Comedy on Air: Cabin Pressure

I feel slightly embarrassed having missed the first season of Cabin Pressure, I imagine it would have made my GCSE’s infinitely more bearable, and I would have been introduced to the wordsmith wizardry of John Finnemore even sooner. Having finished its fourth season, and with whispers on the grapevine of a fifth, you can imagine my genuine excitement at its return (I say excitement but the reality is I danced around my living room like a weirdo and frightened the dog).

Cabin Pressure is a radio 4 comedy, written and starring the wonderful John Finnemore, and is one of the station’s most contemporary successes. It revolves around the world of a one-plane charter airline, MJN Air; no job is too small but more often than not proves to be far too much to handle, with hilarious consequences. MJN is run by Carolyn the forbidding divorcee played by Stephanie Cole, the almost competent and uptight Martin voiced by venerable ear porn Benedict Cumberbatch, Roger Allam as the grumpy but ever so slightly naughty Douglas, and Finnemore as Carolyn’s idiot son Arthur.

My reasons as to why it should be renewed for a fifth season? Well apart from there being no reason why we shouldn’t have nice things, Cabin Pressure won the Writer’s Guild Award 2011 for Best Radio Comedy, and Best British Radio Sitcom in the British Comedy Guide Awards 2011 too. It’s also had rave reviews from pretty much every newspaper imaginable, with Gillian Reynolds of the Daily Telegraph calling it: “One of the best written, cast, acted and directed comedies, on anywhere”. If that isn’t a reason then I don’t know what is!

I won’t divulge too much about the series, as I simply won’t do it justice, it really is one of those things you have to sit down and listen to in order to appreciate it, and to do so would give you the insight as to why the fans love and support it as much as they do. Series four certainly follows suit and finishes with a very surprising cliffhanger, its stars all on top form, hilarity pulsating through the radio-waves; my favourite quote of the season being “If you have any bombs…they’re not allowed on the aeroplane. Please put them…in the bin. Okay, bye! Love..the Airport

Fans are confident that Finnemore will return with a season five, and with an announcement like this, he can’t really let us down can he? “It is not and never was my intention that Yverdon should be the last ever episode of Cabin Pressure”

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