2022 looks set to be another exciting year for fans of David Tennant with several new projects in the works. The epic Around The World In 80 Days will continue to air in the UK and the USA with a second series already announced. Steven Moffat's thriller Inside Man will premiere on BBC One and Netflix, the true life tale of Alexander Litvinenko will come to ITV and David will team up with Georgia Tennant for a modern take on Jekyll and Hyde in a new series for Peacock.
Check out more details on his biggest projects for the year ahead below:
Good Omens 2
Filming will continue on the second season of Good Omens with David Tennant and Michael Sheen returning as the celestial duo Crowley and Aziraphale. BBC Studios and Amazon Studios have partnered again to greenlight the global fan-favorite series Good Omens for a second season, rejoining the angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley, an unlikely duo that teamed up to save the world from the apocalypse. The six-part humorous fantasy drama is now filming in, Scotland and will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 240 countries and territories around the world at a later date.
Neil Gaiman continues as executive producer and is co-showrunning along with executive producer Douglas Mackinnon who has also returned to direct. Rob Wilkins, John Finnemore and BBC Studios Productions’ Head of Comedy Josh Cole are also executive producing with Finnemore serving as co-writer alongside Gaiman.
Neil Gaiman says: “It's thirty-one years since ‘Good Omens’ was published, which means it's thirty-two years since Terry Pratchett and I lay in our respective beds in a Seattle hotel room at a World Fantasy Convention, and plotted the sequel. I got to use bits of the sequel in Good Omens -- that's where our angels came from. Terry's not here any longer, but when he was, we had talked about what we wanted to do with ‘Good Omens,’ and where the story went next. And now, thanks to BBC Studios and Amazon, I get to take it there. I have enlisted some wonderful collaborators, and John Finnemore has come on board to carry the torch with me. There are so many questions people have asked about what happened next (and also, what happened before) to our favourite Angel and Demon. Here are the answers you've been hoping for. We are back in Soho, and all through time and space, solving a mystery, which starts with an angel wandering through Soho, with no memory.”
Douglas Mackinnon says: “Taking Good Omens to my home country of Scotland to film a second season is an exciting dream come true for me. And with Michael Sheen and David Tennant returning as Aziraphale and Crowley, we really have an angel and a demon on our side.”
Rob Wilkins says: “Terry and Neil always knew that Crowley and Aziraphale wouldn’t remain content to appear in only one story, and long harboured plans to expand upon their adventures. David and Michael’s stellar performances made this an absolute necessity. Terry would have been delighted with how they brought their characters to life, and just as delighted as I am that a second season is now underway.”
Michael Sheen says: “Personally I’m against it, but the world isn’t going to just save itself, is it? If David and I can manage to not fall out too badly this time it may even have a chance of getting finished.”
David Tennant says: “The return of Good Omens is great news for me, personally. As I get to work with Michael again, and I get to say Neil’s wonderful words once more. It’s probably less good for the universe as it almost certainly means there will be some fresh existential threat to its existence to deal with, but, you know - swings and roundabouts...”
Filming is expected to continue until March 2022.
David Tennant is among the stellar cast who will appear in Steven Moffat's upcoming limited series Inside Man. The four-part drama will also star Stanley Tucci (Supernova, Fortitude) in the titular role, with Dolly Wells (Dracula, Blunt Talk) and Lydia West (It's A Sin, Years And Years). Netflix will stream the series internationally outside the UK and Ireland.
Produced by Hartswood films, the drama's plot is still very much under wraps, but what is teased so far is that it focuses on a prisoner on death row in the USA, a vicar in a quiet English town played by David, and a maths teacher trapped in a cellar, who cross paths in the most unexpected way.
Steven Moffat and his wife Sue Vertue, executive producer for Hartswood Films, say: “We’re a bit stunned, and very excited, at the acting talent we’re managing to assemble for this show. Can’t wait to crawl out of our lockdown bunker and get to work.”
Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, says: “BBC One viewers will already know the television magic created when Steven Moffat writes for David, Dolly and Lydia. With the fantastic Stanley Tucci alongside them as our Inside Man, everything is in place for a series that will have the nation gripped.”
Inside Man is created and written by Steven Moffat and directed by Paul McGuigan, with Alex Mercer as producer. Executive producers are Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films and Ben Irving for the BBC. Chris Sussman will oversee for Netflix. The series will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK and Ireland.
The Amazing Maurice
David Tennant will voice the character of Dangerous Beans in Sky's adaptation of Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice.
The Amazing Maurice, a Sky Original will be released on Sky Cinema in 2022. The film will also be available on streaming service NOW via the Sky Cinema Membership.
The animated family film is based on the wildly popular Discworld ® novels and will star Hugh Laurie (Avenue 5) as Maurice, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Malicia, David Thewlis (Wonder Woman) as Boss Man, Himesh Patel (Yesterday) as Keith, Gemma Arterton (The King’s Man) as Peaches, Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) as The Mayor, David Tennant (Doctor Who) as Dangerous Beans, Ariyon Bakare (His Dark Materials) as Darktan, Rob Brydon (Roald & Beatrix: The Tale of the Curious Mouse) as The Pied Piper, Julie Atherton (Avenue Q) as Nourishing and YouTuber Joe Sugg as Sardines.
