Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Roger Allam star in the first series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. By John Finnemore (‘The News Quiz’, ‘That Mitchell & Webb Sound’) 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-round naughtiness Douglas, and struggling almost-competent pilot and sweaty man Martin. All-round help is provided by Carolyn’s near-idiot son, Arthur...In the first of the complete six episodes - ""Qikiqtarjuaq"" - when MJN Air flies a party of tourists near the North Pole, Arthur goes hunting for polar bears, Carolyn for a rogue lemon and Martin for a believable French accent...
Then we travel to episode 2 - ""Paris"", and when a bottle of highly-expensive whisky goes missing, Martin becomes the Miss Marple of MJN Air with Arthur assisting as his trusty Doctor Watson and Douglas hindering as his untrusty prime suspect. On to part 3, ""Newcastle"", where love is in the air, but also unfortunately in a small airport in Birmingham - and Martin has to choose between career, romance and fixing a very small tail-light. Part 4 finds us on the way to ""Ottery St Mary"". Martin is a Man With A Van, Douglas flies A Plane With An Otter and Carolyn dates A Pilot With A Problem With Sheep. And two mysteries solved - the name of Carolyn’s dog and the rules of “Yellow Car”.
Arriving at episode 5, ""Rotterdam"", it's Lifejacket, Camera, Action as stardom beckons for one of the crew of MJN Air... but who will get to blow the final whistle? And will they look good in a vest? And in the last episode of the series - ""St. Petersburg"" - some vodka and an unwary bird could spell the end of the line for MJN Air, and when Carolyn meets her ex-husband the atmosphere turns even icier.... With special series guests Timothy West, Anthony Head ('Buffy') and Mark Williams ('The Fast Show').
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Hilarious, delightful, charming, best radio play series ever. I can't imagine anything better to listen to to brighten your day.
If you like Blackadder, you'll love Cabin Pressure. Brilliantly written and performed, it is a fantastic series. Can't recommend it highly enough.
You will laugh so hard you will become an oddity - funniest !!!! Thank you for this radio show! Brilliant, as Arthur says.
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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.
Yes, but not soon; not as crisp, but that's what happens.
Still a great ensemble who make it shine.
Arthur is too I Love Lucy stoopid and unbelievable seeing as it is John Finnemore who plays him. His role in Elvenquest is far more rounded, even as the Dog/Chosen One.
I could only compare this series to other comedies - and this series is definitely the funniest (yet clean!) series I've listened to. John Finnemore's wit, writing and timing are fantastic! Benedict Cumberbatch and the other actors are amazing and work well together.
The character of "Douglas" when they find the polar bears!
There is no one person who narrates. All of the actors are clear, funny and obviously enjoy what they are doing!
Try the other seasons of Cabin Pressure - 1 through 3 plus 1 Christmas series. Supposedly John Finnemore will be creating one more season in 2013?
Oh Ya!!!! And I have!
hmmm- Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy- it has that very British sarcastic humor about it
Arthur, very well done character, counterpoints the other's, and great for a laugh...at him not with him.
Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!
Going on a roadtrip? Feeling a little punk? Nothing will make the time pass like a great laugh with the crew on Cabin Pressure. Beautiful voices. Lovely humor. Can't get enough. Have listened to this over and over.
This just cracks me up!
A excellent read especially when you need a good laugh. A great item to have to hand on a winters night.
"Wonderfully written and performed radio series."
John Finnemore's writing (and character of Arthur) is among the best on Radio 4. It's a pleasure being able to spool through Cabin Pressure and Souvenir Programme at my own leisure. This simply put, makes me very happy.
well written, brilliant acting, and fantastic execution. all round good laugh and enjoyment to be had.
The most amazing writing and performing. Comedy genius. Incredible cast. Love Mr Finnemore. Thank you!
Love cabin pressure. Have all the series. Please make more. Well written and acted. Brilliant!
An absolutely brilliant storyline and plot with fabulous characters and actors it is brilliant!!! Love it
"The best ever in every sense and production wise"
Best sense of humour
Nothing has beaten this production and nothing ever will
one of the funniest sitcoms going. excellently written and performed. John finnemore can't seem to do any wrong
"A work of genius."
It's hard to praise this series enough. Incredible comic writing. Wonderful performances. A joy the first time of hearing and listen-to-able again and again.
"As Arthur would say, "Brilliant!"."
My household continues to listen to this series over and over again. We simply can't get enough of it! The four lead characters are flawless in their performances, as are recurring cast members Anthony Head and Matilda Zeigler. Love it!
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