In case you hadn’t already guessed it, I am a rather big fan of Benedict Cumberbatch. I am also a fan of comedy. So when I discovered the two have been put together in plane based hi-jinks written by the brilliant John Finnemore and also starring Stephanie Cole and The Thick Of It’s Roger Allam I was pretty darn happy.
Miranda Hart once described the comedy of Morecambe and Wise as being the perfect escape from her twenties, and this is what Cabin Pressure has become to my teenage years. The superb writing is not only funny but it also becomes a comfort, and a portal into a world where passenger jockey and four minute Christmases are the norm.
It is the perfect breed of comedy which can move from sharp wit found in the plummy tones of Roger Allam, to despair at being a captain without authority in the voice of Cumberbatch. It is comedy which perfectly mixes the careful construction of plot (see Finnemore’s blog) with the absurd.
It is, in short, Brilliant.
The series is being repeated on radio 4 extra. Board the plane, fasten your seatbelts and prepare for take off.
ALSO: After looking back at John Finnemore’s blog it turns out that not only is he a comedy genius he can also draw.
Some people get it all, grumble grumble..