Wooden Overcoats

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Wooden Overcoats is a podcast sitcom about competing funeral directors on an overlooked channel island. It is a lavishly produced audio comedy in eight episodes from the UK with a host of established and rising names.

New Cast Members

Hundreds of actors applied for Season 2 of Wooden Overcoats and we saw great, great talent at our auditions this week. London is brimming with the best and brightest. We are pleased as petunias to announce these additions to the Woverfam.

We can't wait to get stuck in with Alana, Fiz, Timothy, Ben and Emily. Luckily, we don't have to! Recording begins this Wednesday.

Doesn't time fly when you're finding new people to torment funeral directors?

Exciting news! We've been nominated for the Prix Europa 2016, the European Broadcasting Festival's awards arm celebrating the very best in television, radio and online media. We're in their new Digital Audio category up against a whole bevy of state broadcasters like the BBC, RTE and VRT. We'll be heading to Berlin in October as each nominee has to field a juror for the festival.

We vote YES to radios in coffins.

Podium Finish

As Team GB continues to astonish across the Atlantic, we are getting ever closer to our recording dates for Season 2.

This week, a gold medal to our casting director, Sam! Breakdowns went out and applications answered, 417 of them to be precise. Applications are now closed, thank you all the actors and agents who answered the call. Sam is sifting through them and the directors will be seeing people soon. 

Over on the writing front, more top of the podiums to the writers, and head writer David in particular! He has requested no national anthem but will happily stand for the Columbo theme. Tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday we'll be holding our first readthroughs of the most recent drafts. This is an important stage in the process; it lets the writers hear how the lines fall - which jokes work, which don't, which need tightening or retooling. Wooden spoon to Felix "Rudyard" Trench who had to bail from the readthroughs at the last minute this week to shoot an advert in Germany. The generous Peter Wicks (who you may know as our Live Shows Reverend) will be sitting in for him and we are considering making them fight later.

And a final medal to the Bluebird Tea Company who have sent us a mixed batch to enjoy during the recording. We can't wait!

100,000 Downloads

As of this week, Wooden Overcoats episodes have been downloaded over one hundred thousand times. The show has been heard in one hundred and thirty five countries, that's over two thirds of the countries on the planet!

Photograph by Sam Edwards

Photograph by Sam Edwards

We're very chuffed. Still no word from Antarctica though. If anyone's got a lead, hello@woodenovercoats.com 

Since we finished our Kickstarter, in which you raised over £10,000 to make Season 2, David and the writers have been working furiously on the scripts to get them up to scratch. We'll be having our first readthrough toward the end of August, recording in September, editing over the first half of autumn and releasing episode one just before Hallowe'en.

Meanwhile, one of our producers has been working on another podcast sitcom. 

Hector vs The Future is out now and going out over the summer. As well as Andy Goddard producing, look out for some familiar guest voices along the way.

Don't Let the Leopards Eat Your Face by Antigone Funn

During our recent Kickstarter campaign, we asked you to share the post announcing the fundraiser. One person each week won a poem from Antigone. Here: Antigone's last poem in the series, for our final winner Matt Wiesteska who shared on Twitter.

Thank you everyone who tweeted, Facebooked, Tumbled or just tapped their neighbour on the shoulder and gave them the lowdown. We couldn't have done it without you.

Poem Competition Week 4

Tomorrow starts our last week of fundraising. Looking tight!

Meanwhile, we've been asking you to share our Kickstarter announcement from 27 May to be in with a shot of winning a poem from Antigone. Our winner this week is friend-of-the-production-team, Matt Wieteska! (Not rigged, promise!)

Congrats Matt! Your poem will be with you shortly.

Only one more week to win a poem from Antigone. Share our Kickstarter announcement from 27 May and be sure to tag us in so we can find you!

hello@woodenovercoats.com