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->''"Welcome to MJN Air -- putting the excitement back into air travel. Sometimes too much so."''
-->--'''Douglas Richardson'''

A BBC radio sitcom, written by John Finnemore, about a small charter airline (or, technically, an 'airdot', as you can't put only one aircraft in a line). There are two pilots, a good one (Douglas) and a safe one (Martin), the former played by Creator/RogerAllam, the latter by Creator/BenedictCumberbatch. The attendants are Carolyn (Stephanie Cole, ''WaitingForGod''), who owns the airline as part of her last divorce settlement, and Arthur (Finnemore), her well-meaning, if dim, late-twenties son.

Much of the humour comes from the tension between the two pilots, Martin and Douglas; Carolyn's penny pinching ways; and Arthur's stupidity.

There have so far been four series of six plus one Christmas Special, and an extra-length finale recorded in February 2014 will round out the 26 alphabetically-entitled episodes.

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!!Tropes:

* AcePilot: Deconstructed. Douglas is an excellent pilot, but a reckless one, his record of stunts resulting in his being knocked down to First Officer. Martin, meanwhile, is a very cautious and safety-conscious pilot, but not good at quick-thinking or improvisation in a tight spot.
-->'''Carolyn:''' I have a good pilot and a safe pilot. And the safe pilot is in charge of the good pilot. Martin won’t let them get into trouble, and if they do, Douglas would get them out of it.
** For his part, Douglas managed to chase polar bears across Qikiqtarjuaq in a really old commercial charter plane, all the while making taka-taka noises.
** Hercules 'Herc' Shipwright, Douglas' old friend, is another one.
* ActuallyIAmHim:
** Carolyn has to assure a few people that the manager of MJN is, in fact, her.
** In 'Vaduz':
-->'''Martin:''' Hello, we're here to pick up Princess Theresa.\\
'''[[ModestRoyalty Princess Theresa:]]''' Yes, hello.\\
'''Martin:''' ''[awkward pause]'' Is she... in?\\
'''Theresa:''' Yes, she is in... front of you.
* {{Adorkable}}: ''Martin''. It's Benedict Cumberbatch - 'nuff said.
** Just listen to him rattling off the Seven Dwarves in "Gdansk"! You just want to pick him up and hug him!
* [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Plane]]: GERTI. After another pilot correctly identifies what model it is, Douglas replies, "Gosh, well done. Most people would have to stop and think before they said 'aeroplane'..."
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering: Played straight for an UnspokenPlanGuarantee between Martin and Douglas in 'Douz', the humour being when ''Arthur'' joins in despite clearly having no idea what they're talking about.
-->'''Douglas:''' ''Ohhh...'' You mean...\\
'''Martin:''' What do you think?\\
'''Douglas:''' I ''like'' it.\\
'''Arthur:''' ''(conspiratorially) Yeah...'' that might ''just'' work...\\
'''Martin:''' What might?\\
'''Arthur:''' I don't know... I just like talking like this...
* ArousedByTheirVoice: The voice-off between Douglas and [[Creator/AnthonyHead Herc]].
--> '''Carolyn''': Stop it, you two, before I drown in syrup!
* AssholeVictim: Mr. Leeman in "Boston".
* TheBGrade: When Martin is told that he got 99% on a theory test (in which nobody has ''ever'' scored more than 84, and the testers conclude he must have cheated) he can only ask "...so I got a question ''wrong''?" [[spoiler:Turns out they were just confused by his British 7 (with no crossbar) looking like a European 1, so he was right after all.]]
* BadLiar: Arthur.
--> '''Douglas''': Answer this question with a lie. What's your name?
--> '''Arthur''': ''[stuttering]'' Arth...nold...man...er...cat...sir...man.
--> '''Douglas''': Arthnoldmanercatsirman... That's an unusual name. Tell me, is it made up?
--> '''Arthur''': Yes, it is. Augh!
** Douglas tries to teach him to lie better by using anecdotes from real life instead of trying to make things up, but this doesn't work since [[LimitedSocialCircle most of his anecdotes include the people he's trying to lie to]] (telling Carolyn he's been at the dentist's when she took him last week, telling Martin he's been having lunch at an Italian restaurant with Douglas and Mar...[[LastSecondWordSwap k Ramprakash]]).
* BatmanGambit: Douglas' scheme in "Kuala Lumpur" (to make Martin think Carolyn had [[spoiler:shut down his secret bar, when really she'd been a regular patron before he found out about it]]) relied on Arthur being such a BadLiar that Martin would realise [[spoiler:the bar had been set up again, Martin calling Carolyn ''and then immediately regretting doing so'', and Martin picking up on his hint to give her the one bottle filled with apple juice.]] He knows his colleagues inside-out, does Douglas.
** His plan to get to stay in the state rooms at the Excelsior Hotel in "Cremona" is possibly even more complex.
* BerserkButton: Arthur loves his mother and woe betide anyone who insults her in his presence. Admittedly his idea of going berserk is [[spoiler:putting a cake in someone's face]], but by Arthur's standards the merest hint of hostility is an extreme reaction.
** A relatively minor example, but in 'Gdansk', when Martin brings up [[spoiler:Douglas letting his wife believe he's a captain]], Douglas' reaction instantly shifts from his usual playful sarcasm to dead-serious ThisMeansWar
* BlandNameProduct: Douglas and Herc's former employer 'Air England', probably because British Airways wouldn't appreciate the implication that they'd ''ever'' employed anyone like Douglas.
** G-ERTI is a 'Lockheed [=McDonnell=] 3-12', which doesn't exist as a real aircraft. Presumably a combination of Lockheed ''Martin'' and [=McDonnell=] ''Douglas''.
** Subverted in the Birling Day trilogy: John Finnemore never thought that the Talisker would make a return after Edinburgh, so he didn't bother making up a fictional whisky. He is also quite adamant that he doesn't have shares in Toblerone.
* BlessedAreTheCheeseMakers: Douglas and Martin take the cheese tray very seriously. Hardly surprising, given the state of the rest of the catering.
* TheBlindLeadingTheBlind: A RunningGag in 'Abu Dhabi' is each of the main characters trying to explain to Arthur how planes' wings work. Carolyn is out of her depth almost immediately, Martin gives the classic primary school "the air on top has to keep up" explanation (which Arthur scotches with "but ''why'' does it have to?" and Douglas gives a more accurate explanation regarding relative air pressures. When Arthur asks how planes are able to fly ''upside-down'', even Douglas has to deftly change the subject.
