Storyglass, Fremantle’s scripted podcast label, today announces that Chris O’Dowd (Get Shorty, The IT Crowd, Bridesmaids) and Anne-Marie Duff (Suffragette, Shameless, St Joan) are to take the lead roles in Storyglass’ inaugural podcast – Baby, It’s Cold Outside.
Chris will play Ed and Anne-Marie will play his estranged wife Sam in a drama by award-winning writer Regina Moriarty. Their son George is played by Billy Jenkins (The Crown). The 3-part series tells the story of an ordinary man on the edge of homelessness, offering the audience a unique insight into the many circumstances that lead to people facing this issue in modern society.
Developed by Duck Soup Films, in which Fremantle has a minority stake, and in association with the homeless charity Crisis – Baby, It’s Cold Outside aims to take listeners on an entertaining, thought provoking and visceral journey, bringing home the very real impact of the tragic increase in homelessness in Britain right now.
Storyglass launched in October and is overseen by Robert Delamere – the critically-acclaimed director and digital specialist. The labels seeks to commission and develop original scripted ideas from a range of storytellers from around the world – creating original, scripted IP in the podcasting space.
Chris O’Dowd, says “I feel privileged to be part of this story, one which reminds us how close homelessness is to each of us.”
Regina Moriarty, writer says “Everyone needs and deserves a home, and until we make it our urgent business to ensure that everyone has one, we can’t even pretend to be a civilized society. It would be great if everyone could do something to help, however small.”
Robert Delamere, Creative Director, Storyglass said: “I’m delighted to launch the label with this raw and uncompromising work from celebrated screenwriter Regina Moriarty. Developed by Duck Soup Films, her piece is both urgent and timely and has attracted a formidable cast which includes Chris O’Dowd and Anne-Marie Duff. Working with extraordinary producing, writing and acting talent is part of the DNA of the Storyglass label. We are thrilled to bring this to worldwide audiences at such a critical moment and to have the backing of Crisis on the project.”
Zimena Percival, Artist Liaison and Creative Partnerships, Crisis, said: “Crisis is delighted to be working with this brilliant new platform, shining a light on homelessness in Britain at a critical time. Reaching and engaging with new audiences and helping them understand the real human impact of this issue is the first step in ending homelessness.“