Cabin Pressure

Cabin Pressure is a sitcom about 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 they're flying squaddies to Hamburg, metal sheets to Mozambique, or an oil exec's cat to Abu Dhabi, no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult...

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Cabin Pressure At Christmas2010122520101228
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It's the big day, but MJN Air is at work.

Will Arthur get his festive celebration?

Bing-bong merrily on high! It's Xmas morning on board MJN Air, but when Carolyn schedules an extra stop-off to the Hawaiian island of Molokai, Arthur has just seven minutes to celebrate Xmas.

How can Douglas and Martin make this the best Xmas Arthur's ever had when all they have on board are some custard creams and a Russian oligarch...

With special guest Ben Willbond ("Horrible Histories")

Cast:

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey - Stephanie Cole

1st Officer Douglas Richardson - Roger Allam

Capt.

Martin Crieff - Benedict Cumberbatch

Arthur Shappey - John Finnemore

Mr.

Alyakhin - Ben Willbond

Written by John Finnemore

Produced and directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

When Carolyn schedules an extra stop-off, Arthur has just seven minutes to celebrate Xmas.

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Sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small and many jobs are too difficult.

The town of Bristol, a cat and a thermostat combine to present Martin with a career-breaking crisis.

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey....Stephanie Cole

First Officer Douglas Richardson....Roger Allam

Capt Martin Crieff....Benedict Cumberbatch

Arthur Shappey....John Finnemore

ATC Fitton....Ewen MacIntosh

Written by John Finnemore.

The town of Bristol, a cat and a thermostat combine to present Martin with a crisis.

Taking off with a bump for pilot Martin - the ups and downs of a tiny charter airline.

Stars Stephanie Cole.

From July 2008.

The ups and downs of a tiny charter airline starts with a bump for pilot Martin.

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Sitcom by John Finnemore about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small and many jobs are too difficult.

Arthur is struck dumb when a film star joins the flight, and Douglas has to disguise 30 knights of Camelot in a hurry.

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey....Stephanie Cole

1st Officer Douglas Richardson....Roger Allam

Captain Martin Crieff....Benedict Cumberbatch

Arthur Shappey....John Finnemore

Hester Macaulay....Helen Baxendale

Percival....Rufus Jones

Gawain....Robert Harley

Lancelot....Ali Amadi.

Arthur is in awe when a film star joins a flight, while Douglas has to disguise 30 knights

Arthur is struck dumb when a film star joins a flight. Douglas has to disguise 30 knights.

Arthur's in awe of a film star on his flight and Douglas tries disguising 30 knights.

Stars Stephanie Cole.

From July 2008.

Arthur's in awe of a film star on his flight while Douglas tries disguising 30 knights.

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Sitcom by John Finnemore about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small and many jobs are too difficult.

Carolyn finds that she has taken more on board than she meant to.

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey....Stephanie Cole

1st Officer Douglas Richardson....Roger Allam

Captain Martin Crieff....Benedict Cumberbatch

Arthur Shappey....John Finnemore

Yves Jutteau....John Sessions

Captain Jessop....Rufus Jones

Lachlan....Robert Harley

Habib....Ali Amadi.

The air crew dodge a fuel and financial crisis with the aid of the Scottish cricket team.

Stars Stephanie Cole.

From July 2008.

Carolyn discovers that she's taken more on board than she meant to.

Stars Stephanie Cole and Roger Allam.

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Sitcom by John Finnemore about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small and many jobs are too difficult.

A very special passenger makes Douglas grovel, Martin crawl, Carolyn frisk and Arthur cry and drink nail varnish.

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey....Stephanie Cole

1st Officer Douglas Richardson....Roger Allam

Captain Martin Crieff....Benedict Cumberbatch

Arthur Shappey....John Finnemore

Mr Birling....Geoffrey Whitehead

Philip....Adam G Goodwin.

A very special passenger makes the crew of the tiny charter airline act very oddly.

A very special passenger makes Douglas grovel, Martin crawl and Arthur cry.

Stars Stephanie Cole.

From July 2008.

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The crew are grounded, so Arthur shares a secret and Carolyn learns about air hostesses.

Sitcom by John Finnemore about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small and many jobs are too difficult.

The crew are grounded, so Arthur shows the crew why apples are the secret of happiness and Martin shows Carolyn how to be an air hostess.

