If I like Cabin Pressure, what other radio comedy should I check out?

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Sort of a radio spin-off question -- have greatly enjoyed having the Cabin Pressure CDs in the car because they are great for long journeys and everyone who tends to be awake in the car (me, DH and 9yo DS) finds them very funny (and even younger DCs appreciate some of the broader jokes).

But there are only four series (pending this Christmas's final special) and I wondered what other series I've missed and we'd enjoy. Somewhere around here I have a CD set of the first series of Old Harry's game but I wasn't sure how child-friendly that would be. Any other suggestions?

syllabubble Wed 23-Apr-14 09:41:30

Nothing is as good as Cabin Pressure, but the following are all nearly as good

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme
Meet David Sedaris
Old Harry's Game
The News Quiz

10 year old DNiece loved Old Harry's Game - anything slightly adult went over her head. David Sedaris can be a bit more adult but the rat sketch has had kids in this house crying with laughter.

The following are worth a listen
clare in the Community
The Castle
In and Out of the Kitchen
Inspector Steine (good for kids as a bit slapstick)
Hut 33
ed Reardon
Baggage
The Maltby Collection

the Now Show used to be required listening but it's gone a bit off the boil.

BigW Wed 23-Apr-14 11:31:04

Old harry's game, definitely.

Panzee Wed 23-Apr-14 11:32:47

Is he old enough for Hitchhiker yet?

PigletJohn Wed 23-Apr-14 11:45:58

cabin pressure is very unsophisticated, it's just humour based on the inadequacy and horribleness of the main characters.

steine and hut might do, as they are equally simple.

possibly reardon if the know some grouchy old men.

hhgtg and Harry are much more intellectual.

Thank you all -- I'll check out those suggestions (some of them are available as individual episodes on iTunes, so I can try them out and see what floats our collective boat. And I'll try to remember where I put OHG if it's not going to traumatise the children too badly.

I'd quibble over the description of the Cabin Pressure characters as inadequate and horrible, but that's probably a conversation for another time/place (probably over a pint somewhere).

And now I look at it, Hut 33 is written by a friend of a friend, so I'm probably obliged to get that grin.

polyhymnia Thu 24-Apr-14 12:40:40

Love Ed Reardon but don't know how funny it would be to a 9 year old.

Bea Thu 24-Apr-14 21:38:10

Not a comedy as such.... But check out Adam and Joe radio bbc6 podcasts... Sometimes a bit rude but we love them in the car! Kids find them hilarious!
We really miss them! Their shows have finished but podcasts still available last time I looked!! X

Theas18 Thu 24-Apr-14 21:41:10

Get thyself over to radio 4 extra! Lots of brilliant stuff to be getting on with.

Bleak expectations is especially good

GwenStacy Thu 24-Apr-14 21:47:49

Am I allowed to suggest something my husband wrote? It's a time travel radio sitcom in the vein of Hitchhikers etc!

Costacoffeeplease Thu 24-Apr-14 21:54:19

I love radio 4 extra - it's always on when I'm cooking or ironing and I love the mix of comedy/drama/quiz shows

Pantah630 Thu 24-Apr-14 21:57:42

DS is 14 now but he's loved Ed Reardon for quite a while. Both of mine have always loved I'm sorry I haven't a Clue, Just a Minute, the Now Show and the News Quiz. We spent part of a road trip howling at David Sedaris, I'd never heard of him before, I've got a couple of his audiobooks now though.

Scuttles off to check price on Cabin Pressure CDs.

Please do, GwenStacy. It's a long and growing list, but there's always room for more.

While we're at it, I rather liked Nebulous -- I might have to dig that out for a re-listen some time.

PeresteckBalveda Thu 24-Apr-14 23:01:31

Fags, mags and bags. Silly and funny and sweet

GwenStacy Fri 25-Apr-14 00:58:20

Okay - here you go! www.abhott.com I may be biased, but it's pretty funny and has Robert Llewelyn in as well. Plus a small line from me in one episode. I like to think I just have then one line as my greatness would show everyone else up. Not that I was too nervous to do anymore…

EBearhug Fri 25-Apr-14 01:19:22

anything slightly adult went over her head.

I agree with that - I listened to some replays of Radioactive recently and was a bit shocked by"let's have a mass debate". When I heard the original broadcasts, I was of an age where it could only have meant a big discussion, and now I think, "my parents let me listen?" - but then I didn't understand any double meanings, so it was fine that they did.

fidelineish Fri 25-Apr-14 01:30:23

Hut 33. Definitely.

