Cabin Pressure is an irresistible comedy series and I confess myself a total addict. Unfortunately, I can never get around to Pod Casts and the like, so the chance to buy an entire series is not to be missed.
Series 4 does not disappoint with many of the stories living up to all that is best in comedy radio. For the uninitiated, Cabin Pressure concerns a one plane charter airline (MJN Air) run by the formidable Carolyn Knapp-Shappey with Captain Martin Crieff and First Officer Douglas Richardson in the cockpit and Arthur, Carolyn's son, serving the passengers - when they have any. The story lines follow their fortunes as they attempt to accomplish their various missions, to great hilarity.
This three disc set contains six episodes: there is a "pretend" visit to Timbuktu, a chance to transport a real princess and her schoolboy brother to England, and fun when the plane ends up stranded overnight in the snow. We even see Martin going for an interview for a new job... Each script is cleverly written with wit and originality and the cast deliver it to perfection. In fact, they are an able bunch with Stephanie Cole as the company owner, Benedict Cumberbatch as the captain, Douglas Allam, the first officer and, bringing up the rear, is John Finnemore, the series scriptwriter, as Arthur, who is ever eager to help but often creates mayhem.
For me, the outstanding feature of the series is that it is proper family entertainment. It is clever and utterly inoffensive. There is also the lovely combination of slapstick and subtle humour with something for everyone: the scriptwriter is just so clever.
I think that I can safely classify this as a "must buy" and it will certainly entertain the family on a long car journey but, equally, it would make a lovely present for anyone as a delightfully cheerful diversion.