Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tennant’s Mansfield Park to mark Austen anniversary

The Sherlock actor and former Doctor Who star both appeared in the 2003 Radio 4 adaptation of the celebrated 19th century novel


It’s a match made in TV heaven but with enormous careers both sides of the Atlantic, you’d be hard pushed to get Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tennant together nowadays. A decade ago it was a different story when the lesser-known pair united for a Radio 4 adaptation of Mansfield Park. 


Starring the Sherlock actor and Doctor Who star before the roles that made their careers, the 2003 retelling of young Fanny Price’s story is to be dug out of the archive to mark 200 years since the original publication of Jane Austen’s celebrated novel. 

Also starring Tim Piggott-Smith (The Bletchley Circle), Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) and Julia McKenzie (Miss Marple), the ten-episode drama will begin airing at 2:00pm on Radio 4 Extra Monday 12 May.

Both Cumberbatch and Tennant remain regular fixtures on British radio, with the former starring in 2013’s Neverwhere and John Finnemore’s comedy Cabin Pressure while the latter’s long string of roles includes last year’s Every Seventh Wave and The Great Scott.