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John Finnemore (2) (1977–)

Author of Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 1

For other authors named John Finnemore, see the disambiguation page.

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Birthdate
1977-09-28
Gender
male
Nationality
UK
Birthplace
Reading, Berkshire, England, UK

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paarth7 | 1 other review | May 6, 2023 |
{First of 4; Cabin Pressure series. Comedy, audio book/ radio play} (2008)

Episodes: Abu Dhabi, Boston, Cremona, Douz, Edinburgh, Fitton

I got hit by a book bullet from (MickyFine) for this which I borrowed as an audiobook although it is actually six episodes of a radio play, from BBC Radio 4, about an airline called MJN ('My Jet Now') with a fleet of a grand total of one aircraft, called Gerti, running on a very tight budget.

Carolyn: I don't have an airline. I have one jet. You cannot put one jet in a line. If MJN is anything, it is an air dot.


It has a star cast (from British entertainment); the four regulars are Stephanie Cole (as the owner and stewardess), pilot Benedict Cumberbatch, first officer Roger Allam and steward John Finnemore, who also created and wrote the show, with guests coming on as passengers, air traffic controllers etc. Each episode features Gerti flying to a different destination (whether she reaches it or not) and issues with cargo, passengers, foreign paperwork, whisky, lemons ... not helped by Douglas's (Allam) attempts to belittle the less experienced Martin (Cumberbatch) by misinforming him (which tend to backfire on the whole enterprise) or by Arthur's (Finnemore) well meaning but often disastrous attempts to help.

Arthur: Aha, my signature dish. Behold! Surprising Rice.
Douglas: Good lord!
Martin: What are those bits?
Arthur: Ah, you see, Skipper, if you don't mind me saying so, that question is entirely against the spirit of Surprising Rice.


We listened to these episodes over a few family dinners; my husband and I really enjoyed them and even the kids appreciated the show. In this day and age, that's pretty high endorsement. My eleven year old giggled when Douglas described himself as calling from 'the pointy end' over the intercom. My sixteen year old liked Douglas's character while I had to do mental gymnastics compressing Sherlock down when Martin is described as a small man.

Martin: But I have always wanted to be an airline captain.
Douglas: Really?
Martin: Yes, ever since I was six.
Douglas: Oh, and before that?
Martin: I wanted to be an aeroplane.


Recommended. Short, sharp and sweet, like a good lemon meringue pie.

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libraian | 4 other reviews | Jun 4, 2020 |
I can’t stop smiling ❤

What a way to finish an amazing show – heartwarming, happy, and always reliably funny. As Arthur would say: BRILLIANT!
 
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tetiana.90 | Apr 28, 2020 |
The cliffhanger! When I was first listening to it “Zurich” hasn’t aired yet and Martin’s “They’re going to let me know” made me start yelling 😂
 
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tetiana.90 | 1 other review | Apr 28, 2020 |

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