David Tennant to narrate charity period drama spoof Upstairs Downland Abbey

Hear a snippet of Tennant as he joins every single Classic FM DJ for the radio podcast whodunnit


David Tennant is joining the Classic FM DJs in a spoof charity radio drama entitled Upstairs Downland Abbey.


Billed as ‘one part Poirot, one part Downton Abbey and all parts farce’, the podcast is in aid of the commercial station’s charity Global’s Make Some Noise, which raises money for disadvantaged children and young people.

Alexander Armstrong, Myleene Klass, John Suchet, Alan Titchmarsh, Charlotte Green and many more will star in a drama where everything is not as it seems at Upstairs Downland Abbey. 

The website details the story so far:

Lord and Lady Armstrong Green have invited friends to witness the unveiling of their new bust of Mozart. It will sit alongside his lordship’s favourite bust, the one of Beethoven.

Dashing heir Aled, the Earl of Bangor-didn’t-we-have-a-lovely-time and his sister Lady Myleene Upper Klass are there. Uncle Alex James, the third baronet, is also in attendance. 

Esteemed soprano Catarina Botti is booked to sing at the unveiling. But the evening doesn’t go to plan. This looks like a case for John Purée, brother of the more moustachioed Hercules. Or is it?

The website also teases ‘special guests’, so listen out for those. 

The podcast is available for pre-order here at £5. You’ll receive a link to download episode 1 on 5th October, with episode 2 following on 8th October.

Get a peek at this exciting whodunnit here:

Radio Times’ own Film Editor Andrew Collins is also among the line-up. He said:


“As a failed actor, I was delighted to be asked to appear in Upstairs Downland Abbey. I don’t wish to give too much away, but my character speaks with a broad Cockney accent and I do get to interact with Alan Titchmarsh. As a new Classic FM presenter, I’m particularly pleased to be involved in Global’s Make Some Noise campaign from the inside for the first time, as one of the smaller charities it supports is Thomas’s Fund, a Northamptonshire charity dedicated to providing music therapy to children with life-limiting illnesses and I have been a proud patron since it was founded in 2007.”