* BolivianArmyEnding: The final episode of series 4, 'Yverdon-Les-Bains' ended with Martin leaving the question of whether he's going to take a paying job at another airline [[IncrediblyLamePun up in the air]]. Finnemore hoped to be able to make a 'Zurich' episode to wrap everything up, but made 'Yverdon' in such a way that it ''could'' stand up on its own if that wasn't possible. He eventually confirmed that a final episode would be broadcast in early 2014.
-->[[WordOfGod Finnemore]]: ''Yes, now he has a big decision to make, and that decision has potentially sad consequences... but he hasn't made it yet, so we don't even know which potentially sad consequences to be potentially sad about.''
* BotheringByTheBook: Annoyed at his sniping at the state of GERTI, Martin insists that an engineer fix a broken lightbulb before they take off from Birmingham to Newcastle. The engineer hits back by insisting on using a cherry-picker, safety harness, hard hat etc, even though the bulb is six feet off the ground. Things just escalate from there.
* BottleEpisode: 'Limerick', 'Fitton' and 'Xinzhou' all take place largely on-board GERTI and feature quiet character interaction between the core cast rather than a complex comedy plot.
* BrattyHalfPint:
** Maxi, [[AChildShallLeadThem the King of Liechtenstein.]] He's fond of threatening to chop off the heads of schoolmates who make fun of him, which [[NotSoDifferent Martin recognises]] as the same kind of petty pomposity he resorts to.
** Also, Kieran in 'Helsinki'.
* BrickJoke: Quite a few. Among them:
** [[spoiler:The water bottle in "Johannesburg".]]
** [[spoiler:The travelling lemon of "Qikiqtarjuaq".]]
** [[spoiler:The bassoon in "Gdansk".]]
* BuffySpeak: The "Words of One Syllable" game tends to cause this:
-->'''Douglas''': I'll go do the... "man looks at plane" bit.
* CaliforniaDoubling: An in-universe example in 'Timbuktu', when the crew try to pass off Guspini on the Italian island of Sardinia as the eponymous remote African town, for the benefit of a drunken multi-millionaire. It ''almost'' works...
* CallBack:
** "Abu Dhabi":
-->'''Martin''': "And as Carolyn knows, whilst in flight, I am supreme commander of this vessel."
** "Yverdon-les-Bains":
--> '''Douglas''': [...]"I think you’ll find that I am the supreme commander of th..." (trails off)
--> '''Herc''': "Y’all right, Commander?"
--> '''Douglas''': (horrified) WhatHaveIBecome
* CallingShotgun: In "Abu Dhabi", Martin and Douglas squabble over this. "The captain gets to sit in the front of an aircraft, because he's driving it. He doesn't get to sit in the front seat of any vehicle he happens to be in."
* TheCastShowoff: Creator/RogerAllam is an acclaimed performer on the West End and has been for over twenty years. He gets to show his singing voice off in "Ottery St. Mary", "Fitton", and "Newcastle".
* CasualDangerDialogue: "Arthur, break the emergency glass. I require my {{Biggles}} hat."
* CatchPhrase: Arthur's is "Brilliant".
-->'''Douglas:''' Always at hand with the ''mot juste'', aren't you Arthur? Yes, the Sahara Desert ''is'' "brilliant", just as Niagara Falls was "brilliant", the Northern Lights were "brilliant", and that chap from [=RyanAir=] burping the theme from ''TheMuppets'' was "''really'' brilliant".
* ChainOfDeals: Douglas is quite good at this. He started with a half eaten sandwich, and towards series 2 has a couple of bouquets of orchids.
* ChekhovsGag: Often an apparent one-off joke will become important later in the episode;
** Douglas running his car on spare aeroplane fuel ("feeding a rabbit cheetah food") in 'Douz'; turns out [[spoiler:you can also feed a cheetah for a short while with an awful lot of rabbit food.]]
** Both the [[TongueOnTheFlagpole freezing cold metal sticking to flesh]], and the Gordon's Gin, in 'St Petersburg'.
* ChristmasEpisode: "Molokai," featuring an impromptu celebration on the flight deck, with 'turkey' made from bits of a chicken sandwich and a green umbrella in lieu of a tree.
** Another is planned (but not confirmed) for Christmas 2013, thus providing a 26th episode to round off the AlphabeticalThemeNaming. Judging by the StoryArc of series four, it'll be "Zurich".
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Arthur.
* CodeEmergency: The paranoid Madame Szyszko-Bohusz overhears Carolyn and Arthur's cryptic conversation about the Seven Dwarfs (regarding the latest cabin game) she assumes it's a case of this, and Carolyn humours her, explaining that they have a Disney character for every emergency.
* ColdOpen: Some episodes open with self-contained pre-credit gags, whether plot-related or not, such as the characters making mock intercom announcements in their off-hours.
* ComicRolePlay: Carolyn attempting to improve Arthur's stewarding skills by playing a succession of demanding passengers. Despite getting extremely flustered and confused, he does to his credit [[BunnyEarsLawyer keep all their demands in his head (making up names on the spot for each of them) and finds an unorthodox way to meet them all.]]
* ComicTrio: Douglas the schemer, Martin the complainer, Arthur the idiot.
** Played with in "Ottery St. Mary", with its very ''Film/TheThreeStooges''-esque premise involving the three being hired to move a piano. Martin is responsible for the "scheme", such as it is (and constantly excuses himself from heavy lifting because of his sprained ankle); meanwhile Arthur and Douglas' usual roles are switched when it's revealed that it was Douglas who lost the van keys and thus derailed ASimplePlan.
* ConstantlyCurious: Arthur's attempts to find out from everyone else why aeroplanes can fly in "Abu Dhabi".
* CoolShades: Martin finds some aviators in 'Johannesburg.' He's reluctant to wear them lest Douglas mock him, but since Douglas isn't around he does (and his confidence improves without the constant snarking as well). Of course by the end of the episode, before Dougie even gets a chance to get any good jabs in, they -- along with his newfound self-esteem -- get broken.
* CreditsGag: Benedict Cumberbatch reads the credits to "Qikiqtarjuaq" in the fake French accent Martin was forced to assume after Douglas informed everyone he was French.
