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Publisher's Summary

Stephanie Cole (Doc Martin), Benedict Cumberbatch, and Roger Allam (The Thick of It) star in the complete second series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.  

Run by the forbidding divorcée Carolyn Knapp-Shappey (an unfortunate marriage, namewise, but in Carolyn's opinion, marginally better than Carolyn Shappey-Knapp), her two pilots are the smooth, experienced, and almost-certainly-fired-by-a-big-airline-for-all-around naughtiness Douglas, and struggling, almost competent Martin. All-round help is provided by Carolyn's near-idiot son, Arthur.

Written by John Finnemore, writer for The News Quiz and That Mitchell & Webb Sound.

©2008 John Finnemore & Pozzitive Television Ltd 2009 (P)2009 BBC Audio

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"The more I listen to John Finnemore's Cabin Pressure, the more I think what a stonking masterpiece it is. Perfect in every department." (Philip Pullman)

What listeners say about Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 2

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loved it.

Witty repartee, condescension, irony, brinkmanship, cutting ripostes, unbridled enthusiasm, aloof disdaingiving the listener the very best of british humour!

Well written, crafted and acted. A true joy.

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  • Gwynne O'Reagan
  • 06-11-2009

Brilliant Fun!

Cabin Pressure is the best new UK comedy series I've found on Audible. Stephanie Cole and Roger Allam are both fantastic, and the other players are fine as well. The writing is crisp and fun, as well as intelligent and largely free of coarseness. Any listener with a sense of humor will enjoy this download. Don't forget to get series 1 as well. You will be charmed, I promise you!

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  • SJS
  • 30-10-2012

MJN Air, I love you

The second series is as strong as the first. I love the second episode and the revelation about Martin. He is portrayed so fantastically by Benedict Cumberbatch. He could easily be a ridiculous and unsympathetic laughingstock but as voiced by Cumberbatch, his yearnings and frustrations are as real as his shortcomings and I just want to give him a hug! The Johannesburg and Kuala Lumpur episodes are both classics as well.

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  • Emily
  • 07-05-2014

In a word ... brilliant

Buy this audiobook. Buy it now. Buy it fast. You'll laugh until you're sore in the stomach listening to the adventures of MJN air, Britain's least competent but most endearing airline. This is British radio humour at its very best, and it has Benedict Cumberbatch in the cast (as Captain Martin Crieff)! The entire series is excellent - there's not a dud episode among them. I cannot wait for more episodes so come, and have listened to these ones many times and they just keep staying funny. This is a future classic, destined for the comedy hall of fame.

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  • KDB
  • 14-04-2013

Can't stop laughing

Where does Cabin Pressure rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best radio plays I've ever listened to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cabin Pressure?

Burling Day!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I only planned to listen to each individual episode at a time, but ended up listening to the entire series.

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  • Amy Jacobs
  • 06-01-2013

Made me laugh so hard I couldn't walk!

What did you love best about Cabin Pressure?

Oh, it's hard to pick just one thing - the clever, hysterically funny writing, the performances or the way it changes the way you look at everyday life?

What did you like best about this story?

There were many stories. And they were all funny and witty and clever. I love that!

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Each narrator provided depth and nuances that broadened the characters and made them into people rather than just caricatures. The comic delivery had me staggering around the park laughing seemingly to myself on my daily walk as I listened.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"Arthur says 'it's brilliant'"

Any additional comments?

I am so jealous of the UK for getting new episodes first.

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  • Brandon
  • 23-06-2012

"GENIUS COMEDY!"

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I already have! I have recommended this to a bunch of friends most of them love it, a few aren't crazy about it but still acknowledge it's funniness.

Who was your favorite character and why?

um Martin. His preeminence to failure despite his efforts creates great conflict.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Arthur- such a well done character

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

when it made me laugh....which was all the time

Any additional comments?

You Won't Regret Getting This!

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  • Gudrun
  • 05-08-2015

Just as BRILLIANT as series 1

Nothing was lost in terms of quality in series 2. This is an hilarious show with truly excellent characters and simple, but funny plot lines that are character driven. I highly recommend. You will laugh.

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  • ChipOwood
  • 15-04-2015

Be prepared to drop a little coin

I bought the fourth series on a deal of the day special, and got hooked five minutes into it. An all together awesome series.

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  • Jessica
  • 20-09-2015

Hysterical!

My cousin suggested this, my mother bought it for me as a gift, and I sincerely loved every moment of it. I hope there is/will be more!

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  • leora
  • 22-03-2021

Laughter Guaranteed

Phenomenally clever writing and superb acting! Cabin Pressures never fails to make me literally LOL.

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  • Joan
  • 01-07-2011

Even Better.....

This shows that series 1 was not a fluke. This is even better. The games the crew play to stave off boredom during flights are truly inventive and are really funny signs of how tedious life can be. If you haven't heard this or series 1 yet what are you doing? Buy this now, download it immediately and listen to it over and over again to catch all the comedic nuances. Like I said of series 1, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Emma
  • 15-02-2010

Fabulous

Cabin Pressure is fabulous. John Finnemore should be locked in a room and made to write Series 3, 4 and 5.
Deep Trouble is another one of his outstanding comedies.
They lighten my dark days.

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  • Carol
  • 06-05-2011

First Class Comedy

Cabin Pressure is a real gem - very clever, beautifully written, wonderful characterizations, superbly voiced by a top class cast and most of all very, very funny. I have lost track of how many times I've listened to these two series, but it has never become jaded - love it every time.

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  • Lucy Ralph
  • 21-01-2018

I loooooooooooooooove cabin pressure

ITS AMAZING I LOVE CABIN PRESSURE U SHOULD LISTEN TO ALL THE EPISODES I LOVE IT SO MUCH

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  • rosemary mckimmie
  • 16-06-2021

top marks

best sitcom I've been entertained by in any medium ever. been listening to it fie years

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  • Red
  • 29-05-2021

comedy gold

onboard GERTI once again for the best radio comedy. absolutely love this series. thankyou Arthur. it's "brilliant"!

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  • S. M. A. John
  • 25-04-2021

BBC Comedy:Cabin Pressure

Written by John Finnemore (his brother David Finnemore is the programme’s aviation consultant). This is a superbly paced radio comedy starring BBC heavy weights; Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch & the author John Finnemore.Each episode is a different destination with inventive dialogue & a well constructed plot. Look out for guest appearances by Timothy West & Anthony Head.

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  • Penny
  • 06-04-2021

Listen Again and Again

Innocent humour of the best kind.
I have every series available on Audible. Wish there were more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-03-2021

loved it. one of the timeless gems from radio 4

left hand down a bit number one.
as good as the classics.
dads army
the navy lark
just a minute.

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  • Imogen
  • 19-07-2020

cabin pressure

oh my, absouletly HILARIOUS!!! I love the comedy and it has inspired me to be a pilot or a steward on board an aeroplane.
i am addicted!!!

" The lemon is in play " :)

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