Based on the book by
20th October 2009
1 SUMMER. POSY DRAWING 1
2 EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS. 2
Andy Cobb, early thirties, is digging an English garden in
the hot sun. He is lean, naked to the waist. It's hard to
tell which century he inhabits. Only when he stops to drink
from a plastic bottle do we realise he is of our time.
And love slipped the bonds of
At a table under a willow tree sits Tess - early fifties,
funky specs - at a laptop. She pauses in her typing, staring
His touch was like a cosmic `yes'.
Underneath a converted barn, cross-legged on a bench in a
bikini top, sits Eustacia. She is hunched over a note pad,
writing at tremendous speed, oblivious to all but her work.
`Fuck you,' screamed Kelly, `Fuck
you to hell!' Scott stepped back
from the cell door as the gob of
1A INT. DAY. GLEN'S ROOM. 1A
Sitting at a barn window is American academic Glen McCreavy ;
a physically awkward man, more at home with his intellect
than his body. He is surrounded by foolscap, post-it notes,
books and markers - dominated by a poster of a dour Victorian
- Thomas Hardy. He is writing.
This complex contemporary matrix is
what Hardy meant by `the ache of
He regards it.
He deletes it. He looks at his blank screen, breathing
deeply. The only words left say `Chapter Six'.
Inchcombe had seen it all before.
He'd seasoned it: the metallic
smell of blood and gunshot;
forensics hunched like vultures.
The dreadful mundanity of murder,
3 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - NICHOLAS' SHED. 3
Nicholas Hardiment writes fluidly with pencil and paper. A
good-looking man of fifty. Dark hair, strong figure.
He approached Patel, who was
stricken. She was one for whom a
corpse was still an obscenity.
Inchcombe realised a disturbing
truth. His lack of feeling was
(He stops writing. Sighs)
4 EXT. DAY. EWEDOWN - THE PLAYGROUND. 4
A playground on the edge of an idyllic English village. Jody
Long - fourteen, skinny, restless - is lying at the bottom of
the slide gazing at the clouds. Casey Shaw, her shy, placid
best friend, is sitting on a toddler toy, reading aloud from
`I've been wearing the wrong size
all my life,' said Katie. `I was
always popping out. Turns out I'm a
30GG,' she says. `Now my bras
finally fit - though Simon prefers
me without one.'
Jody checks to see if her breasts have grown. She sighs.
4A INT. DAY. KITCHEN. 4A
A woman in an upmarket apron is taking a tray of scones and
biscuits out of the aga. It's Beth Hardiment. Once pretty,
she's now mumsy and countrified.
She examines her baking, satisfied with its perfection.
Mary, the help, is doing the washing-up.
Do you think I should be reminding
them to drink enough? It's very hot
Beth - they're writers, not babies.
You run round after `em too much.
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5 EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS. 5
Glen walks outside, breathing in the fresh air. Beth
approaches with her tray of scones and biscuits.
Can I tempt you, Glen?
Glen picks up a scone.
I often take something snacky down
to Nicholas at this time of day. I
know how the brain needs feeding.
How are you settling in?
Great. The last writer's retreat I
stayed at kind of froze my balls off,
Screeching firedoors, curried
lasagne and a needy poet - from whom
I still bear the scars.
We try to keep it peaceful here;
far from the madding crowd.
Well, it's paradise.
6 EXT. DAY. EWEDOWN - VILLAGE STREET. TRIANGLE. 6
The blight on this rural paradise is a vandalised bus shelter
near the only T-junction in the village. A twee shop, hanging
baskets and Grade II listed buildings make up the view. It's
Casey and Jody walk up towards the bus shelter. Their boredom
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An open-topped BMW goes past and halts briefly by the
junction. The tones of Classic FM blare out, much to the
enjoyment of the middle aged couple within.
Frock horrors. This weeks top of
the shocks goes to Katie Pound in
an off the shoulder lime by
She looks like a bug.
(Car hoots) Wankers!
You wanna sack your stylist girl.
Bet they did that on purpose,
dressed her up like an insect.
Casey agrees. They zoom away.
7 EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD. THE GROUNDS. 7
Glen lowers himself into a comfy garden chair, his mouth full
of cream and jam. Behind him, Nicholas' shed.
8 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - NICHOLAS' SHED. 8
Nicholas is panicking down the phone.
In Ewedown? Nadia, what the ffff
are you doing there? I haven't told
8A EXT. EWEDOWN. THE STREET NEAR THE BUS STOP. 8A
Nadia is walking up the road from the station in her high
heels, carrying an overnight bag. She is weeping into her
Why not? You keep saying you want
to be with me.
Jody and Casey are all ears.
I can't tell her just like that.
It's twenty five years; a marriage.
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Come on Nicholas. Or I'm going to
get in a taxi and find your farm.
Come up there and -
Drag you out -
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NO, NO DON'T!
I want to be with you. I thought
you'd be pleased...
8B POV. EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD / INT. DAY. NICHOLAS' SHED 8B
Through the window Nicholas sees Beth leaving a scone by
Diggory, a sleeping poet in a pretentious hat.
Of course I'm pleased... Nadia, go
to the pub and stay there. I'll come
when I can.
Are you going to tell her?
Just give me a couple of hours -
He ends the call just as Beth is nearing the door - panicking
the phone back on to its holder.
Beth opens the door to see Nicholas apparently hard at it.
How's the worker?
Good actually. Just about to embark
Well give me your pages and I'll get
Nicholas hands her several pages.
Reckon I might pack it in a bit
early today. Need to think about my
blood smears. Might take a drive;
have a pint. Stir the old grey
Who were you talking to just then?
Judy. She says the Impala contracts
should be through in a day or two.
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Beth immediately knows he is lying. The lie pains her. She
goes to the door.
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Beth decides to try and call his bluff.
I could come with you.
For a drive. I don't know when we
last went out.
Buying time by biting his scone:
This is absolutely yummy.
We could go into Hadditon, get a
Yes but. What about the guests?
Mary's got Casey to help.
But I'm supposed to be thinking,
you know about the -
You can run it by me. I'm good at
Nicholas has run out of excuses.
9 EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS. 9
Beth approaches Andy with her scones and biscuits. Nearby,
Glen is sitting back in a sun-lounger. Diggory sleeps on.
Can I tempt you, Andy?
Andy takes a scone with a wide smile.
That's Glen, our new academic. Turns
out he's working on Thomas Hardy.
Said he might have some farming
Needs an expert yokel, does he?
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Would you mind? And the writers are
eating al fresco tonight; could you
check there's no bird shit on the
Beth looks distant, troubled.
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Yes. Nicholas and I are going out
As she walks away, Andy glances at the shed, a look of
puzzled dislike on his face.
9A INT. DAY. STONEFIELD. 9A
Glen settles back in his chair.
10 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - NICHOLAS' SHED. 10
Nicholas, dreading his predicament, is staring out at a cow's
arse. The cow starts to piss. He shuts his eyes in
10A I/E. DAY. TAMARA'S CAR. 10A
Shooting from inside the car, we pass the sign "Ewedown".
11 EXT. LATE AFTERNOON. EWEDOWN - HALFWAY DOWN THE STREET. 11
The same car drives through the village. Jody and Casey
appear from behind a wall and chuck eggs at it. They both
land on the windscreen.
Jody and Casey run away, laughing.
11A EXT. DAY. EWEDOWN. OUTSIDE THE PUB. 11A
The driver brakes, swerves and comes to a halt. Tamara Drewe
gets out. She's twenty eight, startlingly beautiful. She
looks around shocked, for the culprit.
The immaculate, picturesque street is deserted. Tamara takes
it in, with an expression of such distaste that it might as
well be a landfill site.
What a dump.
As she drives away, we see Nadia sitting outside the pub in
her urban heels, anxiously smoking a cigarette.
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12 EXT. LATE AFTERNOON. WINNARDS FARM. 12
Tamara drives up to an old farmhouse. She gets out of the car
and stands at the gate. Air of neglect; dark windows. Tamara
looks at the place as if it stirs memories. She doesn't move.
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14 EXT. LATE AFTERNOON. WINNARDS FARM. 14
At the back of the house Tamara walks through an overgrown,
neglected garden. She peers through the back door into the
kitchen. A thin layer of dust on the surfaces; a sense of
Suddenly a pigeon flies out from the porch eaves - just over
her head. Tamara startles. It completely spooks her. She
backs away. She doesn't know what to do.
