The highly anticipated TV series Around The World In 80 Days will make its world premiere this October at the fourth edition of Canneseries in Cannes. Established in 2018 by an independent association the Canneseries festival takes place in parallel with MIPTV and MIPCOM and aims to promote and highlight series from all over the world. Around The World In 80 Days will screen as part of the Out Of Competition selection.
Adapted from the classic Jules Verne novel, the eight-part series stars David Tennant as Phileas Fogg, a 19th Century gentleman and adventurer 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. Other cast members include Jason Watkins, Peter Sullivan, Lindsay Duncan, Dolly Wells, Richard Wilson, Faical Elkihel, Anthony Flanagan, Gary Beadle and Giovanni Scifoni.
The series is being adapted by writers including Ashley Pharoah and Caleb Ranson and 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 the BBC in the UK, Masterpiece in the USA, France Télévisions, Germany’s ZDF and Italy’s RAI. Seven West Media are also backing the production and are broadcasting the drama in Australia. Around The World In 80 Days is expected to reach TV screens in late 2021.
Canneseries takes place between 8th and 13th October with the full programme released in September. Series will also be available online on canneseries.com starting October 8.