A must-see adaptation of Jules Verne’s adventure tale for families around the world!
The most ambitious and awaited series ever produced for the European Alliance and multiple public broadcasters
World Premiere at CanneSeries 2021 – Out of Competition
London, 1872. On the day his world is turned upside down by a postcard from a lost love, Phileas Fogg (David Tennant) is inspired by an article about the exciting advances in travel to take on an almost impossible wager – to circumnavigate the globe in just eighty days. As a man who has spent the last twenty years in a comfortable leather armchair at The Reform Club, he will need all the resilience he can muster and of course would be nowhere without the assistance of quick-witted Frenchman, Passepartout (Ibrahim Koma). Joining them on the road will be the Daily Telegraph journalist who came up with the whole crazy idea in the first place – Abigail Fix (Leonie Benesch).
Around the World in 80 Days is a heightened, character-led romantic voyage, but it is also so much more than that. The narrative is a furnace of adventure that will reveal to Fogg, Fix and Passepartout the importance of trust, tolerance and openness. And love. As our trio encounter new cultures and ways of life, all three have to find the courage to be the best version of themselves. For these three damaged, disparate souls who leave England on their extraordinary mission, the challenges and characters they encounter opens their eyes forever.
Created by: Ashley Pharoah, Caleb Ranson
Directed by: Steve Barron, Charles Beeson, Brian Kelly
Written by: Ashley Pharoah, Caleb Ranson, Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis, Stuart Lane, Debbie O’Malley, Jessica Ruston, Peter McKenna, Stephen Greenhorn
Produced by: Slim Film + Television (Simon Crawford Collins), Federation (Lionel Uzan, Pascal Breton)
Original Broadcasters: France Télévisions, ZDF, RAI (the European Alliance), Masterpiece PBS
Additional coproduction and partners: Peu Communications (South Africa), Be-Films and RTBF (Belgium), Daro Film Distribution (associate producer). With the support of IDC (Industrial Development Corporation) of South Africa, CNC (Centre National du Cinema) in France, Romanian government, the Creative Europe Program MEDIA
Cast: David Tennant, Leonie Benesch, Ibrahim Koma, Jason Watkins, Peter Sullivan
Year of production: 2021
International Sales: Federation