from l to r, John Finnemore as Steward Arthur Shappey, Roger Allam as First Officer Douglas Richardson, Stephanie Cole as CEO of MJN Air, Carolyn Knapp-Shappey, Benedict Cumberbatch as Captain Martin Crieff

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Cabin Pressure

“Cabin Pressure” started life as a speculative script by John Finnemore that was turned down first by Radio Light Entertainment and then by Radio 4 itself. In the time-honoured tradition of these things, it then went on to become a big hit for Radio 4, with the second series commissioned literally within five minutes of the first series finishing on air.

“Cabin Pressure” is a sitcom 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, or an oil exec’s cat to Abu Dhabi, no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. It’s written by John Finnemore, writer for The News Quiz, The Now Show, and Mitchell & Webb; and stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“Atonement”, “Starter for Ten”), Roger Allam (“The Thick of It”, “A Cock and Bull Story”) and Stephanie Cole (“Doc Martin”, “Housewife 49”).

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey (Stephanie Cole) is at last, at 64, free of her awful husband, pleasingly not free of his private jet, and ready to show the world what she’s made of, by running the slickest, most successful, most profitable charter air firm ever seen. And were it not for her crew, plane, and passengers, she would do. An ex-stewardess, and a woman of formidable energy, formidable competence, and formidable formidableness, she is continually frustrated by the incompetence or irresponsibility of the sort of pilots who are prepared to work for the money she’s prepared to pay.

Captain Martin Crieff, for instance. Martin (Benedict Cumberbatch) has wanted to be an airline pilot since he was six, and before that he wanted to be an aeroplane. And now, in his early thirties, he finally sort of is - although as Carolyn points out, MJN Air is not exactly an airline. You cannot put one aircraft in a line. If it’s anything, it’s an airdot. But nonetheless, Martin is at last a professional pilot, and a captain to boot, which is one in the eye for all those people who told him he’d never make it; parents, teachers, prospective employers... examiners. No doubt other things like spatial awareness, natural authority, and ability to make decisions under pressure will come in time. For now, the main thing is the desperate struggle to stop passengers mistaking him for a steward, a baggage handler, or the YTS lad.

This is not something that troubles his trusty First Officer. Douglas Richardson (Roger Allam) is an effortlessly charming, authoritative, dark-brown voiced smooth old sky god. He’s twenty years older than Martin, and spent most of those as a captain for the mighty Air England, before finding himself unexpectedly on the job market after a difference of opinion with Hong Kong customs about whether having seven silk kimonos stitched inside one’s jackets indicated one was a smuggler or simply a lovable eccentric. Having to sit in the co-pilot’s seat, fly drunken city boys to Biarritz, and then hoover the plane afterwards is not how Douglas imagined the last ten years of his career, but with a wife to support, and two different flavours of alimony to pay, he’s not in a position to be choosy. And on the bright side, there’s Martin to tease, and... well, there’s Martin to tease.

Meanwhile, passenger service is provided by Carolyn’s excitable son, Arthur Shappey. Arthur (John Finnemore), like Martin, always wanted to a pilot, and, like Martin, was always told by everyone he’d never make it, and so, unlike Martin... he isn’t one. However, his Mum has let him be the steward, and his boundless enthusiasm for his new role is only matched by his boundless enthusiasm for pretty much everything else he ever sees or does. He’s particularly delighted to be allowed to serve Martin and Douglas- in his unshakeable opinion the two greatest aviators to take to the skies since Wilbur and Orville.



For more Cabin Pressure goodness (in varying degrees of official-ness) you may wish to have a look at:

John Finnemore's blog
http://johnfinnemore.blogspot.co.uk/

An update on the whereabouts of the travelling lemon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGLoK9rmoH0&feature=player_embedded

The official and full rules of Yellow Car - which should clear up any lingering confusion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_ulfCpEKnE

Fan photos from the recordings
http://pinterest.com/cpfans/recordings/


Series 1
ABU DHABI
A flight to the Middle East is complicated by Carolyn’s new economy drive; Martin’s insistence that Douglas call him ‘Sir’; and Arthur’s refusal to believe that anyone actually knows how a plane stays in the air. Featuring Ewen MacIntosh (“The Office”) as the voice of Air Traffic Control.

