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.


BElinda Lang - Madeleine

Belinda Lang is best known for playing Bill Porter in the BBC sitcom 2point4 Children, and for Liza Ferrari in ITV's Second Thoughts. She played the artist Agatha Troy in the BBC detective series Alleyn Mysteries. Further TV includes Midsomer MurdersRosemary & ThymeDoctors, My Family and Citizen Khan. Belinda is vice-president of the theatrical charity The Theatrical Guild.


Felix Trench - Rudyard Funn

Felix Trench has appeared in Doctors (BBC), Hollyoaks (Channel 4), Zombies, Run! (iOS/Android), and a number of other podcast dramas and comedies. Stage work includes the Southwark Playhouse and Old Red Lion, this last for his one-man show Radioman. He wrote the VAULT Origin Award For Outstanding New Work winning Valkyrie, tells short stories through his Patreon channel, and is a regular member of the online comedy history series History Bombs.


Beth Eyre - Antigone Funn

Beth Eyre's audio credits include Noise: A Human History (BBC Radio 4), Antigone (Audioscribble), Drayton Trench: Great Caesar’s Ghost (Zut Alors Theatre), WindoverAmok (Wireless Theatre Company). Stage includes The Waiting Room (Arts Theatre), Monster Hunters (King's Head), A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (Mercurius), Timothy/Monkey (Drayton Arms), Massacre at Paris (Rose Bankside) and Emma (tour, Oneohone Theatre) Beth is cofounder of audio production company Invisible Theatre.


CIARA BAxendale - Georgie Crusoe

Ciara Baxendale is an actress from Helmshore in Lancashire. She plays Izzy in My Mad Fat Diary (Channel 4). Further credits include Harriet Grange in Harriet's Army (CBBC), The Driver (BBC) and Spike Island (Vertigo Films). Stage includes Re:Act McQueen (St James Theatre) and Rapid Write Response (Theatre 503).


Tom Crowley - Eric Chapman
Writer "The Little Death", "Undertakers Underground" & "Rudyard Ruins Christmas"

Tom Crowley is best known for his stage adaptation of Shock Treatment, the sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and his writing on Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball. On BBC Radio 4, he has written for The Now Show and The News Quiz and can soon be heard performing in The Lentil Sorters and The Brig Society. He is a member of comedy group Sad Faces, whose latest hour, Sad Faces Present The Dawn Chorus, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015. His theatre company, Crowley & Co., has just launched their free anthology zine, The Paper, and will be launching a new space at VAULT Festival 2016.


Andy Secombe - Rev. Wavering

Andy Secombe provides the voice of Watto in the Star Wars prequels and Toydarian in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. He played Colin the Robot in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Quintessential Phase and impersonated his father, Harry Secombe, in a Goons Show special. Andy has written four comic fantasy novels and his memoir of Goon children, Growing Up with The Goons, was published in 2010.


Steve Hodson - Mayor Desmond (season 1)

Steve Hodson is best known as Steve Ross in Follyfoot (Yorkshire Television). Further television includes All Creatures Great and SmallZ CarsJackanory Playhouse, The Legend of King Arthur and Break in the Sun. Voice work includes Broken Sword: Circle of Blood and The Bible in Animation. As of 2010 Hodson continues to act and works regularly as a voice artist on radio and for audio books, including work with Christian Rodska, his co-star in Follyfoot.

Sean Baker - Mayor DesmonD (FROM Season 2)

Sean Baker's film credits include Black BeautyAn American Werewolf in London, Jupiter Ascending, The Keep and Sparks and Embers. On television, he's been seen (among others) in Call The MidwifeFoyle's WarNew TricksMidsomer Murders, Silent WitnessDoctorsBetween the LinesLovejoy and Da Vinci's Demons.


Alison Skilbeck - Agatha Doyle

Alison Skilbeck's career as an actress started at Oxford University and has taken her to Sir Alan Ayckbourn's Scarborough company for five early years, to London's West End and theatres all over the UK, to the USA on Shakespeare tours, and to much of Europe, to Morocco, and to Hong Kong. She has written and performed three solo shows, which have all received 5 stars: Are There More of You?, Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London, and The Power Behind the Crone, which celebrates Shakespeare's older women.  Television includes Sherlock Holmes, The Beiderbecke Affair, Head Over Heels, Lovejoy, Miss Marple, New Tricks, Doctor Who, Midsomer Murders, and the latest series of Call the Midwife. She stars in both series of Caitlin Shannon's award-winning web series Wimpole Street. On radio, her main claim to fame is still playing Polly Perks for a year before the character was killed off (The Archers)!

Alison has directed professionally, and at most London drama schools, notably RADA where she has been an Associate Teacher for over 25 years, specialising in Shakespeare and serving on the Admissions Panel. She is also a senior trainer for RADA in Business, teaching Communications Skills to non-actors from many walks of life, and often working in Spanish and French.


