Mansfield Park

Ep 1/10

Monday 12 May

2.00pm-2.15pm

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

It is 200 years since the original publication of Jane Austen’s much beloved novel, and who better to lead us through a bicentennial celebration than a stellar cast of well-regarded acting talent in this treat from the archive.

This all-star adaptation boasts David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek II, Cabin Pressure, Sherlock) among the cast. Benedict Cumberbatch is soon to be seen as Richard III on BBC television, and Mansfield Park was one of his earliest radio appearances. Joining them is Felicity Jones, known to Archers fans as the original Emma Carter and soon to be seen as Felicia Hardy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Also in the cast are Tim Piggott-Smith (The Bletchley Circle, Wodehouse in Exile) and Julia McKenzie (Miss Marple).

Austen’s classic tale centres on young Fanny Price, sent to Mansfield Park in hard times, trying to be the equal of her new compatriots.

First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2003.

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