Cabin Pressure

*intercom dings*

First Officer Douglas Richardson (voiced by Roger Allam): Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. We’re now about halfway through our flight from Hong Kong to Limerick, and I just thought I’d let you know that I… am… BORED. Bored, bored. Bored. Bored…… BOOOOOORED. We are, unbelievably, still flying over Russia, which continues to be STUPIDLY BIG. Really enormous. Far bigger than necessary. We’ve been in the air now for about a week and it doesn’t look like we’ll be landing until the last syllable of recorded time. So, if anyone on board knows any card tricks, ghost stories, or would like to have some sex, please do make your way to the flight deck. Thank you.

*intercom dings*

Captain Martin Crieff (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch): Ahhh, ladies and gentlemen, I do – I do profoundly apologize for my first officer and his badly misjudged attempt at humor. I do hope you weren’t distressed by his outburst and – and let me just say in his defense that up here in the flight deck it is… UNBELIEVABLY BORING.

First Officer Douglas Richardson: SOOOOO boring.

Captain Martin Crieff: So very very very VERY boring!

Both together: BOOOOOOOOOOORED!!!

Cabin Pressure is a radio sitcom produced by the BBC and starring Roger Allam, Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch, and John Finnemore. It’s also written by John Finnemore, who is BRILLIANT. 🙂 It’s about a tiny airline struggling to subsist on a single, shabby plane; one good but careless and dishonest pilot (Allam); one bad but careful and correct pilot (Cumberbatch); one extremely bossy owner (Cole); and one flight attendant who is not the sharpest knife in the drawer (Finnemore). Each episode involves funny antics. Currently, four series of six episodes each and one Christmas special are in existence, though my sources tell me more is planned. If you’re thinking of buying it, it is MUCH cheaper at AudioGo than on iTunes. Fans of Anthony Head will be pleased to hear that his character makes semi-regular appearances in later series.