13 EXT. LATE AFTERNOON. EWEDOWN - BUS SHELTER. 13
Jody and Casey are slouched on the bench at the bus stop.
Three teenage boys are doing wheelies over the T-junction.
One of them almost lands in the shop. An old lady comes out,
shoo-ing them away.
We could walk up the garage.
I'm supposed to be helping my mum
up at Stonefield.
They keep you busy.
You never stop, you!
Neither of them moves. The boys are yelling. Two try to put
the third head first into the bin outside the shop. Jody and
Casey are not impressed.
15 DELETED. 15
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16 EXT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS (PATIO). 16
The writers are sitting round a table lit with tea-lights in
jars. Casey is helping her mum, Mary, an efficient local
woman in her late thirties. She wobbles the heavy serving
It was called `From Hearth to Heath
- Doomsday and Revelation in
What was it about?
Oh you know. Pale poets on
laudanum, dark towers and sunless
seas - a little sturm and drang in
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At an upstairs window we can see Beth hold a dress up to
herself and then abandon the idea.
Did it sell?
Well my kind of books aren't about
sales. I mean that's not why I
write. So... no.
What are you working on next?
Upstairs, through a window, we see Beth is putting on a
17 INT. EVENING. STONEFIELD. BETH'S BEDROOM. 17
Beth is looking at herself in a cheval mirror. She's full of
hope that Nicholas will take her out - and dread that he'll
find some excuse.
18 EXT. EVENING. STONEFIELD. THE GROUNDS (PATIO). 18
Is there anything left to say about
that maudlin bore?
Excuse me but there is nothing dull
about Hardy. That is a
At least you've been published. I'm
seething with envy; I'd love to be
I publish myself on the internet.
Oh, do you earn money doing that?
So what do you write?
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Casey drops a potato in Glen's wine.
I'm here picking up tips from the
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19 INT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - DOWNSTAIRS. 19
The door to the garden is open, letting in the eveing air.
Nicholas is waiting for Beth by the mirror. He is full of
unease - but can't help finding himself handsome. His phone
bleeps; a text. He reads it anxiously.
Beth, why don't I just pop out on
Beth, determined to force things, comes downstairs.
But I'm ready. Come on.
She's on her way to join him.
Is that - I mean - are you wearing
Just looks a bit... hot.
Now Beth knows she is right. She takes her jacket off,
You know, Haddition's always packed
with pissed Londonites on a Friday. I
doubt we'll get a table anyway. Let's
do it properly next week; make an
occasion. I'm always taking you for
granted. I'm vile I know; you should
kick me really, but -
He's about to leave. Beth speaks calmly.
Who is she?
The question hangs in the air. Nicholas' smile is frozen.
For a moment, he tries to find a lie.
Oh come on, Beth.
Tell me. Who?
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Look, it's nothing. It's been once
or twice, that's all. Beth, it's
Beth is raw with pain.
(her voice raised)
Who is she?!
19A EXT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS (PATIO) 19A
Tess faintly hears. She stops mid chew, listening for more.
19B INT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - DOWNSTAIRS 19B
Nicholas coughs up.
Just a researcher with Radio 4.
What's her name?
Nadia, Nadia Patel.
This hits a nerve.
Patel? She's in your book.
No, no I met her when I was on
Desert Island Discs.
You put her in your book!
Just the name.
And Desert Island Discs was a year
Yes but -
Once or twice?
I was going to tell you but -
Beth utters an inchoate cry.
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19C EXT. EVENING. STONEFIELD. THE GROUNDS (PATIO) 19C
Tess hears it.
Beth's pained voice drifts out of the house.
You lying PIG!
A hush falls over the table.
19D INT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - DOWNSTAIRS. 19D
Beth, I'm a ruin, I know - but I've
been in a real state about this... I
didn't want to hurt you.
Another wounded cry from Beth.
19E INT. EVENING. STONEFIELD. KITCHEN. 19E
In the kitchen, Andy picks up his plate and goes.
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19F INT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - DOWNSTAIRS. 19F
Beth is incandescent.
How can you lie to my face?
Can we talk calmly about this?
There are people out there -
You look me in the face and LIE!
For God's sake; we're surrounded by
19G EXT. EVENING. STONEFIELD. THE GROUNDS (PATIO) 19G
A thrilled intake of breath goes round the table. The writers
(with the exception of Glen, who is mortified) are poised
like scavengers, waiting for more.
19H INT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - DOWNSTAIRS. 19H
Beth, we're like a pair of
Don't you dare -
Joined solidly at the top but with
the ends able to roam, in freedom -
His phone beeps.
That's from her isn't it? Are you
keeping her waiting?
Nicholas finally snaps.
We've talked a lot about the
creative mind and we agreed that it
needs freedom to explore!
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(leaving the house)
Take your freedom. I can't live
like this any more. It makes me
20 EXT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS (PATIO/PORCH). 20
Casey gawps, fascinated.
Nicholas is following Beth outside. Her agony travels through
the quiet evening air. The writers are open-mouthed.
Calm yourself down!
Go set up home with Patel. See if
she does your tax return.
NICHOLAS (O.S.) (CONT'D)
Will you please -
Do you love her??
Diggory's fork stays in mid-air. Glen is horribly fascinated.
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This is pointless.
Is she young?
For heaven's sake.
The guests are hanging on every word. Beth retreats back into
If you leave here tonight to be with
her... Don't come back.
For a moment, she hopes he'll apologise.
You're making fools of us both.
Beth, tears stinging, picks a plant out of the tub by the
door and hurls it, roots and all. It's a direct hit.
Glen cringes. Beth slams the door.
Nicholas wipes soil off his glasses; brushes it off his
shirt. He realises with a sinking heart that he must pass the
writers to get to his car.
I didn't know they provided material
20A INT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - DOWNSTAIRS. 20A
Beth, her back to the door, is regretting her gesture.
20B EXT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS (PATIO/PORCH). 20B
Beth does everything for him you
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types his manuscripts, deals with
his agent, makes his female
Nicholas still at the door, listening.
She even came up with the name Dr
No wonder he's bored.
I hope she takes him to the fucking
Nicholas walks to his car. Silence. He roars away.
20C INT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - THE KITCHEN. 20C
Beth comes into the kitchen. Her eyes flicker over pictures
of her daughter and Nicholas. She is in shock.
20D EXT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS (PATIO). 20D
Glen is mortified.
At the end of the day, this is why
I'm glad to be single.
20E INT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - THE KITCHEN. 20E
Beth is going through agonies of self-criticism.
Nadia Patel. Gazelle eyes. Tantric
We see her thoughts: An exotic clinch. Nicholas in thrall to
Nadia's confident passion.
Why would he choose me?!
20F EXT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS (PATIO). 20F
The gossip flutters round the table.
Will she take him back, that's the
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I'd be torn.
He's far too up himself.
What about the farm though?
Splitting up all this? Must be
worth a fortune. I think she's
very rash, making him choose...
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21 EXT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - THE KITCHEN. 21
Alone, Beth weeps.
22 EXT. NIGHT. EWEDOWN - OUTSIDE THE PUB. 22
Nicholas is walking Nadia to his car.
Thought you weren't going to come.
I was busy. Rowing with my wife.
Where are we going?
To your farm?
A look of frustration crosses his face. He turns to her.
We could have gone on just as we
But you said you wanted to be with
Yes. In London. Now and then.
Nadia looks at him. The scales are beginning to fall. They
get in the car. As they drive away, Tamara's car pulls up.
She gets out of the car and takes in the pub before entering.
23 INT. NIGHT. EWEDOWN - THE PUB. 23
Tamara enters. Zoe, a buxom Australian, is behind the bar.
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Big glass of rioja please. And I
need a room.
Sure, how many nights?
Don't know. Just one.
Zoe pours the wine. She's disarmingly friendly.
You here on business?
No. Business of a kind.
I don't mean to pry; I'm just
I'm from here. Sort of.
Tamara smiles her disagreement.
I keep meaning to leave but... Hard
to get away.
My mum's house is just up the road.
You're not staying with her?
She's. She died.
Zoe finishes pouring the wine.
Have that on me. And here's your
key. Up the stairs, right in front.
You can't miss it.
Tamara utters her thanks, surprised at Zoe's kindness. She
takes her drink and the key upstairs. Zoe remains, grinning.
We see why.
