The penultimate episode of Wooden Overcoats Season Two picks up immediately from last week’s explosive cliffhanger! As the villagers pick over the remains of the mine disaster, Rudyard fears he may have lost his sister forever. But Antigone is still alive – trapped at the bottom of a dark and decidedly cramped mineshaft with Eric Chapman…
This story allowed us to examine the one-sided sexual tension between Antigone and Eric, established in their very first encounter way back at the beginning of Season One. Having the two of them trapped together down a mineshaft was one of the earliest storylines I devised for Wooden Overcoats Season One, though it ultimately went unused. I was delighted to finally get to grips with it for Season Two, when the relationship had built up far more significance, and to place it after two Rudyard-focussed instalments.
Beth Eyre and Tom Crowley give a pair of perfectly pitched performances, which I found as moving listening to on release as I did when first hearing them in the studio. It’s an active episode for the other leads too: whilst Rudyard deals with his trauma in the most pragmatic way he can think of, Georgie sets out on a rescue mission which brings her face to face with an old enemy. And it seems that practically every key member of Piffling Vale has got involved too, so enjoy a roll-call of terrific guest appearances and a running double-act between Agatha Doyle (Alison Skilbeck) and Reverend Wavering (Andy Secombe – who just this month performed in some episodes of the BBC’s Missing Hancocks, playing his father Harry Secombe!)
The bumper-length season finale is released next week but check back before then for casting news on my brand new play, Birthday Suit, being staged January 10th - February 4th at the Old Red Lion Theatre.