Cabin Pressure is one of those cultish delights that radio occasionally produces - a group of four key characters, with strongly identifiable personality types, reacting to situations and each other. It's fundamental sit-com, and it has such a sense of delight about it that lifts your spirits on any given day. Cole revels in the archetype "strong older woman" role with occasional hidden vulnerability, Allam is the smooth-talking twister who, to use a line from the show "sounds like he's Stephen Fry's older brother". Cumberbath is a revelation in a comedy role as the neurotic, not-very-good-but-uber-conscientious pilot, and Finnemore, as writer and loveable dimwit Arthur gives the show its infectious enthusiasm
By Series 4, the characters are beginning to reference the show's own mythology - there's an unusual Burling Day (oh go on, go back and get the other seasons too, they're just as fab), Cole's Caroline has moments of real poignancy, Cumberbatch's Martin gets a girlfriend, and there's a surprising amount of what, three seasons ago would have semed impossible - Being Nice To Martin.
Whether you've heard the previous seasons or not, Cabin Pressure Season four is a few hours of laughter that I've found myself finishing, and then starting again immediately, just because it makes me feel so happy. Go on - climb aboard.
"The best radio sitcom in all of history!!"
Another amazing season of the best radio sitcom ever, full of ingenious plot lines, brilliant characters and hilarious jokes. Witty, wonderful and side-splittingly funny, the fourth season of Cabin Pressure can only be described as.....BRILLIANT!!
"Brilliant - as usual"
A word of caution - don't do what I did and listen to this on your mp3 whilst walking the dog. I must have looked mental walking through the fields by myself, laughing out loud. I have got quite a few comedy books/series on my mp3 but this is the only one that I listen to over and over again. After Series 3 I thought that a) it couldn't get any better and b) John Finnemore would never be able to get the cast together again (given Benedict Cumberpatch's Hollywood success and Roger Allam's ever increasing profile). Delighted to say, I am wrong on both counts. There seemed to be a bit more back story in this but I think that just made it stronger. I won't say anything more as I don't want to spoil it for anybody but if you liked the first three series then you definitely won't regret buying this.
"Best comedy in years. Some hysterical moments."
Probably the best of the four series. Very high quality writing and perfect casting. John Finnemore's Fawlty Towers.
"10 stars if possible"
Just excellent.......finnemore is SO clever a writer and pitch perfect performances of his clever script make this a delight .
enjoyable to the end, here's hoping more to come. cast all excellent and work well together.
I love cabin pressure, although I am only 11 I still love it!
I really like episode 6, but I have heard it many times!
"Love this series. Highly recommended."
The writing is superb. As might be expected from the cast list, the acting and timing is excellent for all four main characters. I listened to the whole series for the first time several weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have just listened to the whole lot again, often while walking the dog. Very rarely for me I often found myself laughing out loud.....potentially embarrassing. It is a fantastic series and the characters really grow on you. I am sorry there are only 4 series. Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch and John Finnemore are a delight.
I love all Andy Hamilton's writing. From Drop the Dead Donkey on TV to Old Harry's Game, Trevor's World of Sport and Revolting People. He is one of the few writers who can make me really laugh out loud. I now rate John Finnemore as highly. Cabin Pressure is an outstanding series.
There are so many. The penultimate episode when the four have to spend the night in the plane, Gertie, and are playing Fizz, Buzz, is hilarious......'Have a banana'
(You'll have to listen to understand that last bit). I particularly appreciated Roger Allam's (First Officer) sarcastic and original delivery.
Not witty enough to do this justice sorry. (That is not the tag line, obviously Ha Ha)
Listen to a sample, see what you think..... then buy the first series. It gets better each time you listen.
Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! I quite liked it you know.
Just joyful. Silly and funny. Well written and quick witted in places. Now for the other series...