‘Around the World in 80 Days’ new trailer and UK start date revealed

The BBC has confirmed when David Tennant’s Around the World in 80 Days drama begins.

Based on Jules Verne’s classic 1873 novel, the upcoming period drama stars David Tennant (Broadchurch, Doctor Who) as intrepid explorer Phileas Fogg.

The 50-year-old Scottish actor is joined by French actor Ibrahim Koma (Je Suis Daddy) as Fogg’s ‘valet’ Passepartout, and Leonie Benesch (The Crown) as young journalist Abigail Fix.

This new version of Around the World in 80 Days comes from the co-creator of Life on Mars, Ashley Pharoah.

Watch the new trailer:

The first two episodes of the new eight-part adventure series will premiere in the UK on Boxing Day.

The double-bill starts at 5.50pm on Sunday 26th December on BBC One.

American viewers don’t have too long to wait for once, as the show will begin airing in the US in January on PBS Masterpiece.

Around the World in 80 Days started filming way back in February 2020, but the global shoot was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The official synopsis reads: “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.”

Co-creator Ashley Pharoah previously commented: “…it’s a love letter to the world, if that isn’t a bit pretentious.”

He added: “[Fogg] goes to Paris and India and Hong Kong and Yemen and he’s so excited to see a camel, the different colors and cultures. It felt like resetting our relationship with traveling and seeing the world like that.”

Also premiering on BBC One on Boxing Day is the follow-up to A Very English Scandal, starring Claire Foy from The Crown!

Other highlights this Christmas include a festive Call the Midwife special.

Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days novel is available on Amazon.