Well Sunday was a real blast as me and a friend journeyed up to London to witness the first recording of Cabin Pressure Series 4. We went by a train and then by tube, held up along the way by 20 speaker announcements by the same monotonous women, announcing that there had been a fire alert further down the line, however that did not stop us and we still managed to get to the RADA studios 31/2 hours early. We sat and became (may I quote) busy doing nothing. It really was amazing how the time flew out there. By
far the highlight of the wait was when two men who looked extremely like Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam walked past and I followed them for a bit before deciding that it couldn’t possibly be the two actors of whom I was in awe and gave it up only to find out later that it had been them and I had missed my chance at an autograph. After a few hours we were let into the auditorium where the main part of the day began. We were greeted by producer David Tyler who ran us through the structure of the recording before introducing the cast for the episodes. John Finnemore said a few words, my favourites being ‘God knows what Benedict does on his time off. Mostly stunt work, I hear? Something with jumping off roofs.’ Of course I am forever forbidden to reveal the contents of the episodes that were recorded (also John Finnemore jumping on the stage and shouting “No spoilers!”). However my highlights were:
- Both Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephenie Cole getting angry and swearing.
- Benedict Cumberbatch needing 5 attempts to record the credits without slipping up.
- A scene needing to be re-recorded due to the audience laughing too much.
- “I prefer to use the word ‘hat’”. (You will get it when you hear it).
- and the list goes on and on…
Whilst there I had the pleasure of meeting (and collecting the autographs of) Roger Allam, John Finnemore, two guest stars whose names I can’t remember, David Tyler and Carrie Quinlan (who was’nt in the episodes, just there to watch).
I also collected one more momentum of the day. Each of the actors had a bottle of water to drink whilst recording, John Finnemore left his and I grabbed it and got him to sign it. Such fun!