Andy Cobb has just walked in. Zoe pulls him a pint.
Didn't think I'd see you tonight.
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Bit of an atmosphere at Stonefield.
Tell me everything...
Andy shakes his head.
Marriage. Remind me never to try it.
Andy, you're just a sex object. No
one'd have you.
He grins back at her.
24 INT. NIGHT. EWEDOWN - THE PUB. TAMARA'S BATHROOM 24
Tamara is in a deep bubble bath. She glances at herself in
the mirror, scrutinising her beauty. She fingers her nose.
Slowly a look of doubt steals over her - as if she's not
quite comfortable in her own skin.
25 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE KITCHEN. 25
Glen is eating his breakfast looking at all the Hardiment's
family memorabilia in the kitchen. Andy is eating toast.
So the Hardiments have lived here
No, `bout twenty years. Still
strangers by local standards.
Beth comes in, tense, anxious and haggard.
Andy, come and look at Ingrid. I
think she's coming into heat.
She goes out.
She's a nice lady.
Yeah, I owe her a lot.
Husband's a sleazebag, huh?
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We'd say prick here actually. Or
That's good. We might even call him
That's good too.
26 EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE CHICKEN RUN. 26
Andy approaches Beth. She is cleaning out the hen coop with
all the frenetic energy of an abandoned wife.
This is going rotten underneath.
Shall we look at Ingrid?
It's falling apart.
I can do that. Beth...
Andy takes the shovel. Beth bites back tears.
He won't last five minutes.
Beth looks down embarrassed by (but grateful for) his
26A INT. DAY. STONEFIELD. 26A
Glen wanders into Beth's office. The wall in front of him is
dominated by a framed newspaper profile of Nicholas,
surrounded by framed covers of Inchcombe books. The whole
room is a shrine to Nicholas' career.
Glen is in the hall looking at Beth's prints and pictures;
old maps, wildlife and framed letters from grateful writers
who have stayed at the retreat. He stares at a print of farm
workers in the nineteenth century. Glen sighs.
I know why I'm drawn to Thomas
Hardy. He writes about failure
better than anyone else. I need
this book to go well. I need a tiny
reward for my endeavours...
His stomach gurgles ominously.
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I need a dump.
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28 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE HALL/DOWNSTAIRS CLOAKROOM 28
Glen walks down the corridor by the kitchen, to the
downstairs cloakroom; a marvellous Victorian toilet of
reassuring size. He shuts the door in relief.
29 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE HALL/DOWNSTAIRS CLOAKROOM. 29
Glen is on the loo. Even in this small room there are framed
photographs of Nicholas receiving awards. He looks at them in
If that's the way you feel...
Nadia, I'm devastated.
Through the frosted window Glen sees Nicholas.
But if that's your decision, I'll
have to learn to live with it.
Beth comes in from the garden. Glen sees Nicholas quickly end
the call. For Beth's benefit:
(Into his phone)
I told you. I love my wife. Don't
ever phone me again.
Glen is shocked by this duplicity.
No don't touch me, don't you dare.
Glen panics, realising their reunion is going to be right by
the door. He puts his hand on the flush, hoping to warn them
- too late.
Not good enough. Not any more.
You do what you like and then you're
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I hate myself. I hate myself.
Glen opens the door a chink. They are feet away from him.
Nicholas looks unshaven, shagged and guilty.
Where were you?
Drove her back to London. Took all
You drove her home?
She was in a state.
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Do you think she'll get over it?...
Nicholas shrugs. To Glen's horror, he starts to cry.
Then Beth is sobbing too. They are in each other's arms,
holding each other.
I don't know why I'm like this. I
couldn't do without you.
Glen looks away from the clinch, horribly embarrassed. He
opens the toilet window, puts the soap dish straight. Looks
again - still hugging, sobbing, kissing - puts his hand on
the flush - too awful to reveal himself - takes it off again.
Straightens his hair, examines his teeth, sweating.
He looks again. At last the emotion is abating. Nicholas
releases Beth. She wipes her eyes.
I've got to go to the bottle bank.
OK... Let's talk later.
Yes. The goat's come into heat.
I love you so much.
Beth goes. Nicholas is watching her; his expression strange.
He walks away. At last Glen emerges, incredulous at Nicholas'
30 DELETED 30
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31 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS. 31
Glen flops into a sun-lounger near Diggory.
I've just seen the Hardiments kiss
and make up.
The hat is on.
Looks like she's taking him back.
When the hat is on, it means don't
So... Peace is restored.
The sound of a burglar alarm suddenly blares over the garden.
Diggory sits up, infuriated.
32 EXT. DAY. THE FIELDS (LIMBURY). 32
Glen is following Andy down the hill from Stonefield. The
cows are too close for Glen's comfort. He hurries through.
I don't like cows. I mean really.
They exude bovine malice.
Yeah, these girls are killing
machines. They don't like Americans
32A EXT. DAY. FIELD AND COPSE. (LARKHAM) 32A
Glen and Andy are in the valley between the two farms.
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It's Winnards Farm. Lady there died
a while back. Place is empty.
You think it's being robbed?
Prob'ly just kids. Nothing to do
round here except make trouble.
What if it's bad guys? Don't you
have a blunderbuss or a fowling
piece or something?
They climb up through a copse.
32B EXT. DAY. FIELDS (WINNARDS). 32B
Glen and Andy are going up the hill towards Winnards.
Used to belong to my dad, this
But it all went tits-up. Land was
flogged to a consortium and the house
was sold to Londoners; the Drewes.
So this is your ancestral pile?
Was. Born in that room up there.
He points up at the back bedroom window.
You must have been pretty resentful.
33 1995. EXT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - THE LANE. 33
An eighteen year old Andy jumps off a stile into the lane
behind a slim, fifteen year old girl on a horse.
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The girl turns. She has a huge nose.
This farm's mine, big nose.
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The girl kicks the horse into a trot, her nose in the air.
34 EXT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. 34
Andy and Glen turn the corner to the back of the house.
Tamara is up a ladder wielding a hammer at the alarm box.
Hey, what're you doing?
Tamara gives the alarm box a great whack.
Who are you??
Andy, you moron; it's me.
Andy looks more closely. A disturbing spark of recognition.
Tam?... Hardly recognise you.
Another whack. The noise becomes a high-pitched squeal.
You won't do it that way.
Then help me!
35 INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - THE KITCHEN. 35
Andy turns the alarm off. Tamara enters the dusty kitchen.
Used to do bits of work for your mum.
Been keeping an eye on the place
since she died.
What sort of work, graphics?
I do horticulture now.
You're a gardener?
Andy says nothing. He stares at her nose. Glen has come in.
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This is a great old house.
Would you like to buy it?
I'm not really the property-owning
kind. Prefer my life to fit into hand
That's why you're back, to flog it?
Make a nice second home for some
Andy if you want it, why don't you
make me an offer?
Because sadly I'm still prey to the
economic forces that threw the
peasant classes off the land.
Tamara opens a cupboard. It's full of empty wine bottles.
Their eyes meet.
What the fuck have you done to
Tamara's face falls.
36 EXT. DAY. THE FIELDS (LARKHAM). 36
Glen and Andy are walking back. Andy is brooding.
She's completely different.
How was she before? What's the
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There isn't one.
Was nothing. Decade ago. Just a
37 1996. INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - A SHED. 37
Tamara pulling down her pants; Andy unbuttoning his jeans.
She jumps up on the worktable, pushing a stack of turnips out
of the way. They kiss passionately.
You should find someone you're in
You stupid prick.
Andy looks at her. She is sincere.
You saying you love me, frosty tits?
You say it; You're the girl.
She kisses him. As they start to make love:
I love you. Fuck off. I love you.
37A EXT. DAY. A FIELD. 37A
Glen looks over at Andy, interrupting his thoughts.
Romeo and Juliet, huh?
Andy carries on down the hill, shaking his head.
38 INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - THE KITCHEN. 38
Tamara is watching Andy walk away with Glen. Her eyes follow
him curiously - then she firmly turns her back.
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Tamara rips a bin liner off the roll and shakes it out.
She takes a deep breath. She opens the cupboard and begins to
bin the distressing mountain of empty wine bottles.
39 EXT. NIGHT. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS. 39
Beth is standing at the hedge looking down at the valley with
Nicholas at her side.
Thinking of the first time we saw
You've made it a wonderful home
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Not wonderful enough.
