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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Fabulous as per usual.
"Qikiqtarjuaq"-- what Douglas puts Martin through is excruciating and hilarious
"Paris"-- since I came to Cabin Pressure as a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch from Sherlock, this is my very favorite episode, in which Martin attempts to solve a mystery on board
"Newcastle"-- Benedict Cumberbatch is replaced in this episode and the stand-in doesn't quite have his note of desperation. Wish I could hear the real Martin try to flirt with the female pilot they are ferrying
"Ottery St. Mary"-- Delves into the age-old questions, (1) can one visualize 100 otters and (2) would they fit comfortably in Gertie? This episode is special because finally, finally, for once, Douglas does something nice for Martin
"Rotterdam"-- Really makes the most of the radio format as Martin, Douglas, Herc and another man also named Martin compete to sound the smoothest and most confident for MJN's welcome recording.
"St. Petersburg"-- a tense but great day, in different ways, for Martin, Douglas, Arthur and Carolyn and hence a treat for listeners. I was delighted to hear that a fourth series is planned, but if this had to be the show's finale, it is fitting.
Martin and Douglas are a perfect couple. I can't stop laughing at Douglas's antics and poor Martin's desperate attempts to make everything better.
Wonderfully written and fabulously performed. Cabin Pressure is hilarious, touching, and always great. S3 is just as strong as the previous series, and "St. Petersburg" was a fantastic series end.
I'd never heard of John Finnemore before listening to this series, but I was intrigued by a comedy starring Benedict Cumberbatch [who was astonishing at the National as both Frankenstein and his monster, although more known this side of the pond for playing a contemporary Sherlock Holmes], Stephanie Cole [Waiting for God, Tenko] and Anthony Stewart Head [Buffy, Little Britain, Free Agents]. To my surprise, they do a beautiful job together!
Dame Cole has always played characters decades older than herself, and here she plays someone closer to her own age, owner of a struggling single-plane airline, and mother to the steward, the endearingly rattle-brained Arthur, played by Finnemore, the genius behind the entire series. Cumberbatch is the pilot [after seven goes at the pilot's exam] who works unpaid just to fly. His suave co-pilot is a demoted captain who knows all the tricks of the trade, but can't bear to tell his wife he's not #1 on the flight deck any more.
Each episode is a new and alphabetic destination, with some word games for the bored cabin crew, trouble and hijinks.
In Series 3, they veer from Paris to Ottery St Mary to Rotterdam, but the episode in St. Petersburg is worth the price of the whole set, with beautiful voice performances, wordplay, zaniess, and poking fun at the flight industry. Looking forward to Series 4!
Just finished the third series, listening to too many episodes at one time. ;)
I usually like to savour them, by just listening to only one each time, but they were so funny I got carried away.
Luckily there is a fourth series available now.
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.
"Brilliant - just as good as the previous two serie"
Funny, entertaning and original
It was funny and I could listen with my five year old without worrying about bad language or content.
"Good old fashioned, gentle genius"
What an absolute delight Cabin Pressure is. I listen in the car, with my kids, and we all laugh until we cry. Wonderful characters that I've grown to love over the series, quite brilliant writing, ingenious plots, and silly games galore. Mr Finnemore, please, please, please - keep writing...
"great characters, lots of laughs"
I bought this after catching an odd episode on the radio. I love the variety in the characters, the way they work together. Douglas is my favourite, just hearing his voice makes me laugh. I love it so much I introduced my husband to it and now he is hooked.
"Carrying on the great work"
Cabin Pressure is fantastic! Even if you're not interested in aviation, it's a great sitcom about a group of people who are stuck with working together. If you are interested in aviation, it's even funnier. Series 1 is (I think) the funniest, but you'll still laugh out loud!
"Fun and frivolous"
I enjoyed listening to these on my half hour trip in the mornings to take my 14 year old son to school. We both started our days grinning.
"Laugh Out Loud Funny"
Many’s the time I’ve been walking to work listening to this and got odd looks, because no matter how hard I try I just can’t help but laugh out loud. Cabin Pressure is one of the best Radio 4 comedies I’ve come across. If you’ve never listened to it then it’s good to start at series 1 as you’ll get more of the jokes, but even if you just picked up here at series 3 you would still be laughing yourself silly within a few minutes of pressing play, I guarantee it.
"Comedy doesn't get any better than this"
Anything that can make me laugh out loud for half an hour gets my vote. Cabin Pressure does just that. Excellent series, well-written characters (especially Arthur - he's 'brilliant'!) and story lines that are just off-the-wall enough to be different but almost believable. If you buy nothing else from Audible - buy this! The only problem I have now is when I listen to Roger Allam narrating other (and more serious) audio books, I'm convinced it's Douglas doing some moonlighting!
"I love this series"
Everything about this series is absolutely BRILLIANT. I relisten to them often and still laugh my way through them. I have forced my family to listen to them (in the car) and we now all use catch phrases from the show amongst ourselves.
I cannot recommend this highly enough!
This has to be one of the best comedy series, the cast work so well together and the characters so well written , that it is easy to listen to one episode and continue on till you have finished the whole series. There are very few shows out there as good as this and everybody should listen too it, my only criticism is it is too short six episode s is not enough per series
Make sure you’ve listened to series 1 and series 2 first. This one is just as good.
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