Friday, 28 November 2014

Farewell Bear Facts - Abu Dhabi

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I doubt this will be news to anyone who reads this blog, but the BBC have now officially announced that Zurich, the finale of Cabin Pressure, will be in two parts, and will be broadcast on Radio 4 at 6.30pm on December the 23rd and Christmas Eve. (That link above contains some mild spoilers, such as the names of guest stars, which I won't put here, so as to keep this blog safe for even the most puritanical of spoiler-phobes.)

Also, somebody at this site has noticed that if you start today, and listen to one episode a day, you will reach Yverdon on the 22nd December. And they've also created this rather wonderful advent calendar to go with it:




…In the spirit of which, I'm going to try to put up a small fact or deleted line from each episode up on here every day. Starting with:

ABU DHABI



As the first episode, this is based on the never aired pilot script I wrote to try to sell the show. In the pilot, which was far, far too long and over-complicated, the action of Abu Dhabi took place while they're flying Hester Macauley (the actress from Cremona) to Rome, and the cat was a feral street-cat she falls in love with and decides to smuggle home with her.











87 comments:

mash mish said...

I can think of nothing that would have made me happier today than this news.
(Well, that you could wish for and realistically have a chance for it coming true; world peace and end to racism and so on, yes, that might top it, of course - it would be a close run thing though!)
Thank you, Mr. Finnemore.
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Jenni said...

Oh hooray! Thanks Mr Finnemore!

In honour of Cabin Pressure advent calendar today I have flown from Bristol Airport! (I wish I could say I was such a devoted fan I’d done it deliberately, but actually it’s just happy coincidence - but still - points for random fate?) I listened to Abu Dhabi on the flight, and I think I know the end of Zurich now - whilst queuing to board I was watching the planes outside and I saw an Easyjet go the wrong way and have to turn around - so I think Martin’s ended up at Easyjet after all ;)

Roo said...

I am so excited for the final episodes! I bet they are going to be brilliant!
Thank you so much for writing this show! It never fails to make my family, friends and me laugh,it has been truly BRILLIANT!
Love From Roo

Bianca said...

Listened to Abu first thing this morning, am now doing the scavanger hunt. Bit sad about having a countdown now, don't really want it to end but really want to know what happens!

Thank you for the deleted scenes and best wishes for the holidays!

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Anonymous said...

Your mind is magic. I never ever ever listen/watch anything more than once and with Cabin Pressure, I am proud to say that, so far, I have listened to each episode 7 times and I know many more times are in my future. You are a treasure and the gang will be missed but they will live on and on and on and on and on….Love from NYC!

Kestrel337 said...

The family (me, hubs, daughters age 15, 13, and 11) listened to Abu Dhabi last night on the way home from Thanksgiving dinner.

It was the perfect compliment to the day.

We also listened to Yverdon, on the way down (yes, we're so familiar with it now we listen all out of order). And I was struck by the use of "Supreme Commander" in the A and Y episodes. If deliberate, wow. If not, still wow.

Anonymous said...

Mr Finnemore, you're ridiculously nice to us fans. Thank you for taking part in the advent calendar in this way. Can't wait for Zurich, but listening to an episode a day and getting these little trivia posts are going to help a lot with the wait.

Stephzzb said...

As the person who created that advent calendar & the corresponding site, I am delighted that you like it (and, quite frankly, a little overwhelmed that you deemed it worthy enough to post on your blog)!

Thank you so much for creating this brilliant radio show! And while I'm sad it is coming to an end soon (as all good things must), I'm excited to see what else you'll come up with in the future (can we expect a fifth series of Souvenir Programme, perhaps?!)

Can't wait to read all the facts and deleted lines for the episodes. And best wishes for the holidays, of course! :)

- Stephanie

MartinPic said...

Great news, and great Advent Calendar.

One problem - I've just binged on Adu Dhabi through Cremona on day one.

Main thought on relistening is that Benedict isn't nearly as enthusiastic in the intro to the programme as in later series. But the whole of the main show and all the characters hold up remarkably well.

womble42 said...

This is great John - thank you so much for making the time to post things for your fans - it's lovely to have an extra insight into your fantastic work!

I'm doing the Cabin Pressure Calendar Countdown too, so this is a fantastic addition to it and really appreciated.

I am also struggling to stop it at the end of the episode and wait until the next day!

Eclectic Man said...

Well, that's my 23rd and 24th December entertainment sorted out, thanks for the early warning.

Also excellent advent calendar, thanks Stephanie.

And thanks John, for the wonderfully amusing and insightful Cabin Pressure (if I ever get a dog, I shall call it Douglas).

Dzidka said...

Ofcourse it is not news but believe me, it is pleasure just to document it on my FB wall - although all my friends know it already :)
I am leaving for my hometown on 23rd, it's a log trip (about 600 km by car) but my family alredy know that when I'm there I will spend the evening listening to BBC and same for the Christmas Eve after our traditional Christmas Eve supper :)
Greatings from Warsaw! :)

Anonymous said...

The pilot might be long and over-complicated compared to what we actually got, but somebody must have liked it to pick it up in the first place!

RMb said...

This is so exciting! I think it's going to be the perfect addition to our family's holiday this year. Thank you so much for your hard work. We are truly lucky to be able to enjoy your talents. :)

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Christen said...

wow! The pilot episode sounds interesting! I can't wait to hear all the little facts!

Philippa Sidle said...

I'm sure I knew these dates a while back but it's great that it's officially announced!

I recite the names of the Cabin Pressure episodes in order when I can't get to sleep. And if that doesn't work, I start at the beginning again and run through 'fixed facts' about each episode - what is the 'mission', do they reach the title destination, etc. Far better than sheep!

Elijah Granet said...

I would love to see the script for that unaired pilot!

Lori Pelentay said...

Any idea on how we Americans can hear this long-awaited last episode? Or, will it be available on CD or via download somewhere? I can't wait to hear how it all ends...(sob! does it have to end?). Thank you John for your brilliance!! We love you over here on the West coast of California! I've been gifting the series to all my friends...Cheers! Lori

Pauline Roemisch said...

@Lori: you can listen live via the BBC Radio 4 website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4

Moony said...

Oh my! Much to catch up on here it seems. (But that's how I generally roll with chocolate advents anyway too). Saving things up for marathons is fun and I'm moving to a new city next week so Cabin Pressure gets to be a homey comfort.

Travel time, cleaning days, unpacking, packing, laundry, cooking, baking, pre-sleeping...always Cabin Pressure. Every time. My greatest obsession is Middle Earth and I certainly don't go reading The Hobbit or The Histories of Middle Earth every night.

That says something. Much of somethings.

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I don't think this could be any more ironic:

http://www.citynews.ca/2015/09/14/air-canada-pilot-diverts-international-flight-to-save-dog/

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