She starts to walk away. Nicholas holds her back.
If you can't put this behind you,
then we're stuck.
Well I'd better sort myself out then.
What has to happen? I am sorry -
Beth brings her arm up to push him away. Nicholas catches it;
draws her to him. He kisses her insistently. Beth's
resistance diminishes. Soon it has gone. We begin to see the
depth of Beth's physical love for him.
At that moment, Glen walks round the corner. He tries to
backtrack, mortified by his intrusion on their passion. Too
late. They part. Nicholas turns away in frustration.
Just taking the air.
Flustered, he knocks into a tub of lobelias. Beth and
Nicholas remain. The moment between them is gone. Round the
corner, Glen is cringing.
40 CUT 40
41 EXT. DAY. EWEDOWN - BUS SHELTER. 41
Jody and Casey are reading a celebrity magazine.
Would you do him?
What about him?
He's gay, you dobbin.
They turn to a big spread on a band called Swipe.
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I'd walk through fire to do him.
He's not just the drummer. He writes
the lyrics; it's his band. He's the
fucking genius, not Steve Culley or
any of these wankers. It's Ben.
OK. I'd do Ben.
I wanna be her, in that dress with
him licking my teapot lids.
Yeah... me too.
42 EXT. LATE AFTERNOON. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS. 42
Casey is still carrying this image as she serves a tray of
nibbles on the patio. She stands among the writers, watching
a fly get caught in one of the vol-au-vents.
People talk about the muscularity in
prose. I want a similar muscularity
in my verse. I don't want a poetry
that's flabby or obese - that's why I
adhere to the tightest rhyme schemes:
Diggory picks the vol-au-vent up and without looking, puts it
in his mouth. Casey moves over to Nicholas and Glen.
ABB ACC DEE D. They give you the
armature, the beating heart, the
So has the muse shone on you, Greg?
I've been pretty distracted. Most
recently by those delicious cookie
things that Beth brought round this
Oh yes. Of course we call them
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And by the place itself, the people.
Sometimes wish I could get
distracted. Ten page a day man,
rain or shine.
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Wow, that's scary. Ten pages; how
do you do that?
Well, Greg -
I wouldn't presume to give an
Matter of fact I read one of your
books. Another distraction but I
thought it was decent stuff.
How do I do it? I just get on with
Nicholas walks away leaving Glen smarting. The female writers
surround Nicholas. He tops them up, full of charm. Under his
breath, Glen impersonates:
`We call them biscuits, here.'
Nicholas raises his glass for a toast.
To the muse, however you find her.
He is looking at Beth. She is gratified. Then his eye shifts,
his glass still in the air.
Tamara Drewe is climbing the stile at the bottom of the
garden in a low cut T-shirt, tiny pair of denim shorts and
bare feet. The evening light bathes her in a golden sheen.
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That's Tamara Drewe.
No it isn't.
I met her with Andy.
Good God. What's happened to her?
She's had a nose job, Dad.
She's completely different.
That's what Andy said.
Poor Tamara. Such a sad girl. She
used to come and help you wash the
car, didn't she Nicholas? I think
she liked a bit of family after her
Is that Tamara Drewe who writes the
column in one of the Sundays?
Used to. Writes for the Independent
She spent weeks going on about her
nose job. Smart way to pay for it I
suppose. Was her old one an awful
She's poured herself into those
shorts. I hope they don't give her
What's the etiquette with nose
jobs? Do we mention it, or...
Tamara has arrived in earshot. Absolutely everyone, including
a very curious Casey, is staring at her nose.
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Hello. Sorry to intrude.
Her hand defensively brushes her nose. Poppy walks towards
her, full of warmth.
Poppy, how are you?
Love your new hooter.
Thanks. It isn't actually new; just
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At last Beth remembers her manners.
Tamara, so sorry about your mum.
Are you staying down for a while?
I'll have to. There's so much to be
You must let us know if we can help.
Actually, I was going to ask if you
could spare a pair of strong arms.
I've got a skip coming tomorrow and -
Nicholas is opening another bottle of prosecco. It pops its
cork over his trousers. He mutters a swear word.
I'm available. I do skips.
Well thank you. You're very kind...
Is Andy around at all?
Beth is helping Nicholas wipe his trousers.
Oh, I can't spare Andy. He's making
a new coop for my Buff Orpingtons.
43 EXT. NEXT DAY. WINNARDS FARM. 43
Tamara and Glen are carrying junk out to a skip. Tamara is in
big boots and a slightly more practical pair of shorts.
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44 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE KITCHEN. 44
Beth is preparing lunch, talking to Poppy. Nicholas is going
through his typed-up manuscript; not really listening.
She's had the writers down there
helping her all day. I hope she
realises they're here to work...
Can't believe what a difference
her nose makes.
Well I think it's a mistake; taken
away all her character.
Come on; she looks ten times
And she knows it. I found those
shorts really irritating. Going
around with half her bum hanging
out. I mean, why?
To annoy people like you. Might get a
Of course you won't.
Because you're not desperate, are
you? Always something a bit
desperate about Tamara Drewe.
Beth looks at him puzzled as he works on.
45 EXT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. 45
Tamara and Glen are having a rest.
So why did you change your face?
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Changing my face is the best thing I
ever did. And I don't care what
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Would it work for me?
Maybe; if you did the wrinkles too.
Oh, you're just coming on to me...
Tamara laughs. She starts work again.
In your column, you write about
yourself... Does that come easily?
No... But it feels right. My first
novel's definitely going to be
Your first novel? You're going to
dash one off just like that?
Ideally, I'd like to make it into
fiction before I'm thirty.
And then maybe a swimwear collection,
a chat show, a pasta sauce range?
Life sure is easy for the beautiful.
You know before I got the nose job
I had no trouble getting taken
seriously. Maybe, when they removed
that bit of cartilage, they pulled
my brain out by mistake - what do
Glen smiles, won over.
46 INT. LATE AFTERNOON. EWEDOWN - THE PUB. 46
Glen is coming from the bar with a pint for Andy and a half
for himself. He has just been served by Zoe.
She's single, man.
Andy looks over at Zoe.
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Well it's not exactly a
relationship; we just have an
occasional thing. Zoe doesn't want
to be tied down and -
Not Zoe! Tamara... You should get
in there. Marry the girl. Then you
get to live back in your ancestral
No way. Not her type.
The trouble is Andy, you think like
a loser. And I know that because
I'm the loser that losers turn to
for tips. I'm the losers loser.
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I'm a pedigree loser. I had a
graphics business; went bust. And
then with my great business acumen
I invested in a polytunnel full of
Wow. How'd that go?
Made a tit of myself. Spent about
six years stoned out of my box and
I'm only just getting it back
together. Besides, even if I was
the last man in the world, Tamara
Drewe wouldn't have me.
I dumped her.
Oh, you are a loser.
I was twenty. My mates thought I
was cradle snatching... And they
used to call her Beaky.
47 1996. EXT. DAY. OUTSIDE THE PUB. 47
Tamara in her school uniform, is gutted.
We see her stricken face as she turns away. Then she turns
back and hits Andy. His nose streams blood.
48 INT. LATE AFTERNOON. EWEDOWN - THE PUB. 48
Glen is preparing to leave.
You told her the truth... The time
might come when she respects that.
Andy, as your love guru, I suggest
you ask Tamara for a date. But take a
shower first, OK?
Piss off, Glen.
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49 EXT. EVENING. WINNARDS FARM. 49
Tamara is in her shorts and boots, chucking empty bottles and
old saucepans into the skip, like an Amazon.
50 EXT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS. 50
Nicholas is at the hedge, looking down the valley towards
Winnards Farm. He is watching Tamara like a hawk - as if he
can't quite believe what he is seeing.
51 1996. EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS. 51
Nicholas and Tamara are polishing Nicholas' car.
Boys know nothing.
Nicholas looks up at her, smiles indulgently. Tamara stops
I've been reading `Inchcombe's
The bit where Doctor Inchcombe
finds himself having thoughts about
the dead guy's daughter.
Tamara walks around the car, bringing her polishing cloth
closer to his.
You describe her light smattering
of freckles and her striking
She turns her head.
Who did you base her on?
Have you noticed me?
Nicholas looks at her in surprise.
Because I've noticed you...
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She waits, hoping for a kiss, a hug, anything. She puts out a
hand - almost touches him. He steps back.
Think it's time you went.
