So, as I am constantly saying, about a year ago I met Benedict Cumberbatch at a recording of the radio sitcom Cabin Pressure.

Although I managed to get his autograph and stare into his face, I din’t get a photo which I’m very annoyed about.

However whilst on Instagram the other day I saw a picture of someone who was at the same recording as me and managed to snap me in the background of their picture with Benedict!

There I am just to the right of Benedict’s head.


Cabin Pressure Series 4 Recording 3

CIMG8653Yesterday I fulfilled one of my long time dreams. I met one of my favourite actors, my role model, my hero. Yesterday I met BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH. But let’s start from the beginning, we can’t just skip to the main event.

Me and two friends had journeyed up to London for the recordings of the last two episodes of Cabin Pressure Series 4. CIMG8634We didn’t have tickets but like last time our intention was merely to get into the studios at the end to meet the actors and collect autographs. We also hoped that, like last time, stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam would journey down the road to Café Nero to grab themselves a coffee. We positioned ourselves in Pret (‘twas really cold outside) and waited for the chance to see Benedict and Roger. We were half successful as it seems poor little Ben didn’t want a coffee leaving Roger on his own to journey to Nero. We ran ahead to the café where, to look like we were doing something, bought some popcorn and then sat at the window seats. ‘twas then that Roger Allam walked in and ordered a small espresso!!! He then took the window seat next to me!!! Exciting much. However it seems a small espresso is REALLY small and before I had time to take some subtle pictures of him he was gone causing us to rush out a follow him.

CIMG8657The next few hours were quite uneventful. They included wandering round London, using McDonalds toilets and not actually buying anything, looking at the RADA studios from round various corners so we could not be seen and generally passing to time in any way possible.

Soon we knew the recordings would be finis150679_573324692683059_1815122607_nhed so we went up to the RADA studios to see the audience leaving and, taking our chance, walked in.

There we met Anthony Head, Roger Allam, John Finnemore, David Tyler, Stephanie Cole and BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH!

They were all lovely people (especially Anthony). I got loads of photos and two new autographs from CIMG8661those I hadn’t seen before. This included Benedict who, although was in a rush, managed to make my day.

BENEDICT: What’s your name (taking autograph book).

ME: Philip, one ‘l’.

Benedict writes autograph.CIMG8670

BENEDICT: (Handing back autograph book and looking at my face) Thank you Philip.

That was a dream come true! On my third recording (I’ve been to all of them this series although only got in once) I met lovely Benedict. That’s my life’s ambition complete!

Cabin Pressue Series 4 Recording 2

WCIMG8573hen you mix together being a massive Cabin Pressure fan and not getting tickets to the second recording of Cabin Pressure Series 4, the result is 5 hours standing in the middle of London waiting to sneak into the studios and meet the cast.

Me and two others arrived at the RADA studios at about 10:30, fully aware that we had n603217_562125397136322_1142332086_no tickets and yet even more determined to meet the actors (in particular Benedict Cumberbatch). As soon as we got there opportunity meet us with the sight that I had already seen before, just two weeks before. This sight consisted of two men who looked very too much like Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam and, not wanting to miss that chance I had missed before (img_1285See here), I and my friends started following them.

We followed them to a coffee shop (turns out Benedict and Roger prefer Caffé Nero over Starbucks), followed them inside the coffee shop and then backed out again quickly whilst they sat down and drank with us pacing outside waiting for them to leave.

So that was the main event of the day how525875_562125610469634_1125895506_never I have plenty more anecdotes. These include:

  • Being chucked out of the RADA bar and later off the premises by the same man.
  • Running round London.
  • Walking round pretending to be Benedict and Roger.
  • Meeting Goeff Posner in the break between recordings and getting his aut293238_562125680469627_2032441693_nograph.
  • Sneaking into RADA when the recordings had finished to meet the actors.
  • Meeting John Finnermore for the second time and Anthony Head for the first.
  • Standing outside all day was also fun.

Oh what fun I did have. The best thing is that it over as there is another recording on the 6th of January. Shall we go or not?

Cabin Pressure Series 4 Recording

Well S248303_525697564115207_1329467990_nunday 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 Allam302704_525698007448496_1824317105_n 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.’ Of182388_525697527448544_634898735_n 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!