David Tennant discusses hair extensions and lockdown
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David Tennant leads the star-studded cast in BBC One’s new adventure series Around the World in 80 Days. Set to premiere on Boxing Day, the highly-anticipated show is an adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel with the same name. Based on true events, Phileas Fogg, played by the former Doctor Who star, attempts to travel around the world in 80 days in a bid to win a rewarding sum of money in return. During a recent interview with Zoe Ball on BBC Radio Two, David told the host about a wardrobe malfunction that occurred in between filming and claimed viewers “can probably spot” it.
On Monday’s episode of The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, the Broadchurch actor was asked about his costume on set.
The DJ probed David: “Tell me about the moustache and [the] hair extensions that the wardrobe department [gave you].”
“Well, is it your own moustache, [or] did you grow your own?” She asked.
With pride, the 50-year-old performer replied: “It is my own moustache.”
In the wake of his comment, Zoe began to giggle while the BAFTA award winner then remarked: “The actor’s own moustache.”
In November 2021, ahead of the premiere, it was announced the series had been renewed for a second season.
In jest, the Scottish actor asked: “I don’t know if you heard we had a little pandemic that happened?”
“Yes, I heard something about that.” The radio host quipped.
Speaking ahead of the show’s release, David explained: “We started filming [the show] and they put these [hair] extensions in to give me a kind of, victorian swish to my hair.”
He added: “Then, of course, we all closed down.”
“We got sent home.” He recalled.
The Staged star then added: “We sat at home for eight months.”
“The hair extensions fell out and got replaced by my real hair.
“So, you can probably spot the hair extensions as you watch the show which [hairstyle] is [during the] pre-pandemic lockdown,” David confessed.
He continued: “And which is when we opened up again.”
The broadcaster revealed that the first episodes will be available from Boxing Day, with the boxset arriving sometime in the New Year on BBC iPlayer.
Season two will see Phileas and his team take on yet another perilous challenge to venture across the world, with the primary cast expected to return.
In the eight-part first season, viewers can expect to see an all-star cast including Leonie Benesch as Abigail ‘Fix’ Fortescue, Ibrahim Koma as Passepartout and Jason Watkins as Bernard Fortescue.
The upcoming series will feature the work of legendary composer Hans Zimmer working on the soundtrack.
While producers are confident the classic adventure series will be a success amongst audiences, Ashley Pharoah, the writer of Life on Mars, has already been confirmed for a second series as showrunner.
Around the World in 80 Days airs on Boxing Day at 8 pm
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