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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (1 Nov 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1445844168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445844169
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 14.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Sep 2013
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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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Breatnach on 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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By lmmendip on 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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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Lea on 26 May 2013
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Jun 2013
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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 TV 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 hander 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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