|Around The World In 80 Days|
|Format||Documentary, Entertainment, Travel|
|Narrated by||Frank Skinner|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||60 min|
|Original channel||BBC One|
|Original run||13 October 2009 – 17 November 2009|
|Related shows||Children in Need
Children in Need 2009
Around the World in 80 Days is a BBC One television series made for the 2009 edition of the annual BBC Children in Need charity appeal. Twelve celebrities attempt to circumnavigate the globe in eighty days without using air transport.
Reminiscent of the challenge made to Phileas Fogg in the Jules Verne novel, Around the World in Eighty Days, the celebrities attempt to travel around the globe in no less than eighty days, starting and ending in the Reform Club, Pall Mall. In each episode, a pair of celebrities travels a single leg of the round the world journey, trying to meet the next pair at a handover point in sufficient time, in relay race fashion. They pass over a carpet bag-a bag made out of carpet material.
References were made to Michael Palin's Around the World in 80 Days: Frank Skinner met up with Michael Palin who wrote in the journal at the beginning.
After each episode is aired, various items collected on that leg are auctioned for Children in Need, with the last episode also featuring the auction of a journal of the trip created by all the celebrities.
The no air transport rule was broken by the second episode aired on 20 October, when Nick Hewer and Saira Khan flew by helicopter part of the way through Kazakhstan, to make up for delays resulting from not being able to take their original planned route through Iraq and Iran due to the 2009 Iranian election protests.
The journey was completed on the 80th day, after an emergency plan was enacted to compensate for the fact that the Atlantic leg aboard the ICL ship Independent Venture was delayed due to Hurricane Bill and could no longer meet the deadline. Instead of disembarking the ship in Belgium, Josie Lawrence and Shane Richie disembarked on the move in the English Channel, and were taken to Plymouth by Ellen MacArthur aboard a sailing yacht, before finally catching a train to London and arriving in time at the Reform Club.
|#||Airdate||Celebrities||Route taken||Viewers (millions)|
|1||13 October||Frank Skinner & Lee Mack (comedians)||England, The English Channel, France, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey (crossing the Bosphoros strait)||4.33|
|2||20 October||Nick Hewer & Saira Khan (from The Apprentice)||Planned route: Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan
Actual route: Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan
|3||27 October||Julia Bradbury & Matt Baker (from Countryfile||Kazakhstan, Russia, Trans Siberian Railway, Mongolia (China was planned but abandoned)||4.18 (overnight)|
|4||3 November||Bill Turnbull & Louise Minchin (BBC Breakfast presenters/newsreaders)||Mongolia (with China abandoned, the route was retraced back into Russia), Russia, Sea of Japan, South Korea, International Date Line, Pacific Ocean, United States (California)||4.08 (overnight)|
|5||10 November||Myleene Klass & John Barrowman (TV presenters, singers)||United States (California, Colorado River, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee)||3.88 (overnight)|
|6||17 November||Josie Lawrence & Shane Richie (from EastEnders)||United States (Tennessee, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina), Atlantic Ocean, England||3.71 (overnight)|
UK to Turkey
Turkey to Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan to Mongolia
Mongolia to USA
USA (California) to USA (Memphis)
USA to UK