Quick TV Series Review – ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

SPOILERS ALERT!!!

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

I decided to share my thoughts on ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ once I finished the whole series. I recently shared my thoughts on the first two episodes in December 2021. I’ve greatly enjoyed ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, starring David Tennant. It’s a very well-put together period TV series.

When my parents and I started watching ‘Around the World’, we were given double helpings of two episodes for the first two weeks on BBC One over the Christmas holidays. We then watched the fifth episode on BBC One and the sixth episode on BBC iPlayer in the third week. We were so captivated!

I was amazed to find all eight episodes of ‘Around the World’ available on BBC iPlayer. We didn’t have to wait for next week’s episode to come along in the BBC One schedule. In the fourth week, my parents and I watched the seventh and eighth episodes on BBC iPlayer and we greatly enjoyed them.

‘Around the World’ comes highly recommended. Mind you, I’m surprised this series wasn’t shown from October to December in 2021 to tie in to the Christmas Eve return home once our heroes had achieved their world trip in 80 days. Then again, I probably might have missed watching the series. 🙂

David Tennant continues to be excellent as Phileas Fogg throughout the ‘Around the World’ series as well as his co-stars Ibrahim Koma as Passepartout and Leonie Benesch as Abigail Fix. I enjoyed the interaction between the trio as character in how they developed and they got to know each other. 🙂

In the first two episodes, we visited places like France and Italy. In the rest of the series, we visited places like Egypt, India, Hong Kong, a Pacific island and the Wild West before eventually returning to England. The Pacific island episode (Episode 6) was great in focusing on the three main characters. 🙂

The cast also includes Jason Watkins as Bernard Fortescue, Abigail’s father; Peter Sullivan as Nyle Bellamy, Anthony Flanagan as Thomas Kneedling (who tried to stop the trio’s world trip by any means necessary), Leon Clingman as Roberts, Shivaani Ghai as Aouda and Rizelle Jank as Samanaz. 🙂

There was also Walter van Dyk as Lord Crossle, Giovanni Scifoni as Mr. Moretti and Dolly Wells as Estella (who turns out to be a former love interest of Phileas Fogg). It was interesting how the series unravelled in being more about Phileas Fogg attempting to win a bet that he would travel the world.

It was nice to see Richard Wilson back as Grayson, Phileas’ butler in England. I enjoyed the twist in the eighth and final episode where Grayson tells Phileas that he has returned on Christmas Eve, despite the change of time in travelling across the Atlantic. I gripped on the edge of my seat then. 😀

I was shouting at Phileas, Passpepartout and Abigail to run in order to get to Phileas’ club in order to win the bet. There’s also Gary Beadle (who’s been in ‘Grantchester’) who appears in the seventh episode as Bass Reeves. That episode dealt with racism and in a pretty disturbing manner when I saw it.

Lindsay Duncan also appears as Jane Digby in the third episode of the series. Lindsay Duncan of course worked with David Tennant in the ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘The Waters of Mars’ and has been in episodes of ‘Sherlock’ with Benedict Cumberbatch. I did enjoy her guest appearance in the series.

‘Around the World in 80 Days’ has been a very enjoyable adventure period TV series to watch both on TV and BBC iPlayer. I’m glad my parents and I have seen it. Maybe one day we’ll get the DVD of it. Maybe we’ll see a second season of ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ or something with David Tennant.

Incidentally, the show’s opening theme music composed by Hans Zimmer and Christian Lundberg is very good.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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