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Cabin Pressure: The Collected Series [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

John Finnemore
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
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1 Nov 2012
The first three series of the award-winning Cabin Pressure - plus bonus Christmas episode! '...a diamond in radio's crown' Gillian Reynolds, Daily Telegraph Cabin Pressure is set in the wing and a prayer world of a tiny, one-plane charter airline; staffed by two pilots, one on his way down, and one who was never up to start with. Whether flying a cat to Abu Dhabi, dealing with a nervous bassoonist, hunting for a cleverly-hidden lemon or attempting to celebrate Christmas in seven minutes, no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. Carolyn Knapp-Shappey, MJN Air's formidable boss, has employed two of the very cheapest pilots money can buy: Captain Martin Crieff, who's always wanted to fly and won't let a little thing like lack of ability stop him, and First Officer Douglas Richardson, smooth-voiced old sky-god and eternal schemer. Passenger service is provided by the relentlessly cheery Arthur, proud inventor of both Surprising Rice and his own hat. Written by John Finnemore (John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, The Now Show), Cabin Pressure stars Stephanie Cole as Carolyn, Benedict Cumberbatch as Martin, Roger Allam as Douglas, and John Finnemore as Arthur.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (1 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445844168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445844169
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 13.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE best comedy programme ever 15 Dec 2012
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John Finnermore is a comedy giant in our house. Cabin pressure is so beautifully written and just the best comedy series ever. It's just "brilliant!" I bought this for the car and now my 6 year old wants an emergency "citrus pocket" sewn onto his coat and we all shout yellow car at every occasion. More please.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen at your peril. 26 May 2013
By Lea
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A quiet yet persistent choking noise brought the rest of the workers to the far end of the store. Senses numbed from lack of sleep and the oncoming morning, fear crept silently alongside each of them as they sought to discover the reason for the strange sounds in the distance.

Turning the corner of the Health and Beauty aisle, a huddled shape could be seen down the far end, now moaning like a wounded animal. As the group ran towards the lone figure, it raised its head and faced them, eyes streaming with tears.

She struggled for breath, gesturing to the headphones, and tried to breathe through what they now realised was a fatal fit of laughter.

"Cabin...Pressure..." she choked, before becoming still and falling back to the floor. Her glassy eyes were still framed with tears of mirth, the wide grin now fixed on her face forever.

John Finnemore had killed again.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Brilliant!" - as Arthur would say 14 May 2013
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Wonderful family-friendly, clever comedy. Bought for my husband's birthday, and chosen by one of the children. We listened to much of it during a long drive on holiday. Three boys (15, 13 and 10) loved it and we were all laughing out loud. The journey passed easily, and there was no bickering on the back seat. Fantastic characters are created by the writer John Finnemore, while the acting is superb. Roger Allam is now hero worshipped by my sons because of his way with a come-back line - my youngest has even used a few in the playground against rough older children - with great success. Benedict Cumberbatch, as Captain, is the foil to Allam's world-weary second officer pilot, while Stephanie Cole as owner, Carolyn, is witheringly acerbic. The sunny mood of the whole series is carried by the character of Arthur, played by Finnemore himself. Arthur is a fool, but one with a totally positive, child-like outlook on life, but surprisingly we can learn something from his philosophy. ( Listen out for Arthur on those little moments of happiness, or on why flight delays should be enjoyed.) Hugely entertaining and weirdly uplifting, while never once using offensive language, or even anything smutty. I wouldn't have minded if it did, but it shows the writer's skill, and the performers' talent, that such a great comedy can be created through characterisation and wordplay.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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"Again I fear you flatter my knowledge of cat pathology."