Tamara is mortified.
You're making yourself ridiculous.
This really hurts. Tamara takes the bucket of soapy water and
throws it over the car - and Nicholas.
Oh, grow up.
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52 EXT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS. 52
Nicholas is still staring at Tamara, who is jumping on the
stuff in the skip. Glen is strolling up the hill from the
pub. He follows Nicholas' gaze.
A man can dream, huh?
Nicholas looks at him affronted - as if he doesn't know what
he's talking about.
53 INT. EVENING. WINNARDS FARM. 53
Tamara, hot and dirty, runs up the stairs with her roll of
bin liners. She opens the door to her mother's bedroom.
She is completely unprepared for it. A neat, womanly room
covered in photographs of Tamara as a child, teen and young
woman. On the dressing table is a lipstick; the lid lying
next to it as if it has just been used. Tamara picks it up.
She sits, suddenly exhausted. For the first time, she looks
54 EXT. DAY. ANOTHER FARM - THE GOAT PEN. 54
Tamara still looks slightly shaken as she walks up to Andy.
He is watching Ingrid meet Darcy, a billy goat.
Go on Ingrid; have some kids.
Pretty direct isn't he? He's not
even bought her a coke.
Andy turns. Sees her.
And he stinks.
She doesn't mind; it's like Lynx to
her. If she's ready she'll stand for
him, if not she won't.
That's disturbing human.
Darcy is up and at it.
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Thought you'd have gone back to
London by now.
I wish. Looks like I'm stuck here for
a while. Actually, I've got a
proposition for you.
Andy glances at the goats; bad idea.
We should go for a drink
sometime, Tam. You know, for old
So we can reminisce about how I
smashed your nose?
You didn't smash it.
Yes I did.
It just bled.
The memory is between them.
I've got to do the house up before I
sell it. It looks like an eighties
timewarp. Would you like the job?
He just looks at her.
Painting it and tidying the garden?
Good hourly rate.
It can't be easy down there, Tam.
What d'you mean?
All the memories and stuff. Your
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Is it that you want someone around?
Like when you look up I'd be there
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Jesus Christ, the goats are giving
OK it's bollocks -
That's very sweet of you Andy -
Of course you wouldn't want to
fraternise with your gardener.
So... is that a yes?
Andy doesn't reply.
Come on, goat whisperer - I thought
I'd be doing you a favour. I thought
you needed the work.
It's all over with Ingrid and Darcy.
She's had a shit time but she'll
still call him. He'll lose her
number. He won't ring her back...
Andy's face cracks into a smile. He is won over.
54A INT. DAY. STONEFIELD. GLEN'S ROOM. 54A
Glen types a sentence. He reads it. He deletes. He stares at
the blank page. It stares back at him.
He stands. He paces. He sits.
Just write, you numbskull. You
moron, you dumb fuck - write!
55 EXT./INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - BETH'S OFFICE. 55
Glen is passing Beth's office. She's working through a stack
of fan mail. She smiles when she sees him.
How's Thomas Hardy?
Glen unburdens himself.
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I'm wasting my sabbatical.
I've been working on this book
forever; why can't I finish it? I'm
two years past my delivery date and
Fantail could ask for their
chickenshit advance back. I can't
write. I'm fucking constipated.
It's a disaster.
He notices the In-Tray.
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Is this all his fan mail?
I do a couple of sessions a week,
to keep on top of it. Pretty good
at forging Nick's signature.
Glen looks awed - and defeated.
Would you like me to read it?
You'd do that?
Be glad to. If you think it would
Beth suddenly sees Andy out of the window. He's leaving.
Sorry Glen. Just need Andy -
Barging in on you; What an idiot.
56 EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS. 56
Beth catches up with Andy.
If you're going into Hadditon -
we're really low on chicken feed.
I'll get it tomorrow. I'm on my way
down to Winnards. Doing one or two
jobs for Tamara.
She's got you helping her too?
Just painting, decorating, sorting
Beth is quite put out.
Andy, that sounds like a lot. I
need you here.
I can easily do both.
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As long as you're not working for
her in the hours that I pay you.
Without thinking, she has made Andy feel like a servant.
Sure, Beth. I won't rip you off.
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He walks on, leaving Beth feeling very uncomfortable - and
somehow slightly bereft.
57 INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - THE GROUNDS / KITCHEN. 57
Andy comes in. He shouts into the house.
Tam? Got some colour charts for you
He sets out all the colours charts and plans he has been
working on. Tamara appears. She is dressed to kill.
What would you choose for in here?
Well... I'd have this one. And then
upstairs in the bedroom -
She starts gathering her things.
So what d'you have to do to get a
cup of tea round here?
Tea bags. Sugar. Fridge.
I'm off to work.
Andy stares. Suddenly Tamara is no longer just a blast from
the past. He sees a future - a future that he wants. He
slowly smiles back - but she's already striding away.
58 EXT. DAY. A ROCK FESTIVAL - THE PERIMETER FENCE. 58
Pounding rock music, slightly distorted by distance. Jody and
Casey are trying to get in over the boundary fence. A
security guard is already running towards them.
This is our village. Our fucking
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COME ON YOU BASTARD LET US IN!
Jody is ready for a fight but Casey pulls her back.
59 CUT. 59
60 EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS 60
Beth is tending to Ingrid - making sure she's not scared by
the noise. Ingrid looks as if she couldn't give a damn. Over
by the barn she sees Glen, unaware that he's being watched,
breaking out of a mournful walk to groove to the music. She
At the other end of the farm, Nicholas is staring over the
hedge with tissue paper ear-plugs. He pretends his arm is a
rifle, like a little boy. He aims at the cows. He fires.
61 EXT. DAY. A ROCK FESTIVAL - THE MAIN STAGE. 61
Swipe are playing; bit like The Libertines in their prime.
There is one girl in the band, bass guitarist Fran Redford.
The drummer, Ben Sergeant, is also vocals. The lead singer,
Steve Culley, is mixed-race; confident and charismatic.
He is getting very up-close and personal with Fran. Ben is
getting more and more furious.
In the wings, we see Tamara talking to a publicist, trying to
make herself heard above the roar of the music. She is
pointing at Steve and Fran. The publicist nods.
Suddenly Ben leaps up and takes hold of Steve, pulling him
away from Fran. There is a scuffle, Fran trying to separate
the boys. Ben takes a microphone.
Sorry people. I resign. Swipe is no
more. Steve Culley is a cunt.
Ben storms off the stage. The audience are in uproar.
Ben! Ben! What's happening?
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He's seeing Fran. I won't work with
that tosser again.
Steve is coming into the wings. He punches Ben.
You fucking baby.
Ben falls. He virtually lands on Tamara. They both hit the
ground. Steve storms off - Fran following, calling his name.
Ben is dazed. He looks up at Tamara.
Hello. I'm Tamara Drewe.
I'm supposed to be interviewing you
- for the Independent.
She smiles sweetly, smoothing his hair.
It was scheduled for later but
maybe now's a better time...
62 EXT. LATE AFTERNOON. EWEDOWN - BUS SHELTER. 62
Jody, Casey and the boys are sharing a bottle of cider.
They should let us in free.
Too right. They come here, drink our
water, use our fields, they leave
all their crap in our drains -
Tamara's car sweeps past with the roof down. It is closely
followed by a bright yellow Porsche. Ben is driving and his
boxer dog, Boss, is in the passenger seat. Jody clocks him.
She jumps up and down in the road with both arms waving.
What are you doing?
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That was Ben from Swipe! Ben!!
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Jody and Casey scream with delight, chasing the car.
63 EXT. LATE AFTERNOON. WINNARDS FARM. 63
Ben skids his Porsche to a halt right next to Tamara's car.
He jumps out. Boss follows. Tamara is walking towards the
door. The distant festival is still audible. Tamara backs
towards the door, with Ben inches away.
You're not allergic are you?
To indie drummers? Maybe. Who are
your influences, Ben?
Everyone asks that. This your place?
I'm selling. D'you want it?
No, I want something else.
Tamara grins. Jody and Casey arrive at the brow of the hill,
breathless. They see Ben pin Tamara against the door.
Who the fuck's she?
I seen her up at Stonefield. She's
got a nose made of plastic.
How come she gets Ben? I've loved
him since March.
Just as Ben's about to kiss her, Tamara coolly opens the door
and draws him into the house.
