Wooden Overcoats

Best of iTunes | British Podcast Awards Winner

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.

"Move over, Radio 4. This ensemble scripted comedy about a pair of doomed undertakers is funnier than anything broadcast on the BBC. Siblings Rudyard and Antigone Funn battle to keep their undertaking business on the small island of Piffling going after a new competitor arrives in town." - Caroline Crampton, The New Statesman - The Best Podcasts of 2016

"I. Am. In - oh boy this is great - I am in love." - Glen Weldon, Pop Culture Happy Hour

“A good sitcom is one that reliably comforts while also deepening over time.” - Nick Quah, Vulture - The 10 Best Podcasts of 2018

"This daffy British podcast sitcom has been around since 2015, and it’s only gotten better over time...Wooden Overcoats has never been more addictive, and its world has never been more interesting." - Nick Quah, Vulture - The Best Podcasts of 2018 (So Far)

“For every friend who asks why I like audio-based material, I recommend Wooden Overcoats, a podcast for people who think podcasts are for other people.” - Rachel Lopez, The Hindustan Times

“A shining example of the power of the form [of audio drama].” - Joshua Dudley, Forbes

"The Archers meets Six Feet Under." - Front Row, BBC Radio 4

"Inspired comedy." - John Bungey, The Times

"A refreshing, bright and oddly absorbing experience." - Sarah Griffin, The Irish Times

"As good, if not better, than any Radio 4 comedy offering. It’s about rival funeral directors and it’s fab." - Miranda Sawyer, The Guardian  (print edition in The Observer)

"A hoot to listen to, perfectly produced ... You owe yourself a listen to this extraordinary production." - Rowan Slaney with Alexander Danner writing in, The Guardian

"Very funny." - Charlotte Locke, WIRED

"Delightfully dark and ridiculous." - Hannah VarrallThe Pool

"Hilarious ... the podcast equivalent of 'impossible to put down'." - Aja Romano, Vox

"Shades of Fawlty Towers, The Black Adder, The Office, and likely a good number of other Brit-coms I'm not familiar with, all while being completely original."  - Marc Hershon, The Huffington Post

"Hit podcast." - Richard Brooks, The Independent

"Mark my words; this release of this funny, clever, independently produced sitcom marks a quietly significant moment in British radio comedy, when the BBC networks stopped being the only conduit by which top-rank young writers and actors got their wares to market. It's not that podcast sitcoms haven't been made before; it's that this one is, for the first time, as good as anything you'd hear on Radio 4. Created by a 27-year-old writer called David K Barnes, it's set on the small (and, I should point out, fictional) Channel Island of Piffling, and centres upon Rudyard Funn (Felix Trench), the stiff-necked director of the island's only funeral home - who's seriously put out by the arrival of a dashing, instantly popular new undertaker called Eric (Tom Crowley). Highly recommended." - Pete Naughton, The Daily Telegraph

"Raises the bar for podcasting as a whole." - Laugh Out London

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  • British Podcast Awards 2017 Best Fiction Podcast Silver WINNER

  • Prix Europa 2016 Nominee

  • Audioverse Awards 2016 Best Original Large Cast Long Form Comic Production WINNER

  • Audioverse Awards 2016 Best Performance of an Actor in an Original Leading Role for a Long Form, Large Cast Production WINNER

  • iTunes Best of 2015