Elle McAlpine - Marjorie

Elle McAlpine graduated from the University of York with a degree in Writing, Directing and Performance. Film credits include Scarred at Last, The Love We Seek, Robot Luv, The Visitor and Cards Chat. Stage credits include An Ideal Husband (Italy tour), 1833 - Thatcherwrite Festival (Theatre 503), Say It Loud Enough (Roundhouse) and Psychosis 8.55 (Lost Theatre).

Paul Putner - Sid Marlowe

Paul Putner is an actor and regular face in the UK comedy scene, with TV comedy credits including SpacedThe Peter Serafinowicz ShowStewart Lee's Comedy VehicleLook Around YouCome Fly With Me and Little Britain. Other TV includes the Only Fools and Horses prequel Rock and Chips and Downton Abbey. He is the co-creator of the website TV Dregs.


Alana Ross - Jennifer Delacroix

Alana Ross is an actress, voiceover artist and handywoman from the Highlands. Her previous credits include Noise: A Human History (BBC Radio 4), A Chaste Maid in Cheapside and A Trick to Catch the Old One (The Rose Playhouse), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Barons Court Theatre), Framed (Etcetera Theatre), and The Grand Guignol (The Space).


Additional Voices


Sarah Burton


Pip Gladwin


Max Tyler


Holly Campbell

Guest Starring


Sarah Thom - Petunia Bloom
Andy Hamilton - Herbert Cough
Freya Parker - Hettie / Claudette
Kieran Hodgson - Serge
Ellie Dickens - Mrs Scruple
Catriona Knox - Lady Templar
Max Olesker - Seymour Profitte
David K. Barnes - Dr Henry Edgware
Julia Deakin - Nana Crusoe
Thom Tuck - Captain Scott Sodbury
Ella Garland - Roz   Jason Forbes - Baz   Phil Wang - Wez


Ellie Dickens - Miss Scruple
Caroline Quentin - Madame Lansbury Manning
Hugh Fraser - Roger Noggins
Catriona Knox - Lady Templar
Andy Hamilton - Herbert Cough
Fiz Marcus - Audrey Warrington
Ben Norris - Miles Fahrenheit
Timothy Block - Thomas Johnson
Ella Garland - Roz  Jason Forbes - Baz   Luke Wilson - Wez
David K. Barnes - Dr Henry Edgware
Emily Stride - Marlene Magdalena
Katy Manning - Bijou


Catriona Knox  - Lady Templar
Andy Hamilton - Herbert Cough
Calliope - Alice Osmanski
Douglas - Kathryn Bond
Martin - Rebecca Boey
Mr Wimbledon - David Thorpe


RANDOM MOUSE by Rosie Fletcher
Alison Skilbeck
 - Esmerelda   Rosie Fletcher - Gloria   Joseph Cullen - Trevor   David K. Barnes - Narrator
Recorded at the RNIB Talking Book Studios

Alison Skilbeck
 - Agatha Doyle
Recorded at the RNIB Talking Book Studios

THE CASEBOOK OF DR EDGWARE by Tom Crowley & David K. Barnes
David K. Barnes - Dr Edgware   Steve Hodson - Mayor Desmond Desmond
Recorded at the RNIB Talking Book Studios

SID/DESMOND by David K. Barnes
Paul Putner - Sid Marlowe   Steve Hodson - Mayor Desmond Desmond
Recorded at the RNIB Talking Book Studios

ISLAND OF PASSION by Rosie Fletcher
Thom Tuck - Prof. Virgil Sodbury   Paul Putner - Additional Voices
Recorded at the RNIB Talking Book Studios


Recorded at the Coachhouse Studio

AT HOME IN THE DARK by Lauren Shippen
Recorded at the Coachhouse Studio

Recorded at the Coachhouse Studio

PRACTICAL MAGIC by Gabriel Urbina
Recorded at the Coachhouse Studio

THE FULL WORKS by Alex Lynch
Recorded at the Coachhouse Studio


David K. Barnes -
Head Writer

David K. Barnes is mostly known for writing this very sitcom, with his The Bane of Rudyard nominated for Best European Digital Audio of the Year at the Prix Europa 2016. Other audio credits include Drayton Trench (Wireless Theatre & Snatchback), Outliers (Historic Royal Palaces) and Doctor Who (Big Finish Productions). He also writes comedies for the stage, with credits including the internationally produced Timothy and the Offie-nominated Birthday Suit.



Andy Goddard - Director / Producer

Andy Goddard is a radio/ podcast producer and writer who works at Hat Trick Productions. Credits include Citizen Khan and Boomers (BBC), Podmore's Greatest TestSisters and Rob Newman's Perfectly Accurate History of Evolution (BBC Radio 4), Horrible Science (CITV), Dinner Date (ITVBe), a pilot for the alt poetry night BANG! said the gun and Raffles the Gentleman Thief ( Endeavour Press). He writes his own comic plays and produces the educational and new writing platform work for Audioscribble.




