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“Cabin Pressure” Season 4 episode try-out #4, 2nd January 2013 
3rd-Jan-2013 12:14 am
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“Cabin Pressure” Season 4 episode try-out #4, 2nd January 2013



Trust John Finnemore to leave his script-writing and try-outs to the last minute – I thought he was bad enough when he was writing new lines during the recording of the V and W episodes but to try out an entire script four days before recording it is pretty impressive. As he put it, “I’ve got three more days to get this right. So you’ll hear stuff you don’t like today, but you’ll never hear it again!”

Once again the roles of the other characters were played by friends of John’s:

Kieran Hodgson – Martin
Matt Green – Douglas
Kate Ferguson – Carolyn

Some of the three actors played other roles as well. Afterwards John pointed out that all three of the actors have appeared in episodes of Cabin Pressure before and, in a weird coincidence, Matt had played the role of Kieran, the young boy in Helsinki; while Kieran has just played a young boy during the recording of the V and W episodes a few weeks ago (I’m keeping it deliberately vague).

This was the final episode of the series, so you can work out for yourself what letter of the alphabet it begins with.

John goofed early by forgetting that about the third line of the episode was his, leaving a long silence before he scrambled forward to his microphone. For his next line he leapt forward so eagerly that he trod on the footstand and the mic promptly swung forward and thumped him in the face. “I have dreams like this!” he bemoaned. “This is not a good start: first time I forgot my line; second time the mic attacks me! Wait ’til I get to the third line!”

You haven’t lived until you’ve heard/seen Arthur miming the word “dragonfruit”.

There are lots of “aww” moments for Martin in this episode. And there’s a Martin speech which I just know that Benedict is absolutely going to nail the hell out of on Sunday at the recording. I really hope John doesn’t cut or reduce it before then. And then Benedict is going to have every one of you in tears.

And the ending. Oh My Good Gods, the ending …

I’m saying nothing about the ending. I really really want to give some kind of hint, but I’m absolutely not going to spoil it for you. DO NOT MISS THIS EPISODE.

Because of the fiasco that arose when people talked about the Q&A which John did after the first try-out, I won’t go into detail here but a couple of (hopefully!) innocent things he mentioned:

It took him about eight months to write Series 4. At first he wasn’t writing all the time but with three months to go it was pretty much all he did. He reckons it took him on average a month to write each episode.

He writes in an office in his house, sometimes in a coffee shop and very often in the Priory Tavern where this try-out took place. He added, “You can tell the bits I wrote on coffee and the bits I wrote on beer!”



Comments 
3rd-Jan-2013 12:32 am (UTC)
You haven’t lived until you’ve heard/seen Arthur miming the word “dragonfruit”.
Something Smaug-related? :D

There are lots of “aww” moments for Martin in this episode. And there’s a Martin speech which I just know that Benedict is absolutely going to nail the hell out of on Sunday at the recording. I really hope John doesn’t cut or reduce it before then. And then Benedict is going to have every one of you in tears.
You love that, don't you, tease us horribly?

And the ending. Oh My Good Gods, the ending …
What? WHAT???

I’m saying nothing about the ending.
I. Hate. You. (Except that I don't because of delayed gratification.)

It seems it was a great evening. Thank you for the review! I'm even more looking forward to the show now. Also, wow! You fixed LJ! :D
3rd-Jan-2013 12:32 am (UTC)
My hopeless passion for Martin isn't going to be cured by Series 4, is it.

Thank you SO much.

I cannot wait.
3rd-Jan-2013 02:07 am (UTC)
Well, this certainly whets my appetite! I really can't wait to hear Benedict's mystery speech; hopefully they don't have to cut it at all. *loves you for writing this up* Thank you for keeping us in the loop and not spoiling things!!! Sure, we want to know, but it will be that much better for not knowing. :)
3rd-Jan-2013 02:40 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you got to go to this! It hadn't entered my head for a second that this was going to be the last episode of the series. Wow. Does it feel historic to have attended this try-out? I would think it would.