Jody is gutted; feeling the full injustice of her life.
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64 INT. LATE AFTERNOON. WINNARDS FARM - KITCHEN 64
Tamara leads Ben to the kitchen. The hall has been stripped.
Would you like a beer?
Yep. Maureen Tucker.
Tamara opens the fridge. Ben is inches away. He still hasn't
kissed her and he's just about to.
Moe Tucker, with the Velvets. Five
foot nothing. Used to stand up to
play. Put the snare drum on its side
and hit it with mallets. Mentalist.
You write all the songs; that's
pretty rare for a drummer.
Everything you've ever heard about
drummers is total shit.
You mean you don't spontaneously
She goes in to kiss him. But Ben grabs a pair of chopsticks
from a utensils jar. He starts to play around Tamara, hitting
the surfaces, the shelves and everything on them; a brilliant
rhythm. He gets closer and closer. Tamara is utterly
mesmerised. Ben stops. He still doesn't kiss her.
Any more questions?
Tamara is speechless. He kisses her.
65 EXT. DAY. THE FIELD AND THE COPSE - NEXT MORNING (LARKHAM).
Andy is walking in the copse up to Tamara's. He spots a
couple of wild mushrooms and picks them. In the distance he
sees Glen bending and stretching. A cow is looking at him
over the fence. Glen sees it and startles.
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The sight makes Andy smile. He carries on towards Winnards
Farm in high spirits.
66 EXT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. 66
Andy comes up to the house. He sees the yellow Porsche; then
a large boxer dog sitting by the front garden. It starts
barking at him. Andy calms him right down.
Hey, hey - who are you, mate -
lost, are you?
Andy strokes Boss.
66A EXT. DAY. BACK OF WINNARDS. 66A
Andy takes a key from under a flower pot.
66B INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. KITCHEN / HALL. 66B
Andy opens the kitchen door.
Tam? You want breakfast?
Boss bounds inside and disappears.
Andy is puzzled. He steps into the hall.
Do you know about this dog, Tam -
He notices two half-drunk beers. He wanders into the hall. He
sees Ben's boots and most of Tamara's clothes, abandoned. The
unmistakable moans of lovemaking are coming from Tamara's
He turns on his heels, pained.
67 EXT. DAY. THE FIELD. (WINNARDS). 67
Andy strides back across the field, chucking the mushrooms in
the mud on his way.
68 AUTUMN. 68
68aa POSY DRAWING 68aa
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68A EXT. DAY. WINNARD'S FARM. 68A
Postcard of Winnards Farm. The exterior is half-decorated.
Two cars parked - Tamara's and the yellow Porsche, which
looks more like a permanent fixture. The garden has been
cleared and dug, ready to plant.
Andy is stoking a bonfire. He is smouldering like the embers.
He gives the yellow Porsche an angry look.
68AA EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD. THE FIELD. 68AA
Nicholas and Glen are both walking in the field. They pass
each other, each managing a painful smile.
How goes the opus?
Fine Nicholas, just fine...
Their smiles fade. Nicholas descending into deep gloom, Glen
into deep anxiety.
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69 EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD. 69
Beth is mending the engine of her huge mower. Glen, now
wearing a scarf, is sitting on the seat watching her work.
It's his most obscure novel `The Well-
Beloved'. Most people have never even
heard of it. About this guy of twenty
who falls in love with a beautiful
young woman. Then when he's forty, he
meets the woman's daughter and he
falls in love with her. And finally,
when he's sixty he meets the
Oh he doesn't.
Yeah. Falls in mystical love. Hardy
was like that in his life, too. Even
as he aged, he only had eyes for
young women. Like, in one essential
way he never grew up.
In his trousers.
He was still at it in his eighties.
You know? Snow on the rooftop but
fire in the cellar...
Why won't it come for you Glen?
The way you talk about it's so
Yeah but there's an academic style,
Who are you writing for? Who's your
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Glen can't answer.
Because if you wrote the way you
spoke... it would make me want to
Yes. If you wrote like you were
talking to a friend... Pass me that
Glen passes it, looking at Beth as she tightens a bolt.
Try it now.
Glen turns the key. The engine starts. Glen starts to drive
the mower, delighted. Beth watches him, amused.
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70 INT. NIGHT. STONEFIELD - THE DINING ROOM. 70
A cosy dinner for all the writers - more ladies in their
forties and fifties. Nicholas is topping up his glass.
I simply pander to popular taste.
Oh your books are far more than that.
Just airport fodder...
Glen at the foot of the table, finds this modesty rich.
Your prose is so vivid. And Inchcombe
- for all his flaws - is a man with
Who did you base him on, Nicholas?
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My books don't say anything
profound. I can't pretend to be an
intellectual - not like Glen here,
illuminating our ignorance with his
critical glow - but I do love prose.
And I think I can turn a reasonable
Glen peers into the kitchen. Beth is serving desserts.
He goes to help her, leaving the ladies around Nicholas like
cups around a teapot.
Let me help.
They need dusting with this.
I went to my room and I wrote for
three hours. The time just
That's great, that's brilliant.
I feel like a man who's just passed
a gargantuan stool.
Super. Sprig of mint on the top.
Glen returns to the dining room with two desserts. He listens
to Nicholas as he serves them.
The real secret of being a writer
is learning how to lie.
A frisson of shock goes round the lady writers.
Because that's what storytellers
are. Thieves and liars...
(as he serves Nicholas)
`The basis of all excellence is
truth.' Samuel Johnson.
Glen's intellect wins the day. Nicholas smarts.
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71 INT. NIGHT. WINNARDS FARM - TAMARA'S BEDROOM. 71
The room - her mother's - is empty except for a mattress on
the floor, clothes rail, designer bean bag and desk.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 47.
Tamara is sitting at it, tapping away on her PC, almost
pained with concentration. Ben is bored.
Are you done yet?
I'm just starting something.
That poxy column? Can't it wait?
Not the column. Just stuff coming
out. Don't want to stop it.
Do it later. Play with me.
Ben strums his guitar, determined to get her attention.
She is such fun she's sexy
And she lives on an old farm
But something gnaws away at me
It's causing me real harm.
Tamara, what can you do with it?
What can you do with her name?
Its stands there lonely and
rhymeless It's driving me nearly
Tamara the lovely, the ultimate,
Make me pasta carbonara,
Cos I'm ravenous Tamara,
Then shag me wearing your tiara...
Tamara is delighted. She leaps on him.
72 EXT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - THE GARDEN. 72
Andy is planting a bed. Ben's boxer dog is digging up work
he's just done. Andy swears at him under his breath.
Hey - Andy?
Andy looks up. Ben is at the bedroom window, naked.
Can you let my dog in? Thanks mate.
Jody and Casey watch from behind the hedge as Andy angrily
goes to let the dog in.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 48.
He must like kissing plastic.
He doesn't love her. He's just on
the rebound from losing Fran;
numbing his pain with loads of
empty, rampant sex. What he really
Is a fifteen year old from Ewedown.
So? Stranger things happen. He's
only ten years older and that's
nothing. If he met me, if he just
It'd be love, right?
But I'd settle for sex.
73 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD. THE BARN 73
Beth is feeding the hens.
Coo-er... In your parents' bedroom?
Still I suppose being an
exhibitionist is part of his job -
strutting about on stage.
He doesn't strut; he's a drummer.
He sits on his arse.
Very good-looking, isn't he? Poppy
You-Tubed him and we both got quite
hot and bothered. Is that his car -
the yellow Porsche?
Bit brash, vrooming through the
village... But fancy our Tamara
bagging a bone fide rock star. She
was such an ugly duckling. She must
be thrilled to bits.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 48A.
Andy can't listen to any more.
74 INT. DAY. EWEDOWN - THE PUB. 74
Andy peers through the door. Zoe is setting tables. He
knocks. Zoe let's him in.
We're not open for another hour.
75 INT. DAY. EWEDOWN - THE PUB STORE ROOM. 75
Andy and Zoe are in the near-darkness, making love against
76 INT. DAY. EWEDOWN - THE PUB. 76
Andy is lying on one of the seats, his head on Zoe's lap.
I'm going to move on soon, Andy.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 49.
Don't know if I can stick a winter
here. The way the light disappears;
it's doing me in. I'm a blue sky
girl. Got to have some warmth.
Andy just looks up at her, smiling his understanding.
We all need a bit of that, don't we.