** He also slips into a South African accent for the final credits of "Johannesburg".
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: The closing 30 seconds or so of 'St. Petersburg'. Arthur is getting... GenreSavvy.
* CurseCutShort: During the First Officers' training exercise in 'Ipswich':
-->'''Instructor:''' Step Four, propose a solution: "One thing we ''could'' do is reduce our speed." Step Five, obtain buy-in to your idea: "How does that sound to you?"\\
'''Douglas:''' Well, frankly, it sounds like the biggest load of--\\
'''Instructor:''' --Nonono, that's what you might ''say''...
* DeadpanSnarker: Douglas is a master of this. Martin and Carolyn also go in for it fairly often, but Douglas is the fount of eternal snark.
--> '''Carolyn:''' Now Douglas, as soon as we get to the motel, I want you to help me write my little speech for tomorrow.
--> '''Martin:''' What about me?
--> '''Carolyn:''' Well, okay, you too, but I want it to be unbearably snide and superior, so obviously Douglas is my primary resource.
* DeathInTheClouds
* DelusionsOfEloquence: Arthur has a habit of talking this way, combined with DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment, when he goes into flight attendant mode;
-->'''Arthur:''' Ladies and gentlemen, as you can see our onboard transit process today has now reached its ultimate termination.\\
'''Carolyn:''' [[ExpospeakGag He means we've landed.]]\\
'''Arthur:''' Yes. So as yourselves prepare for [[PerfectlyCromulentWord disemboarding]], if I could kindly ask you to kindly ensure you retain all your personal items about your person throughout the duration of the disembarcation.\\
'''Carolyn:''' He means take your stuff with you.\\
'''Arthur:''' In concluding, it's been a privilege for ourselves to conduct yourselves through the in-flight experience today, and I do hope you'll refavor ourselves with the esteem of your forth-looking custom going forward.\\
'''Carolyn:''' ''[wearily]'' No idea.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Carolyn has put (lost) most of her share of her ex-husband's fortune into the airline, which has been running at a deficit for years. She holds on because being the CEO of MJN Air is "a good thing to be. Better than ... a little old lady."
* {{Determinator}}: Martin. It took him seven goes to get his pilot's licence, but he managed it eventually!
** He also managed to read and memorize the entire 600 page flight manual.
* DidntWeUseThisJokeAlready: In 'Vaduz', Carolyn mentions that she's going to Liechtenstein in the middle of a couple's tiff, and Herc remarks that that's "a bit of an overreaction". Carolyn says the same thing later, after Herc says he's going to Switzerland if she's not serious about the relationship.
-->'''Herc:''' I did that joke earlier.\\
'''Carolyn:''' It's funnier now, the stakes are higher.
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: Martin with Linda, the pilot from Air Caledonia in 'Newcastle'.
* DrunkOnMilk: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] when [[TheTeetotaler Douglas]] and [[ManChild Arthur]] are drinking pineapple juice in the Uskerty airport:
-->'''Douglas:''' Gerry, two more pineapple juices over here.
-->'''Gerry:''' Er, d'you not think maybe you've had enough?
-->'''Douglas:''' [[IllTellYouWhenIveHadEnough No, I]] ''[[IllTellYouWhenIveHadEnough don't]]''.
-->'''Gerry:''' Only they're quite acidic. You can get yourself a stomach ulcer.
-->'''Douglas:''' Don't worry, Gerry. We can handle our juice.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Arthur in 'Douz'; "Could we just drive there?"
** Mr Birling nearly gives this trope by name when Arthur is pointing out how unlike Timbuktu the place MJN are claiming Timbuktu is: "The idiot boy is right!"
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The audience's laughter in the first episodes is quieter and politer. By series 3 they're liable to go into hysterics at every line, likely down to Benedict Cumberbatch's star rising with ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''.
** The credits become noticably more enthusiastic with time. In the first two episodes, Benedict Cumberbatch does them in a polite but rather unspectacular way. Then they start to get more enthusiastic and by series 4 the credits go for as long as Mr Cumberbatch doesn't run out of air.
-->... a Pozzitive production for the BEEBEECEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
* EverybodyKnewAlready: Martin finally decides to confess to his family that he's a man with a van, only to later find out from his mother that they all already knew and just didn't mention it because as he never said, they assumed he didn't want to talk about it.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Theresa of Liechtenstein is a match for Carolyn - and perhaps, in the other sense, for Martin!
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller
** It's a RunningGag that most people meeting Douglas and Martin assume Douglas is the captain.
** More than one person is surprised that the manager of MJN is a woman.
** Martin is surprised to learn that the King of Liechtenstein is a small child.
* ExpensiveGlassOfCrap: Carolyn gets back at one rude passenger by passing off cheap box wine as the expensive stuff he'd ordered.
* ExpospeakGag: A "rabbit of negative euphoria" [[spoiler:(not a happy bunny)]] among others.
* FamilyThemeNaming: Hercules' brothers are named Wellington and Harrier. His sister is named Sarah -- their father was "eccentric, not mad."
* FictionalHoliday: In addition to being almost unreasonably enthusiastic about Christmas and anyone's birthday, Arthur also celebrates Birling Day, Birling Day Eve, GERTI's birthday and Summer Christmas. Martin speculates that the latter might have [[ChristmasInAustralia something to do with his half-Australian heritage]].
* FireForgedFriends
* FrenchJerk: The corrupt air traffic controller in 'Douz'.
* FriendshipMoment:
** At the end of series two, Douglas and Martin have a chat that's less vitriolic than usual.
** The Christmas celebration in [[ChristmasEpisode "Molokai"]].
** "Fitton", while not a crowning example, is the only episode where Martin and Douglas are shown actually laughing at the same joke. And it's a joke partially at Martin's expense, to boot.
** In "Wokingham", the crew unites to make Martin look good in front of his family and humiliate his BigBrotherBully.
** MJN picking Martin up after his interview in "Yverdon-les-Bains".
* GetAStupidAnswer: In 'Xinzhou', they play a game pairing up {{Questioning Title}}s with ones that [[AskAStupidQuestion answer them]], such as "''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit? Film/{{Gandhi}}''," and "''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape? Film/TwelveMonkeys.''"
* GreenEyedMonster: Martin in "Rotterdam", of the actor Carolyn hires to do the safety video – also called Martin.