BOSTON
One passenger’s insistence on smoking during a flight to Boston kicks off a chain of events that culminates in the plane being turned round in mid-air four times, and one of the crew getting arrested... Guest-starring Kerry Shale as Hamilton R. Leeman.

CREMONA
The airline is commissioned to fly a film star out to a location shoot in Italy - a film star who quickly inspires dog-like devotion in Arthur, and cat-like hatred in Carolyn. Guest starring Helen Baxendale (“Cold Feet”, “Friends”) as Hester.

DOUZ
Collecting the Scottish national cricket team from a tiny Tunisian airstrip on the edge of the Sahara was never a great job, and it’s made far, far worse by a conniving French airport manager. Guest-starring John Sessions as Yves Jutteau.

EDINBURGH
It’s the highlight of Douglas and Arthur’s year – taking nice old boy Mr Birling on his annual day-trip to see the final Six Nations match, and get heroically sloshed. Martin, however, has difficulty working out what they see in him. Guest-starring Geoffrey Whitehead (“Worst Week Of My Life”) as Mr Birling.

FITTON
The crew are on their 28th straight day of stand-by, which means sitting around their office and their plane, listening to the rain, and passing the time with games, arguments, and a pursuit of the secret of happiness through apple-juggling.


Series 2
HELSINKI
Carolyn and her sister haven’t spoken for fifteen years. Which is why Arthur has invited her to a party on board, together with 500 Euros-worth of smuggled orchids... This episode also co-stars Alison Steadman (“Gavin & Stacey”) as Carolyn’s estranged sister

GDANSK
When MJN Air is chartered to ferry a chamber orchestra, Carolyn has to deal with the mysterious Case Of The Poisoned Cashews, while Martin gets to run through all of the Seven Deadly Sins...

IPSWICH
When the crew have to go on a refresher Safety & Emergency Procedures course, it spells trouble for Douglas’s inner dog and Martin’s inner ear... If you’ve ever wanted to imagine Arthur leaping into a swimming pool and eating 400 quiches at the same time, this is the episode for you. Guest starring Phil Davis (“Vera Drake”) as Mr. Sargent

JOHANNESBURG
When Carolyn makes a daring bet with her pilots, what better place for a race against time than a sleepy Spanish airfield...? And just how did Douglas save one BMW but Martin destroy another? Featuring Michael Fenton-Stevens (“Radio Active”) as Senor Quintinilla

KUALA LUMPUR
A week on stand-by at the airfield gives Arthur an opportunity to brush up on his stewarding skills, while Douglas seems to have disappeared. And why is everyone terrified of Dirk the groundsman...?

LIMERICK
In the last of the series, an interminable flight with a very baffling cargo gives our crew the opportunity to pass the time by alternately opening their hearts up to each other and persuading Arthur not to play charades...


Xmas Special
MOLOKAI

Bing-bong merrily on high! It’s Xmas morning on board MJN Air, but when Carolyn schedules an extra stop-off to the Hawaiian island of Molokai, Arthur has just seven minutes to celebrate Xmas. How can Douglas and Martin make this the best Xmas Arthur’s ever had when all they have on board are some custard creams and a Russian oligarch...


Series 3
QIKIQTARJUAQ

When MJN Air flies a party of tourists near the North Pole, Arthur goes hunting for polar bears, Carolyn for a rogue lemon and Martin for a believable French accent...


PARIS
When a bottle of highly-expensive whisky goes missing, Martin becomes the Miss Marple of MJN Air with Arthur assisting as his trusty Doctor Watson and Douglas hindering as his untrusty prime suspect


NEWCASTLE
In this show, love is in the air, but also unfortunately in a small airport in Birmingham - and Martin has to choose between career, romance and fixing a very small tail-light. And Carolyn meets a rather dashing pilot whilst Arthur meets a rather boring board game.