John Wakefield is an audio producer whose work has been nominated for the ARIAS, the APAs, the Prix Europa and won a BBC Audio Drama Award.

Credits include sound design on The Man on the Mountaintop (Audible Studios/ The Story Circle) and direction and production on Rathband (BBC ADA Winner 2018/Fifth Quarter) and Trimble (BBC ADA Finalist  2014).

He directs and produces audiobooks for a range of international publishers and for the RNIB’s Talking Books.


Elizabeth Campbell - Production Manager

Elizabeth Campbell has been involved in producing and creating live comedy for many years, including stand-up, sketch comedy, and competitive improv. Elizabeth is a regular cast member and writer for the historic Middle Temple Revels, and used to run Cambridge University's Wolfson Howler stand-up night. Elizabeth studied theatre and film acting at the Montreal School of Performing Arts. She writes comedy songs and sketches, and has previously been a regular writer for NewsRevue. She is also a practising lawyer.

Christopher Hogg - Writer "Flowers For Chapman"

Christopher Hogg is a dramatist, stand-up, technologist, librettist and actor, and worked as a broadcast assistant in the BBC World Service Drama Dept in 2003. He reached the final of the Storyteller of the Year competition in 2011. Christopher is studying for a PHD at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, where in 2014 he achieved a distinction for his MA in Writing For Performance. In January 2015 his play What Happens When You Click on it? was given an industry reading at the Arcola Theatre as part of their Playwrought New Writing Festival. More recently, he won the Anti-Slam Poetry competition and represented London in the National Final at the Round House in May.

T. A. Woodsmith - Writer "She Stoops to Conquer" & "Flip Flap Flop"

T. A. Woodsmith is an award winning playwright and actor. After studying Literature at Durham university she went on to complete a year studying Clown and Performance under the tutelage of Philippe Gaullier in Paris. Further qualifications include an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths. Tiffany is a founding member of Hobo Theatre Company and an associate artist with Sphinx. Her credits as a playwright include Shaking Cecelia for which she won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, Roundabout (Bush Theatre, 2012), Gravitons (Soho Theatre 2013), The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha (2015 UK tour) and What’s The Matter? (2015 UK Tour).

CORDELIA LYNN - Writer "The Cliffhanger" & "Rudyard Makes a Friend"

Cordelia Lynn trained as a pianist until she was sixteen. She went on to write and study literature, taking her BA in English at the University of Bristol, and her MA at UCL. Her first play, After the War, won the inaugural Inter-University Drama Festival, and has been performed across the UK and abroad. Her second play, Believers Anonymous, was a Time Out Critic's Choice, and Lela & Co. was performed in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court in 2015. She is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writer's Programme, and a member Soho Theatre Young Company.

Molly Beth Morossa - Writer "The Ghost of Piffling Vale" & "The Sunshine Treatment"

Molly Beth Morossa is an award winning performer, writer, theatre maker and cabaret artist. Her first solo show, Carnival of Crows, was nominated for 4 awards with one win at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012. Her latest work, Greywing House, completed a UK tour in 2015 and culminated in a residency at The Old Red Lion with a double bill of her solo shows. She is the co-creator and writer on the upcoming horror comedy anthology podcast The Truncated Nightmare Hour. Molly Beth is a regular contributor to the London Horror Festival, and performs on London's cabaret circuit. 

James Huntrods - Writer "A Funeral House Divided" & "Altar Ego"

James Huntrods is co-writer of podcast sitcom Hector vs The Future. In television he wrote on Cartoon Network’s BAFTA winning The Amazing World of Gumball and Disney XD’s Oddbods. His sitcom Blue Sky Thinking won The Sitcom Mission 2015 and is in development with Hat Trick Productions. In theatre, he has had work performed at Theatre 503, Southwark Playhouse, The Bush Theatre, Oval House, New Diorama and he’s had four critically acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh festival as well as work performed internationally in New York, Dubai and Austria.

James Hamilton - writer "A funeral House Divided" & "ALtar Ego"

James Hamilton is a triple award winning writer and sketch comedian, best known as the creator of both acclaimed dark comedy troupe Casual Violence ("Leading the new wave of sketch comedy" - The Sunday Times) and otherworldly podcast sitcom Hector Vs The Future. His credits include Seasons 4, 5 and 6 of The Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network), One Animation's Oddbods, and BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama. His work has been nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award and twice for the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality. He's currently developing new projects for stage, TV, radio and the internet.


