Trivia: Cabin Pressure

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Played with in the Series 3 episode 'Paris'. According to John Finnemore's blog, he promised Benedict that he wouldn't put in Sherlock references just for the sake of it. True to his word, in an episode where Martin attempts to track down a missing bottle of whisky with his trusty sidekick Arthur, he is repeatedly likened to... Miss Marple. He also narrowly avoids quoting Sherlock Holmes in the line;
      Martin: The thing is, we've taken away all the things that can't possibly have happened, so I suppose the only thing that's left, even though it seems really weird, must be the thing that did happen in fact!
      Douglas: ...Snappily put.
      • Speaking of Miss Marple, it gets even funnier: In 'Limerick', during the evil name game, Martin volunteered 'Agatha Christie'. Benedict was in a TV adaptation of the Christie novel, Murder is Easy, as a local detective aiding Marple.
      • John Finnemore's promise to Benedict didn't stop him from having Martin's ring eaten by a goose in the season four episode 'Uskerty'. He thought fans wouldn't notice the reference to The Blue Carbuncle. He was very, very wrong.
      • It didn't stop Martin's brother Simon from being a minor government official in "Wokingham" either.
    • It's not the first time Roger Allam has had confusion over swapping alcohol for water.
    • In 'Limerick', Douglas reminds an over dramatic Martin that he's not in an Arthur Miller play. He'd know.
    • And Douglas would certainly know something about how to compliment people for their lifestyle and dressing choices (the 'captain in a red cocktail dress' question in 'Yverdon-les-Bains'), given that his actor dressed in drag in La Cage aux folles. To be precise, a red cocktail dress.
  • Artistic License – Geography: There isn't actually an airfield at Douz. Of course it would have been unwise to depict the controller of a real-life airfield in the way Yves Jutteau is. There also isn't an airport in Vaduz - in this case explaining that the nearest airport is actually in Schaan would probably just have involved too much clunky exposition.
  • Colbert Bump: The first series of Sherlock, which had made Cumberbatch an overnight sensation, finished in August 2010 and left a newly formed fanbase eager to find some of his other work. By coincidence, the second series of Cabin Pressure began a repeat run the very next week, and the rest is history.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Besides the main cast, there are rather a lot of guest stars, including recurring character Hercules Shipwright, played by Anthony Head of Buffy fame (who gets in a warm fuzzy voice contest with Douglas).
  • Deleted Scene: Unusually, if not uniquely, for a radio series, a few are included on the complete boxset.
  • The Other Darrin: 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.
    • Karl (the Fitton ATC) has changed actors to the point that Finnemore reckons he's never been played by the same person twice - he rarely has more than a couple of lines per episode, so the part tends to go to somebody who's already playing someone else at that recording.
  • Write What You Know: Finnemore's father was a pilot, and a lot of Arthur's childish fascination with all things aeroplaney seems to be based on himself as a kid.
  • Line to God: John Finnemore's blog.