Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Nerdversity Reviews - Cabin Pressure Series 4, Episode 2: Uskerty


Uskerty aired on BBC Radio 4 on 16th January 2013 and starred:
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Martin
  • Roger Allam as Douglas
  • Stephanie Cole as Carolyn
  • John Finnemore as Arthur
  • Marian McLoughlin as Breeda
  • Robert Wilfort as Gerry
  • John O'Mahoney as Farmer Fisher
There is no pre-credits sequence this episode. The episode opens with Arthur, Douglas and Martin in Cork airport, waiting for Carolyn. She appears to be in a bad mood as she stops Martin from filing a flight plan and Douglas considers it a storm warning 8, gusting to 10. They fly from Cork to Kilkenny to pick up a present for Herc. 


Once they land at Kilkenny Airport, Martin and Carolyn get a taxi to Uskerty, where they meet with Mrs. Herlihy, to get Herc's present, a stuffed sheep as he hates them. The sheep is called Finn McCool the Third. While they;re waiting for Martin and Carolyn to return within the hour, Arthur is entertaining himself with the items in the empty airport, ranging from the x-ray scanner, the baggage carousel and even the tannoy. Back at Manor Farm, Martin and Carolyn get in the taxi to bring Finn back home, after promising her 40 euros to clean the taxi afterwards, they get back.

Meanwhile, Arthur is making announcements on the tannoy. "Ladies and gentlemen, can I have your attention please. This is the Airport speaking. Listen to the Airport. Flight 202-02-02 is now ready for boarding at Gate … Eight. It isn’t late. It will not wait. If you want to be on that aeroplane … it’s time to get on the aeroplane now. If you have young children … put them on the aeroplane. If you have any hand baggage … put it on the aeroplane. If you have any bombs … they’re not allowed on the aeroplane. Please put them … in the bin! Okay, bye! Love, the Airport." Back in the taxi, Carolyn is getting agitated at getting back to Kilkenny airport before dusk, but Breeda refuses to go any faster because of the rain and winding country roads with blind corners. After Carolyn insults Breeda, she makes them get out and find their own way to Kilkenny Airport.

Back at the airport, Douglas and Arthur are sat in the bar, drinking pineapple juice. Meanwhile, Martin and Carolyn are trying to flag down a  lift to get to Kilkenny Airport before dusk. They find a tree and Martin climbs it to get better phone signal. Carolyn informs him that he needs to start finding a better job. He finally gets through to Douglas and explains the situation. Martin finds bees in a dead part of the tree and gets stung as he falls out the tree. They flag down Farmer Fisher, who is carrying a geese in the back of his truck. After falling over and getting messy and loosing his father's signet ring to one of the geese, they finally make it back to the airport.

They finally make it back into Kilkenny Airport with 12 minutes to spare. Martin is soaking wet, torn uniform, covered in goose droppings while carrying a soaking wet dead sheep. He tells Carolyn that he's going to X-Ray the geese to find out which one ate his father's signet ring.