Rosie Fletcher is a writer, broadcaster, podcaster, occasional stand-up comedian and former professional Girl Guide. A regular voice on Radio 4, her second series for The Film Programme, Rosemary vs Mankind, is being broadcast throughout 2018. She is half of the long-running podcast Rosie and Jessica’s Day of Fun and a former member of the sketch group Sad Faces. A contributor to the New Statesman and the Observer, Rosie is currently writing a children’s book. She can be found online at www.rosieandjessica.co.uk and on Twitter at @rosieatlarge.


Alex Lynch is a comedy writer with BBC Three and BBC Radio 4 credits, most notably his Radio 4 series Expenses Only. Alex writes/produces/hosts the retrospective parody podcast All Glory and co-wrote/co-produced/appeared in The Adventures of Professor Elemental. He has also written commercials for Picturehouse Cinemas, and two short films: Mugged and Jack & Jill (Best Comedy nominee at LOCO and London Short Film Festival 2016). Alex has trained in long-form improvisation at the Free Association and has been working on his debut solo show Dead Air for VAULT 2018. He is developing new projects for TV, radio, and online.



James Whittle is a composer, performer and conductor, plus an educator in community and SEND settings. His devised works, blending music, theatre and movement, include collaborations with musicians, dancers, and performance artists such as Dr K. Sextet, Juice Vocal Ensemble, and Gracefool Collective. With a PhD from the University of York (Music is Theatre, 2017), he has held residencies at Live Art Bistro (Leeds), the Banff Centre (Canada), and Castaway Music Theatre (Goole). A keen improviser, he plays cello, clarinet, piano, and otamatone.

The Piffling Philharmonic

Episode Writers - Christopher Hogg, Tom Crowley, T. A. Woodsmith, Cordelia Lynn, Molly Beth Morossa, James Hamilton & James Huntrods.

Announcer - Eleanor Rushton

Production Manager - Elizabeth Campbell
Studio Engineer  - Tom Gillieron
Script Supervisor Season 1 - Betty Burns
Script Supervisor Season 2 - Molly Beth Morossa
Script Supervisor Season 3 - Amelia Donovan
Recording Engineer (Music) Season 1 - Jethro Bagust
Recording Engineer (Music) Season 2 - Lynette Quek
Photographer Season 1 - Lars Thornhill
Photographer Season 2 - Lars Thornhill
Photographer Season 3 - Odinn Orn Hilmarsson
Runners Season 1 - Eoin Hanlon & Oscar French
Runners Season 2 - Verity Green, Elizabeth Cox & Al Riddle
Runners Season 3 - Nina Kruse & Gabrielle Watts
PR & Design - Sam Edwards
Drawings - Madeleine


 - James Whittle
Conductor - James Whittle
Trumpet - Patrick Jones
Trombone - Ollie Pickup
Organ - Thomas Dewey
Piano - Jin Hyung Lim
Percussion - Sarah Holmes
Mandolin - Karl Kramer
Guitars - Carlo Estolano & Ben Clark
Violin - Dan Hodd
Cello - William Descrettes


 - James Whittle
Conductor - James Whittle
Soprano - Emi Ostrom
Tenor - Karl Kramer
Baritone - John Wakefield
Bass - James Whittle
Organ - Thomas Dewey
Piano - Rosie Morris
Percussion - Beau Stocker
Mandolin - Karl Kramer
Violins - Charis Sykesud & Daryl Sharpe
Viola - Sarah Goulding
Cello - Gaia Blandina & Athene Broad
Accordion - William Barnardo


Composer - James Whittle
Conductor - James Whittle
Organ - Jan Whittle
Piano - Jan Whittle
Mandolin - Chris Roberts
Guitar - Chris Roberts
Clarinets - Laurel Sloan & James Whittle
Bass Clarinet - Laurel Sloan
Bassoon - Laura Kirker
Percussion - James Wood
Violins - Arisa Nemoto & Brigitte Mallon
Viola - Jill Valentine
Cello - Hannah Chappell

The music for seasons 1 and 2 was recorded in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York.
The music for season 3 was recorded in All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London.



Wooden Overcoats would not have been possible without help from Matt Cosgrove, Christopher Poke, Peter Wicks, Amy Millns, Claire Broughton, Matt Wieteska, Carrie Gail, Lucy Jackson, Sam Hansford, Will Bourdillon, Emma Cooke, Amy Hinds, Armen Seridarian, Steve Madden, Libby Ascher, Laurel Charnetsky, Jamie Laird, Gemma Arrowsmith, Ben Critchley, Laerke Soedring Nielsen, Daryl Chapman, Zoe Dale, Odinn Orn Hilmarsson, Lauren Shippen, Charlie Howitt, Matthew Lacey, Jemima Hartshorn, Peter C. Hayward, Beth Granville, Zoe Jeyes, VAULT, Helena Cashmore, Christopher Hardy, the Podcasters Support Group, and the podcast drama community.

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