OTTERY ST MARY
This week - Martin is a Man With A Van, Douglas flies A Plane With An Otter and Carolyn dates A Pilot With A Problem With Sheep.  And two mysteries solved - the name of Carolyn’s dog and the rules of “Yellow Car”


ROTTERDAM
It’s Lifejacket, Camera, Action as stardom beckons for one of the crew of MJN Air... but who will get to blow the final whistle? And will they look good in a vest?


ST PETERSBURG
 Some vodka and an unwary bird could spell the end of the line for MJN Air, and when Carolyn meets her ex-husband the atmosphere turns even icier...



Series 4
TIMBUKTU
Hooray hooray, it’s Birling Day once more, where the crew traditionally swap their dignity for cash! But where have all the camels gone? And has Martin finally out-schemed Douglas? Meanwhile, Arthur reads a book, with disastrous consequences.


USKERTY
As Carolyn & Martin turn a short hop into a long climb, Douglas & Arthur get to play with an airport...


VADUZ
It’s a bad time for Carolyn to take a holiday as the crew of MJN Air have to face  a real live King and a mythical fax machine.


WOKINGHAM
When his Mum falls ill, Martin has to deal with a sister, a van and a moustache. Meanwhile, Carolyn and Douglas become locked in a game that can never end...


XINZHOU
It’s cold, it’s dark & there’s no food on board. What better time for Gertie to decide to fall to bits? And what worse time for Arthur to try out his maths skills?


YVERDON-LES-BAINS
Love is in the air as Douglas and Herc fight it out over the fruit tray, and hope springs eternal as Martin has the interview of his life.

Cabin Pressure

Series 1

Episode 1

"Abu Dhabi"

First Tx: 02/07/08 11:30 – 12:00

The town of Bristol, a cat and a thermostat combine to present Martin with a career-breaking crisis.

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guest
KarlEwen MacIntosh
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 2

"Boston"

First Tx: 09/07/08 11.30-12.00

A routine flight to Boston is disrupted by a routine fire, a routine lawsuit and a routine corpse.

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Hamilton LeemanKerry Shale
Dr. PriceEwen MacIntosh
ParamedicMatilda Ziegler
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 3

"Cremona"

First Tx: 16/07/08 11.30 - 12.00

Arthur is struck dumb when a film star joins the flight and Douglas has to disguise thirty knights of Camelot in a hurry...

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Hester MacaulayHelen Baxendale
PercivalRufus Jones
GawainRobert Harley
LancelotAli Amadi
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 4

"Douz"

First Tx: 23/07/0811.30-12.00

Carolyn finds she’s taken more on board than she meant to when the Scottish Cricket Team, a Frenchman and the Sahara Desert all run out of petrol...

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Yves JutteauJohn Sessions
HabibAli Amadi
Capt. JessopRufus Jones
LachlanRobert Harley
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 5

"Edinburgh"

First Tx: 30/07/08 11.30 - 12.00

A very special passenger makes Douglas grovel, Martin crawl, Carolyn frisk and Arthur cry. And drink nail-varnish.

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Mr BirlingGeoffrey Whitehead
PhilipAdam G Goodwin
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 6

"Fitton"

First Tx: 06/08/08 11.30 - 12.00

The crew are grounded, so Arthur shows the crew why apples are the secret of happiness and Martin shows Carolyn how to be an Air Hostess

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Mr GoddardAdam G Goodwin
Helena RichardsonMelisande Cook
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Series 2

Episode 1

"Helsinki"

First Tx: 17/07/09 11:30 – 12:00

Carolyn and her sister haven’t spoken for fifteen years. Which is why Arthur has invited her to a party on board, together with 500 Euros-worth of smuggled orchids...

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Ruth GregsonAlison Steadman
Kieran GregsonMatt Green
MiloSimon Greenall
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 2

"Gdansk"

First Tx: 24/07/09 11:30 – 12:00

When MJN Air is chartered to ferry a chamber orchestra, Carolyn has to deal with the mysterious Case Of The Poisoned Cashews, while Martin gets to run through all of the Seven Deadly Sins...

