It has already been announced that the BBC One historical drama, starring David Tennant, will return for a second season.
Phileas Fogg (David Tennant) and his friends, Abigail Fix (Leonie Benesch) and Passepartout (Josh Hutcherson), will return for a second season of Around the World in 80 Days (Ibrahim Koma).
Mr. Fogg, a Victorian gentleman-turned-explorer, took on a £20,000 wager to round the globe in 80 days or fewer, before departing on his expedition with Passepartout, his enigmatic manservant, and journalist Abigail Fix, both of whom accompanied him.
‘Phileas’, the BBC One period drama that was renewed before the first season premiered on Boxing Day last year, ended its season finale (spoiler alert!) with Phileas winning his titular wager with just one second left to spare, before the trio began contemplating their next adventure, which could involve sailing across the ocean. Is it possible that another Jules Verne adaptation — this time of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – is in the works?
When asked about the possibility of a second season of Around the World during a RadioTimes exclusive Big RT Interview with Leonie Benesch, the Around the World actress remembered how the concept was proposed to her at the conclusion of season one filming (to which she said, “Yes, 1,000 percent!”). She made the following statement ahead of the premiere of season one: “Really, that’s a pretty darned sure thing of an announcement… “It’s really thrilling,” she continues, adding, “I’d take pretty much any work where David [Tennant] is involved simply because it means I’ll be able to learn even more from him.””‘
Around the World in 80 Day Season 2: Release Date
Season two of Around the World in 80 Days will not be released until later this year. However, the second season of the show was confirmed by BBC One prior to the premiere of the first episode, which suggests that the wheels of production have already begun to turn. We’ll keep this page updated when additional information becomes available.
Around the World in 80 Day Season 2: Cast Members
David Tennant, Leonie Benesch, and Ibrahim Home, the key three of the Around the World in 80 Days cast – David Tennant, Leonie Benesch, and Ibrahim Home – appear to be returning for season two.
However, while it hasn’t been confirmed whether or not any additional characters from season one will make an appearance, it appears more probable that season two will be about embarking on a new journey with a fresh revolving cast of colourful personalities to match.
Around the World in 80 Day Season: Review
The new eight-episode depiction of Phileas Fogg’s life and search, created by a consortium of European television corporations and shown in the United States on PBS under the Masterpiece banner, captures some of the melancholy undercurrents of Fogg’s life and mission.
Authors Ashley Pharoah and Caleb Ranson, along with director Steve Barron, have a few insights into how to make the book’s context feel relevant, but they’ve lost sight of what should be a narrative with a propelling momentum. The book is a familiar title, but it’s probably best known to current audiences from previous adaptations rather than the book itself.
However, while it is a narrative that has a ticking clock literally in its title, this translation is mostly lacking adventure or joy, while also failing to perform nearly well enough as serious drama to make up for it.
Phileas Fogg (David Tennant), a stoic aristocrat who lacks a purpose in life, is the protagonist of Around the World in 80 Days, which has been reimagined in a number of ways. On every day at exactly 10 a.m. Fogg heads to the Reform Club, where his peers and aristocrats debate the current events of the day over lunch. He then returns to his enormous house, where his calcified butler and cavernous mansion await him, and the cycle begins again.
After reading about the building of an Indian railroad line, which potentially makes it feasible to travel the world in 80 days, Fogg gets excited about it, much like how the British Empire itself feels.
His snooty pal Bellamy (Peter Sullivan) suggested that Fogg, who has seldom left London, would not be the one to make the expedition. Passepartout and Abigail Fix (Leonie Benesch), the author of the original news stories who seeks to make her reputation on missives about the journey accompany Fogg in his 20,000-pound wager.
Verne fans will already notice changes. Passepartout is a Black French native with a dark history and a shaky cause for joining Fogg. To Fogg, Fix is an undervalued woman attempting to make her way in a sexist but changing society.
Hong Kong, a monolithic “India,” and a similarly monolithic “American Frontier” are intact, but nearly none of the exploits in those regions stay unchanged. This is perhaps for the best, as Verne’s pauses are typically a colonialist nightmare. Yes, Fogg learns useful lessons along the way, but his early representations of the different communities he meets are, well, dated.
These trips to Hong Kong and India become a commentary on the British occupation of both nations in this tale. Native Americans have been omitted from Fogg’s journey through the United States and instead focus on the post-Civil War split. Part Les Miserables, part Day of the Jackal, Paris is the setting for the first chapter. Updates on globalism in 1870-something aren’t really enlightened, however reducing the amount of prejudice and xenophobia would be nice.
However, these particular vignettes rarely have the power to propel themselves. When the characters are stuck on an island by themselves, they have arguments. In another, they’re forced to cope with an obnoxious Italian for the greater part of an hour on a train. This episode takes place in Hong Kong, where they attend an outdoor party. There’s a hot air balloon flight that’s supposed to be a defining picture of the plot but it’s just kind of…meh.
Around the World in 80 Day Season 2: Trailer
There is currently no trailer available for Around the World in 80 Days, but we will update this page as soon as one becomes available.