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Around The World In 80 Days
BBC Children In Need Around the World in 80 days logo.png
Format Documentary, Entertainment, Travel
Starring Frank Skinner
Lee Mack
Nick Hewer
Saira Khan
Matt Baker
Julia Bradbury
Bill Turnbull
Louise Minchin
Myleene Klass
John Barrowman
Shane Richie
Josie Lawrence
Narrated by Frank Skinner
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
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
External links
Official website
The Hanjin Dallas container ship used to cross the Pacific Ocean from Busan to Long Beach

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.


List of Episodes

# Airdate Celebrities Route taken Viewers (millions)[1]
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
3.60 (overnight)
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)

Items Sold in the Children in Need Auction

UK to Turkey

  • Ukulele played by Frank Skinner
  • Pudsey bear signed by Frank Skinner
  • Pudsey bear signed by Lee Mack

Turkey to Kazakhstan

  • Pudsey bear signed by Nick Hewer
  • Pudsey bear signed by Saira Kahn

Kazakhstan to Mongolia

  • Pudsey bear signed by Julia Bradbury
  • Pudsey bear signed by Matt Baker

Mongolia to USA

  • Selection of paintings by Louise Minchin
  • Pudsey bear signed by Bill Turnball
  • Pudsey bear signed by Louise Minchin

USA (California) to USA (Memphis)

  • Pink tutu
  • Pair of Around the World in 80 Days Boots
  • Pudsey bear signed by John Barrowman
  • Pudsey bear signed by Myleene Klass


  • Shane Ritchie's Outfit from 'Cargo'
  • Josie Lawrence's Outfit from 'Cargo'
  • Pudsey bear signed by Shane Ritchie
  • Pudsey bear signed by Josie Lawrence
  • Silver Harmonica


  • Around the World in 80 Days Journal
  • Around the World in 80 Days Carpet Bag


External links



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