Bridesmaids star Chris O’Dowd and ShamelessAnne-Marie Duff are to front Baby It’s Cold Outside, the first podcast to emerge from Fremantle’s scripted podcast label Storyglass.

O’Dowd stars as Ed and Duff plays his estranged wife Sam in the drama, a story of an ordinary man, struggling with homelessness, who is trying to have a special day with his son, whilst keeping secret the tragedy of his circumstances. Billy Jenkins (The Crown) plays Ed and Sam’s son George.

Developed by Fremantle’s Leeds-based indie Duck Soup Films, the three-part series is written by Murdered By My Boyfriend writer Regina Moriarty and has been produced in association with homeless charity Crisis.

The podcast launches on December 17 with a trailer available here.

This comes after the American Gods producer launched Storyglass earlier this month. The company is a partnership between its Shotglass banner in the UK and the company’s global drama division. It will commission and develop original scripted audio ideas from a range of storytellers from around the world and will lead by Creative Director Robert Delamere, who recently wrote and directed Hang Ups, the UK adaptation of Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy.

O’Dowd said, “I feel privileged to be part of this story, one which reminds us how close homelessness is to each of us.”

Moriarty said, “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.”

Delamere added, “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.”