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.

One Quarter of a Million

Wooden Overcoats episodes have been downloaded over a quarter of a million times as of today.

That's one download for every fourth person in Helsinki, every plug-in car sold in California or every passenger who flew Emirates over the New Year.

The more exposure the show gets, the easier it is to make. Can you think of one person who'd enjoy Wooden Overcoats?

Wooden Overcoats Live at VAULT 2017

Wooden Overcoats Live will be coming to VAULT Festival 2017 for one night only. Book now for Saturday 4 February at 6.10 PM - tickets £9.

Booking Link to VAULT website


VAULT Festival is a six week programme of the very best new theatre and comedy in London. Now in its fifth year, the festival is held in the old Victorian train storage tunnels under Waterloo station. You get there through a different tunnel, the graffiti covered Leake Street where you can see new designs daily, as well as skaters, bikers, photoshoots and music videos. It's all a bit cool.

Photograph by Davide D'Amico

Photograph by Davide D'Amico

Most of our main cast have worked at VAULT at some point and can attest to the incredible experience of being squirreled away underground in a hive dedicated to new work and creativity.

This year, there's even a chance to catch our own Ciara Baxendale in a show written by Wooden Overcoats producer Andy Goddard, Don't Let Me Down.

What's it like at a Wooden Overcoats Live show?

Only two episodes left in Season 2! (Three if you've pre-ordered the Christmas special.) And with that we only have two live shows left. We'll be reading episodes 7 and 8 on Monday 12 December, and then a special Christmas show with mince pies and carols on Monday 19th.

Tickets are going quickly, make sure you book ahead.

With listeners in over 2/3 of the planet, we appreciate that it isn't easy for everyone to get to London. So for those of you who can't, here are a couple of clips from our last live show where we read episodes 5 and 6.

Here's Felix Trench performing To Be An Undertaker from episode 5. Ciara Baxendale was detained for the evening and we're grateful to Abigail Jackson for stepping in as Georgie.

Funerals are only one of Piffling's thriving industries. Alison Skilbeck plays sweetshop owner and constable Agatha Doyle, as well as a host of other characters come live show night. Here she is flooring Tom Crowley.

Rudyard and Antigone Funn are twins born a week apart. But nobody can reduce an audience to tears quite like Beth Eyre.

Pre-Order Rudyard Ruins Christmas Now

Rudyard Ruins Christmas

They're playing carols in Starbucks. Coca-Cola are auditioning lorries. Someone's released a Christmas jumper dress. It can only mean one thing: the holidays are filling up the petrol tank and calling ahead to see if they should bring their own towels.

To celebrate, at the end of Season 2 we will be releasing a whole new episode - a Christmas special, Rudyard Ruins Christmas. The full length episode by Tom Crowley and David K. Barnes brings together all your favourite Piffling islanders for the season of burying people giving.

Rudyard Ruins Christmas is now available to pre-order for whatever you can afford or think its worth - be it a pound or a hundred pounds. All money raised will go right back into the show.


How does it work?

Drop a few quid in our online pot and make sure to fill out your contact details. Then check your e-mail for a secret link and password that will update with the episode on 22 December.

By the way, if you're one of the 410 listeners who donated to our Kickstarter in June, ignore this post! Bask in the knowledge of a job well done. We'll e-mail you as soon as it's out.

Look Who's Back

Season 2 launches in less than two weeks. 

Less than two weeks! 

Episode 1 will drop on Thursday 27 October. To celebrate, we've created some new banners with our core characters and the cast who play them to top our various social media. Look out for them on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. And while you're there, dig a little deeper to find the Wooden Overcoats community which is buzzing with opinion, theories, stories, videos and artwork from our super-talented and -creative listeners.

Georgie Crusoe is played by Ciara Baxendale. When Georgie's not tinkering with her moped, she helps out at Funn Funerals - pallbearing, tea-making, coffin-building, she's great at all of them.

Eric Chapman is played by Tom Crowley. Mysterious past notwithstanding, Eric is Piffling's most recent and successful funeral director, beloved by everyone for his charm, sense of fun, and coffee facilities.

Antigone Funn is played by Beth Eyre. Most comfortable in the Funn Funerals mortuary where she prepares both bodies and scented embalming fluids, Antigone is frequently found in the darkest corners... wherein the shadows stretch and coalesce the quaking dusk to an inksome night of despair. She likes toast.

Rudyard Funn is played by Felix Trench. Antigone's twin brother. Officious and jealous, Rudyard's hatred of Eric is driven partly from envy, partly from being driven to the breadline by this new and most unwelcome competition.

One thing we love about audio drama is that there is no fixed character design. Our versions were dreamed up by a certain very talented mouse to illustrate her new book but we're always curious to know what yours look like. Do you have a great idea to share? Let us know!

Photography by Lars Thornhill.


We've already announced some of our new cast for Season 2 but we've held back a couple of surprises we want to let you in on now.

As well as return visits from Andy Hamilton, Alison Skilbeck, Catriona Knox, Paul Putner, Ellie Dickens and others, listen out for:

Caroline Quentin

The Men Behaving BadlyJonathan Creek and Blue Murder star will appear in the very first episode of Season 2, out on 27 October.

Caroline has appeared in Mister BeanHave I Got News For You, Life of Riley and Whose Line Is It Anyway? and was most recently seen as Mrs Bumble in the BBC's Dickensian.

Hugh Fraser

Hastings himself comes to Piffling in episode two of the new season. Outside of Agatha Christie's Poirot, Hugh is known as the Duke of Wellington in Sharpe, and has appeared in films including The Curse of the Pink Panther101 Dalmatians and Patriot Games.

Hugh is also an author, theatre director and one-time performer of the theme tune to ITV's Rainbow.



Katy Manning

Katy Manning joins us for episode 8 of season 2. Katy's career spans three continents across theatre, screen and audio. She has performed her one woman show Me and Jezebel across Australia, and her West End appearences include Run For Your WifeHamletReal Inspector Hound and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Katy played companion Jo Grant with Jon Pertwee in Doctor Who, and reprised the role recently in The Sarah Jane Adventures, as well as in audio.

Recording just about wrapped

The bulk of Season 2 has now been recorded. Over five days, we got through reams of script, worked actors and producers to the bone, and had an impromptu Christmas party. Now we just have the Madeleine narration and music left (which is recorded separately at a dedicated talking book studio) before we lock up Andy and John with their editing software and ration their meals until the series is ready!

Here are a couple more pictures from recording to tide you over.

Christmas shenanigans #wo2

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