Continues the story of MJN Air (My Jet Now). A charter company with only one battered old jet called GERTI. A brilliant comedy with a superb cast. Each episode is funny in itself, but if you have not already heard then, treat yourself and get series 1 -3 as well.
A very clever, witty series of Comedies. A marvelous set of characters, superbly acted in a story of the trials and tribulations of a one aeroplane charter company as it carries an assortment of passengers around Europe.
John Finnemore has sprung into the public gaze, fully formed. The concept is brilliant, the characters ( including J.F. himself) are brilliantly written, and brilliantly acted. It had to be really good to get Benedict Cumberbatch, not even as the star. Another series, please.
It sounds like damning with faint praise to say that Cabin Pressure is probably the best sitcom on radio at the moment, but, while it may be formulaic, it really does deliver the laughs well into its fourth series and remains a joy to listen to. As usual, each episode is based on a disastrous charter for its low rent tottering-on-the-verge-of-bankruptcy single-plane airline with the combination of its polar opposite characters and unfortunate circumstances played off to perfection by an ideal cast. While Roger Allam is on his usual deliciously dryly condescending form, Stephanie Cole wears her best dismissively authoritarian yet still recognisably human demeanour (with series three's Anthony Head as her new regular romantic interest) and writer John Finnemore manages to make his too stupid to live flight attendant both a goldmine of optimistic inanity and still strangely credible in this environment, it's particularly pleasing that despite the success of Sherlock and working with the likes of Spielberg, Benedict Cumberbatch's underachieving captain is still with the show (although a cliffhanger ending to the final episode leaves his return in series five open to question).
After the slightly bumpy ride in season three there's a particularly good run of episodes this season that see the return of the odious but heavy-tipping Birling of Birling Day (given an inspired topsy-turvy spin this year), the introduction of Martin's overachieving brother, an unorthodox interview technique, a farcically disastrous stopover in Ireland and, best of all, the introduction of a possible regal romantic interest for Martin on a trip to Vaduz with the infantile king of Lichtenstein and his sister (a wonderfully funny Mathilda Ziegler). It may not break any new ground, but it's so much fun - while still retaining affection for it's oh so fallible ensemble - that it doesn't matter. Great stuff
"Cabin Pressure" was new to me, as these days I`m usually at work during the BBC Radio 4 comedy slot; I`ve clearly been missing out...
This is classic situation comedy, character driven and with the slightly zany premise of a family-owned charter airline consisting of one aeroplane and a decidedly motley crew; as this is the fourth series the cast are clearly well-established and comfortable in their respective roles and the standard of writing is very high. It`s gentle, well observed comedy with sympathetic and easily identifiable character types; the sense of comic timing and relaxed enjoyment from a seasoned and talented cast make this a very agreeable set of half-hour shows. The continuity within the overall storyline adds to the experience, skilfully drawing the listener into the world of MJN (MY Jet Now).
This is an amiable, easy-to-like series; the six episodes here are presented on three CDs and as usual with AudioGo, the liner notes are minimal with just a cast and episode listing. As a newcomer to the show, I found it easy to get into and I intend to catch more episodes when I can. Recommendable to just about anyone who appreciates good radio comedy.