You only appear to be able to get Series 2 of Hut 33. Very odd.

do you have just william read by martin jarvis? not quite the same as sitcoms but brilliant for the car.

honestly not just for children, i can remember my grandfather taking us to school once and us being late because he was crying with laughter at one of the stories and couldn't get out of the car!

I adore Cabin Pressure - "I'm gluten-intolerant" - "I'll try not to be too gluten-annoying, then". And the episode where they drive Gertie by road to another airport, so they can take off. And the Travelling Lemon.

I definitely second 'Old Harry's Game', and 'Hut 33'. The other thing I would recommend is 'I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue' - the antidote to panel games. Again, some of the humour is a bit rude, but it went over my dses' heads. And 'One Song To The Tune Of Another' is hilarious. It's available on CD, and some of the recent episodes may be available on iPlayer too - I am not sure, I haven't checked.

Yes, we have quite a lot of Clue on CD (although I'm not entirely sure where... they seem to have gone astray in the last car changeover). I think my favourite OSTTTOA may be "Girlfriend in a Coma" to the tune of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips", but it's a close-run thing. And I miss Humph; Jack Dee does an admirable job but it's just not the same (also not the same without Willie, but on the other hand the guest star format adds something).

one of my favourite lines (so juvenile but it makes me laugh just thinking about it) is on birling day when he arrives and his wife comes later saying something like 'you can't park the car with the door on my side against the wall!' and birling just say 'can! did!'

PaulinesPen Fri 25-Apr-14 10:59:32

I realise this might bring out nayayers because he does seem to polarise opinion but I do LOVE Count Arthur Strong.

you're right pauline, i can't stand it, it's clearly just not to my taste! but i know others who really love it too

mind you i can't bear just a minute!

tobiasfunke Fri 25-Apr-14 11:07:04

I'm addicted to BBC4 extra on the iplayer. I was listening to an episode of 'The Young Postmen' with Ben Miller in it last night. It tickled me muchly.

Fags, mags and bags is great. Ooft etc.

HanSolo Fri 25-Apr-14 11:29:27

I like Milton Jones... I'm such a sucker for puns blush
The Castle is funny too.

My favourite OSTTTOA is Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious to the tune of Deutschland, Deutschland Uber Alles grin (this was a very long time ago btw!)

It's actually v easy, and I always sing those words now blush

fidelineish Fri 25-Apr-14 11:31:05

Me too Pauline. It took me a while though.

i liked the first series of the castle but not later series

My favourite OSTTTOA is 'Don't blame it on the boogie' to the tune of 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic' - but I also love Madonna's 'Hanky Panky' to the tune of Lili Marlene - sung in a deep, husky voice by Sandi Toksvig.

gnushoes Fri 25-Apr-14 11:56:26

Love Cabin Pressure. Word jokes, scary Carolyn and silliness -- what's not to like?

picnicbasketcase Fri 25-Apr-14 11:59:47

I listened to all the CP episodes in a row recently. My favourite is St.Petersburg - it's Gordon's gin because his name's on it grin

AllMimsyWereTheBorogroves Fri 25-Apr-14 12:03:30

My favourite OSTTTOA was sung by Willie Rushton aeons ago - The Laughing Policeman to the tune of As Time Goes By.

Also Arthur's total conviction that Douglas will come up with a clever idea to sort out their £250K problem and consequent refusal to be impressed when he does.

I do wonder where they are going to go with the final special. Season 4 left so many unanswered questions and I'm not sure whether they can be satisfyingly tied up (for example: I'm a soppy soul at heart and would like Martin to have a happy ending with a good job and the princess, but it's not really in character so I'm not sure they can make it happen but still ring true). Maybe Gordon will die and leave Arthur his fortune? That's not really in character for Gordon, though.

PaulinesPen Fri 25-Apr-14 12:08:40

I remember People Like Us was always good with Roy Mallard ('You're married..??'grin). Also the radio version of the League of Gentlemen. I'd love to listen to that again.

I do think that 'Cabin Pressure' is the finest thing Benedict Cumberbatch has ever done.

BarbaraPalmer Fri 25-Apr-14 12:20:00

7yo dd1 really enjoys The Unbelievable Truth - it's quite silly, and the humour less rude most . Also Milton Jones. She's started asking difficult questions about ISIHAC, especially The Uxbridge English Dictionary. We love I Tort I Taw a Puddy Tat to the tune of There's Always been an England though, and A Lighter Shade of Pale to the tune of The Muppets.

