Cabin Pressure: The Collected Series 1-3 Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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The first three series of the award-winning Cabin Pressure – plus bonus Christmas episode!
About the Author
John Finnemore is a British comedy writer and actor, best known for his radio sitcom Cabin Pressure and his radio sketch show John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, as well as for frequent appearances on other BBC Radio 4 comedy shows such as The Now Show.
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LOVE IT! :) Listen to the CD all the time in long car journeys and passes the time very quickly. Hysterical to listen to and lots of variety in the plots to the different audio... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
A great collection of cds but tricky to get them out of the casing. Even though I have listened to the episodes a huge number of times I still laugh, and so does my daughter whose... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Clare Bowyer
Have always loved listening to 'Cabin Pressure' on R4. Superbly written by John Finnemore and perfectly cast! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris Ball
One of the greatest radio sitcoms of all time. Intelligent humour at it's bestPublished 2 months ago by Osprey