Thursday, February 03, 2011

Cabin Pressure

Cabin Pressure

Okay. I had decided to do a review of the BBC 4 radio series Cabin Pressure, but I didn’t know how to start it without sounding like a brainwashed media reporter, so I’m starting it like this.

I honestly didn’t expect to like this series so much. I mean, I got it simply because Benedict Cumberbatch is in it and I’ve been on a radio program kick for the last year. I didn’t really expect to like it so much.

BUT DEAR LORD, I DO. Best decision I’ve made in a long time.

Good enough that I have, in fact, sought out Cabin Pressure fanfiction. Oh yes indeed. That’s how you know that I really, really enjoy something.

The characters are fantastic. Caroline is so disgruntled and snarky and Douglas is so deadpan hilarious and a tricksy bastard and Martin is so endearingly earnest and unlucky and Arthur’s a complete idiot. The combination of these folks would invariably produce hilarious misadventures in a small charter airline company.

The dialog is spot on, the jokes are funny enough that it takes everything in my power not to laugh out loud at work when I listen to these, and MJN has quickly become my favourite charter airline company ever.

I don’t know what else to say about this other than I listen to my favourite episodes ALL THE TIME. I’m not exaggerating. I listen to at least one episode at least three times a week while I’m working. They cheer me up when I’m anxious about having to call people and they make the time pass quickly when the day drags along. I love it.

Definite recommendation here. Go listen to it now. It’s brilliant.


Erica said...

I will definitely be checking it out! I can't tell for sure, but the woman in the picture looks like Stephanie Cole (from Doc Martin and Waiting For God)... if it is, I LOVE HER. Practically sold already. Thanks for sharing!

PS Another BBC radio comedy program (older) that I like is Giles Wemmbley-Hogg goes off - various series of travelogues narrated by the most hapless, feckless young man on the planet. You might enjoy...

Erica said...

Just a note - I did listen to the two episodes available on the BBC website, and loved them. I absolutely love Roger Allam's delivery of just about every line. He's a bit Stephen Fry in his way, but SO DEADLY DRY and witheringly sarcastic. Love him. Again, thanks for sharing. Also, I realized that John Finnemore does writing for Mitchell & Webb, which I also enjoy.

Any other suggestions?? :-)

Freakish Lemon said...


That's the only BBC radio suggestion I have so far, unless you want to check out the Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures. Those are fantastic.

But thanks for the program you mentioned. I'm putting that on my list of things to check out. :D