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Madame Szyszko-BohuszBritta Gartner
Amsterdam ATCMatt Green
MaestroSimon Greenall
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 3

"Ipswich"

First Tx: 31/07/09 11:30 – 12:00

When the crew have to go on a refresher Safety & Emergency Procedures course, it spells trouble for Douglas’s inner dog and Martin’s inner ear...

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Mr SargentPhil Davis
Dr Peter DuncanAlex Macqueen
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 4

"Johannesburg"

First Tx: 07/08/09 11:30 – 12:00

When Carolyn makes a daring bet with her pilots, what better place for a race against time than a sleepy Spanish airfield...?

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Señor QuintanillaMichael Fenton Stevens
DiegoJavier Marzan
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 5

"Kuala Lumpur"

First Tx: 14/08/09 11:30 – 12:00

A week on stand-by at the airfield gives Arthur an opportunity to brush up on his stewarding skills, while Douglas seems to have disappeared. And why is everyone terrified of Dirk the groundsman...?

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
DavePaul Putner
GeorgeRoger Morlidge
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 6

"Limerick"

First Tx: 21/08/09 11:30 – 12:00

In the last of the series, an interminable flight with a very baffling cargo gives our crew the opportunity to pass the time by alternately opening their hearts up to each other and persuading Arthur not to play charades...

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Xmas Special

"Molokai"

First Tx: 25/12/10 08:30 – 09:00

Bing-bong merrily on high! It’s Xmas morning, but when Carolyn schedules an extra stop-off to the Hawaiian island of Molokai, Arthur has just seven minutes to celebrate Xmas

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guest
Mr. AlyakhinBen Willbond
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Series 3

Episode 1

"Qikiqtarjuaq"

First Tx: 01/07/11 11:30 – 12:00

When MJN Air flies a party of tourists near the North Pole, Arthur goes hunting for polar bears, Carolyn for a rogue lemon and Martin for a believable French accent...

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Nancy Dean LiebhartMelanie Hudson
Mrs. CookKosha Engler
Mr. PearyEwan Bailey
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 2

"Paris"

First Tx: 08/07/11 11:30 – 12:00

When a bottle of highly-expensive whisky goes missing, Martin becomes the Miss Marple of MJN Air with Arthur assisting as his trusty Doctor Watson and Douglas hindering as his untrusty prime suspect.

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Mr. BirlingGeoffrey Whitehead
Mrs. BirlingFlip Webster
PhilEwan Bailey
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 3

"Newcastle"

First Tx: 15/07/11 11:30 – 12:00

In this show, love is in the air, but also unfortunately in a small airport in Birmingham - and Martin has to choose between career, romance and fixing a very small tail-light. And Carolyn meets a rather dashing pilot whilst Arthur meets a rather boring board game.

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffTom Goodman-Hill
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Capt. Herc ShipwrightAnthony Head
EddieMark Williams
1st Offr. Linda FairburnAnna Crilly
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 4

"Ottery St Mary"

First Tx: 22/07/11 11:30 – 12:00

This week - Martin is a Man With A Van, Douglas flies A Plane With An Otter and Carolyn dates A Pilot With A Problem With Sheep. And two mysteries solved - the name of Carolyn’s dog and the rules of “Yellow Car”

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Capt. Herc ShipwrightAnthony Head
Mrs. LaurelFlip Webster
Mr. HardyEwan Bailey
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 5

"Rotterdam"

First Tx: 29/07/11 11:30–12:00

It’s Lifejacket, Camera, Action as stardom beckons for one of the crew of MJN Air... but who will get to blow the final whistle? And will they look good in a vest?

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Capt. Herc ShipwrightAnthony Head
Martin DavenportGus Brown
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 6

"St Petersburg"

First Tx: 05/08/11 11:30 – 12:00

Some vodka and an unwary bird could spell the end of the line for MJN Air, and when Carolyn meets her ex-husband the atmosphere turns even icier... 

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Gordon ShappeyTimothy West
TommoPaul Shearer
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Series 4

Episode 1

"Timbuktu"

First Tx: 09/01/13 18:30 – 19:00

Hooray hooray, it’s Birling Day once more, where the crew traditionally swap their dignity for cash! But where have all the camels gone? And why is Arthur reading a book?

