Monday, 23 February 2009

Cabin Pressure - Repeat of series one.

Just to let you know... The first series of my radio sitcom Cabin Pressure, about a tiny charter airline and starring Roger Allam, Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch and me, is being repeated on Radio 4 at 6:30 on Tuesdays starting tomorrow (February 24th). After that time, you should also be able to hear each episode for one week after broadcast on the BBC iplayer or via Listen Again.  Hope you enjoy it.


Anonymous said...

A very deserved repeat IMO, Cabin Pressure was one of the best sitcoms there's been on Radio 4 for a while. Heard them several times already but I'll probably tune in.

(Does "The first series" bit mean there's going to be another series?)

Dave Shelton said...

Everything Hennell said.

And a special mention for how Roger Allam's obvious enjoyment translates directly into the enjoyment of the listener.

Unknown said...

I'm thrilled. This is one of the funniest things I've ever heard. A superb ensemble cast and beautifully timed writing make it a joy to listen to. A joy. Absolute. More!

Niel Bushnell said...

Jolly good! Come on, announce that elusive second series dammit!

John Finnemore said...

Thank you all, I'm really pleased you liked it.

And, ok, Niel, you win - I was going to wait until we had recording dates, but as Hennell points out the 'first' does give the game away a bit - there will be a second series, probably broadcast in June / July. And being written right now. Except not right now, obviously, because I'm writing this instead. Bad me.

Robert Mrozek said...

I hadn't come across this series the first time round but heard it on Tuesday and thought it was one of the funniest things I've heard on Radio 4 in a long time. It's so well-written and very satisfying! - thanks John!

I agree with Dave Shelton re. Roger Allam - his delivery is perfect - and reminds me very much of John Sargent!

Looking forward to hearing the rest of series 1 and, now you've let the cat out of the bag (better than a cat in the hold!), series 2.

Unknown said...

There's going to be a second series? Yay! :)

Marvellous news!

Anonymous said...

Oooo, repeat fees AND a second series ... when are we going out for some slap-up nosh at the Ivy, John?

Niel Bushnell said...

I feel like I've bullied it out of you now. Oh, I feel a bit bad. Shame on me. To make up for it I'll not listen to it and ignore its jocular presence. Does that work for you?

Or, you could reserve me some tickets?

Or not.

Is that the time?

Anonymous said...

G'day John,

As someone in the airline industry I can say that Cabin Pressure is incredibly well researched. Can't wait for the next series.


Mike Reyes said...

Mr. Finnemore/John (whichever is more appropriate),

I just randomly discovered Cabin Pressure on the Internet one night, and was able to listen to the fourth episode of the first series. I must say, not only was I impressed, I hunted down the whole first series to archive onto my Ipod. (Though to atone for that, I would gladly purchase a CD release. :) )

I listened to all six in one day, and I have to say half way through the last episode, I was afraid there wouldn't BE a second series. I'd grown attached to the characters, and had many laughs. Thank God you've confirmed series 2. My only regret is I can't see a live recording of the show, seeing as I'm in America and all.

Keep up the good work!

Tim said...

Cabin pressure has been one of the first new radio comedys I have made a point of listening to for some time (Much to my fiancee's annoyance as She keeps trying to talk over it and being shushed!) Well pitched and splendidly funny all the regular cast have taken these characters and given them fantastic lines. However it was the writing that drew me. The sardonic banter between the pilots, the games they play to pass the time, Caroline's exasperated put downs, all of these provided gut busting laughter. In lesser shows this running traits like these can sometimes get old but the freshness of the scripts ensures this does not happen. My frank congratulations to you John for what has been 3 hours of pure comic entertainment. Roll on a CD release and series 2.

Unknown said...

Thank god there's going to be a series two. Roger Allam is absolute perfection - I have never laughed so loudly on my own (and in the bath) whilst listening to a radio show. I think Roger must be the more suave brother of Ed Reardon...I caught the Fardles Bear ref (Ed is the only other radio show that comes close to this in scripting and delivery).

Does series two have to only have six episodes...could you make it longer!

Anonymous said...

The first series can be purchased from itunes as an audidobook - odd it's not available from the BBC. Brilliant.

Marc Draco said...

I was going to leave a glowing review on iTunes and then I discovered the b******s had put it on in MONO!

Anyway, I would have said (had it been in studio quality stereo) something like this:

Rarely have voice talents so perfectly gelled into a synergy that makes Cabin Pressure not only uproariously funny but instantly listenable. The last time I can recall a Radio 4 comedy being this accessible and utterly brilliant was when Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey and Steven Moore came together in HHG2TG, by the late Douglas Adams.

In John Finnemore's meticulously researched dialog (both between the protagonists and the subtle noises off) I detect another great talent has come among us.

Roger Allam's comment about the "aviator" shades in the most recent episode (s2.e4?)had me laughing so hard I had to stop the car!

Intelligent comedy like this needs to migrate to telly!

Cue Caroline impression:

"Someone at the BBC had better put out a CD soon because I'm very, very cross."

Anonymous said...

Great programme, a rare *funny* comedy.

Unknown said...

Cabin Pressure is one of the best written comedies I have ever heard on Radio. It is hysterically funny and very moving, particularly the the revelations about Douglas and Martin in the second series.

I haven't laughed so much since I first heard ISIHAC or the Hitchiker's Guide!

Are you doing any more John?

Shayna said...

So where can I buy the audiobook of series 2? I've almost worn out the iPod with replays of series 1.

Ellie said...

Ooooh I do love Roger Allam <3

Anonymous said...

Please. When is there going to be a third series of cabin pressure. It's brilliant

Kay said...

I've downloaded series one and two but would like to buy it on cd to lend to friends who haven't heard it. It's the funniest series around - love it - more, more, more please!

OliF said...

Hi John, just to say, my sister and I heard Cabin Pressure when it was repeated this summer, and bought both series, we are now pretty much word perfect, even our mum likes it!
The casting is perfect, the dialogue is genius. Please please please do a third series!


Unknown said...

I could not agree more with the comments above. Every character is so funny and the actor's portrayal is spot on. The series obvoiusly has appeal within the acting fraternity too judging by the names that have signed up for one off episodes, my particular favourites have been matilda (get him on the gurney), geoffrey (none at all but weren't you fast) and Phil as the red faced shouty man with bristly hair.
Well done John please keep it up, I only hope Benedict doesn't get all 'Hollywood' on us after his recent well deserved plaudits.

Anonymous said...

Came on looking for it on a CD for my disabled son.

WHY WHY bbc is there no CD of the programme?

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