Around the World in 80 Days airs on WTTW Sundays beginning January 2 at 7:00 pm.
Masterpiece just keeps the news coming! Soon after announcing an adaptation of Tom Jones, they have released a trailer for a new version of Jules Verne's beloved Around the World in Eighty Days, starring David Tennant as Phileas Fogg. It's a return to Masterpiece for the quirky British actor and former Doctor Who, who served as host for a couple years a decade ago. He is joined by Leonie Benesch, who appeared in the Howards End PBS aired in early 2020, as Fix, and Ibrahim Koma as the valet Passepartout. The new series premieres on WTTW on Sunday, January 2 at 7:00 pm and airs on following Sundays at 7:00 pm.
Verne's 1872 adventure novel has received numerous adaptations over the years, from an Academy Award-winning 1956 film to a 2004 remake starring Jackie Chan, to a musical with songs by The Kinks' Ray Davies. But Tennant, his co-stars, and the Masterpiece team are sure to bring something new. Masterpiece is, after all, expert at adapting classics for the screen.