"You can tell the bits I wrote on coffee and the bits I wrote on beer." Ahahaha. You can also tell that about a month of his time went into the writing of each episode. They're that marvelous. Thanks for this inside peek.
3rd-Jan-2013 09:39 am (UTC)
Oh, oops, that may be the difference between "season" and "series". In Britain we call each 'batch' of episodes a "series" but for you, this will be the end of the "season". John has been asked in the past and was asked again last night whether he plans to do more and although he wouldn't commit firmly either way, I get the distinct impression that if the BBC want more, he'll do more. He also wouldn't say how he's planning to continue after the next episode, i.e. the Z one, but did hint that he already has an idea.
3rd-Jan-2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, thanks for clearing this up. You're right, for us, the end of a series is a big deal and very final. It's like when M*A*S*H ends after being on the air for umpteen years and everybody cries because they're desperately in love with Hawkeye. Er. Yes.

Hmm, what to do after Z? Numbers? Alpha Bravo Charlie? Signs of the Zodiac? Glad Finnemore may be considering soldiering on. This is such a great showcase for his talent. Plus it's a way for you personally to view cheekbones now and again, which is good.
5th-Jan-2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Well, I was thinking that if he doesn't want to simply start again with the alphabet, he could change it by doing something like "Athens to Aberdeen", "Belfast to Berlin", etc.

If he takes up this idea, he can repay me with a complimentary ticket to each recording ...
3rd-Jan-2013 01:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you ever so much for sharing this - I can absolutely feel your excitement (and I'm not a little envious that you got to attend! *grin*).

Can't wait for next week and the new series!!

Bless John Finnemore!
3rd-Jan-2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
Why did he have to do this on such short notice? *sobs*

Thank you so much for making this so fast and sharing it.
3rd-Jan-2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
Just when one thinks one cannot get any more excited about the new series of Cabin Pressure... along comes Ariane DeVere with a fantastic report reminding you how utterly brilliant it's going to be... thank you, sweetie!

xxx
5th-Jan-2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this! And I can only confirm what the others have already said in their comments: just when you think you can't get more excited!
And now I'll keep crossing my fingers that they are not going to crash Gerti, which was the first thought that came to my mind when reading about THE ENDING... oh, I absolutely can't wait!!!
9th-Jan-2013 02:42 am (UTC) - Okay, assuming the Beeb commissions Series 5..........
Okay, assuming the Beeb commissions Series 5, WILL IT HAVE ALL FOUR CHARACTERS STILL??????
9th-Jan-2013 10:11 am (UTC) - Re: Okay, assuming the Beeb commissions Series 5..........
I think that would entirely depend on whether the actors are (a) happy to continue and (b) available for recording sessions. And of course (c) whether they all survive to the end of series 4. *whistles casually*

But seriously, I'm not even hinting at what happens at the end of the series. It would be so easy for me to drop hints but I honestly think it would be unfair even to say something like, "You'll be so shocked / you'll be so surprised / you'll scream out loud / you'll cry your eyes out / you'll laugh hysterically ... " etc but it would spoil it for you. I wouldn't even tell anyone privately this time - normally I would if they asked but there's something about this ending that makes me know that people will find it more ... whatever it is ... if they're not spoilered in advance. You've only got six weeks to wait to find out!
14th-Jan-2013 02:27 am (UTC) - Speech
Anonymous
You've got me worried as to whether someone dies in Y! But i wanted to ask, could you tell us the whole speech,if any of it is cut,please??
14th-Jan-2013 11:42 am (UTC) - Re: Speech
Good grief, I can't write that fast! Besides, I wasn't writing down anything specific in what people said, for fear of being mugged on the way home and having my notes published by a random stranger! Not really; but no, I didn't write down the speech so I'm unlikely to know whether any of it was cut or changed. Sorry.
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