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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 Télévisions 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.

French comedian and actor French actor Ibrahim Koma will play the role of Passepartout and journalist Abigail Fix will be played by The Crown’s Leonie Benesch.

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 Télévisions, 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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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 Télévisions, 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 Télévisions 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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