--> '''Martin''': See, you look more like a captain than me, you sound more like a captain than me, you've got a better uniform than me, and even a better name than me, [[SarcasmMode you must be very pleased]].
** And later:
--> '''Martin:''' How tall are you?
--> '''Other Martin:''' Oh, er... 6'2...
--> '''Martin:''' Ha! (to Douglas) Told you so – Are you married? Oh, of course you are, kids too, I expect?
--> '''Other Martin:''' Yes, two.
--> '''Martin:''' Boy and a girl?
--> '''Other Martin:''' How did you know...?
--> '''Martin:''' Oh, just a hunch.
** Although eventually the two bond, when Captain Martin realises they are NotSoDifferent.
* GrewASpine: Martin noticeably manages to stand up to bullies in series 4.
* [[GoodLookingPrivates Good Looking Pilots]]: Douglas has, apparently, put his pilot's uniform to ''very'' good use. He advises Martin to do the same, but Martin is [[NoSocialSkills too inept]].
* HeirClubForMen: The annoying young King of Liechtenstein has six older sisters.
* HenpeckedHusband: Carolyn's brother-in-law responds to being told that they've left his wife in Helsinki with "Oh. Well done you!" He's also led his wife to believe that he's ''deaf'' just so he has an excuse to ignore her.
* HurricaneOfEuphemisms: Douglas, trying to give an oblivious Martin a hint to the last of the Seven Dwarfs after promising Carolyn he wouldn't tell him the answer:
-->'''Douglas:''' Then I suggest you seek out a... healthcare professional. ''[Martin doesn't get it]'' No, Martin, ''listen'': if you have those six symptoms, I strongly suggest you seek out a '''medic'''. ''[still nothing]'' ...A quack! A ''sawbones!'' Someone who can tell you, in the immortal words of BugsBunny, "What's Up?"
* HypocriticalHumour: Martin's description of an ObstructiveBureaucrat in 'Douz'.
-->'''Martin:''' He's alright really, he's just one of those little men who've got a little job so need to spend the whole time proving they're just as good as anyone else -- you know the type.\\
'''Douglas:''' It rings a faint bell.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each episode is the name of a town or city in alphabetical order: Abu Dhabi, Boston, Cremona, etc. They're ostensibly the setting or flight destination for that episode, but there are variations on this -- sometimes they travel there by other means ('Ottery St. Mary', 'Wokingham'), sometimes they spend the whole episode in one place ('Fitton'), sometimes they only ''pretend'' to go there ('Kuala Lumpur', 'Timbuktu')...
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: Douglas's reaction to Helsinki, in the episode of the same name: "I've always thought it sounds like a sink in hell."
* TheILoveYouStigma: Herc and Carolyn in "Vaduz".
* InsistentTerminology: It's ''Captain'' Martin Crieff!
* InsufferableGenius: Douglas.
** To date, his skills include: aircraft piloting, cooking, piano playing.
--> '''Douglas:''' I'm very good at cooking.
--> '''Martin:''' Is there anything you're not 'very good' at? ''({{beat}})'' Douglas?
--> '''Douglas:''' I'm thinking. There are things I haven't tried yet. I suppose it's ''possible'' I'm not very good at some of those. Theoretically.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: St. Petersburg.
--> '''Martin:''' How was your soggy... brown... thing?
--> '''Douglas:''' It lived up to its promise. How was your "bowl of grey"?
** Also comes up with coffee earlier in the episode.
--> '''Arthur:''' Here you are, Skip. Nice hot cup of coffee.
--> '''Martin:''' Augh. It's cold.
--> '''Arthur:''' Nice cup of coffee.
--> '''Martin:''' It's horrible.
--> '''Arthur:''' Cup of coffee.
--> '''Martin:''' Not even sure it ''is'' coffee...
--> '''Arthur:''' Cup.
* IThinkYouBrokeHim: Douglas, on Arthur's stuttering reaction to being asked to describe his father.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Douglas and Carolyn both have ''some'' genuine affection for Martin (although it's more evident in later series).
* JustPlaneWrong: Averted, Finnemore does extensive research. His father was actually an airline pilot.
* KavorkaMan: An InformedAttribute of Arthur's is his "mysterious and unaccountable pull over bossy pony-club types with Alice bands and stupid names".
* KickTheDog: Gordon Shappey. Specifically, his treatment of Arthur.
* LastSecondWordSwap: Arthur tries to lie to Martin by telling him he's been at an Italian restaurant. Thinking that sounds suspiciously like something they'd recently done together, Martin asks who he went with;
-->'''Arthur:''' Douglas and you... wouldn't know the other one.\\
'''Martin:''' What was his name?\\
'''Arthur:''' Marrr...k. Uhh... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Ramprakash Mark Ramprakash!]]
* LethalChef: Arthur, inventor of such dishes as "surprising rice" and "fizzy yoghurt". (The recipe for the latter is "yoghurt plus time.")
-->'''Douglas:''' You're aware the reason for giving us two separate meals is to stop us both getting food poisoning? What's the point if you're just going to poison us both in two separate ways?
* LockedRoomMystery: A plane in flight, and a disappearing bottle of premium whisky, make for a classic example of this in 'Paris'.
* LoopholeAbuse: The resolution of "Ipswich", when Arthur's ineptitude is about to get MJN closed down: Douglas realises that there's no obligation to have Arthur on staff at all because GERTI doesn't have the minimum number of seats required for a steward to be compulsory, resulting in Arthur being downgraded to the passenger roster.
* ManChild: Arthur.
* MistakenForGay: After Martin gets over his animosity for the other Martin, his friendliness is misinterpreted. His frenzied reaction is quite priceless.
--> '''Martin:''' Do you live in Fitton, Martin?
--> '''Other Martin:''' Yes.
--> '''Martin:''' You want to... go for a drink some time?
--> '''Other Martin:''' Martin... look, I'm really sorry, I'm not...
--> '''Martin:''' (realising) Oh no! No!!
** Also, Linda in 'Newcastle'.
* MistakenForPrankCall: Martin and Douglas each assume the other is behind a call from the Princess of Liechtenstein, with Martin asking if she needs [[DragonsPreferPrincesses rescuing from a dragon]]. Apparently it happens to her a lot.
* MisterMuffykins: Snoopadoop the cockapoo ("noblest of hounds!"), Carolyn's "ridiculous little dog".
