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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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.
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.
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!
"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!
Another glorious series of Cabin Pressure. If you are looking for witty, clever, funny listening this has to be your first choice.
"love love love the whole 4 series"
love love love the whole 4 series and all assorted episodes. In the words of Arthur..Its Brilliant!!!
So delightful and intelligent and totally silly. You can listen to them all again and again. 5 out of 5.
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.
"Even funnier than the last 2"
Doesn't matter how many times I listen to these they still make me laugh out loud. Great writing by John Finnemore and great performances all round. Can't wait for the next series.
"One could say I've found Gold!!!!"
I was only fooling around one day and I've ran into samples of this show on Youtube and I was hooked! I would laugh aloud in my room listening to it and those were only samples. So I decided to buy the series and I must say it is brilliant work! I don't remember laughing that much listening to an audio only show. I am Brazilian but I study language and I found no difficulty understanding them - although there were terms I had to look in the internet to see what they meant, but it was totally accessible to me. All actors are amazing, they speak clearly which adds to the quality of the show. I fell in love with all the characters, none is a favorite to me, I like them all. Caroline with her sharp sense of humor, she always amuses me. Martin with his stuttering ways, Douglas with his smooth talk and of course, the always happy Arthur. Love it!
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