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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 others.

Series 4, Episode 4 is repeated on Radio 4 Extra on Sunday at 10:30pm

Series 4, Episode 2 - Uskerty

Carolyn and Martin get into an argument, and Douglas and Arthur get to play with an airport.


John Finnemore talks more about this episode on his blog. He says "Getting the Douglas and Arthur story right was blue murder." There is also a photo of his notebook, and a transcript of the deleted final scene which wasn't heard on the radio.

More trivia

Broadcast details

Wednesday 16th January 2013
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


  1. Wednesday 23rd January 2013 at 7:30am on Radio 4 Extra
  2. Wednesday 23rd January 2013 at 10:00pm on Radio 4 Extra
  3. Thursday 10th April 2014 at 6:30pm on Radio 4
  4. Thursday 17th April 2014 at 7:30am on Radio 4 Extra
  5. Thursday 17th April 2014 at 10:00pm on Radio 4 Extra
  6. Monday 7th December 2015 at 10:30pm on Radio 4 Extra
  7. Sunday 14th January 2018 at 10:30pm on Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Benedict Cumberbatch Martin
Roger Allam Douglas
Stephanie Cole Carolyn
John Finnemore Arthur
Guest cast
Marian McLoughlin Breeda
Robert Wilfort Gerry
John O'Mahony Farmer Fisher
Writing team
John Finnemore Writer
Production team
David Tyler Producer


The best sitcom on radio? John Finnemore's series about the four staff on a one-plane, tinpot charter airline - and it's just as silly and as tightly constructed as ever in its fourth run. Roger Allam stars as suave, incredibly untrustworthy first officer Douglas, with classy support from Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch and Finnemore himself.

Radio Times, 15th January 2013

John Finnemore: Uskerty episode blog

Thank you for all the messages I've had about Uskerty - I'm really glad people seem to like it so much.

John Finnemore, John Finnemore's Blog, 19th January 2013

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