* ModestRoyalty: The Princess of Liechtenstein, who books her own flights and insists everyone call her Theresa. Her younger brother the King [[BrattyHalfPint is not an example]], and apparently neither is [[GrandeDame their mother]], of whom she pulls off a terrifying impression to cow Carolyn.
* MommasBoy: Arthur
* {{Mondegreen}}: Arthur is convinced the Christmas carol goes "Get dressed, ye merry gentlemen." Martin and Douglas argue over whether it's actually [[AmbiguousSyntax "God rest ye, merry gentlemen" or "God rest ye merry, gentlemen."]]
* MoodWhiplash: St. Petersburg goes from word games to an impending crash and sirens going off.
** Subverted in "Wokingham"; Martin gets the rest of the crew to humilate his brother by regaling the rest of his family with stories of what a great pilot he is. At the end, Martin's mother suggests he may have been a bit ''too'' cruel, asks him not to do anything like it again and assures him that his brother loves him. For a moment it seems like Martin is genuinely guilty... but it soon becomes clear that it was one of the most enjoyable things he's ever done regardless.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In "Limerick," Douglas, Martin and Carolyn play a game of "real people with evil-sounding names".
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Carolyn has ''finally'' succeeded in getting Madame Szyszko-Bohusz to trust her when Martin [[ItMakesSenseInContext using the cabin address to relay the names of the Seven Dwarfs]] sets her off again.
* NonIndicativeName:
** In 'Timbuktu', they don't go to Timbuktu. They go to Sardinia, and hope Mr. Birling will be drunk enough not to notice.
** 'Kuala Lumpur' is set in Fitton, and gets its name from Arthur [[InherentlyFunnyWords suggesting the destination]] of the flight his ComicRolePlay with Carolyn is set on.
* NoodleImplements: Douglas puts Martin on the spot by asking him over the address system to tell the passengers the story of how he once escaped from a polar bear "using only, if I recall correctly, an egg-whisk and a pogo stick." And, to his credit, he does.
* NoodleIncident: In "Gdansk"
--> '''Arthur:''' "I'll bet with you, Douglas!"
--> '''Carolyn:''' "No you won't."
--> '''Arthur:''' "Oh, but mum-"
--> '''Carolyn:''' "Don't 'oh, but mum' me. Who owns your car?"
--> '''Arthur:''' "...Douglas does."
--> '''Carolyn:''' "Well then."
--> '''Athur:''' "He still lets me drive it!"
--> '''Douglas:''' "And at a very competitive hourly rate!"
** In "Kuala Lumpur"
-->'''Douglas:''' "If it’s any consolation, I thought you coped very well with being anchovied. You had a real, quiet dignity."
** In "Uskerty"
-->'''Douglas:''' "Peach Schnapps is to Arthur what water is to {{gremlins}}."
-->'''Arthur:''' "I was ''terrifying''."
* NoSocialSkills: Martin. Uptight, borderline neurotic, and utterly incapable of being "one of the blokes", even when he desperately tries.
* NotSoAboveItAll: "Limerick" opens with Douglas bemoaning just how phenomenally boring flying from Russia to Limerick is (and inviting the passengers to the flight deck for sex). Martin cuts in to apologise for Douglas, then to agree that it is, in fact, ''unbelievably'' boring. (Fortunately, it's a cargo flight.)
** After witnessing Arthur's way of dealing with the ComicRolePlay intended to improve his stewarding skills (inventing new passengers played by himself who take over most of the requests, then turning on the seatbelt sign), Carolyn admits she might well have done the same thing and lets him borrow her car as agreed.
* NotSoDifferent: Martin is terribly jealous of the actor Carolyn hires to record a welcome video, thinking he makes a far more convincing airline captain than he does himself. He eventually finds out the guy is an amateur (and not very good) actor who's waived his fee in order to get some work, and who drives a taxi to pay the bills.
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: When Martin makes several increasingly sarcastic requests for any doctor on board to help a patient in the galley, knowing there's a "Dr. Pryce" on the roster, the man eventually comes forward and angrily explains that he's a Ph.D in civil engineering.
* NoYou: Arthur responds to a fourteen-year-old saying his job is stupid with "no, ''you've'' got a stupid job!"
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: A corrupt one in Douz air-traffic control, who keeps racking up ridiculous charges knowing that nobody can leave without his say-so.
* OddCouple: Martin and Douglas.
* OddlySmallOrganisation: MJN is an "airdot". Although there is a ground crew, the only cabin crew MJN Air employs are the regular cast of two pilots, one steward and the CEO/stewardess. The problems created by only having the minimum two pilots [[DeconstructedTrope are occasionally acknowledged]], but justified by the company's PerpetualPoverty.
* OlderSidekick: A humorous variation. Douglas is first officer to Martin, who is younger (and less experienced). Everyone always assumes Douglas must be the captain, which drives Martin crazy.
* OnceASeason: The annual tradition of "Birling Day," when they fly the [[UnclePennybags wealthy Mr Birling]] to wherever the final of the Rugby World Cup is being held, whilst Douglas steals the bottle of very expensive Talisker whisky provided for him. They take him to 'Edinburgh' in series one, 'Paris' in series three, and 'Timbuktu' in series four (it's not really in Timbuktu, but he decides he'd rather go there than Twickenham). Only series two didn't have one (although it gets a nod -- one of the stolen bottles of Talisker is a minor plot point in 'Kuala Lumpur').
** Every series except the third has had a BottleEpisode featuring as little guest cast as possible, if any, and set entirely aboard GERTI, with little plot beyond the characters' interactions with each other.
* OneSteveLimit: Subverted in 'Rotterdam', with the two Martins.
** Played with in 'Helsinki', when Arthur invokes the trope to conceal the fact that he has created a false persona 'Arthur Milliner' to book GERTI in secret.
--> '''Arthur:''' That was the clever bit. It's the last name you'd expect me to use, because it actually is my name!
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Arthur's description of his dad;
-->'''Douglas:''' I think what we may be witnessing here, is Arthur trying to describe something with an adjective other than 'brilliant'.\\
'''Arthur:''' No, I wouldn't say he's b... well I mean, everyone's b... No, he's not ''brilliant.'' He's, ah... [[DamnedByFaintPraise he's alright.]]\\
'''Martin:''' God... he must be ''awful!''
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Carolyn speaks with a Received Pronunciation accent. Most of the time. In "Helsinki", when her Lancastrian sister turns up, Carolyn's accent gradually drifts back to her natural Lancastrian as she and Ruth spend more and more time bickering.
