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Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1

By: John Finnemore
Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
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Summary

Anyone looking to let off some steam is bound to find something to love in Cabin Pressure. The combination of snappy repartee and brilliant voice-acting makes this a side-achingly funny experience from start to finish.

Stephanie Cole ("Doc Martin"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam ("The Thick Of It") star in the complete first series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. Written by John Finnemore, writer for The News Quiz, and 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....

©2008 John Finnemore (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

Critic reviews

"Unexpectedly brilliant." - (Time Out)

"An inspired new sitcom." - (The Observer)

"The more I listen to John Finnemore's Cabin Pressure, the more I think what a stonking masterpiece it is. Perfect in every department." (Philip Pullman)

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the writing is just brilliant

as Arthur would say, the writing is just brilliant. and I could listen to Roger Allam read out a phone book.

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This is a great way to get to sleep

I think that this is a amazing thing to listen to. once I have listened to I listen to it again and again.

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Fantastic!

I could not recommend this series more. If you are in any doubt please give it a try.

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Top Notch Comedy

Where does Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Absolutely the top radio comedy around! All 4 series and the additional episodes Molokai and Zurich are hilarious - brilliantly written and performed wonderfully by a really talented ensemble.

What other book might you compare Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1 to, and why?

The comedy is quick and clever but also gentle and suitable for most ages - my children adore the series, so I'd liken it to classic British sitcoms such as Fawlty Towers etc. In terms of books I think Finnemore's skill would appeal to fellow Wodehouse fans and his other radio series Souvenir Programme is worth checking out.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Brilliant performances from Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch and John Finnemore himself. In certain episodes and in later series we are treated to Anthony Head, Timothy West and more great actors.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! Its a series that I've listened to over and over again and still makes me laugh. I can listen to just a single episode or quite a few in one go and its never wated time. Brilliant for long car journeys when you need a good laugh!

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Brilliant 😃

Wonderful cast, great story can listen over and over again. Well worth the money i have six more word to write

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Quality from start to finish.

I loved every aspect of this production. The writing is outstanding, the performances equally so and I would heartily recommend this and all the subsequent series to the world! Bravo

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Hello, this is your captain speaking!

Loved every minute of it, so much so I had to get the next 3 seasons

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Excellent

Very funny & entertaining. The performances are at the highest standard & the characters are so well drawn it's like spending time with old friends. Highly recommended!

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Superb radio comedy

Brilliant performances from a top cast and witty scripts bring this airline to life. Top class radio comedy from the BBC.

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Radio four comedy at it's best

Would you listen to Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1 again? Why?

I was vaguely aware of cabin pressure whilst it was on the radio but never switched over to listen to it. I noticed the series on audible at a very reasonable price and decided to give it a go. It is fantastic!
The performers are superb and the episodes so funny that I had to stop listening in public as I couldn't stop laughing.

What other book might you compare Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1 to, and why?

If you enjoy other comedy gems from radio four orang of BBC TVs finest comedies you will love this!

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