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The Wooden Overcoat was originally broadcast on BBC 4, as part of The Saturday Play series, on December 22, 2007 from 2:30 - 3:30 pm. The actual runtime was 56: 59.  The original novel was written by Pamela Branch and was adapted for the radio by Mark Gatiss and directed in Wales by Kate McCall.

Mark Gatiss and David Tennant Drop Dead and they shared the big screen together in Bright Young Things in 2003.

Then again in 2003 in the Big Finish audio Sympathy For The Devil and they were in the Doctor Who episode The Lazarus Experiment together. 

Mark does the voice of one of the Scottish hunters in Free Jimmy with David and if that wasn't enough Mark also wrote the Doctor Who episode Idiot's Lantern.

David also makes a guest appearance in Mark's Nebulous Radio series.

The December 16, 2007 issue of The Observer selected the play as its Radio Choice for the week, picked as one of the Radio Highlights from The Evening Telegraph, December 20, 2007, and The Independent selected it as Pick of the Week

David Tennant, David Benson and Julia Davis at the recording of Wooden Overcoat (photo credit David Benson's MySpace)

The play was recorded on November 4, 2007. Click here for the BBC Press release and the cast list and here to read David Benson's blog entry about working with David.

Synopsis: Set in London in 1951, Benji Cann, much to his surprise, has got away with murder. He gravitates to the Asterisk Club, a place of refuge for those who have strayed beyond the pale and not paid the ultimate price. But then Benji turns up dead. Who killed him and how will they be able to get rid of the body without the neighbours noticing?


Glasgow Herald - December 22, 2007 - Anne Simpson

Today the weekend's dramas include The Wooden Overcoat, starring the ubiquitous David Tennant and Julia Davis in a black comedy about the macabre doings of the mysterious Asterisk Club. 

The Times - December 22, 2007 - Chris Campling

"The season to be jolly scared begins today with The Wooden Overcoat. It's been dramatised by Mark Gatiss of The League of Gentlemen, so expect loads of chills along with a fair sprinkling of laughs.

It stars Tom Allen, Alan David, Julia Davis and that increasing face (and in this case voice) of Christmas, David Tennant"

That last remark about David was due to his increasing presence on the BBC - these, sometimes less than flattering remarks, became even more prevalent in December 2009 when his time as Doctor Who was coming to an end.

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