Run by the forbidding divorcée Carolyn Knapp-Shappey (an unfortunate marriage, namewise, but in Carolyn's opinion, marginally better than Carolyn Shappey-Knapp), her two pilots are the smooth, experienced, and almost-certainly-fired-by-a-big-airline-for-all-around naughtiness Douglas, and struggling, almost competent Martin. All-round help is provided by Carolyn's near-idiot son, Arthur.
Written by John Finnemore, writer for The News Quiz and That Mitchell & Webb Sound.
©2008 John Finnemore & Pozzitive Television Ltd 2009; (P)2009 BBC Audio
John Finnemore is, as Arthur would say "Brilliant!"
The entire cast pull this off perfectly, even on repeat listens I still find myself chuckling!
A lover of audiobooks of all kinds, since childhood, when long car journeys were accompanied by Discworld stories. @ReineDesLivres (Twitter)
Buy this audiobook. Buy it now. Buy it fast. You'll laugh until you're sore in the stomach listening to the adventures of MJN air, Britain's least competent but most endearing airline. This is British radio humour at its very best, and it has Benedict Cumberbatch in the cast (as Captain Martin Crieff)! The entire series is excellent - there's not a dud episode among them. I cannot wait for more episodes so come, and have listened to these ones many times and they just keep staying funny. This is a future classic, destined for the comedy hall of fame.
All of the performances and writing are top notch. I havent found a funnier or better written show yet.
This show reminds me alot of the Hicthhikers Guide to the Galaxy
It's not a book, it's a radio program with an audience. Funny dialogue.
The actors are wonderful
Like many others, I downloaded it because of Benedict Cumberbatch and it also stars Roger Allam that I just watched in the "Endeavor" TV series as a detective. Everyone's performances are very good and with endearing characters.
Yes ! Cleaning the house !
May not be for everyone. It's very silly British humor.
After enjoying the first series so much, I bought this one as well. I listen to it while knitting and I have a great time with it.
A really funny and terrific series! When is number 3 coming out? Laugh out loud silliness. The performers are wonderful and the writing is great. I want more!
The whole series had me bursting into laughter so often that I must have looked like a complete loony to my fellow commuters. I keep revisiting it whenever I need cheering up of the audio kind.
"Best radio comedy ever - by miles!"
A********** Perfect cast, brilliant (thank you Mr Shappy for the mot juste) writing, excellent execution. Wish there were more letters in the alphabet!
Another stunning series. Great writing, excellent cast, very very funny. The last episode 'Limerick' has to be one of the funniest programmes I have ever heard. However, don't take my word for it, try it for yourself and brighten up a dull day.
Such a joy- great characters and performances, excellent comedy writing, too many favourite moments to mention but Limerick possibly a favourite episode, or Johannesburg, or Ipswich???? Or maybe Kuala Lumpha??
Funny, genius, excellent.
I have all series of this, but I've only listened to series one and two so far. Both have been great.
No - comic, rather than moving.
Although I'd heard of this show through friends, I hadn't realised how funny it was. A long car journey led me to stick it on, and I was most pleasantly surprised. The characters are brilliantly written and very well-portrayed by the cast. I particularly enjoyed John Finnemore's character, Arthur, the pleasantly brain-dead cabin boy.
"Very good indeed"
Ruddy Good Fun
Extremely well performed, the principle being Roger Allam who gives a Black Adder goes forth worthy effort. His delivery and timing is nearing comedy perfection. The rest of the cast is top-notch as well. The stories are well structured and fun. This is the best thing on Radio 4.
"Listen again and again and laugh anew"
Beautifully written and brilliantly acted. I return to listening to this and it always makes me laugh again.
The interplay between the characters.
As good as all the other series.
Definitely value for money. I always try to buy an audiobook I will want to listen to many times and Cabin Pressure is no exception.
Definitely - it is a tight script, well acted, great timing and just very, very funny.
The actors, their timing - oh yes, and the stories.
their comic timing was spot on.
Laugh 'til I cried.
More series please!
"As Arthur would say 'Briiliant!!!!'"
This is one to listen to again and again. Brilliantly written and performed and fabulously funny.
"Marvellous....laugh out loud!!"
Douglas's second language is sarcasm...he is my hero...the cunning fox..! poor old Martin, dear sweet Arthur and slightly scary Caroline.... Four beautifully crafted characters..totally addictive, clever fun which you can listen to over and over again..
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