John Finnemore (writer)

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John Finnemore
Born John David Finnemore
(1977-09-28) 28 September 1977 (age 37)
Reading, England
Nationality British
Alma mater Peterhouse, Cambridge
Occupation Comedian, writer
Years active 2000 – present

John David Finnemore (born 28 September 1977) is a British comedy writer and actor, best known for his radio sitcom Cabin Pressure and his radio sketch show John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, as well as for frequent appearances on other BBC Radio 4 comedy shows such as The Now Show.

Early life and education[edit]

John Finnemore was born in Reading to parents David and Patricia and has a younger sister, Anna. He attended Dolphin School in Berkshire,[1] High Lea in Dorset and Poole Grammar School.

He then studied English at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he wrote his dissertation on Thomas Hardy ('Icons, Frames and Freedom in Jude the Obscure'[2]) and graduated in 2000.[3] He was a member of the Cambridge Footlights, becoming vice-president in his final year.[4] After graduating, he performed in Sensible Haircut with the Footlights team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000.[5]


Finnemore wrote the BBC Radio 4 sitcom Cabin Pressure and played the part of the idiotic but endearingly cheerful Arthur. The sitcom first aired in 2008. A fourth series was broadcast in January 2013[6] and the show concluded with a two-part finale at Christmas 2014.[7] He also writes a radio sketch show, John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme,[8] which he performs with Simon Kane, Carrie Quinlan, Lawry Lewin and Margaret Cabourn-Smith. The first series was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011 and a second followed in 2012, along with a special edition recorded at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. A third series was released in 2013.[9] The fourth series was recorded in the summer of 2014[10] and started airing on BBC Radio 4 in October 2014. Both Cabin Pressure and John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme have been released on CD.

Finnemore has written extensively for other comedy shows, both on radio and TV, including That Mitchell and Webb Sound (2003–2009), That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–2010), Dead Ringers (2003–2007), Safety Catch, John Finnemore, Apparently,[11] The Now Show and The Unbelievable Truth (2011).[12] Since 2009, he has co-written the podcast David Mitchell's Soap Box with Mitchell.[13] He is also a programme associate for 10 O'Clock Live.

Finnemore has appeared on various BBC Radio 4 shows, including The Now Show, The Vote Now Show, The Unbelievable Truth, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, and The News Quiz. He also appeared as a minor character, Chris, in Miranda Hart's television sitcom Miranda, in the episodes 'Teacher' (2009), 'Before I Die' (2010) and 'The Dinner Party' (2013).

In September 2011, Finnemore wrote a pilot episode for BBC One: George and Bernard Shaw a sitcom starring Robert Lindsay and Richard Griffiths as an elderly gay couple. The show was not picked up for a full series.[14][15]


Cabin Pressure won the Writers' Guild of Great Britain 2011 award for Best Radio Comedy, and was voted Best British Radio Sitcom in the British Comedy Guide Awards 2011.

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme was voted Best British Radio Sketch Show in the British Comedy Guide Awards 2011. In 2014, it was awarded Silver for Best Comedy at the Radio Academy Awards.[16]


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