Cabin Pressure. Image shows from L to R: Douglas (Roger Allam), Martin (Benedict Cumberbatch). Image credit: Pozzitive Productions.

Cabin Pressure

Radio sitcom based around a one-plane charter airline. No job is too small, but many jobs are too difficult for pilots Douglas and Martin

Cabin Pressure At Christmas; Jet Lag (working title)
2008 - 2014  (BBC Radio 4)
27 (4 series)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Roger Allam, Stephanie Cole, John Finnemore, Anthony Head
John Finnemore
Pozzitive Productions

Set in a small airline business, Cabin Pressure is a comedy 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, transporting lads on a stag night or shifting a panther for the odd oil sheik, no job is too small - but many jobs prove to be too difficult - for MJN Air!

The airline is run by forbidding divorcee Carolyn Knapp-Shappey who, at last, in her mid-60s, is free of her awful husband, but pleasingly not free of his private jet. Her two pilots are the smooth, experienced and almost certainly fired-by-a-big-airline-for-all-round-naughtiness Douglas, and the struggling, almost competent sweaty young captain Martin. General help is provided by Carolyn's dim-witted son Arthur.