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey....Stephanie Cole

1st Officer Douglas Richardson....Roger Allam

Captain Martin Crieff....Benedict Cumberbatch

Arthur Shappey....John Finnemore

Mr Goddard....Adam G Goodwin

Helena Richardson....Melisande Cook.

The crew are grounded, so Martin shows Carolyn how to be an air hostess.

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Carolyn has a reunion, with orchids galore. The ups and downs of a tiny charter airline.

Carolyn has a reunion, with orchids galore. The ups and downs of a tiny charter airline. Stars Stephanie Cole. From July 2009.

Radio Carolyn has a reunion - with orchids galore. The ups and downs of a tiny charter airline. Stars Stephanie Cole. From July 2009.

Carolyn has a reunion - with orchids galore.

The ups and down of a tiny charter airline.

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Carolyn and her sister haven't spoken for fifteen years.

Which is why Arthur has invited her to a party on board, together with 500 Euros-worth of smuggled orchids...

Meanwhile, Martin gets tangled up in some karate and a fishcake.

With special guest Alison Steadman.

Starring

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey - Stephanie Cole

1st Officer Douglas Richardson - Roger Allam

Capt.

Martin Crieff - Benedict Cumberbatch

Arthur Shappey - John Finnemore

Ruth Gregson - Alison Steadman

Kieran Gregson - Matt Green

Milo - Simon Greenall

Written by John Finnemore

Produced and Directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for the BBC.

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A paranoid bassoonist is on board, while in the cockpit all bets are on.

A paranoid bassoonist is on board, while in the cockpit all bets are on. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch. From July 2009.

Carolyn solves the Case of the Poisoned Cashews and Martin does the Seven Deadly Sins.

When MJN Air is chartered to ferry a chamber orchestra, Carolyn has to deal with the mysterious Case Of The Poisoned Cashews, while Martin gets to run through all of the Seven Deadly Sins.

And Arthur learns how not to pronounce "Szyszko-Bohusz", but does eat a lot of pudding.

Starring

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey - Stephanie Cole

1st Officer Douglas Richardson - Roger Allam

Capt.

Martin Crieff - Benedict Cumberbatch

Arthur Shappey - John Finnemore

Madame Szyszko-Bohusz - Britta Gartner

Amsterdam ATC - Matt Green

Maestro - Simon Greenall

Written by John Finnemore.

Produced and Directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for the BBC.

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The crew's safety course sparks trouble for Douglas's inner dog and Martin's inner ear.

The crew's safety course sparks trouble for Douglas's inner dog and Martin's inner ear. Stars Stephanie Cole. From July 2009.

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When the crew have to go on a refresher Safety and Emergency Procedures course, it spells trouble for Douglas's inner dog and Martin's inner ear.

Plus Arthur gets a chance to show off his exceptional eating skills.

With special guests Phil Davis ("Vera Drake") and Alex MacQueen ("The Thick Of It").

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An emergency landing in Spain leads to First Officer Douglas getting the shammy out.

An emergency landing in Spain leads to First Officer Douglas getting the shammy out. Stars Roger Allam. From August 2009.

Episode 04 of 06

When Carolyn makes a foolish bet with her pilots, what better place for a race against time than a sleepy Spanish airfield? Plus we learn about the thermodynamic properties of boiled sweets and the kinetic thrust of white wine.

Starring

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey....Stephanie Cole

1st Officer Douglas Richardson....Roger Allam

Capt. Martin Crieff....Benedict Cumberbatch

Arthur Shappey....John Finnemore

Senor Quintanilla....Michael Fenton-stevens

Diego....Javier Marzan

Written by John Finnemore.

Produced and directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

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In Carolyn's race against time, what better place than a sleepy Spanish airfield?

Capt.

Martin Crieff - Benedict Cumberbatch

When Carolyn makes a daring bet with her pilots, what better place for a race against time than a sleepy Spanish airfield?

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Captain Martin wants to start a club, but what about the Flap and Throttle?

Captain Martin wants to start a club, but what about the Flap and Throttle? Stars Benedict Cumberbatch. From August 2009.

A week on standby at the airfield gives Arthur a chance to brush up his stewarding skills.

A week on stand-by at the airfield gives Arthur an opportunity to brush up on his stewarding skills, while Douglas seems to have disappeared.

And why is everyone terrified of Dirk the groundsman?

Starring

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey - Stephanie Cole

1st Officer Douglas Richardson - Roger Allam

Capt.