** Actually, her vowels are generally a little more flattened than in 'classic' RP. This is probably correct for the upmarket dormitory district of Cheshire, just south of Lancashire.
* OppositeDay: "Timbuktu" -- "It's been a topsy-turvy sort of Birling Day, hasn't it? We flew ''away'' from the rugby, Mr. Birling got soberer and soberer, and Arthur ruined everything with his knowledge and erudition."
* TheOtherDarrin: In "Newcastle", Benedict Cumberbatch was ill with Laryngitis. As there was no time to re-record the episode when he was well, Tom Goodman-Hill filled in as Martin. Although he didn't sound ''exactly'' the same, he did an excellent job of mimicking Cumberbatch's speech patterns. This is heavily lampshaded in the pre-credits opening scene.
-->'''Arthur''': Mum, we've only got two pilots. What would we do if one of them went sick?
-->'''Carolyn''': They wouldn't dare.
-->'''Arthur''': But what if they did?
-->'''Carolyn''': Well, I'm sure we'd think of something.
-->''[Door opens and Martin enters - played by Tom Goodman-Hill]''
-->'''Carolyn''': Ah, there you are, Martin.
-->'''Martin''': Hello Carolyn, what have I missed?
-->'''Arthur''': Hi Skip, you're looking very well.
-->'''Martin''': Oh, thank you Arthur.
-->'''Arthur''': Don't you think, Douglas?
-->'''Douglas''': Not especially. I think he looks ''exactly'' the same as always.
* OutOfOrder: Each episode's title is in alphabetical order (see IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming above). In series 2 "Helsinki" and "Gdansk" are swapped around, and series 3 goes Q-P-N-O (on account of Benedict Cumberbatch losing his voice for the "Newcastle" episode).
* OverreactingAirportSecurity: Martin, flush with self-confidence after strongarming an obstructive paramedic, tries the same tactic with one of these when he objects to Martin's nose hair trimmer. The results are predictable.
* PassiveAggressiveKombat: Carolyn and her sister Ruth.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: Douglas takes issue with an examiner's use of "glid", an archaic but otherwise legitimate past tense form of "glide".
* PerpetualPoverty: Poor Martin. Sometimes, for a treat, he has a baked potato.
** MJN, too.
* PlayingHardToGet: Carolyn, with Herc. He [[BelligerentSexualTension gives as good as he gets]], though.
* ThePollyanna: ''Arthur.''
-->'''Arthur:''' Brilliant! I love take-off delays.
-->'''Douglas:''' Oh, Arthur, please. Even ''you'' cannot love take-off delays.
-->'''Carolyn:''' ''(wearily)'' No, he does.
-->'''Arthur:''' Yeah! 'Cause take-off's the best bit of the whole flight, isn't it? And normally it's over before you can enjoy it. Whereas this way, we get to really build up to it!
* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: In "Abu Dhabi", Martin seems to think that Cpt. Ahab (of ''Literature/MobyDick'' fame) and Cpt. Bligh (of RealLife and ''MutinyOnTheBounty'' fame) are friends of Douglas' from Air England, and that [[TheCaineMutiny Cpt. Queeg]] is something Douglas made up. He eventually cottons on that they're fictional characters.
* ThePreciousPreciousCar: The airstrip controller's BMW in 'Johannesburg.'
* PreppyName: [[KavorkaMan Several of]] Arthur's ex-girlfriends, who Carolyn describes as "bossy, pony-club types with Alice bands and stupid names" like Fliss, Minty, Libbett, and Pobs.
* ThePrimaDonna: The entire orchestra in 'Gdansk', but Madame Szyszko-Bohusz takes the prize.
-->'''Carolyn:''' Listen to this! This chamber orchestra we’re picking up – listen to what their conductor’s put under ‘Any Special Requirements’: "The first violins will not sit together; the second violins will not sit apart. The harpist will ignore you unless your aura is orange; there is nothing you can do to make your aura ''more'' orange. The tubist must on no account be given alcohol; the conductor must at all times be given alcohol. He will also require the toilet to himself for an hour before landing. And, most importantly, the bassoonist, Madame Szyszko-Bohusz, will be working under the presumption that you are trying to kill her unless proved otherwise, so avoid approaching her with blunt instruments, sharp knives or hot liquids." Fantastic, how am I supposed to serve her dinner?\\
'''Douglas:''' ''Carefully.''
* ARareSentence: In 'Gdansk', in the midst of a game of "who can remember the names of all the Seven Dwarfs first";
-->'''Martin:''' Come on, Douglas, I've got to get my last dwarf before Carolyn does!\\
'''Douglas:''' There's a phrase you don't hear very often. Since the dwarf-hunting ban.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Martin gets one in "Boston" courtesy of an uncooperative passenger. Carolyn's sister gives her a scorching one in "Helsinki".
* RepetitiveName: Discussed and defied in 'Ipswich':
-->'''Douglas:''' Tell me, Mr. Sargent: were you in the RAF, by any chance?\\
'''Sargent:''' I certainly was.\\
''''Douglas:''' And were you a ''sergeant'', Mr. Sargent?\\
'''Sargent:''' No, sir, I wasn’t a sergeant because as we just established, I was in the R.A.-bleedin’-F., not the bleedin’ Army, so I was a ''warrant officer''. And since my name is not Warren Tofficer, this occasioned no bleedin’ mirth whatsoever.
* RevealShot: Finnemore has said this is one of the things he likes about radio comedy; counter-intuitively, it's easier to write visual gags, because you don't have to use artificial camera tricks to control what the viewer can "see", you just don't tell them things until the moment it's funniest to do so.
* ReversePsychology: When Martin complains that he never wins anything, Douglas bets Martin that next air traffic controller they contact will be female. Martin is suspicious of this, given that almost all ATCs are male, and bets the other way. Predictably, he loses. This makes him incredibly paranoid when it comes to the cheesecake/strudel wager... and he still takes the long shot, [[spoiler:and loses again]].
* RhymingWithItself: Several of Martin's attempts at Douglas' "rhyming journeys" game.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Martin accuses Douglas of stealing the Talisker twice in "Paris", but doesn't actually get to find out what happened until the prospect of a thousand-pound reward from Mr Birling gets him to give it up.