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Mr. BirlingGeoffrey Whitehead
GiancarloSteve Brody
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 2

"Uskerty"

First Tx: 16/01/13 18:30 – 19:00

As Carolyn & Martin turn a short hop into a long climb, Douglas & Arthur get to play with an airport

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
BreedaMarian McLoughlin
GerryRobert Wilfort
Farmer FisherJohn O'Mahony
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 3

"Vaduz"

First Tx: 23/01/13 18:30 – 19:00

It’s a bad time for Carolyn to take a holiday as the crew of MJN Air have to face a real live King and a mythical fax machine. 

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Capt. Herc ShipwrightAnthony Head
Princess TheresaMatilda Ziegler
MaximilianKieran Hodgson
Karl/OttoDan Tetsell
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 4

"Wokingham"

First Tx: 30/01/13 18:30 – 19:00

When his Mum falls ill, Martin has to deal with a sister, a van and a moustache. Meanwhile, Carolyn and Douglas become locked in a game that can never end...

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Wendy CrieffPrunella Scales
Caitlin CrieffRosie Cavaliero
Simon CrieffJustin Edwards
Dr WhiteDan Tetsell
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 5

"Xinzhou"

First Tx: 06/02/13 18:30 – 19:00

It’s cold, it’s dark & there’s no food on board. What better time for Gertie to decide to fall to bits? And what worse time for Arthur to try out his maths skills?

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guest
ATC XinzhouLobo Chan
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 6

"Yverdon-Les-Bains"

First Tx: 13/02/13 18:30 – 19:00

Love is in the air as Douglas and Herc fight it out over the fruit tray, and hope springs eternal as Martin has the interview of his life.

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Capt. Herc ShipwrightAnthony Head
Oskar BiderNicholas Woodeson
Captain DerocheKate Dûchene
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

The Finale

Episode 1

"Zurich - Part 1"

First Tx: 23/12/14 18:30 – 19:00

As Martin decides whether to take his new job, is this the end for MJN Air? And just what has Arthur painted on the side of the van?

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Capt. Herc ShipwrightAnthony Head
Princess TheresaMatilda Ziegler
Gordon ShappeyTimothy West
KarlDan Tetsell
Bruce FraserGordon Kennedy
The AuctioneerJonathan Kydd
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Episode 2

"Zurich - Part 2"

First Tx: 24/12/14 18:30 – 19:00

As the crew embark on a race against time, just what is Gerti’s secret? And will it be happy ever after for Carolyn & Herc?

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-ShappeyStephanie Cole
1st Offr. Douglas RichardsonRoger Allam
Capt. Martin CrieffBenedict Cumberbatch
Arthur ShappeyJohn Finnemore
 
and special guests
Capt. Herc ShipwrightAnthony Head
Princess TheresaMatilda Ziegler
Gordon ShappeyTimothy West
KarlDan Tetsell
Bruce FraserGordon Kennedy
The AuctioneerJonathan Kydd
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
Produced and directed byDavid Tyler

Cabin Pressure

Delighted to say that ALL 27 episodes of the show are available on a special CD Boxset, complete with -

- full-colour booklet with exclusive specially-created material and drawings

- full-length interview with John Finnemore introducing deleted scenes and Cabin Pressure secrets!

- behind-the-scenes cast photos

- on-air trails and the never-heard-before prologue

 

Ooh, and all four series and the Xmas special are available as both downloads and Audio CDs, via Amazon and iTunes - just clicky here for everything...

Check out the crew of MJN Air by going to the gallery - and click here for the full photo gallery of the last-ever recording (Zurich)

If you'd like to know more about the work of John Finnemore - and why on earth wouldn't you - you can check out his blog here

The British Comedy Guide website has some nice information about the series, with an episode guide (mainly written by us, I hasten to add) and press cuttings aplenty (not written by us)

And we know there are lots of lovely fan sites and Tumblrs out there, so we don't want to be unfair by pointing to any one rather than the other. But everyone liked this link, and so do we...


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