Martin Crieff - Benedict Cumberbatch

Arthur Shappey - John Finnemore

Dave - Paul Putner

George - Roger Morlidge

Written by John Finnemore.

Produced and directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

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The aircrew try to keep themselves occupied during a long, passenger-free flight.

The aircrew try to keep themselves occupied during a long, passenger-free flight. Stars Stephanie Cole. From August 2009.

An interminable flight, a baffling cargo and persuading Arthur not to play charades.

In the last of the series, an interminable flight with a very baffling cargo gives our crew the opportunity to pass the time by alternately opening their hearts up to each other and persuading Arthur not to play charades...

Starring

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey - Stephanie Cole

1st Officer Douglas Richardson - Roger Allam

Capt.

Martin Crieff - Benedict Cumberbatch

Arthur Shappey - John Finnemore

Written by John Finnemore.

Produced and directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

An interminable flight with a very baffling cargo gives the crew the opportunity to pass the time by alternately opening their hearts up to each other and persuading Arthur not to play charades.

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Written by John Finnemore.

When MJN Air flies a party of tourists near the North Pole, Arthur goes hunting for polar bears, Carolyn for a rogue lemon and Martin for a believable French accent. Meanwhile, Alfred Hitchcock makes a surprise appearance.

Starring

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey - Stephanie Cole

1st Officer Douglas Richardson - Roger Allam

Capt. Martin Crieff - Benedict Cumberbatch

Arthur Shappey - John Finnemore

Nancy Dean Liebhart - Melanie Hudson

Mrs. Cook - Kosha Engler

Mr. Peary - Ewan Bailey

Produced and directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

When MJN flies near the North Pole, the hunt is on for polar bears and a rogue lemon.

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When MJN Air flies a party of tourists near the North Pole, Arthur goes hunting for polar bears, Carolyn for a rogue lemon and Martin for a believable French accent.

Meanwhile, Alfred Hitchcock makes a surprise appearance.

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When a bottle of highly-expensive whisky goes missing, Martin becomes the Miss Marple of MJN Air with Arthur assisting as his trusty Doctor Watson and Douglas hindering as his untrusty prime suspect.

Cast:

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey - Stephanie Cole

1st Officer Douglas Richardson - Roger Allam

Capt. Martin Crieff - Benedict Cumberbatch

Arthur Shappey - John Finnemore

Mr Birling - Geoffrey Whitehead

Mrs Birling - Flip Webster

Phil....Ewan Bailey

Written by John Finnemore

Producer/Director: David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for the BBC Radio 4.

When a bottle of expensive whisky goes missing, Martin becomes the Miss Marple of MJN Air.

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Written by John Finnemore.

In this show, love is in the air, but also unfortunately in a small airport in Birmingham - and Martin has to choose between career, romance and fixing a very small tail-light. Carolyn meets a rather dashing pilot whilst Arthur meets a rather boring board game.

With special guests Anthony Head and Mark Williams

Starring

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey - Stephanie Cole

1st Officer Douglas Richardson - Roger Allam

Capt. Martin Crieff - Tom Goodman-Hill

Arthur Shappey - John Finnemore

Capt. Herc Shipwright - Anthony Head

Eddie - Mark Williams

1st Officer Linda Fairburn - Anna Crilly

Produced and directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

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Written by John Finnemore

This week - Martin is a man with a van, Douglas flies a plane with an otter and Carolyn dates a pilot with a problem with sheep. And two mysteries are solved - the name of Carolyn's dog and the rules of "Yellow Car"

With special guest Anthony Head

Cast:

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey - Stephanie Cole

1st Officer Douglas Richardson - Roger Allam

Capt. Martin Crieff - Benedict Cumberbatch

Arthur Shappey.... John Finnemore

Capt. Herc Shipwright - Anthony Head

Mrs. Laurel - Flip Webster

Mr Hardy - Ewan Bailey

Produced and directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

Featuring a man with a van, a place with an otter and a piano with an attitude.

Martin is a Man With A Van, Douglas flies A Plane With An Otter and Carolyn dates A Pilot With A Problem With Sheep.

And two mysteries solved - the name of Carolyn's dog and the rules of "Yellow Car"

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Written by John Finnemore.

It's Lifejacket, Camera, Action as stardom beckons for one of the crew of MJN Air. But who will get to blow the final whistle? And will they look good in a vest?