* RoyalMess: "Vaduz" features the King of Liechtenstein, which is really a principality. WordOfGod, heading off the inevitable angry letters, pointed out that this was because [[RuleOfFunny a particular joke relies on]] the regal, senior expectations associated with a "king", whereas our expectations of a "prince" would not be so subverted by TheReveal that [[spoiler:he's a small child]].
* RuleOfFunny: Madame Szyszko-Bohusz having her bassoon clearly out of its case and assembled on the seat next to her while in flight [[note]] would be ridiculous, leaving an expensive instrument vulnerable to damage- in fact a bassoon is over 4 feet long it probably wouldn't even fit in the seat![[/note]], seeing as it would be hard for Carolyn to identify it in its case.
* RunningGag: Many episodes have Douglas and Martin engaging in some kind of word game ("Brians of Britain", flights between rhyming destinations, etc) to ease the boredom, and these serve as a running gag within the episode.
* SadlyMythtaken: In-universe, it seems that ''Quest for Camelot'' ([[InNameOnly not]] [[WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot that one]]) takes quite a few liberties with ArthurianLegend, to the confusion of Martin and Douglas. For one thing, Excalibur is a LivingMacGuffin, not a sword. For another, [[spoiler:he turns out to be a vampire]].
* SarcasmBlind
-->'''Arthur:''' Mr. Birling said I'll never find another girlfriend.\\
'''Carolyn:''' I see. Well, Mr. Birling, the 70-something-year-old retiree from Sussex, is of course one of the country's leading experts on relationships, bu--\\
'''Arthur:''' Awww, is he? I didn't even ''know'' that!
* SarcasticConfession: After hiding the orchids Douglas is smuggling to Helsinki;
-->'''Carolyn:''' What are you all doing in here?\\
'''Martin:''' Arranging flowers.\\
'''Carolyn:''' Don't get sarcastic with me!
* SandInMyEyes: Martin insists that Mr. Leeman didn't make him cry, he just [[SecondFaceSmoke blew smoke in his eyes.]]
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Martin's initial reaction to Mr. Birling, before he discovers just ''how'' large his tips really are and [[NotSoAboveItAll pulls an abrupt about-face]].
* SeriousBusiness: The various word games that the crew play in many episodes to assuage boredom can get pretty intense.
* SequelHook: The BolivianArmyEnding of 'Yverdon-Les-Bains', to cover the possibilities of the series being renewed or not.
-->"[[WordOfGod It is not and never was]] my intention that Yverdon should be the last ever episode of ''Cabin Pressure''. I mean, come on guys, give me some credit. [[AlphabeticalThemeNaming A to Y?]]"
* SexyStewardess: Averted.
--> '''Martin:''' For two very different reasons, neither Arthur nor Carolyn quite float my boat.
* ShoutOut:
** In 'Boston', a passenger named Mr. Leeman dies and is inspected by a Dr. Price. In episode 4 of series two of ''FawltyTowers'', a guest named Mr. Leeman dies and is inspected by Dr. Price.
** In 'Douz', as they're taking the plane out of Douz airport, Martin tells Douglas [[TheNavyLark "Right hand down a bit, Number One."]]
** In 'Fitton', the majority of the episode is spent on stand-by waiting for a passenger named [[WaitingForGodot Goddard.]]
** In 'Gdansk', Douglas and Martin bet on [[GuysAndDolls which is more popular between cheesecake and strudel.]]
** In 'Johannesburg', Martin wears a pair of Aviators and Arthur mentions that he looks like [[Film/TopGun a certain other vertically challenged pilot]]. Being Arthur, he gets the name of the movie wrong, causing Martin to express his dismay at being likened to [[Series/TopGear Jeremy Clarkson]].
** In 'Kuala Lumpur', during a "Mystery Passenger" roleplay, Arthur refers to a Scottish passenger he has created as [[EddieIzzard Mrs. Badcrumble]].
** In 'Molokai', Russian oligarch Mr. Alyakhin owns a company which sells "[[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook massive yachts]]".
** 'Paris' is basically one big shout out to BBC's Series/{{Sherlock}}, on which Benedict Cumberbatch stars.
* ASimplePlan: 'Ottery St. Mary'. Drive van to house; pick up piano; drive piano 200 miles to destination. Looking at that plan, you'd be stumped as to how they manage to involve an aeroplane in it at all.
* SmartBall: Invoked in "Timbuktu", where Arthur ends up "[[SpannerInTheWorks ruining everything with his knowledge and erudition]]".
* SnipeHunt: As part of a scheme to steal Mr. Birling's Talisker in "Edinburgh", Douglas sends Arthur onto the roof of the plane to adjust the aerial.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Arthur. "It has long been a maxim of MJN Air that when Arthur [[StopHelpingMe stops helping]], we can do anything."
* StealingFromTheHotel: Douglas has been in his room at the Excelsior Hotel for five minutes when Martin informs him they can't afford to stay there:
-->'''Douglas:''' I've got things to pack.
-->'''Martin:''' You can't have unpacked already.
-->'''Douglas:''' I didn't say they were ''my'' things.
* StoryArc: The thread of Martin's [[spoiler:possible move to Zurich]] runs through series four, including his [[spoiler:romance with Theresa and his application to work for Swiss Air]].
* SueDonym: "Arth... nold... man. Err... cat... sir... man."
* TakeOurWordForIt: Frequently, since we only have the characters' reactions to judge anything by. This is often abused for RuleOfFunny.
** The size and elaborateness of Martin's hat apparently has to be seen to be believed.
** Arthur demonstrates two different bows, and asks which of them is more suitable for greeting the King of Liechtenstein. The second one involves a significantly longer pause, is described as "a bit fancier", and apparently involves his hat falling off.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: First Officer Douglas Richardson. If the cast picture is canon, Creator/RogerAllam's Douglas is certainly dark-haired, and in dialogue he is described as much taller than Martin. And Douglas's snark is well-documented.
* TheTeetotaler: [[spoiler:Douglas]], revealed at the end of series 1. [[spoiler:A recovering alcoholic, he fakes it at social events to keep up his reputation. He likes apple juice - it looks like whisky.]]
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Martin compares his and Douglas' respective flying styles this way, lamenting that he doesn't have the innate feel for flying that others do... but that needing to make up for that weakness has forced him to devote every fibre of his being to improving his piloting skills in every other respect, leading to his ability steadily progressing.
