- Audio Download
- Listening Length: 2 hours and 48 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 26 Nov. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ3HC2
Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1 Audio Download – Unabridged
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However, I can't recommend buying it from Audibles. Unlike some I don't object to the DRM protection. However, I do object to having all six episodes lumped in to a single file. I tried burning it to a CD and ended up with track breaks in random places that had nothing to do with the actual episodes. I ended up purchasing from AudioGo for less money with no DRM and it was provided as six tracks, 1 episode per track. So Audibles won't be getting any more of my business.
That introduction may not appeal, but it is the quality of the acting and writing that sets this apart as one to enjoy. Stephanie Cole is on wonderfully acerbic form as the proprietor Carolyn who carries on (almost) regardless having obtained the aircraft in her divorce settlement. She is gifted some great lines, delivered in pompous matriarch style ("we are not an airline - you cannot put one plane in a line - we are an air-dot"). Matching her is Roger Allam as Douglas, the co-pilot with years of experience, an Arthur Daley approach to rules and regulations, and Olympic medals in sarcasm and sardonic one liners. The tone and timing of Allam's put downs is superb.
Pitted against Carolyn (and generally against Douglas) is one of the world's least experienced captains, Martin, who took seven attempts to qualify as a pilot, but remains senior to Douglas for reasons undisclosed. Benedict Cumberbatch (of "Sherlock" fame) plays a great second string role here as the naive idealist trying to punch above his weight and getting mercilessly put down by Carolyn and Douglas.
The fourth regular cast member is Arthur, Carolyn's idiot son, who is the cabin staff because he cannot be trusted with anything else, and who is played by John Finnemore.Read more ›
I don't mind the DRM (though it is irritating) but I was expecting at least to download each episode as a separate file. Instead I have one long track of nearly 3 hours. It is unwieldy to say the least.
The scene is set in the only aircraft owned by a cash-strapped charter airline company which is owned and manaaged by Carolyn, played by the great Stephanie Cole.
The crew consists of Martin the captain, played by Benedict Cumberbanch, Douglas the first officer and co-pilot and Author, Carolyn's dim-witted son, beautifully played by author John Finnemore. Five minutes on board this plane with this crew and the most intrepid traveller would never set foot on an aeroplane again!
The two pilots are constantly at loggerheads, Arthur (as cabin steward, cook and general factotum) is utterly inept. Carolyn's dinginess dominates all, but it is not so much the situations as the dialogue between these four main characters which provokes the belly laugh.
John Finnemore's wit and the superb timing of these four actors makes this a show not to be missed.
Why there is no option for a straight forward mp3 download, is beyond me.I'm off to a more user friendly site.
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brilliant radio series which had me chortling on my car journeysPublished 17 months ago by Miss Valerie C Henley
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This came in good time to send as a present....but i've heard the series on radio and it is great!Published on 8 July 2014 by fossil
I first came across this series on Radio 4 and I find it very funny, but totally refreshing, because there is no bad language, smut or innuendo. Just good clean fun. Read morePublished on 7 July 2014 by M. M. Ellis