I love In and Out of the Kitchen, but not sure that it's one for the DC.

I also suspect that the early scene in Season 3 of Sherlock where BC masquerades as a French waiter was written specifically because of his performance in "Qikiqtarjuaq". But in RL I appear to be alone in this belief.

i loved uskerty. it was on recently and i listened to it 3 times on the iplayer

mistlethrush Fri 25-Apr-14 12:43:24

DS (just 9) has been enjoying cabin pressure for some time. He's just got into The Castle. He likes the Terry Pratchett series we have (Guards Guards, Mort, the Witches) but finds the children's one (with the rats and the cats) too frightening grin

If it was just adults I might suggest Legal Decent Honest and Truthful or Absolute Power.

DS is just starting to get some of the innuendos in The Castle, so you need to watch out for the exclamations at times!

gnushoes Fri 25-Apr-14 12:47:18

Ottery St Mary... the saint who was eaten by otters...

HercShipwright Fri 25-Apr-14 12:48:31

Bleak Expectations. It's genius.

(Yellow car).

mistlethrush Fri 25-Apr-14 12:51:22

Have a banana!

Bea Fri 25-Apr-14 16:20:17

... and if you want to go retro... classic "On The Hour" ...very very witty!

syllabubble Fri 25-Apr-14 19:02:48

Yes Gnu - Ottery is my absolute favourite - also have a soft spot for Boston?

Knackerelli Sun 27-Apr-14 08:32:32

I adore cabin pressure. Loved the conversation about how many otters you could fit into Gertie! Would The Inbelievable Truth be too old for them? Also I like Elvenquest but seems to have disappeared off 4 extra for a while.

ImAThrillseekerBunny Sun 27-Apr-14 08:45:53

I think People Like Us is perhaps a bit too grown up in its humour. The Milton Jones serieses are very funny and silly. Nebulous is fantastic - we used to say "Unlike you, Professor, I no longer have the luxury of feet" all the time. Elevenquest is OK I guess, but Alistair McGowan's character makes it worthwhile IMO.

Two old ones that haven't been mentioned are The Million Pound Radio Show and And Now In Colour.

I've just splashed out a tenner on a gadget which claims to be able to make my iphone talk to the elderly car radio. DH said in a resigned tone of voice "I suppose that means that car journeys will be wall to wall Cabin Pressure now".

HercShipwright Sun 27-Apr-14 10:06:35

While I'm delighted that so many people seem to like CP (although I don't see that in real life sad myself and my kids always seem to be the only ones yelling yellow car or muttering 'here I am don't tread on me' or pointing out that this is a time etc) I am saddened that I'm the only one who mentioned bleak here and it got no reaction. sad Bleak is definitely the way to go for anyone who likes CP. Honestly. It's just as quotable. In fact, together with CP it's the natural heir to Python in the sense that, just as all those strange boys at university used to conduct whol conversations in Python quotes, my kids can spend the whole day speaking in little but bleak and CP quotes. And using 'words with just one sound' grin

AllMimsyWereTheBorogroves Sun 27-Apr-14 14:30:05

Herc, your name cheers me up every time I see it! However, can I commit heresy and say I don't like Bleak Expectations that much? It's all right in very small doses, I suppose.

TheFallenMadonna Sun 27-Apr-14 14:36:41

On holiday last year we listened to the whole of Bleak Expectations. Kept the kids amused for hours. Harrumble!

I love Clare in the Community, but it's a bit old for my 10yo I think.

TheFallenMadonna Sun 27-Apr-14 14:38:24

Ah Herc. My DD is always astonished when nobody gets her Bleak Expectations allusions.

She does an excellent Mr GB laugh...

HercShipwright Sun 27-Apr-14 14:51:02

The fallen My DD2 does, too! grin We live in a place where there are swans. Imagine the hilarity every time we drive over the bridge by which they congregate... DD2's current favourite Mr GB-ism is 'have you ever been to India? (no) Then this is a genuinely authentic Indian accent'. However obviously she can't use that one outside the home in case people think she is being RUDE. She once referred to strontium and pearium in a science lesson. And didn't get the response for which she was aiming. grin

TheFallenMadonna Sun 27-Apr-14 14:59:57

"Then startle the mouse" is DS(12)'s favourite line.