In The Amazing Maurice, a Sky Original, Maurice is a streetwise ginger cat who comes up with a money-making scam by befriending a group of self-taught talking rats. When Maurice and the rodents reach the stricken town of Bad Blintz, they meet a bookworm called Malicia and their little con soon goes down the drain.
The film is co-produced by Sky, Ulysses Filmproduktion and Cantilever Media in partnership with Global Screen, with animation studios Studio Rakete (Hamburg) and Red Star Animation (Sheffield). The film has the full support of the Terry Pratchett estate and is produced in association with Narrativia. Producers are Julia Stuart (Sky), Emely Christians (Ulysses), Andrew Baker and Robert Chandler (Cantilever Media) and Rob Wilkins (Narrativia). The Film is directed by Toby Genkel, co-director is Florian Westermann, from a screenplay by Terry Rossio.
David Tennant is to star as the former Russian Federal Security Services and KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, in a new drama commissioned by ITV and the Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group).
The four-part series, Litvinenko, focuses on the officer’s death, from polonium poisoning in November 2006, and the subsequent criminal investigation, one of the most complex and dangerous investigations in the history of the Metropolitan Police. Litvinenko was written by acclaimed screenwriter George Kay (Lupin, Criminal) to tell the story of the determined Scotland Yard Officers, many of whom supported the drama’s production, who worked for ten years to prove who was responsible. It also focuses upon the story of Marina, played by Margarita Levieva (The Deuce, The Blacklist), Alexander’s fearless, dignified widow who fought tirelessly to persuade the British Government to publicly name her husband’s killers and acknowledge the role of the Russian State in his murder.
George Kay says, “In late 2006, Alexander Litvinenko was a living witness to his own murder. He spent his dying days entrusting the Metropolitan Police with the details of what happened to him. It took those police and his remarkable widow Marina Litvinenko a decade to have those claims ratified. Their stamina, hard work and bravery are what make this not only an essential story of our times but a privilege to be asked to write.”
In November 2006 two police officers were called to University College Hospital in London to interview a patient in declining health. The patient was Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian dissident who claimed to have been poisoned on the direct orders of Vladimir Putin.
During the police interviews, Alexander provided meticulous details from his hospital bedside about the events leading up to his illness. His information would ultimately help detectives track down two Russians who had poisoned Litvinenko with Polonium 210, a highly toxic radioactive substance.
The iconic photograph taken of Litvinenko at his bedside generated international headlines, and after he was pronounced dead on November 23, Scotland Yard launched its murder investigation.
Litvinenko co-stars Mark Bonnar (Catastrophe, Quiz) and Neil Maskell (Small Axe, Utopia), who will play key Scotland Yard officers Clive Timmons and Brent Hyatt. The series will be directed by Jim Field Smith (Criminal, Truth Seekers) and produced by Chris May. It is executive produced by Patrick Spence for ITV Studios (Adult Material, Marvellous), Josephine Zapata Genetay for NENT Group, Lucy Bedford for Tiger Aspect Productions (Viewpoint, The Good Karma Hospital), George Kay, Jim Field Smith and David Tennant. The co-Producer is Richard Kerbaj for Livedrop Media (Hunting the KGB Killers, Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist).
Litvinenko has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, who will oversee production of the series from the channel’s perspective, and who commented, “After David’s incredible performance as Dennis Nilsen I’m delighted he returns to ITV to play Alexander Litvinenko in the incredible story of his murder. George Kay’s scripts are brilliant and this is an important story that documents a long police investigation and a powerful campaign for justice by his wife Marina. It is going to make a compelling drama and I am proud to have it on ITV.”
Litvinenko will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios. In the Nordic region, Baltic region, Poland and the Netherlands, the series will premiere exclusively on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service. Distribution in other regions has yet to be announced.
David Tennant is his set to team up with his wife Georgia Tennant to star in and executive produce Hide for Peacock.
Written and executive produced by showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters and directed and executive produced by Emmy, BAFTA, and DGA-nominee Julie Anne Robinson, the drama series is set to take the classic "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" story and mix in a conspiracy thriller.
David plays a disgraced journalist who stumbles upon a story that could resurrect his career. But he quickly learns he's seen something he shouldn't have and is now the target of unknown adversaries who will do anything to silence him. On the run as people around him go missing or die, a serious accident has an extraordinary side effect on him. Now he realises that there are monsters in the world – and that he might just be one of them.
“One of my earliest jobs was playing ‘first policeman’ in a BBC radio adaptation of ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’,” David Tennant says. “I read the book many years ago and I’ve been fascinated with this character for as long as I can remember. This story has followed me around for years, tapping on my shoulder slightly impatiently. When Julie Anne approached me to talk about reimagining it for the 21st century, alongside her, the magnificent Fazekas and Butters and with the ever-brilliant Georgia Tennant, I didn’t let her finish the sentence. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be playing this character, telling this story and working with these people.”
Robinson will executive-produce through her CannyLads, with Fazekas & Buttes executive-producing through their Fazakas & Butters banner. Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group where CandyLadd is based, will serve as the studio.
There will no doubt be more projects confirmed for David throughout the year.