We’re currently in the middle of the fourth series of Cabin Pressure, the sitcom about an airline for whom no job is too small but many, many jobs are too difficult! For those of you who are fans of the show, Duncan, our commissioning editor for comedy has put together a list of five titles you may also like!
Please let us know what you think and if you have any suggestions of your own!
Anthony Head, Celie Imrie, Richard Johnson and Geoffrey Whitehead star in this ‘Charles Dickens after too much gin’-style Victorian romp. Bleak Expectations is a quirky pastiche of Dickens’ works such as Bleak House and Great Expectations as well as costume dramas set in the same period. Written by Mark Evans, who wrote for That Mitchell and Webb Sound and the television adaptation That Mitchell and Webb Look, this is a must for any radio comedy fan.
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This is the story of Ed Reardon, a 50-something year old author, pipesmoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive email as he attempts to survive in a world where the media seems to be run by idiots and lying charlatans. Ed (played by Christopher Douglas) lives with his cat, Elgar and scrapes a living working through commissions for coffee table books such as The Brands Hatch Story and Pet Peeves, a book of celebrity pet anecdotes. Much of his work comes through his agent, Felix (played by John Fortune) but he makes a small income from running a creative writing course at the local night school, where his lessons frequently mention the single episode of Tenko that he wrote. Ed also earns an occasional £10 for taking part in identity parades at the police station.
Written by Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Salsby and Graeme Garden, the show follows the adventures of Giles Wemmbley-Hogg, traveller, backpacker and gap-year ponce. This sympathetic fool clearly doesn’t mean any harm and has a similar charm to Harry Enfield’s Tim Nice-But-Dim and P.G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster.
Cabin Pressure writer and actor, John Finnemore writes and stars in this sketch show, which It features such sketches as Winnie the Pooh coming to terms with his abusive relationship with honey, how The Archers sounds to people who don’t listen to the Archers and how Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde decided whose turn it was to do the washing up. If you liked Cabin Pressure, you’ll love this!
Written, starring and directed by Andy Hamilton, Old Harry’s Game follows the world-weary and cynical Satan as he deals with a rebellion and with human depravity on the increase, Hell’s getting over-crowded. It’s time for a new assistant. But will Scumspawn (Robert Duncan) get the job? This satirical, philosophical, inventive, topical and timeless comedy is a true great!
What do you think of these? Do you have any other suggestions?