I recently came across an absolutely hilarious comedy from the BBC called “Come Fly With Me.” It “documents” the daily lives of several folks in and around an airport somewhere in the UK. If you’re a commercial aviation geek like me, and love flying and the feel of airports, I guarantee, it will probably be the funniest TV show you’ll ever see.
The series is divided into 6 episodes, all of which are downloadable on iTunes; this makes for some great entertainment on your next flight!
There’s a hilarious list of characters that make this show what it is:
Omar Baba – The double-chinned, flamboyantly asinine Arab owner of low-cost airline FlyLo. Baba is parody of the controversial Greek “low-cost flying” entrepreneur, Stelios Haji-Ioannou (the founder of British low-cost airline Easyjet).
Precious Little – A Jamaican woman in her 50s who professes to be a devout Christian, she is the manager of the airport’s coffee kiosk. Precious deliberately causes problems that force the closure of the kiosk, allowing her to take the day off.
Moses Beacon – The gushing, effeminate executive passenger liaison officer for Great British Air. Moses also runs a charity called WishWings. His catch phrase is “if you’ll pardon the pun,” although there is usually no pun.
Ian Foot – The pompous and racist chief immigration officer.
Tommy Reid – A young, obtuse Scottish man working at Happy Burger, one of the airport’s fast-food eateries. He hopes to work his way up to becoming a pilot, happily unaware that the two jobs are completely unrelated.
Taaj Manzoor – Taaj is a young British man of Pakistani descent who works as part of the roving ground crew for FlyLo. He sports a shaved head and a chin curtain beard.
Melody Baines and Keeley St Clair – Two snarky Liverpudlian check-in girls for FlyLo.
Mickey Minchin and Buster Bell – Mickey and Buster are two shaggy paparazzi who haunt the airport’s hallways.
Fearghal O’Farrell – The Irish gay air steward for Irish airline Our Lady Air, who leads a destructive campaign to become Employee of the Year.
Ben Roberts and James Stewart – Two British airport customs officers, with rather extreme methods of cataloguing the illegal substances they find, such as sampling drugs.
Simon and Jackie Trent – A husband-and-wife pilot team, flying for Great British Air. Jackie constantly brings up the fact that Simon committed adultery with a stewardess; the reason they now fly together.
Peter and Judith Surname – Holiday makers who have suffered several horrific and surrealistic trips abroad after buying destination packages from FlyLo. Her husband, Peter, is forced to take a subordinate stance to Judith’s overbearing personality.
Penny Carter– A very elitist first-class stewardess for Great British Air’s long haul flights.
Terry and John – Father-and-son baggage handlers, who steal from passengers’ luggage and are generally less than careful with it.
Helen Baker – The check-in staff manager for FlyLo.
Lisa – Check-in staff for FlyLo. She receives several complaints from regular FlyLo passengers, Peter and Judith.
Here’s a snippet from Episode 1, showing 2 FlyLo ticket agents assisting an elderly passenger at check-in.
If that hasn’t convinced you of the hilarity of this series, check out Penny, the Great British Air First Class flight stewardess, and her encounter with the royal family.
Have you ever seen this series? What do you think of it? Isn’t it so funny?!
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