Rotterdam aired on BBC Radio 4 on July 29th 2011 and starred:
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Martin
- Roger Allam as Douglas
- Stephanie Cole as Carolyn
- John Finnemore as Arthur
- Anthony Head as Herc Shipwright
- Gus Brown as Martin Davenport
There is no pre-credits sequence for this episode. It opens with Douglas and Martin are playing a word game when Herc rings in about his and Carolyn's date for the Opera. In the Cabin, Carolyn has decided to update the safety film for GERTI and MJN air, so is filming the welcome with Arthur. They get into arguments over who is doing what. They decide that Carolyn does thr welcome, Arthur does the Safety Demonstration and then Martin does the pre-flight video
Outside the plane, Arthur is on his way with Douglas and the camera. Arthur repeatedly drops the spare lifejacket for demonstrations. Douglas mentions thats the reason why he's carrying the camera. Back in the flight deck, Martin is practicing his lines and speech for the day. Arthur begins his safety demonstration. Meanwhile, Douglas gets in on the chance to do the pre-flight welcome video in exchange for using GERTI to go to the Belgian Grand Prix, to which Carolyn denies.
Martin comes in early and shows Carolyn the tape he made last night of him recording and it sounds bad. This is when she introduces Martin Davenport, an actor she hired to play Martin, much to the real Martin's annoyance. It also annoys Douglas, since he can't use it as a crux to go Belgium. After both Martin's have blown the pre-flight video, Douglas suggests he'll do it for the ticket to Belgium and the Grand Prix.
As it's Saturday, Herc enters the Portacabin to take Carolyn to the opera. Herc gets requested by Carolyn to do the intro. However, Douglas tries to use the Grand Prix quid pro quo, but Carolyn turns it round and states that he wasn't going anyway. The crew watches their video, which consists of Douglas doing the introduction, then becoming Dougie the Steward for the safety demonstration.