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Wooden Overcoats – fiction podcast – sitcom – S03 E03: Rudyard Takes a Hike


A funeral goes wrong when Rudyard gets lost in the woods with a troop of Scouts and a dead body


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RUDYARD FUNN runs a funeral home on the island of piffling.

It used to be the only one. It isn’t anymore.

Rudyard Funn and his equally miserable sister Antigone run their family’s failing funeral parlour, where they get the body in the coffin in the ground on time. But one day they find everyone enjoying themselves at the funerals of a new competitor – the impossibly perfect Eric Chapman! With their dogsbody Georgie, and a mouse called Madeleine, the Funns are taking drastic steps to stay in business…

Sample Reviews

“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)

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