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Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1 Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • 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

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I can't think when I last enjoyed a radio comedy as much as Cabin Pressure. The characters are nicely judged and the continuous battle between Captain Martin Crieff and first officer Douglas Richardson is a particular source of entertainment. Written by John Finnemore, who plays delightfully dumb Arthur Shappey, it is set in the world of a 1 plane charter airline which is forever one step ahead of bankruptcy. You wouldn't think that much could be made of that premise, but I can honestly say there isn't a bad episode in the three series thus far.

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.
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Very few programmes make me literally laugh out loud, but this one does it frequently - and in every episode. Sharply written, well researched and brilliantly executed. The quality of Cabin Pressure can be evidenced by the calibre of fine actors who have made guest appearances across the three series; Alison Steadman, Anthony Head and Timothy West to name but three. I have listened to each episode again and again and I still laugh. If you like witty sarcasm, Roger Allam drips it from every pore - you will not be disappointed. Stephanie Cole runs him a close second. I can't wait for series three on audio.
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This is a comedy first aired on BBC Radio 4 about the trials and tribulations of charter outfit MJN Airways. With a single aircraft, and economically forced to take various unappetising charters, the resulting encounters with criminal ground crew, insane regulations and unsavoury passengers provide the basis for the 30 minute episodes (6 on 3 discs in this first series).

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.
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This series is absolutely fantastic. Get it. Get it now. Just don't get it via Audible!
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.
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These three disks are a compendium of the six episodes from this hilarious BBC sitcom.

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.
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First thing to say is that Cabin Pressure is superb. Sadly this does not make up for the awful mess that is AudibleManager. You have no alternative to using this system, and to put it mildly it is restrictive, with an American bent (Chrysler media?)
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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I really enjoy this series, having caught it by accident while driving one night I became hooked. I do hope the travelling lemon game comes from real life, that episode had me in stitches. The series is well written, the characters each have their own lives and benefit from having their own frailties and foibles and are all the better for it. The humour is well observed and very funny and doesn't become stale on re-listening to the series. The series is one of those undiscovered gems that the BBC puts on every so ofter, I recommend you give it a listen and if you enjoy it then tell your friends.
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