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...
"Unexpectedly brilliant" - (Time Out)
"An inspired new sitcom" - (The Observer)"I cannot find a single flaw in it. So top marks." - (Independent on Sunday)
©2008 John Finnemore; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
With all the joy of flying and none of the carbon footprint, John Finnemore's perfectly-crafted sitcom will have you disturbing the other passengers with shouts of laughter. The regular cast are so brilliant you forget they are a cast and start (worryingly!) to believe that there really is a tiny airline somewhere, run by the fearsome, headmistressy Carolyn and staffed by her only-marginally-more intelligent-than-a-potplant son, Arthur.
Finnemore delights every time with clever plot twists and the occasional glimpse into the tortured private worlds of his characters, continually hinting at personal tragedies but keeping the balance firmly in the area of comedy.
Buy this CD for every possible reason: the script, the acting quality, and Duggie's irresistible dark brown voice. Buy another copy for a friend. If you can't think of a friend you'd like to buy it for, make some new friends.
P.S. The captain is called Martin. He just wanted me to include that.
"One of the best radio comedies"
This is a great radio comedy. One of the best comedies to have recently come out of Radio 4. I can't recommend it highly enough.
"Upgrade to first class!"
I caught the 2010 Christmas special and laughed my flaps off but had missed the original series. I was really pleased to see it on Audible. I listened to all the episodes in one go and and wasn't disappointed.
Perfectly observed characters and some of the sharpest comedy writing since Blackadder I cannot recommend this highly enough. the dry one-liners and put downs from Douglas the First Officer (Roger Allum) are worth the price alone but there's also an superb turn by Benedict Cumberbatch (pre-Sherlock) as the hapless Captain Martin Crieff.
So funny I nearly choked on my complimentary nuts.
"Original and VERY Funny"
Once in a while you find a hidden gem on the radio - this is one of them.
Originally played on BBC Radio 4 after the 6pm news 'Cabin Pressure' had me hooked from the first time I heard it.
The story is based around MJN Air (My Jet Now), its not really an airline, if they lined up their planes it would be more an airdot (listen to the story to find out why!)
MJN Air is owned by Carolyn Knapp-Shappey as part of her divorce settlement. MJN Air is crewed by an strange mixture of characters who head off to random countries around the world and encounter a some of the oddest situations you could imagine.
This is really good break from the usual full length audio books that I normally listen to but DO NOT listen to this series when driving or operating machinery. You will laugh that much.
I had not heard of the show but on browsing Audible, the casting of 'Dr Mason' ( Tenko - Stephanie Cole) added credit to the production and so I downloaded it. FANTASTIC - very funny and all of the cast give an enjoyable performance. Roger Allam's use of his voice alongside the writing is hilarious. Benedict Cumberbatch sounds like a fool - what a performance.... and Stephanie Cole had me in stitches. Great writing - John Finnemore. Highly recommended.
"LOL - as they say nowadays."
This is absolutely Laugh Out Loud fare. Benedict Cumberbatch - always excellent at everything he does - is a wonderful foil for Roger Allam's biting wit. The hapless Martin is a gem. Stephanie Cole holds this motley crew together with a vicious tongue. Loved it.
This is simply wonderful. Great writing, great cast, great timing. That John Finnemore both writes and plays the hapless Arthur beautifully shows that his is a talent worth watching. Benedict Cumberbatch as the frustrated Senior (as in only) Captain is marvellous. Stephanie Cole's CEO of MJN Air is a delight to the ears. And nobody does laconic sarcasm like Roger Allam. If you haven't already heard this on Radio 4/4 Extra you've missed a real treat. Buy it now and listen to it immediately. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
I ran across this show while browsing Audible and decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did as Cabin Pressure is probably the best comedy show I have ever listened to! The show is both perfectly written and cast and the actors are wonderfully convincing and engaging. The cabin announcements and games played in each episode make me laugh out loud every time - which has earned me some very odd looks at the bus stop!
Series 2 is just as great, if not better, and I can't wait for series 3! For the amount of enjoyment this has brought me it would have been cheap at twice the price.
Many Radio 4 comedies fail to engage. This one is an exception - its utterly perfect. Great script and fantastic, funny performances from the core cast of four. My particular favourite is Roger Allam's smooth Douglas, the first office who delivers his withery put-downs with the precision of a surgeon.
Had to recover in a dark room after 1st episode and subsequently had to remove it from car player in order to avoid leaving the carriageway/serious injury. really,really funny, Roger Allam is a genius!!
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