Oft repeated at Christmas with the multibird roast adverts...

PaulinesPen Sun 27-Apr-14 17:34:29

Has anyone mentioned Gloomsbury yet? I've always thought it was very good.

CarolineKnappShappey Sun 27-Apr-14 18:56:06

I think Elvenquest, and Fags, Mags and Bags are the best.

I laughed myself silly when DS got a super soaker and an electronic dinosaur for his birthday.

But CP is fantastic.

The lemon is in play!

EBearhug Sun 27-Apr-14 20:09:14

I liked the Wordsmiths of Gorsemere, but I don't think that's been on for ages.

Not so keen on Bleak Expectations, but it's not so bad I turn it off. That I save for Count Arthur Strong and Down the Line. (We already have Any Answers, isn't that enough?)

NetworkGuy Sun 27-Apr-14 21:00:46

"Revolting People", "The Consultants", "Deep Trouble" might also give a lot of enjoyment.

Like others, I've also enjoyed "The Castle", "Old Harry's Game", Milton Jones, and "The Unbelievable Truth". Some of the guests on "The Museum of Everything" come up with really unexpected items!

I guess you might want to listen through some of those in case of more adult themes, or for any bad/ questionable language... though suspect more "racy" suggestions in The Castle might not get picked up.

For adults only because of the setting being a morgue, "Rigor Mortis" was another R4 show I can recommend.

EBearhug Sun 27-Apr-14 21:02:59

Oh, the Museum of Everything episode with John Blashford-Snell was fab!

NetworkGuy Sun 27-Apr-14 21:09:14

Agreed, EBearhug on switching of "Count Arthur", DtL, and in my case (because I think they ran out of good material), "Ed Reardon's Week" and "Fags, Mags and Bags".

NetworkGuy Sun 27-Apr-14 21:09:34

'switching off'

Bluestocking Sun 27-Apr-14 21:51:57

Very disappointed in those of you who do not warm to the ineffable Count Arthur!
OP, have you tried your DS on any of the classic series that R4Extra broadcasts? You could try Hancock's Half Hour, Round the Horne, The Navy Lark for starters.
You never stop playing Yellow Car!

museum of everything is a (very good) sketch show - museum of curiosity is the one where guests suggest things. both are fab

i also love the national theatre of brent stuff

dp and i do the gift shop sound when we are at museums

"shall we have a look in the gift shop <aaaah-aaaah>?"

EBearhug Mon 28-Apr-14 12:10:36

Oh yes, I knew that really. I go to too many museums, they're all getting confused in my head. grin

NetworkGuy Mon 28-Apr-14 22:08:13

My mistake - was thinking of Curiosity, but from a web description of Everything, feel sure I remember the odd sound effects here and there.

Oh, dear... Brent. I posted back in February as it was on my "fail" list smile

NetworkGuy Mon 28-Apr-14 22:11:03

(Then again, if we all liked the same things smile )

scottishmummy Mon 28-Apr-14 22:11:57

The castle...its totes random my lady

Hmm... (based on single episode sample, admittedly) if the innuendo in The Castle goes over their heads, doesn't that mean that around 80% of the programme goes over their heads grin? I'm enjoying it, but I don't fancy the amount of explaining-what-I'm-sniggering-at I'd have to do if I put it on on a family road trip. It will do nicely for trips unencumbered by children, though.

My chances of getting DS to listen to radio stuff at home are limited, I think - I manage to indoctrinate him better when he's a captive audience in the car. So 4 Extra probably isn't a practical option without doing hideously illegal options for getting it onto iPod. I like the idea of classic series, though - I know that back in the dawn of time before I met DH I had a bunch of classic radio CDs but I don't remember seeing them since I moved in 17 years ago (and we've moved house since then...)

Bea Wed 30-Apr-14 17:45:11

Another suggestion... Alex Horne and band... Forget the proper title but great and full of super puns....

And has anyone mentioned John finnemore's souvenir programme?? An obvious suggestion as he wrote cabin pressure!

FrankelandFilly Thu 01-May-14 20:12:37

Nice to see so many CP fans around grin

Have you thought about going very old school? Radio shows like The Goon Show, Round the Horne, The Navy Lark, I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again are classics and don't, IMHO, date.

