Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Nerdversity Reviews: Cabin Pressure Series 2, Episode 6 - Limerick


Limerick aired on BBC Radio 4 on August 21st 2009 and starred:
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Martin
  • Roger Allam as Douglas
  • Stephanie Cole as Carolyn
  • John Finnemore as Arthur 
The pre-intro scene is GERTI flying over Russia. Douglas laments on how big the country is and even jokes about how they've been in the air for over a week now. He laments that he's bored and asks if anyone knows any card tricks or even ghost stories, to come to the flight deck. Martin takes over the cabin address and apologises for Douglas' outburst, but they both lament at how boring it is on the flight deck and how bored they both are,

The episode opens with Martin wondering why Tipperary is where it's always a long way from, as in the song "It's a Long Way From Tipperary". Douglas doesn't know and the conversation moves towards the games they're playing, which is Limericks, based on where they're going. Douglas makes the limerick

We hope you’re enjoying the flight.
On your left we’re just coming in sight
Of Swindon or Stroud
All covered in cloud,
And it’s much the same thing on the right.

Martin chimes in with "Davina McCall" as part of their other game, which is people that have evil sounding names. So far, they have Russell Crowe and Davina McCall. Arthur thinks they're really over Swindon, until he's corrected that they're still over Russia, in a place called Vyshny Volochyok. Arthur then tries to come up with a limerick based upon where they are. Arthur asks the time, as his watch is broken, He broke it trying to work out the difference between Splash Proof and Water Proof. 

Carolyn comes into the flight deck and joins in the games to pass the time, She comes up with the limerick

The captain has turned on the signs,
So stow away bags of all kinds.
Then make sure your tray
Is folded away
And your seat back no longer reclines.

The reason she's joined in is the fact there;s no entertainment in the cabin, There's a broken DVD player, no passengers and her resolve is weakening to the point where she'll let Arthur play Charades for the next 5 hours. Arthur comes in with coffees instead of dinner. Martin tests him on his knowledge of the Phonetic Alphabet, which he fails. He starts playing 20 questions to find out what's in the box they're carrying. Arthur leaves to go make the pies.

Conversation restarts with Martin and Douglas. It goes from Martin not being paid by Carolyn to relationships. Douglas reveals that Helena, his wife has been cheating on him with her Tai Chi instructor. Arthur comes back with the pies and his winning limerick 

Sean Connery, in Vyshny Volochyok,
In the rain, on a drizzly solo trek
Said … (attempting a Sean Connery impersonation) “Forgetting my shweater
Has made me much wetter.
I shertainly do miss my polo neck.”

The episode ends with Arthur realising that they're carrying horse sperm to Limerick from Hong Kong and feeling ill. He fails the next test in the phonetic alphabet. After Carolyn enters with Callista Flockheart, Martin's turn at bat. He uses the name on his watch, Patek Phillipe, Omega, Rolex and Tag Heur to win the game, just as his Patek Phillipe beeps 7pm with The Simpsons theme. With 5 hours left, Arthur tries Charades and everyone guesses his movie, Airplane!