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Around the World in 80 Days release date: Cast, trailer and latest news

David Tennant leads the cast in BBC One's adaptation of the classic adventure novel.

David Tennant 80 Days

The BBC’s upcoming series Around the World in 80 Days officially wrapped filming in March 2021, almost exactly a year after the shoot was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.


We can now expect the eight-part adventure series to premiere on our screens later this year. As an official statement from the broadcaster said: “The clock is ticking…”

Adapted from Jules Verne’s well-known book of the same name, the series stars David Tennant (who will be taking on a rather more sympathetic character than his recent title role in Des).

With the first look at the upcoming series already having been unveiled, the release date is now on the horizon.

Here’s everything you need to know about Around the World in 80 Days.

When is Around the World in 80 Days release date?

BBC One released a first-look image of Around the World in 80 Days in September 2020 and announced that the series will air in 2021.

“The clock is ticking,” a statement from the production team said. “Join Phileas Fogg (David Tennant), Passepartout (Ibrahim Koma) and Abigail Fix (Leonie Benesch) on their journey Around the World in 80 Days – coming to screens 2021.”

Around the World in 80 Days plot

David Tennant

The eight-part series, written by Life on Mars’ Ashley Pharoah among others, follows the legendary adventurer Phileas Fogg, who is attempting to travel around the world in 80 days in a bid to win a lucrative wager he entered into.

Fogg, whose ingenuity and clever contraptions will be tested over the titular time-frame, could do with friends on such a long voyage – and luckily he has them in the form of sidekick Passepartout and Abigail Fix, a journalist who accompanies the men in order to to chronicle the adventure.

Around the World in 80 Days cast

Phileas Fogg is played by a moustachioed David Tennant (Good Omens), while the cast of Around the World in 80 Days also includes Ibrahim Koma as Passepartout and Leonie Benesch as Abigail Fix.

No further casting details have been released, but we’ll keep this page updated with announcements.

Around the World in Eighty Days trailer

There’s no trailer available yet, but we’ll keep this page updated.


Around the World in 80 Days comes to the BBC in 2021. Want to watch something sooner? Check out our full TV Guide.