John Finnemore's Double Acts - A Flock Of Tigers
John Finnemore's Double Acts - Wysinnwyg
John Finnemore's Double Acts
John Finnemore's Double Acts - Red-Handed
John Finnemore's Double Acts - The Goliath Window
John Finnemore's Double Acts - English For Pony-Lovers
John Finnemore's Double Acts - Hot Desk
John Finnemore's Double Acts - The Queen's Speech
John Finnemore's Double Acts - Mercy Dash
John Finnemore's Double Acts - Here's What We Do
John Finnemore's Double Acts - The Rebel Alliance
John Finnemores Double Acts - Penguin Diplomacy
John Finnemore's Double Acts - The Wroxton Box

"A Flock Of Tigers" - Dolorosa (Celia Imrie) and Edmund (Charles Edwards)

"Wysinnwyg" - Adele (Alison Steadman) and Kerry (Isy Suttie)

John Finnemore's Double Acts

"Red-Handed" - Joel (Lawry Lewin) and Henry (John Bird)

"The Goliath Window" - Mark (Simon Kane) and Luke (John Finnemore)

"English For Pony-Lovers" - Elke (Rebecca Front) and Lorna (Beth Mullen)

"Hot Desk" - The Receptionist (Jenny Bede) and The Security Guard (Mathew Baynton)

"The Queen's Speech" - Mabel (Kerry Godliman) and Victoria (Stephanie Cole)

"Mercy Dash" - Sue (Juklia McKenzie) and Malcolm (Gus Brown)

"Here's What We Do" - Gavin (Ethan Lawrence) and Pidge (Kieran Hodgson)

"the Rebel Alliance" - Lizzie (Tamzin Outhwaite) and Eileen (Una Stubbs)

"Penguin Diplomacy - Søndergaard (Tom Goodman-Hill) and Bunning (Martin Clunes)

"The Wroxton Box" - Alec (John Finnemore) and Percy (Michael Palin)

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John Finnemore's Double Acts

After the finale of Cabin Pressure aired in Christmas 2014, BBC Radio 4 were keen for John to do more, so over a long cycle ride that seemed to involve most of Europe and about six months cogitation, John came up with the idea - and wrote - six two-handers; one-off pieces that collectively would be known as "John Finnemore's Double Acts".

The series aired in October/November 2015, with the first episode - "A Flock Of Tigers", starring Celia Imrie and Charles Edwards - being set entirely in a railway carriage in 1934, where the action takes place over the course of a journey from London to Oxford... For train fans, the background was actually recorded on the Oxford to Didcot branch using unwelded track, to get the period "diddly-dee diddly-dum" sound right...

Show 2 featured Alison Steadman and Isy Suttie and snuck in a little cross-reference to the first show - a reference that trickles through the whole series for the sharp-eared listener... The third show, starred one of the godfathers of the Satire Boom, John Bird, and John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme's very own Lawry Lewin. Show 4 was set in Regency times, and stars John F himself and JFSP's very own Simon Kane. Nudity was involved.

The penultimate show starred Rebecca Front and newcomer Beth Mullen... and the last show, starring Jenny Bede and Yonderland's very own Mathew Baynton ended on a romantic note. And the series had the almost unique distinction of being nominated for an award - the BBC Audio Drama award for Best Scripted Comedy - even before it had been finished, let alone fully aired...

 

The second series began airing in May 2017, having taken John broadly speaking every second after the first series to write the six new shows. Set variously in three different centuries and in exotic locations ranging far and wide, from the South Atlantic to, basically, Wimborne in Dorset, the series boasted an amazing line-up. As well as the powerful and wonderful talents of Tamzin Outhwaite, Una Stubbs and Julia McKenzie, the first show paired Kerry Godliman and our very own Stephanie Cole, delivering John's words once more!

In fact, there was a little Cabin Pressure theme running through the series, with every show featuring at least one person from the series. Not just Rotterdam's Gus Brown (aka "Big Martin"), Tom Goodman-Hill (our "Anton" in Milton Jones too!) and Kieran Hodgson (King Max, Heir to the Throne Of Liechtenstein) but a few sneaky appearances by some others, plus a couple of Souvenir Programme stars thrown in for good measure.

The fifth show paired Tom with Martin Clunes, and because of his Doc Martin filming schedule, we dragged the whole recording down to Cornwall via the Sleeper...

The series also welcomed two newcomers - Ethan Lawrence (from "Bad Education") and someone who simply calls himself "Michael Palin". 

John is still grinning from ear to ear...