Cast:

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey - Stephanie Cole

1st Officer Douglas Richardson - Roger Allam

Capt. Martin Crieff - Benedict Cumberbatch

Arthur Shappey - John Finnemore

Capt. Herc Shipwright - Anthony Head

Martin Davenport - Gus Brown

Produced and directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

It's lifejacket, camera, action as stardom beckons for one of the crew of MJN Air.

but who will get to blow the final whistle? And will they look good in a vest?

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Written by John Finnemore.

Some vodka and an unwary bird could spell the end of the line for MJN Air and when Carolyn meets her ex-husband the atmosphere turns even icier.

With special guest Timothy West

Cast:

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey - Stephanie Cole

1st Officer Douglas Richardson - Roger Allam

Capt. Martin Crieff - Benedict Cumberbatch

Arthur Shappey - John Finnemore

Gordon Shappey - Timothy West

Tommo - Paul Shearer

Produced and directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for the BBC.

Some vodka and an unwary bird could spell the end of the line for MJN Air.

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Hooray hooray, it's Birling Day once more, where the crew traditionally swap their dignity for cash! But where have all the camels gone? And why is Arthur reading a book?

Written by John Finnemore

Produced and directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

It's Birling Day once more, where the crew traditionally swap their dignity for cash.

Hooray hooray, it's Birling Day once more, where the crew traditionally swap their dignity for cash! But where have all the camels gone? And why is Arthur reading a book?

  • giancarlo....steve brody
  • mr. birling....Geoffrey Whitehead

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    Comedy by John Finnemore about 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 they're flying squaddies to Hamburg, metal sheets to Mozambique, or an oil exec's cat to Abu Dhabi, no job is too small - but many, many jobs are too difficult.

    Episode 2:

    As Carolyn and Martin turn a short hop into a long climb, Douglas and Arthur get to play with an airport.

    Written by John Finnemore

    Produced and directed by David Tyler

    A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

    As Carolyn and Martin row with a taxi and a bee, Douglas and Arthur play with an airport.

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    Episode 3:

    It's a bad time for Carolyn to take a holiday as the crew of MJN Air have to face a real live King and a mythical fax machine.

    Cabin Pressure is a sitcom about 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 they're flying squaddies to Hamburg, metal sheets to Mozambique or an oil exec's cat to Abu Dhabi, no job is too small but many, many jobs are too difficult.

    Written by John Finnemore

    Produced and directed by David Tyler

    A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

    The crew of MJN Air have to face a real live king and a mythical fax machine.

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    When his Mum falls ill, Martin has to deal with a sister, a van and a moustache. Meanwhile, Carolyn and Douglas become locked in a game that can never end.

    Cabin Pressure is a sitcom about 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 they're flying squaddies to Hamburg, metal sheets to Mozambique, or an oil exec's cat to Abu Dhabi, no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

    Written by John Finnemore

    Produced and directed by David Tyler

    A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

    When his mum falls ill, Martin has to deal with a sister, a van and a moustache.

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    Sitcom by John Finnemore about the pilots of a tiny charter airline.

    It's cold, it's dark and there's no food on board. What better time for Gertie to decide to fall to bits? And what worse time for Arthur to try out his maths skills?

    Written by John Finnemore

    Produced and directed by David Tyler

    A Pozzitive production for the BBC.

    It's cold, dark and there's no food on board. What better time for Gertie to fall to bits?

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    As Douglas and Herc fight it out over the fruit tray, Martin has the interview of his life

    Sitcom by John Finnemore about the pilots of a tiny charter airline.

    Love is in the air as Douglas and Herc fight it out over the fruit tray, and hope springs eternal as Martin has the interview of his life.

    Cabin Pressure is a sitcom about 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 they're flying squaddies to Hamburg, metal sheets to Mozambique, or an oil exec's cat to Abu Dhabi, no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

    Written by John Finnemore

    Produced and directed by David Tyler

    A Pozzitive production for the BBC.

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    One of the most popular radio sitcoms of the past ten years bows out with a special double episode. In this second and concluding part, as the crew embark on a race against time, just what is Gerti's secret? And will it be happy ever after for Carolyn and Herc?

    With the show titles running alphabetically from the first ever episode - "Abu Dhabi" through to this double finale "Zurich" - the cast and crew of MJN Air discover that whether it's choosing an ice-cream flavour, putting a princess in a van or remembering your grandmother's name, no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

    With special guests including Anthony Head and Timothy West.

    Written by John Finnemore

    Produced and Directed by David Tyler

    A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.