Howdy everyone! I’ve been having some difficulty writing these days. Have you ever felt like you have so much to say that you don’t say anything? No? Must just be me, then.
Anyway, my friend recently introduced me to this brilliant radio show call Cabin Pressure, a radio show from BBC Radio 4. If you like listening to stuff on the radio and have a sense of humor, you have to check it out. The author is an amazingly talented actor and writer named John Finnemore. Never heard of him? Well, also starring in Cabin Pressure is Benedict Cumberbatch, Roger Allam, and Stephanie Cole, and occasionally Anthony Head. This is a “sitcom about an airline for whom no job is too small but many, many jobs are too difficult” (BBC). In short, it’s a sitcom about an airdot—er, airline and the people who run it. Carolyn Knapp-Shappey (Stephanie Cole) is the owner of MJN Air, a small 16-passenger plane named GERTI. MJN Air is piloted by Captian Martin Crieff (Benedict Cumberbatch) and First Officer Douglas Richardson (Roger Allam). The genius behind this show (John Finnemore) plays Carolyn’s bungling son, Arthur Shappey. Each episode of the show takes place in a difference city, which starts with a different letter of the alphabet.
The show takes you along MJN’s various trips: flying a vicious cat to Abu Dhabi; toting to a rich client on Christmas; fighting a polar bear in Qikiqtarjuaq (yes, there is no “u” after the “Q”); and making up silly games like Yellow Car and the Traveling Lemon. If this doesn’t make sense to you, you’re among the majority. However, this show continues to crack me up even after the tenth listen.
And I’m not the only one to think this show is brilliant. Cabin Pressure has received many awards with Comedy.co.uk: Best British Radio Sitcom for 2011, 2013, and 2014 (It didn’t air during 2012; otherwise, I’m sure it would have won that year too.) and “Comedy of the Year” across TV and radio for 2014 (first radio show ever to get that!). And those were just a few of the awards. So, don’t just take my word for it. If you’re still unconvinced, you could possibly catch an episode or so at BBC Radio 4 website here.
You can buy Cabin Pressure from A to Z at Amazon.com here or on Audible.com here.
That’s it for now. Check out Cabin Pressure and remember no otters in the flight deck! It’s back to writing for me.
* I am not being paid, coerced, or manipulated into writing this review. I just have to share my love of this show with you. 🙂