John Finnemore's Double Acts

Series 1

Show 1

"A Flock Of Tigers"

First Tx: 16/10/15 11.30-12.00

A seemingly ordinary train ride turns into an unexpected adventure for Edmund and Dolorosa.

Celia Imrie and Charles Edwards star in the first of six two-handers written by Cabin Pressure’s John Finnemore

Starring
DolorosaCelia Imrie
EdmundCharles Edwards
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 2

"Wysinnwyg"

First Tx: 23/10/15 11.30-12.00

It’s Kerry’s first day in the Sales Support Department of Willard & Son Bath Suppliers - where she meets Adele for the very first time…

Alison Steadman and Isy Suttie star in the second of six two-handers written by Cabin Pressure’s John Finnemore

Starring
AdeleAlison Steadman
KerryIsy Suttie
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 3

"Red-Handed"

First Tx: 30/10/15 11.30-12.00

Joel comes home early from work one day to find an unexpected visitor in the shape of Henry…

John Bird and Lawry Lewin star in the third of six two-handers written by Cabin Pressure’s John Finnemore

Starring
HenryJohn Bird
JoelLawry Lewin
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 4

"The Goliath Window"

First Tx: 6/11/15 11.30-12.00

It is the year 1820, and Mark & Luke have agreed to meet in the vestry of St Anne’s church in the village of Mayton Chennett...

John Finnemore and his “Souvenir Programme” regular Simon Kane star in the fourth of six two-handers written by John Finnemore

Starring
LukeJohn Finnemore
MarkSimon Kane
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 5

"English For Pony-Lovers"

First Tx: 13/11/15 11.30-12.00

In a small town in Germany, Lorna is about to give Elke an English lesson...

Rebecca Front and Beth Mullen star in the fifth of six two-handers written by Cabin Pressure’s John Finnemore

Starring
ElkeRebecca Front
LornaBeth Mullen
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 6

"Hot Desk"

First Tx: 20/11/15 11.30-12.00

For a few minutes, twice a day, at precisely seven in the morning and seven in the evening, a receptionist and a security guard meet to swap ownership of a desk...

Mathew BayntonJenny Bede star in the last of six two-handers written by Cabin Pressure’s John Finnemore

Starring
The Security GuardMathew Baynton
The ReceptionistJenny Bede
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Series 2

Show 1

"The Queen's Speech"

First Tx: 31/05/17 18.30-19.00

Victoria is very much hoping to see a conjuror, or at the very least a parrot - but instead meets Mabel...

Stephanie Cole and Kerry Godliman star in the first of six two-handers written by Cabin Pressure’s John Finnemore

Starring

VictoriaStephanie Cole
MabelKerry Godliman
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 2

"Mercy Dash"

First Tx: 07/06/17 18.30-19.00

Malcolm needs some help. Sue has a spot of time on her hands. Winchester beckons...

Julia McKenzie and Gus Brown star in the second of six two-handers written by Cabin Pressure’s John Finnemore

Starring

SueJulia McKenzie
MalcolmGus Brown
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 3

"Here's What We Do"

First Tx: 05/07/17 18.30-19.00

It’s Pidge & Gavin! The old team back together again for one last mission...

Kieran Hodgson and Ethan Lawrence star in another of the six two-handers written by Cabin Pressure’s John Finnemore

 

Starring

PidgeKieran Hodgson
GavinEthan Lawrence
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 4

"The Rebel Alliance"

First Tx: 21/06/17 18.30-19.00

Eileen and Lizzie are both determined to enjoy the wedding. No matter what Yvonne does...

Una Stubbs and Tamzin Outhwaite star in another of the six two-handers written by Cabin Pressure’s John Finnemore

Starring

LizzieTamzin Outhwaite
EileenUna Stubbs
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 5

"Penguin Diplomacy"

First Tx: 28/06/17 18.30-19.00

A chance meeting between Søndergaard and Bunning could very well lead to a new Cold War...

Martin Clunes and Tom Goodman-Hill star in another of the two-handers written by Cabin Pressure’s John Finnemore

 

Starring

BunningMartin Clunes
S√łndergaardTom Goodman-Hill
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

Show 6

"The Wroxton Box"

First Tx: 12/07/17 18.30-19.00

Alec is late as usual. But Percy is wearing different socks. Something big is brewing...

Michael Palin joins “Cabin Pressure” actor and writer John Finnemore in the last of the six two-handers

 

Starring

PercyMichael Palin
AlecJohn Finnemore
 
Written byJohn Finnemore
 
Produced & directed byDavid Tyler

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