Cabin Pressure. Image shows from L to R: Arthur (John Finnemore), Douglas (Roger Allam), Carolyn (Stephanie Cole), Martin (Benedict Cumberbatch). Copyright: Pozzitive Productions.

Cabin Pressure

BBC Radio 4 sitcom set around the world's smallest airline. 27 episodes (4 series), 2008 - 2014. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Roger Allam, Stephanie Cole, John Finnemore and Anthony Head.

Series 2, Episode 1 is repeated on Radio 4 Extra today at 11pm.

Cabin Pressure. Image shows from L to R: Arthur (John Finnemore), Douglas (Roger Allam), Carolyn (Stephanie Cole), Martin (Benedict Cumberbatch). Copyright: 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

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2008 - 2014
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
27   (4 series)
Starring
Benedict Cumberbatch, Roger Allam, Stephanie Cole, John Finnemore and Anthony Head
Writer
John Finnemore
Producer
David Tyler

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.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Jet Lag (Working title)
  • Cabin Pressure At Christmas
Soundtrack
Theme tune is the overture from Ruslan and Lyudmila by Mikhail Glinka.
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 2nd July 2008 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 24th December 2014 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 2 Episode 1: Today at 11pm on Radio 4 Extra

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