Cabin Pressure : The Complete Series 1, CD-Audio Book
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Cabin Pressure is set in the wing and a prayer world of a tiny, one-plane charter airline; staffed by two pilots, one on his way down, and one who was never up to start with.

Whether flying actresses to Italy, cricketers to the Sahara, or a cat to Abu Dhabi, no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey, MJN Air's formidable boss, has employed two of the very cheapest pilots money can buy: Captain Martin Crieff, who's always wanted to fly and won't let a little thing like lack of ability stop him, and First Officer Douglas Richardson, smooth-voiced old sky god and eternal schemer.

Passenger service is provided by the relentlessly cheery Arthur, proud inventor of both Surprising Rice and his own hat.

Written by John Finnemore (John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, The Now Show), Cabin Pressure stars Stephanie Cole as Carolyn, Benedict Cumberbatch as Martin, Roger Allam as Douglas and John Finnemore as Arthur. 'Unexpectedly brilliant' - Time Out. 'An inspired new sitcom' - Observer. 3 CDs. 2 hrs 48 mins.


  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Publisher: BBC Audio, A Division Of Random House
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  • Category: Humour
  • ISBN: 9781445825632



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This is good old fashioned comedy brought up to date. It does not wittily lampoon the political system or shock with language that, whilst one may use experimentally after hitting one's thumb with a hammer, one would prefer the children to believe is a complete mystery to one of your age.The antithesis of the above is so much part of modern comedy that a lot of humour that tries to buck the trend, becomes puerile. Not so this one: if I do not laugh out loud, at least five times during an episode, then it is a rare dud. None of this first series falls into that category and I am delighted to report that second and third hearings have not dulled the comic value.A description of the characters may sound formulaic; there is the curmudgeonly old owner of a curmudgeonly old aircraft, her pilots - one clever, the other less so and a gullible male flight attendant. Were the script to be poorly written, or the actors of modest ability, then this charge stick, but the writing is so crisp, the crew so accomplished that this series is pure joy. Oh, by the way, I liked it! If you have not had the pleasure of hearing Cabin Pressure you are lucky - not because it is bad, but because the delight still awaits you: remedy the situation immediately, you will not regret it!

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