13 Nov
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Can’t Douglas Just Do Something Clever So Everything Will Be Ok?

All good things come to an end.

Today, the supreme commander, John Finnemore, announced that he is currently writing the next installment of Cabin Pressure! This, in itself, is great news and exactly what we all wanted to hear. However, sadly, it is to be the last installment of the show.

After 6 years and 25 episodes, the 26th and final episode ‘Z’ (widely suspected to be ‘Zurich’ and I’m no different) is to be recorded in the early part of 2014 and is to bring to a close the series that we love so dearly. This will be a one-off special and the only episode that lasts 45 minutes. I’m sure it’ll be 45 minutes that will have us all captivated. The response from the fandom, particularly on Twitter, has been incredible, with so many fans expressing their excitement for a new episode and sorrow that this will be the last.

So why is it over? John Finnemore writes:

Well, it has to end somewhere, and six years and twenty six episodes feels like a pretty good score. And this way I get to build towards an ending that I feel is satisfying, rather than it simply stopping one day‚Ķ or worse, getting tired and repetitive. It’s also allowed me to let the characters and their relationships change and develop over the last couple of series, knowing that I’m building in a particular direction, in a way that I couldn’t have done if I’d had to keep them in sitcom limbo.

Not to mention the fact there are only 26 letters in the alphabet to play with. You can read his full announcement here.

So it’s with a mixture of excitement and sadness that we look forward to the final chapter – I have yet to find something that Mr Finnemore has been involved with that hasn’t been brilliant, clever and hugely creative. No pressure, John, but we’re expecting great things from this last voyage!

What is abundantly clear is how this radio show has captured the hearts of so many people, from various walks of life and from, quite literally, all over the world. Speaking personally, I started this website to give the show that I loved some recognition, but have found thousands of like-minded people from every corner of the globe. It’s been a pleasure to have done so. There’s no hiding from the fact that a certain Mr Cumberbatch’s prominent role in the show has been of huge importance in reaching more people and gaining more mainstream interest, but there are very few who listened to some of it and didn’t listen to it all. Thank you to all of you for creating a fandom that is the envy of others – we have all been involved just by being here! All of us will be sad to see it end and I’m no different, but it will now take its place in a fine tradition of British sitcoms, and to me it is very high on the list. It’s certainly better to have enjoyed it and seen it end than not to have had it at all. Whatever comes next for John Finnemore I have no doubt will be a lesson in excellence to every other comedy writer going and I can’t wait to see what that may be.

Currently no information is available regarding recording dates, location or ticketing – please don’t ask! Even when it is, I have absolutely no sway whatsoever on tickets so I can’t offer any help. I’m just a fan like you guys are.

Now, the question is, what will happen? Will Martin and his Princess stay together? Will he take the job in Zurich? Will Carolyn and Herc still be together or was that present just a sheep too far? Will Douglas become the man he mocks so readily? Will Arthur calm down? (I bloody well hope not). So many questions to be answered! Please take the time to let everyone know what YOU think in the comments below.

While it is sad to see the show come to an end, we are all exceptionally grateful to the writer, cast, crew, Pozzitive Productions and fans worldwide for the enjoyment and happiness it has brought us. I believe there is a project already started to say a “thank you for Cabin Pressure” and everyone should get involved! For information PLEASE CLICK HERE.

We’ll all miss the show, I’m sure, and no doubt be communally wondering in the coming weeks: “Can’t Douglas just do something clever so everything will be ok..?”


  • Love the Thank You for Cabin Pressure idea. Already plotting!

  • I’m gonna miss this show so much… It was the highlight of my evening, and it’s so sad that John decided to end it. *sobs* Arthuuur!!!

  • Its a great shame that there will be only one more episode, but I would much rather the show go out at the top rather then go on and on well past its sell by date (unlike others I could mention)

    Roll on the next John Finnamore project, though how he could approach the BRILLIANT show that is Cabin Pressure I do not know.

  • This is the funniest thing I have ever listened too and trust me, I listen to all the repeats on Radio 4 Extra.

    Well done Mr Finnemore, it truly is special.

  • It’s our family favourite (TV included!) and is adored by our 13 year old son. We recently went to a recording of “I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue” and deliberately didn’t find out in advance who the special guest was going to be – we wanted it to be a surprise when, whoever they were, walked out onto the stage. One of my fondest memories will always be the look on my son’s face when John Finnemore walked out! And yes, he rocked!

  • Discovering this programme in November has made my 250 mile M1 commute bearable! My kids love it too – however my wife may shoot the next person to say “Yellow Car”. She has yet to see our plans for implementation of The Travelling Lemon and Words Of One Sound.

  • amazing show that just makes me happy. I have listened so often i know the lines. Thankyou to all the actors who have given me memories to tell my children, i am 15, . can’t wait for the last one . I will miss them all.

  • A wonderful show. Have yet to hear the Christmas Special episode…
    I wish they would move to, say, Sweden… more letters in their alphabet could mean more episodes!

  • This has been the funniest comedy series on Radio or TV for ages. It makes me laugh out loud. I have listened to each episode countless times. Great scripts, wonderful cast. Not only that you get to care about the characters the more you learn about them.

  • As an employee within the aviation industry and a pilot (not a captain), I have loved every episode of Cabin Pressure. The airline detail is second to none and the characters are so familiar. In my career I have met each and everyone of them in some form. It would be my dream to work for an outfit like MJN and enjoy the close knit nature of the company instead of the leviathan of an outfit I work for now.

    • I think Nathan’s must be the ultimate tribute — that a professional aviator likes the technical precision as well as the comedy of the writing. Writing this after the triumphant close of CP, I and I think everybody else liked that John Finnermore credits his father ( an airline pilot) as technical advisor for the series.

So, what do you think?