David Tennant Drama ‘Around The World In 80 Days’ Suspends South Africa Shoot Amid Coronavirus Crisis


Production on David Tennant’s new drama Around The World In 80 Days has been suspended due to the Coronavirus crisis. 
Deadline reports that shooting on the eight-part show has been suspended for a month, and cast and crew are being flown home. David is already safely back home in the UK. 
Slim Film + Television boss Simon Crawford Collins said “We’ll crawl over hot coals to make our shows, but there comes a point when you go: this isn’t fair on the teams and their families back at home. We’ve got to call a temporary hiatus and look after everyone and get them home. We’re trying to pause things in the most effective way so we can launch back into production as soon as the mists clear.”

The series is being adapted by writers including Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars) and Caleb Ranson (Child of Mine).

Following an outrageous bet, Fogg and his valet, Passepartout, played by rising French actor Ibrahim Koma, take on the legendary journey of circumnavigating the globe in just 80 days, swiftly joined by aspiring journalist Abigail Fix, played by The Crown’s Leonie Benesch, who seizes the chance to report on this extraordinary story.
Steve Barron (The Durrells) will be lead director with Charles Beeson (The Mentalist) also lined up to direct a number of episodes. Executive producers are Simon Crawford Collins for Slim Film + Television and Lionel Uzan and Pascal Breton for Federation.
Around the World in Eighty Days is a Slim Film + Television and Federation co-production with additional co-production partners, Palladium Pictures in South Africa, and Daro Film, associate producer. It will air on on BBC One in the UK, France Télévisions, Germany’s ZDF and Italy’s RAI. Seven West Media are also backing the production and are broadcasting the drama in Australia. 

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