This morning, Wooden Overcoats launched its fundraising campaign for the show's fourth and final season. To my great astonishment and joy, at the time of writing we've already made nearly 40% of our total goal within less than 12 hours. Given that we're asking for £15,000 (with a total series budget of £25,000) this is pretty damn extraordinary. Those figures would undoubtedly look rather low for major production companies like the BBC, but we're doing what we can to make the show we love on an achievable budget, whilst ensuring that everyone gets paid. And frankly we're over the moon that we have a network of dedicated listeners who want us to make more!
Alongside the fundraiser, we're also releasing a new season of Funn Fragments, kindly sponsored by Historic Royal Palaces (whose own podcast, Outliers in association with Rusty Quill, is launching a second season in November). These are mini-episodes of the show starring Felix Trench, Beth Eyre, Ciara Baxendale and Tom Crowley, scripted by writers across the audio drama podcasting sphere. We've got Mac Rogers (Steal the Stars, The Message, LifeAfter), Sarah Shachat (Wolf 359, Zero Hours), Gabrielle Watts (Orphans) and Chris & Jen Sugden (Victoriocity), as well as our first Overcoats script written by Felix Trench himself. It was enormous fun to curate and script edit these little nuggets of new Wooden Overcoats, and the first - Eric's Pal by Felix Trench - is now available from wherever you get your podcasts.
We want to see out the show in style with ten episodes and - if we hit our stretch goal - a Halloween special which will be sent to all of our backers. If you'd like to support independent audio comedy, take a gander at our campaign and the rewards on offer, and chuck us some spare change!
David K. Barnes