Update On Filming For David Tennant’s Around The World In 80 Days During Second Wave Of Coronavirus Pandemic


Filming on David Tennant's latest project, Around The World In 80 Days is to continue, despite the second wave of Coronavirus and lockdowns across the UK and Europe reports Variety.

Executive Producer Pascal Breton explained that time is of the essence to keep filming, “We have to shoot in South Africa next, and it feels like we’re on a mission to get it done quickly, knowing that the virus is on our trail.”

The shoot was previously postponed for seven months earlier this year as the virus swept across the world and production on all TV and film ground to a halt.

In the eight-part series David stars as Phileus Fogg who, with his valet, Passepartout, played by rising French actor Ibrahim Koma, takes on the legendary journey of circumnavigating the globe in just 80 days following an outrageous bet. They are 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. The series is being adapted by writers including Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars) and Caleb Ranson (Child of Mine).

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 France Télévisions, Germany’s ZDF and Italy’s RAI. Seven West Media are also backing the production and are broadcasting the drama in Australia. Federation Entertainment will handle distribution rights to the series, which will air on the BBC in the UK.

Around The World In 80 Days is expected to reach TV screens in late 2021. 

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