* ThrowTheDogABone:
** At the end of "Ottery St. Mary", in which Arthur's stupidity has been [[ButtMonkey repeatedly and particularly cruelly pointed out to him]], it's revealed that he was right about giving a set of keys back to Douglas, thus making the majority of the episode's hijinks Douglas' fault.
** At the end of "Vaduz", Martin [[spoiler:has scored a date with a real-life princess who]] happens to be a bit of an aviation geek.
** A couple of [[PetTheDog in-universe examples]];
*** At the end of series 2 Douglas [[spoiler:actually lets Martin win one of their games. However, the alarm of Martin's "genuine" Patek Philippe [[YankTheDogsChain kind of ruins the moment.]]]]
*** After winning a whole series of bets to Martin (and then finding out that he doesn't have a salary), Douglas gives Martin a hint to a quiz, letting him come in second to Carolyn.
* TongueOnTheFlagpole: Arthur gets his hands stuck on the hold doors in St. Petersburg, and when he's freed he tries to put his gloves back on and puts the keys he was holding in his mouth. This is a ChekhovsGun for how they later teach a lesson to Arthur's dad.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: "''I'' am Her Serene Highness Princess Theresa Gustava Bonaventura of Liechtenstein, Countess of Spondheim and Protector-Extraordinary of the Cantons of Nim. ''Who'' are ''you?''"
* UnclePennybags: Mr. Birling's redeeming trait, at least in the minds of Douglas and Carolyn.
* TheUnfavourite: Martin's brother and sister got five grand each in inheritance. Martin got ... a van. (Subverted in the fact that it was probably thought to be conducive to Martin's long-term happiness to force him to change jobs, but all the same...)
* TheUnpronounceable: There is no such word in Carolyn's dictionary (and if there were, she'd make damn sure she knew how to pronounce it). Witness the pride she takes in being able to say "Szyszko-Bohusz" in 'Gdansk' and "Qikiqtarjuaq" in the episode of the same name.
-->'''Douglas:''' Where ''is'' this Kicky-Tarry-Jack, anyway?\\
'''Carolyn:''' Are you referring to Qikiqtarjuaq?\\
'''Douglas:''' ''[long pause; frostily]'' ...You're really ''proud'' of yourself for learning how to say that, aren't you?\\
'''Carolyn:''' ''[smug]'' Yes!
* VerbalBackspace:
-->'''Arthur:''' The miniatures?\\
'''Carolyn:''' Do not tell me you left Douglas alone with all those miniatures of very expensive whisky!\\
'''Arthur:''' ...No...\\
'''Carolyn:''' Then why were you saying "the miniatures" like that?\\
'''Arthur:''' I wasn't! I was... singing.\\
'''Carolyn:''' What were you singing?\\
'''Arthur:''' "[[WaxingLyrical ...The minute'cha walked through the door...]]"
* AVeryBritishChristmas: Done on a plane. In ''seven minutes''. According to Arthur, it consists of: turkey and Christmas pudding and presents and carols and stockings and silly hats and mulled wine. Additionally, Martin is adamant that (for Arthur's sake, of ''course'') that each stocking must have: an orange, a sugar mouse, and chocolate coins.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Martin and Douglas certainly seem to qualify for this by the end of season three; Douglas will insult Martin endlessly, as he always does, but Martin is by no means above returning the favor for himself. And, despite the rampant jabs at one another, they do both certainly have each other's backs when the organic matter hits the spinning blades...
* WaxingLyrical: One of the first series' {{Cold Open}}s has Douglas and Martin making tannoy announcements bearing a suspicious similarity to "Fly Me To The Moon" and "Come Fly With Me".
* WellDoneSonGuy: Understated (it's a comedy after all), but Martin harbors some angst over the fact that his father, who was frustrated with his son for "wasting" thousands of pounds re-taking failed aviation training and exams, died a scant four months before Martin qualified and got his first job as a pilot. He also keeps it a secret from his family that he's been using the van his father left him to run a side-business as a delivery man, only to discover that his father had left it to him for precisely that reason (to his older brother's considerable jealousy).
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: Uttered with heavy sarcasm by Douglas regarding the plan for Martin (who's got a sprained ankle) and Arthur (who's Arthur) to deliver a piano by van. He thinks tagging along in "a managerial role" [[WrongGenreSavvy will help matters...]]
* WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt: Douglas pokes fun at Martin for naming his removals company "[[IcarusAllusion Icarus]]", "after the world's first bad pilot".
* WhatHaveIBecome: Douglas quotes this trope word for word as he, briefly, saw the world through Martin's eyes in 'Yverdon-les-Bains'.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Arthur manages a mangled Australian and Irish accent. Martin also contributes with French and equally mangled Irish accent.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Fitton. [[http://fuckyeahjohnfinnemore.tumblr.com/post/11935085281/another-take-on-locating-fitton Fan speculation]] based on the driving directions in 'Ottery St. Mary' concluded that it's somewhere between Coventry and Daventry, which was [[http://fuckyeahjohnfinnemore.tumblr.com/post/13310231635 confirmed]] by WordOfGod.
* WholePlotReference: One episode has a man named Mr. Leeman inconveniently dying, and the protagonists try to recruit the help of a Dr. Pryce, which is basically the plot to the ''FawltyTowers'' episode "The Kipper and the Corpse", right down to the names of incidental characters. Subverted when Pryce turns out to be NotThatKindOfDoctor.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Herc is afraid of [[spoiler:sheep.]]
* WithDueRespect: When Martin insists that Douglas call him "sir" in "Abu Dhabi", he quickly comes to regret it.
* WomanScorned: The tone of the messages Carolyn leaves for her ex-husband definitely ring of this trope. And the airline is called "[[MeaningfulName My Jet Now]]."
* WouldHurtAChild: In 'Helsinki', Martin finally gives BrattyHalfPint Kieran the "clip round the ear" more than one person had threatened him with. Forgetting, of course, that Kieran is an orange-belt in karate who's been itching for an excuse to use his skills in "self-defence".
-->'''Ruth:''' I can't believe you would hit a defenceless child!\\
'''Martin:''' ''[groaning in a heap on the floor]'' He is '''not''' defenceless...
* [[YouLookFamiliar You Sound Familiar]]: Does the air-traffic controller at Fitton airfield have a cousin in a similar line of work in France? [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent Possibly with some kind of speech impediment?]]

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