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Cabin Pressure Series 2 (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, 26 Jul 2012


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (26 July 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1445825643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445825649
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.4 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marand TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Sep 2012
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This sparkling BBC Radio 4 comedy is set in the world of charter airlines and follows the further exploits of MJN Airways. I really enjoyed the first series but I think this second series is even better.

The four main characters return from the first series, with Stephanie Cole (as the proprietor and sarcastic matriarch figure Carolyn) now getting an equal share of the dialogue. Her Lady Bracknell-style belittling of her crew, including her idiot son Arthur (John Finnemore), includes some great one liners.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Martin, the naïve and not particularly skilful captain, also gets a bigger role, usually setting himself up for a fall courtesy of world weary co-pilot Douglas (the wonderful Roger Allam). Douglas's schemes, such as his import-export business built from a cheese sandwich, provide the backdrop to many of the 30 minute episodes.

The four characters play off each other extremely well and Finnemore (as the writer) gives everyone some great lines. This, combined with some occasionally surreal plotlines, make for a very entertaining half hour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chorister on 3 Mar 2013
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John Finnemore is an intelligent and funny writer and the cast of this superb comedy are superb and experienced actors. Enjoy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 Nov 2012
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After providing BBC Radio with what may be its best comedy in years, John Finnemore's second series of Cabin Pressure shows only a marginal loss of altitude and still provides plenty of laughs. Working on the principle that if it ain't broke, don't fix it - perhaps not so applicable to a show about a cut-price charter airline where if it IS broke, don't fix it and it'll hopefully sort itself out - the formula is the same, with only new destinations and a few new revelations about the characters this time round. Once again it's an enjoyable four-hander between Stephanie Cole's authoritarian owner, her idiot son John Finnemore, Benedict Cumberbatch's insecure upper class pilot (who finally lets slip how he became a Captain so young) and Roger Allam's glorious deprecating co-pilot, and once again they play off each other perfectly. This time round they face obstacles like having to go on a refresher Safety and Emergency course, ferry a very dysfunctional orchestra complete with conspiracy theorist who thinks the crew are trying to kill her to Gdansk, deal with a very obstructive ground control in Spain to win a bet, ferry some very disgruntled relatives and, as always, come up with stupid games to while away the boring hours in the air. It may not quite match the first class standard of the first series, but it's still a hugely enjoyable flight that you'll take more than just once.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Williams TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Sep 2012
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I've only ever caught snatches of this series in the past and was curious to hear more.

As with most sit-coms, this series has a limited number of clearly defined stereotypical characters: part of the pleasure lies in seeing how these are used to produce the anticipated outcomes in a limited number of situations. Roger Allam's unctuously voiced dastardly Douglas is one of the programmes great pleasures, always seeming to outdo or put-down the incompetent Martin, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, who is desperate to scrape together some semblance of self-esteem. The scriptwriter, John Finnemore's foolish but good-natured Arthur watches what is going on around him with limited levels of comprehension. Stephanie Cole's formidable boss runs this ramshackle business with the pretence of firmness, but her penny-pinching, run-everything-on-a-shoestring approach is the reason she is surrounded by such useless employees. The humour is gentle and good-natured, the 'nastiest' character, Douglas, being little more than a well-performed pantomime villain.

Well-acted and written, this is fine for car journeys, but it's pleasures are low-key, in my opinion, and wouldn't bear too much repetition. Often a test of the quality of such series is how many one can listen to before its predictable pleasures morph into over-familiarity, and this happened to me round about programme 4 over a series of two listening sessions. Overall 3.5 stars - better than a mere 'OK' but not a great deal more, for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Aug 2012
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This comedy series written by John Finnemore was originally broadcast back in 2009 and like series 1 I have to say I missed it being on the radio first time around. So here we are in 2012 getting a chance to own the compelet series 2 and it is 6 more madly wacky stories. This would be hard to do on television and it is only radio that allows the medium to be explored fully. This is real dare I say it British comedy and the characters are funny without being nasty. Yes, favourite actors Stephanie Cole & Benedict Cumberbatch are on hand not to forget 1st officer Roger Allam and the series writer John Finnemore playing Arhur Shappey. He has contributed to a number of successful BBC Radio 4 comedy shows including Dead Ringers, Safety Catch, The Now Show and The Unbelievable Truth.His radio show Cabin Pressure, which he writes and performs for, won the Writers Guild of Great Britain 2011 award for Best Radio Comedy. So I hope the entire series will get an issue on AudioGo. Listen out for Alison Steadman in series 2. Price wise a great deal and nicely packaged too.
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