Radio comedy has been hit and miss for years, its best shows soon departing for BBC while weaker ones seem to drag on for series after series because of the absence of anything better to replace it with. Cabin Pressure is unlikely to make the transition to the box because of a combination of the budget required for a series that follows a charter airline on its bargain basement travels across the globe and the commissioning of the Little Britain team's Come Fly With Me, but it certainly is one of the best comedies BBC Radio has come up with in years. It's a simple premise that's basically a four handed between Stephanie cole's authoritarian owner, trying to keep her one plane in the air and out of debt, her idiot son John Finnemore (clearly not so idiotic in real-life since he wrote the show), Benedict Cumberbatch's insecure middle class pilot and Roger Allam's gloriously deprecating co-pilot. Luckily the casting is inspired, with the four playing off each other perfectly and being blessed with great dialogue as they either ward off the boredom or deal with their far more difficult than they should be charters, whether it's obnoxious passenger who insist on smoking or obnoxious drunks who are spectacularly big tippers - but only if you grovel enough. As comedy it doesn't reinvent the wheel, but the first series certainly keeps it spinning with real panache and plenty of genuine laughs.

"Arthur is basically just a passenger in a hat, and that's only because he made himself a hat."

The second series shows only a marginal loss of altitude and still provides plenty of laughs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Cabin Pressure seems to be the main star in Radio 4's comedy firmament at the moment. With a genuine A list cast (Benedict Cumberbatch who seems to be in everything on both sides of the Atlantic these days, Roger Allam who is also doing fine work as the only watchable character in Endeavour, well loved veteran Stephanie Cole and writer John Finnimore) and some decent writing it is easy to see why.

Writer Finnimore sticks pretty true to the tried and tested comedy formulas, and why not? They work so well. Following the old 150s-1960s Service comedy formula of the crooked one (Allam), the honest one who knows what's going on and can't stop it (Cumberbatch), the idiot subordinate (Finnimore) and the superior who tries but eternally fails to outsmart the crooked one Cole), and set in a ramshackle air line this is comedy gold. We get to follow the adventures oft eh cabin crew as they try to deceive passengers and each other in the hope of earning a quick buck. It's good old fashioned stuff, the kind of rock solid humour that should be good for several more series (a-la Navy Lark...). With some excellent writing from Finnimore, who sets up some good situations, understands each of his characters and is not afraid to share out the good lines among the other characters, and the top notch performances that you would expect from such a talented cast, this is a series that had me laughing till it hurt.

All 18 episodes of series 1-3 are here, plus a Christmas special, two episodes a disc on ten discs held in a spindle case. The liner notes are down the Beeb's usual poor standard in this department. But other than that an essential and worthwhile purchase.

5 stars in all for this excellent release.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 CDs
includes 1,2,3 series and Christmas specials, 10 CDs, 8:50 hours, great value. Before I bought it, I couldn't find this information anywhere.
Published 6 days ago by Xiuming Cui
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted
Now on to my third time listening to them all again. Good for long car journeys as long as you can remain in control of the wheel while laughing.
Published 21 days ago by Dr. H. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy Genius
John Finnemore is a great comic writer and the cast is unbeatable - regulars and occasionals alike. Laugh out loud comedy - the best I've heard on Radio 4.
Published 1 month ago by Steve Fenton
5.0 out of 5 stars Best radio comedy in years.
Made me cry with laughter in some episodes. Consistently excellent writing and acting. Don't think about it, just go and buy it!
Published 1 month ago by Miss Louise S Rowlands
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!
I listen to this box set whilst driving in the car. To quote 'Arthur' they're brilliant. Now looking out for more series sets.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. S. J. Farquhar
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This has to be one of the funniest radio series out. We love this it helps on long journeys with my son and keeps him entertained for hours. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Jane A Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Brilliantly written and brilliantly performed by an excellent cast this is what all BBC radio comedy should be like - but sadly isn't.
Published 2 months ago by Scary Reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series, moronic CD compilation! Compiled by idiots!
My rating is for the compilation, NOT the series. This reflects my disappointment.
Shoddy, sloppy, thoughtless - need I go on? Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. J. Beynon
4.0 out of 5 stars STUPID BUT FUNNY
Bought this because of the amazing Stephanie Cole who runs an independent, somewhat down at heel charter airline. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lucy Maud
5.0 out of 5 stars gentle humour
this is a lovely series, the humour is genuiine but gentle, the cast bounce off each other beautifully, There are some classic moments of pure joy.
Published 3 months ago by Miss R Bennell
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