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The world knows Jules Verne as the great nineteenth century French author who invented science fiction with such classics as "Around the World in 80 Days", Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" and "Journey to the Centre of the Earth."

Until now people have always believed that these were simply works of fiction dreamt up in Verne's book-lined study. But, “The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne" will reveal that as a young man, Verne's life was much more adventurous than anyone has previously realised.

In each episode, Jules together with Phileas Fogg and Fogg's accident-prone, language-mangling manservant, Passepartout will be the heroes of the "true story" of one of Verne's sixty five novels -what REALLY happened in "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", The Mysterious Island" or "From the Earth to the Moon."

Jules Verne himself -impetuous, enthusiastic, warm­hearted - will be the connecting link, a kind of nineteenth century Indiana Jones who (together with Fogg and Passepartout) finds himself involved in all the great adventures of his era - from the American Civil War to the search for the source of the Nile.

Each story will feature one of the wonderful machines Verne invented: Captain Nemo's "Nautilus", Robur’s bat-like flying ship or Ardan's giant interplanetary gun - and reveal either how they changed the course of history or how only Verne's ingenuity and heroism prevented them from doing so

Verne's voyages will bring him into contact with some of the great personalities of the nineteenth century, real and fictional - like Mark Twain, Wyatt Earp, Thomas Edison, Alexander Dumas, Napoleon III, Otto von Bismarck, H.G. Wells, and Arthur Conan Doyle as he himself was inventing Sherlock Holmes.

The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne" will be a colourful, unpredictable trip through the century during which our own era was born; and a fresh look at some of the most imaginative science fiction stories ever written.

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