The script was a relatively late replacement for a storyline that would have seen Rudyard getting roped into a spot of espionage by Agatha Doyle, but the middle of the season was lacking a sufficiently strong story for Antigone (for whom I'd yet to write for as much as I'd wanted). I belatedly scrapped my earlier idea and got to work devising a new narrative. With Take a Letter, Miss Crusoe focussing on Rudyard's relationship to Georgie, I decided the following instalment should do the same for Antigone and Eric. I also needed to retain a strong role for Agatha Doyle, having already booked the magnificent Alison Skilbeck for that recording session, and I had also yet to find a place for two more of our most beloved characters from the previous season. The somewhat free-wheeling nature of The Sweet, Sweet Taste of Death is the result of this "shopping list" of elements, which all needed to cohere into a satisfying drama that furthered the character arcs I'd devised for the season (and had at that time already begun concluding in my script for the finale).
To find out, you'll have to listen to The Sweet, Sweet Taste of Death, which features a veritable smorgasbord of beautifully-pitched performances and our weirdest selection of sound effects to date. There's Tom Crowley at his heroic best and Beth Eyre giving her most dynamic portrayal of Antigone so far. Say hello to the return of a few old friends, and meet the enigmatic Mr Crumble in action...
You can download Episode Four from iTunes (please leave a review - we're not far off 100!) or from your preferred podcasting client, or listen to it on the main Wooden Overcoats website. And if you enjoyed it, tell your friends!
Till next week, when I'll be saying to you: Flip, Flap, Flop.