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
2008 - 2014  (BBC Radio 4)
27 (4 series)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Roger Allam, Stephanie Cole, John Finnemore, Anthony Head
John Finnemore
Pozzitive Productions

One of Radio 4's most successful and popular sitcoms of all time.

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, aged 64, 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.