<clears throat> The lemon is in play wink

Ooh, belatedly marking my place. We are just listening to CP over and over again in the absence of anything else which compares.
I just love it soooo much! Bizarrely, so do dd (8) and ds (6). They quote from it all the time grin. As an aside, isn't Roger Allam just fab? In everything! Loved him in Endeavour.

Trying to think of my favourite line. Possibly 'Weasels King Henry...? 'Hedgehog O'brien...?' or 'Jelly Babies to manual'.

PrincessTheresaofLiechtenstein Thu 01-May-14 20:23:03

Hello... Just feel I should be on this thread somehow... Going to check out some of these suggestions, probably starting with Souvenir Programme!

We enjoyed playing yellow car in New York...well I did anyway. The dc think I'm insane.

PrincessTheresaofLiechtenstein Thu 01-May-14 20:24:19

"As otters may have shifted during the flight" is one of my favourites

AllMimsyWereTheBorogroves Thu 01-May-14 22:13:16

Did anyone else hear CP tonight? Xinzhou. Fizz buzz 'ave a banana. Here I am don't tread on me. Baby chicken, baby lamb. Martin's shirt smelled of bacon because Douglas used his travel iron to cook some bacon in his hotel room. I was in seventh heaven.

FrankelandFilly Thu 01-May-14 22:29:39

I work in horse racibg, when not on maternity leave! Last year a horse called Here I Am was running and everytime the commentator said his name I found myself saying "dont tread on me" grin

IndridCold Fri 02-May-14 13:25:43

A man who can imitate a Spanish squirrel helping 28 men mow a meadow is capable of anything!

So true...

BigW Fri 02-May-14 22:20:44

Hilarious! I just popped on here to see if anyone else had listened to it. It was absolutely brilliant.

I love Cabin Pressure, currently working my way through series 3.

Le Bear Polar, anyone? smile

Also, is it wrong I really want to play the Travelling Lemon game on an actual flight...?

DS was nearly literally wetting himself over the Bear Polar sequence.

How to Play Yellow Car

I absolutely did not say "yellow car" to myself, when I saw one on the bus home, today. Oh no, I certainly didn't.

Cooroo Tue 06-May-14 07:09:20

I second Martin Jarvis reading Just William. Has anyone else heard North by Northamptonshire? I caught one episode and thought it was amazing. Keep meaning to hunt it down.

FourForksAche Tue 06-May-14 07:16:26

just wanted to wave at all the other CP fans!

Cooroo Tue 06-May-14 07:21:40

No one has mentioned The Horn Section. It's that because it's dire and completely unfunny?

KnappShappeyShipwright Mon 12-May-14 17:06:22

Another house full of Cabin Pressure obsessives fans here. I love Hut 33, The Castle and Deep Trouble, the rest of the family tolerate them and sometimes request them in the car when we've overdosed on CP. Also enjoy ISIHAC (most of the innuendo goes over the pre-teens' heads, teenager laughs and is then embarrassed) and Unbelievable Truth. We've just discovered Double Science on R4 extra which is entertaining.

DD1's form tutor is a CP fan, glad we're not the only ones in town!

mswibble Mon 12-May-14 17:19:10

I love Cabin Pressure!
I have R4 or extra on constantly and other shows I really like are Count Arthur Strong, Clare in the Community and Tom Wrigglesworths Open Letters. We saw his live show last month and it was ace.

mswibble Mon 12-May-14 17:20:30

Ooh and I really wish they would play the Linda Smith series again. Cant remember what it was called but it was v funny.

KnappShappeyShipwright Mon 12-May-14 17:23:47

A Brief History of Timewasting. An absolute gem, it must be due a repeat soon, R4 extra played it a lot a couple of years ago.

elspethmcgillicuddy Mon 12-May-14 17:28:54

My 2year old truly lives by the motto 'you are always playing yellow car'.

Cherrypi Tue 20-May-14 09:00:36

About Zurich. Surely Herc has got to take Martin's job and Martin goes off with the princess.

ComposHat Tue 27-May-14 17:34:13

Has anyone mentioned Fags, Mags & Bags yet? It may be a Scottish thing, but I love it beyond all reason. It is set in a cornershop in Lenzie.

This promo video gives you a bit of flavour:

Fags Mags and Bags

ComposHat Tue 03-Jun-14 06:19:23

Oh and he may be too old (or conversely too young) for Ivor Cutler's brand of surrealism, gentle subversion and silliness.

Anyway 'Jelly Mountain' is being repeated on 4 Extra at present and King Cutler is on fairly regularly.

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