Thursday, 25 February 2016

Nerdversity Reviews - Cabin Pressure Series 3, Episode 3: Newcastle


Newcastle aired on BBC Radio 4 on 15th July 2011 and starred:
  • Tom Goodman-Hill as Martin
  • Roger Allam as Douglas
  • Stephanie Cole as Carolyn
  • John Finnemore as Arthur
  • Anthony Head as Herc Shipwright
  • Mark Williams as Eddie
  • Anna Crilly as Linda Fairburn
Note: Tom Goodman-Hill replaces Benedict Cumberbatch who was sick.

The episode opens with Carolyn telling the others that they have a job with Air Caledonian, a Scottish firm who wants them to fly out replacement pilots because one of them was sick. Arthur asks what would happen if Martin or Douglas got sick, Carolyn says they wouldn't dare. Martin comes in and sounds different to normal, but everyone passes it off.

In the portacabin, Martin is printing off a CV to hand in to Air Cal, hoping he'd get a job with them. Douglas learns that one of the pilots he's flying is Herc Shipwright, an old friend of his from Air England, and the other is Linda Fairburn, one that Martin hits it off with rather quickly. 

The flight goes off without a hitch. Martin and Linda talk in the flight deck and really hit off, he ends up mumbling through it because he has problems talking to women and other pilots. However, during the 25 minute flight from Fitton to Newcastle, they smell smoke coming from the plane, forcing them to land in Birmingham, where they meet Eddie. During Eddie's inspection, he finds out that there's no fire, but they're missing the tail light. He lets them go during the day with it on, but Martin gets on his high horse and demands to do things by the book, forcing Eddie to take action and makes Martin wait for a cherry picker, harness, vest and hat.

Inside GERTI, Carolyn, Douglas, Herc and Arthur break open the games cupboard and play Monopoly, where they play by the real rules and it's revealed that Arthur sold his electric company to Martin because he had to times things by four and he didn't want to do Maths while playing a game. He also likes to get Marylebone and Covent Garden because those are the places he's been to.

Outside in the hangar, Martin and Linda have a difficult conversation over her being a female rally driver and also a pilot. Linda assumes Martin was only talking about the Rally Driving and thinks she's a lesbian and that she got the job with Air Cal because her father was Chief Pilot and dropped her name. Eddie returns and commences the changing of the tail light, complete with safety gear. Martin goes to sign off the tech log, but is stopped by Eddie because he hasn't completed the test of the radio yet, all 256 channels and they're grounded until they're tested.

Back in the Cabin, the rest of them are playing Trival Pursuit and they get to a question on Opera and to which Carolyn replies that she can't stand it. Herc goes into the flight deck and bets Eddie £50 that he can't guess which channel he's on. Eddie wins as he states he's on channel 256,

Arriving in Newcastle, Martin asks Linda out on a date and turns him down. He laughs about it and offers a CV, which she also turns down. Herc offers Douglas and Arthur jobs with Air Cal, but they turn them down, stating they're happy where they are, but Carolyn and Herc agree to have a date.