76AA EXT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. 76AA
Boss is outside, sniffing round the front door. Sounds of the
end of an epic shag from the upstairs window. He sits, bored.
He hears the noise of crows in the field.
He is off like a shot.
76A EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD. THE FIELD IN FRONT OF NICHOLAS' SHED.
Boss is having the time of his life chasing the cows. Penny
Upminister, an uppercrust landowner in a horrible coat is
trying to catch him.
78 I/E. DAY. STONEFIELD - NICHOLAS' SHED / THE FIELD (LIMBURY)
The whole herd is now on the rampage, Boss in pursuit, Penny
bringing up the rear. Nicholas sees them heading straight for
77 INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - TAMARA'S BEDROOM. 77
Tamara is opening a Tiffany's box. There is a ring inside it.
She looks at Ben, almost in disbelief. Boss can be heard,
barks fading in the distance.
What's it look like?
Ben... For which finger?
Whatever one you like. That's a
nice one. Why not put it on that?
He's pointing to her ring finger. Tamara is moved.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 49A.
79 EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS (LIMBURY). 79
Penny Upminister has managed to get Boss on a bit of rope.
She is handing him over to Beth at the top of the field.
Those girls could have aborted!
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 50.
Calm down, Penny. I'll sort him out.
Nicholas is approaching.
It beats me why you people want to
live in the country. You've got no
sense of responsibility.
It's not our dog!
Hello, Penny. How's tricks?
Penny is suddenly all coy.
Oh - Nicholas...
You're looking great. Terrific coat.
What, this old thing?
You look like royalty.
Well, I try... Can't wait for your
next book. Inchcombe's such a sauce-
pot. Giles is always says `What are
you reading Penny? You've got steam
coming out of your ears...'
She laughs like a drain. Nicholas joins in. Beth is striding
away with the dog, infuriated.
80 INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - TAMARA'S BEDROOM 80
Ben has put a ring on Tamara's finger.
So what's the ring saying, Ben?
It's saying hello I'm a ring. Will
you marry me?
Tamara looks at him, searchingly.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 50A.
I didn't know.
Didn't know what?
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 51.
That you were in love with me.
The ring says I'm platinum with a
long guarantee. So give me a reply.
Tamara is grinning from ear to ear.
You're the best fun in the world.
I'd love to marry you.
She throws her arms around his neck.
Can I say it then?
I love you.
Tamara holds him, profoundly affected. Something akin to fear
flickers across Ben's eyes. The phone rings.
What? She's being proposed to.
81 EXT. DAY. TEN MINUTES LATER. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS. 81
Ben's Porsche skids to a halt, music blaring. Diggory is
looking on in irate astonishment. The hat is on.
Shhh! There are writers here, trying
Beth is in the hen enclosure, a hen in her arms.
This is a Buff Orpington. She's
looking a bit peaky today. Not a
great layer but she's very
Beth puts down the hen.
We're fully organic - but I like to
think that our champion product is
the written word.
Nicholas approaches, his hand held out, heartily.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 52.
The famous Ben - Swipe, eh?
Ben just about manages to shake it.
Swipe's over. Thought the whole
world knew that.
It wasn't on Newsnight, no.
Ben is engaged to Tamara. Isn't
that lovely? He'd just popped the
question when I rang.
She said yes?
Nicholas can't hide his disbelief. Ben is insulted.
We're delighted for you both.
Boss leaps up, straining against a chain.
Why's he on a chain?
He was out of control.
How'd you like to be chained up?
He was chasing livestock. He
could've got shot.
They shoot him; I'll fucking shoot
He takes Boss. Beth and Nicholas are left alone.
I think the word is gobshite.
I hope he makes her happy. It's hard
for girls when their dads walk out.
Gives them bad taste in men.
What's that supposed to mean?
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 53.
Just saying her father left when she
was a girl and -
That is ten pence psychology! You
don't know what you're talking
about, do you?
He walks away. Beth is completely taken aback.
82 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - NICHOLAS' SHED/ EXT. WINNARDS 82
Nicholas, wearing a woolly hat and scarf, is writing.
Patel's eyes were open, eloquent in
He looks up. In the distance, he can just see Tamara talking
to Andy in the garden at Winnards Farm.
Nicholas opens his desk. He finds a pair of old binoculars.
He focuses them on Tamara. She holds out her hand with the
ring on it. Andy has his arms wrapped around himself, his
shoulders hunched. He nods, affecting congratulations.
Nicholas tries to close in on Tamara. But she turns and goes
indoors. Also the yellow Porsche arrives. Nicholas puts the
NICHOLAS (V.O.) (CONT'D)
He knelt down - forensics be damned -
and closed her eyes, forever.
83 INT. DAY. 10 MINUTES LATER. WINNARDS FARM - KITCHEN. 83
Tamara is turning the ring around her finger.
`Mai Buff Orpingtons. Oh, the
written word. That's what the
country does to you; turns you into
one. What's up?
It's a shame it doesn't fit. Perhaps
you should have taken one of mine
with you when you went to buy it.
Yeah but I didn't know you then.
So... when did you buy it?
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 54.
Ben realises his mistake. Tamara laughs, shocked.
Was this for someone else?
Ben shrugs, not wanting to admit. The truth dawns.
You gave it to Fran didn't you?
So? It's yours now. She never wore
it. She didn't want it.
You asked her to marry you...?
It was a gesture, OK, when she
started seeing Steve. Backfired,
anyway. Look, I love you now.
Tamara doesn't believe him. She is devastated.
It's not the ring that matters. I
mean fuck the ring. It's just a
consumerist piece of zinc. What
matters is I want to marry you.
Yeah. With my whole heart. And all
the other stuff. Like my brain and my
entrails and my whatever, pancreas.
It all wants to marry you.
He hugs her, starts kissing her but Tamara hardly responds.
84 INT. NIGHT. STONEFIELD - NICHOLAS' SHED./ EXT. WINNARDS 84
Nicholas is staring out at the darkness. Beth is organising
things around him.
She wondered if you had a delivery
date in mind. I told her Easterish.
Mind that cocoa, it's hot.
Across at Winnards, Tamara's bedroom light comes on. For a
moment, she gazes out. Nicholas gazes back.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 55.
There's a few invites; I'll pop them
there. Just tick the ones you want
to go to.
Ben wraps his arms lovingly around Tamara. She draws the
curtains as he pulls her away.
And Tim wants to know if you'll do
your Christmas signing in Hadditon. I
know he's always ungrateful but I
think it's so important to keep these
little bookshops open, don't you?
Beth is on her way out. She turns and kisses him.
Come in soon, my love.
Nicholas stares out into the darkness. He isn't working. He
isn't doing anything.
84A EXT. NIGHT. NICHOLAS' SHED. 84A
From the field, Nicholas is an ageing, isolated figure in a
tiny pool of light.
85 WINTER. POSY DRAWING. 85
86 EXT. DAY. EWEDOWN - THE BUS SHELTER. 86
Mud, frost and gloom add to the sense of neglect. Jody is
smoking. Casey is eating Pringles. They share a magazine.
Look at that cellulite...
She been sitting on a bead car-seat
Casey turns a page.
`Her latest tattoo count was nine,
including a Sumatran tiger and
`Eternity' written in Sanskrit.'
She'll be getting a barcode done
next. Right across there.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 55A.
Nice baby though. I'd like one that
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 56.
Jody chucks her fag-end into the bin.
87 EXT. DAY. EWEDOWN - THE BUS SHELTER - FIVE MINUTES LATER. 87
The bin is on fire. Casey chucks in the Pringles box. They
warm their hands, watching one of the boys wheelie his bike
and fall off right into a freezing puddle. Casey giggles.
What a dick.
I think he's cute.
No you don't. Would you snog him?
Be like having a slug in your mouth.
Ben's yellow Porsche speeds right through the puddle, further
soaking Ryan. Ben and Tamara are both wearing designer shades
despite the gloom; Boss in the back.
Jody and Casey are both on their feet in a second.
Ben gives them a grin and a wave. Jody's heart soars.
88 MERGED WITH 87. 88
89 EXT. DAY. 10 MINUTES LATER. WINNARDS FARM. 89
Jody is outside the back door. She lifts a flowerpot and
takes the key from underneath.
She keeps this here for Andy.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 56A.
What if she's got an alarm?
Soon find out.
Jody opens the door. They go in. The alarm is hanging off the
wall, the wires pulled out. Jody grins at Casey, satisfied.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 57.
