Around The World In 80 Days has found a UK broadcaster. Less than 24 hours after former Doctor Who star David Tennant was confirmed to lead the cast, the BBC has acquired the UK rights to the Jules Verne adaptation from Slim Film + Television and Federation Entertainment. No word on whether it will air on BBC One or BBC Two.
Around The World In 80 Days follows Phileas Fogg (David Tennant) and his valet Passepartout, who, following an outrageous bet, take on the legendary journey 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.
“This is such an exciting project”, said the BBC’s Head of Programme Acquisition Sue Deeks, who brokered the deal with Slim Film + Television and Federation Entertainment. “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.”
In addition to Tennant, the cast also includes Ibrahim Koma (Je Suis Daddy, Mother Is Wrong) as 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) as 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 eight episode adaptation, which is set up as an international co-production between Slim Film + Television and Federation Entertainment, was penned by a writing team headed up by Ashley Pharoah and Caleb Ranson. Addition co-production partners include Palladium Pictures and Daro Film. Steve Barron is the lead director, while Charles Beeson will also direct multiple episodes. The executive producers are Simon Crawford Collins for Slim Film + Television and Lionel Uzan and Pascal Breton for Federation Entertainment.