Monday 24th February 2020. Filming will take place in South Africa and Budapest (4 episodes in each location). It is expected to premiere in late Autumn 2020.

Originally Ahmed Sylla was announced to play the role of Passepartout and that was later changed to French comedian and actor Ibrahim Koma. However his name is now no longer linked to the show and no replacement has yet been announced.

The series is being adapted by writers including Ashley Pharoah (Life On Mars) and Caleb Ranson (Child Of Mine). Steve Barron (The Durrells) will be lead director with Charles Beeson (The Mentalist) directing a number of episodes.

It will air on the BBC in the UK with France�s Federation Entertainment handling distribution rights to the drama which will also air on France T�l�visions, Germany�s ZDF, Italy�s RAI and on Channel 7 in Australia. No American network has been attached to the production yet.

The budget for each episode is �3 million.

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July 2020
Variety reports the broadcast of Around The World In Eighty Days 'has now been put back a year to Christmas 2021.'
The article also says:
'One episode (of eight) is in the bag and there are, theoretically, choices about which territory the globe-trotting drama returns to, with Romania, France and Italy among the scheduled locations of its episodically-planned shoot.
However, despite the country’s intensive lockdown due to many densely populated areas, producer Simon Crawford Collins reckons it has to be South Africa, where cameras first rolled at Cape Town Film Studios in February.
"There are so many unknowns everywhere else. We’re already relying on the goodwill of a big Netflix show going into the studio after us that uses the same construction manager. The cost of shutting down has been in the millions — we’ve had 24-hour security guards on our sets since February."
The series has more than 100 speaking parts and Slim Film+TV is in regular talks with the cast, including lead David Tennant, about their welfare and availability. According to Crawford Collins the one upside is that having enjoyed the experience prior to lockdown, everyone has a real determination to get back.
' Updated 17/7

At the Serie Series festival in France today it was announced that filming will soon resume on Around The World In 80 Days.
It was also announced that the broadcast of the 8 episode series will be delayed until 2021 (previously it was scheduled for late 2020). Updated 2/7


June 2020
BBC Sounds has audio of the David Tennant and Dame Judi Dench interview about the future of theatre, All Around The World In Eighty Days and Good on last night�s Coronavirus Newscast.
David's part starts at 17 minutes. Updated 26/6

David Tennant revealed on Coronavirus Newscast that they had filmed one and a half episodes of Around The World In 80 Days before lockdown started.
He did not give any update on his forthcoming play Good.
Performances for that are scheduled to start in October. Updated 25/6

David Tennant and Dame Judi Dench will discuss the future of theatre on tonight�s Coronavirus Newscast on BBC News Channel at 9.25pm.
The show is repeated on BBC One at 11.45pm. Updated 25/6


April 2020
TVInside has a new (short) interview with David Tennant which is mainly about Deadwater Fell.
David was also asked about how different shooting Around The World In 80 Days (which he was filming in South Africa at the time the interview was conducted).
David's reply was 'Today, we were on the Atlantis dunes in Cape Town, which are these endless rolling vistas of white sand. We've had camels. We've had things exploding. So far, it's been enormous fun. But yes, very different.' Updated 4/4


March 2020
Deadline reports that, not surprisingly, filming on Around The World In 80 Days has suspended its South Africa shoot as a precaution against the Coronavirus crisis. Updated 17/3


February 2020
Filming is scheduled to start today on Around The World In Eighty Days.
But who will play Passepartout?
Originally Ahmed Sylla was announced to play the role of Passepartout and that was later changed to French comedian and actor Ibrahim Koma. However his name is now no longer linked to the show and no replacement has yet been announced. Updated 24/2


January 2020
Filming on Around The World In 80 Days is scheduled to start on Monday 24th February according to a press event in France today.
The 8 episode series will be filmed in Budapest (Hungary) and South Africa - 4 episodes in each place.
Previously it was announced that some filming would take place in Romania as well as South Africa. Updated 21/1


December 2019
More details have been announced about David Tennant starring in Around The World In 80 Days. Updated 4/12


June 2019
Programme-tv.net reports that at the press conference today for France T�l�visions, it was officially announced that David Tennant will star as Phileas Fogg in the television adaption of Around The World In Eighty Days.
It will be shot in English and will consist of 8 episodes.
Filming is scheduled to start in January 2020. Updated 18/6

The Times has confirmed that David Tennant will star in Around The World In Eighty Days for broadcast in 2020. Updated 18/6

It's not confirmed but the French newspaper Le Figaro reports David Tennant will play the part of Phileas Fogg in a new television adaptation of the Jules Verne novel Around The World In Eighty Days.
It is a France T�l�visions co-production as part of Alliance which is a partnership with RAI and ZDF which aims to to develop international projects.
If true, production is scheduled to start in January 2020. Updated 15/6


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