What if they come back?
If you're too chicken, go home.
The girls wander in, awed. Jody turns and grins, her eyes
like a cat's.
90 INT. NIGHT. HADDITON - A BOOK SHOP. 90
Nicholas is doing a book signing. There's a good crowd.
Is that Claire with an `i'?
Beth has a tray of mince pies. Glen is at her side.
What about you, Glen? Where will you
In London with a collection of spare
academics. I guess we'll be decking
the halls in our own erudite way.
I'll miss our chats.
I've been in a state of writerly
bliss these last weeks. I hope I
get to come back.
Me too. We'd love to have you.
Glen doesn't want Beth to move away.
You know, this is the best mince pie
I've ever had.
If it was possible to have an orgasm
from mere food, this mince pie would
She moves away. Glen heads for the wine, kicking himself.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 58.
Tamara and Ben walk in. Ben looks at the country casuals in
What the fuck are we doing here?
It's kind of research; I want to
write about them. They're funny, Ben -
They move through the crowd.
The 2001 was the best. Someone just
bought my last three cases...
So I've got her this gorgeous
Rajastani gagara skirt...
Arriving at the mulled wine.
Besides, I want to show you off.
What am I - arm candy?
More like arm fungus with that face
on. Ben, meet Glen. Glen, meet Ben,
You're getting married?
OK. Beautiful dress, magazine
photoshoot - everything the
aspiring novelist needs.
I knew you'd be pleased.
Have a mince pie.
Can we get out of here?
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 58A.
She abandons him. Glen has turned away. Ben stands amid the
nice chat, like a man being tortured.
Meanwhile, Tamara is jumping the queue at Nicholas' desk.
In Field of Tares, you made Fred a
corporal. But there's no such thing
in the Royal Artillery. They call
Oh, thank you for that...
She flashes a smile at the Army Geek and puts her copy down
in front of Nicholas.
Could you do it for Ben? He's my
fiance. We're getting married in
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 59.
So I hear. You have my heartiest
He hands her the book dismissively. Tamara is smarting.
Well merry Christmas. Nicholarse.
She turns away.
91 INT. NIGHT. WINNARDS FARM - TAMARA'S BEDROOM. 91
Jody sniffs Ben's aftershave, longingly. Casey plucks his
guitar. They listen to the note in hushed awe.
Jody puts her foot into one of Tamara's killer stilettos. She
picks up Ben's drumsticks and kisses them, reverently.
We gotta live the dream, Casey.
Live the dream...
Jody and Casey jump up and down on the unmade bed. Jody pulls
a black T-shirt from under a pillow. She holds it to her
Casey is looking out of the window. The yellow Porsche is
heading up the lane.
A wild panic. They put things back where they found them.
Go! Go! Go!
She nicks the T-shirt.
91A INT. NIGHT. WINNARD'S FARM. 91A
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 60.
The girls sprint down the stairs and out.
91B EXT. NIGHT. WINNARD'S FARM. 91B
They dive behind a bush as the car pulls in. They lie on the
ground splitting their sides with hushed laughter, as Ben and
Tamara disappear into the house.
92 INT. NIGHT. WINNARDS FARM - THE KITCHEN. 92
Tamara and Ben are having a heated discussion.
Why don't you sell it like you keep
Because... I've started writing.
You can write anywhere.
But this is proper. Not just stuff
for the paper. 'It's about my teens -
and is working for me here.
Well it might be memory lane for you
but it's doing my fucking head in. I
want London. I want some Urban, OK?
Are you with me or what? Cos I've had
it with this place.
Tamara is hurt - and deeply disappointed.
Of course I'm with you...
It's drab. It's depressing. And every
time I look out of the window I see
Andy's arse - what's that about?
93 EXT. NEXT DAY. STONEFIELD - ANDY'S CORRUGATED SHACK. 93
Andy is bending down, the top of his arse peeking out in the
morning sun. Ben stares at it with distaste. Andy is plucking
a goose, putting all his frustration into it.
We're leaving. Thank God.
Andy looks at him.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 61.
Tamara says you sell Christmas geese.
Can I have one?
Andy smirks, pointing at a big white duck.
That one's spare.
Is that a goose?
You can take it now if you like.
Oh come off it.
It's fucking alive.
Oh, you want it from Tesco, all
plucked and headless sitting on a
Ben's curiosity gets the better of him.
How d'you do it then?
Andy points towards an upturned traffic cone, held in place
by a metal frame.
Gently put it's head down there; then
quick in the skull with an air rifle.
Pluck it while it's warm, little pot
to catch all the blood -
Do you enjoy doing that?
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 61A.
No, but in my low wage economy, this
flock's worth a lot.
You're a sick fuck, Andy.
Andy has had enough.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 62.
What did you say?
Andy stands. He's at least two inches taller than Ben.
I said grow up, little drummer boy.
Ben thinks about it. He walks away. Glen appears with his
suitcase on wheels containing most of his worldly goods.
Tamara rang me this morning. Said
to finish the house. It goes on the
market in the spring and that's it;
Why does the asshole always get the
He stands with Andy; comrades. Andy slaps him on the back.
Come on. Or you'll miss that train.
94 INT. SIX WEEKS LATER. WINNARDS FARM - TAMARA'S BEDROOM. 94
Snow falling outside. Jody and Casey are in school uniform.
Jody curled up on the bed; Casey at Tamara's PC. The room has
It won't be just a shag, Case. It'll
be an event. I'll be wearing like a
gossamer slip with a bra bit; Prada.
Or like a filmy, linen shirt, and...
We see Jody's thought bubble. Ben is leaning against the door
frame, giving her a smouldering look.
JODY (V.O.) (CONT'D)
He'll be wearing a black T-shirt all
taut over his buff bod and underneath
Calvin Klein Boxers, black.
Jody moves towards Ben. He buries his face in her neck as if
he's found the love of his life.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 62A.
JODY (V.O.) (CONT'D)
And he'll have like one tattoo of my
name and lush pecs and we'll have
candles and white sheets and I'll
smell of Allure by Chanel.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 63.
Ben lifts Jody on to the bed. They marvel at each other. He
bends down to kiss her.
JODY (V.O.) (CONT'D)
And he tries to stop himself but I'm
a vision and he gets drawn into my
power and it'll be like Uhhh... But
also respectful. And my `V' plates
will melt into nothing.
She looks up. Casey is reading at the PC.
Are you listening?
I like this.
There's this bit right, where her dad
takes her for dinner and she thinks
it's some big treat but what he's
doing, right, is telling her he's
leaving them. And she, right, she's
gutted and she yaks all her food into
a napkin and puts it on his plate.
It's painful. But funny. It's about
her; Plastic Fantastic. She's sad,
Sad? She's a lucky cunt.
94A EXT. NIGHT. WINNARD'S FARM 94A
Outside the farm the snow falls.
95 INT. DAY. LONDON - BEN'S WAREHOUSE FLAT. 95
Tamara is trying to write. Ben is playing his drum kit, high
as a kite. The noise is deafening. Tamara sits back, looking
around the boyish pad. It feels alien. The phone rings.
96 EXT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM 96
Andy is on the phone, examining the decrepit shed. Nothing
has changed in a decade.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 63A.
So what about the shed?
Am I dismantling it - or mending it?
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 64.
96A EXT. DAY. LONDON - BEN'S FLAT. BALCONY./ EXT. DAY. WINNARDS
Tamara takes the phone out onto the balcony to escape the
noise. She slowly smiles, knowing what he's thinking.
I don't know; the shed... What do
I recommend preserving it.
Always useful, a good shed.
Well then. Keep it...
Andy puts the phone down, grinning. Tamara is grinning too,
sharing the same memory.
97 INT. NIGHT. STONEFIELD. THE KITCHEN. 97
Beth is decorating a little pink valentine cake. She's on the
phone to Nicholas.
Really? Oh dear...
Yes, We thought it'd be a good
opportunity to catch up.
Couldn't you do it another day?
97B INT. NIGHT. A RESTAURANT. 97B
Nicholas is standing by the window on his phone.
Beth, you know what it's like.
Judy's off to New York tomorrow. We
can never find a window. Should be
home around ten.
He puts the phone down.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 64A.
97C INT. NIGHT. STONEFIELD - THE KITCHEN. 97C
Beth looks at the cake. It says To My Valentine in piped
lettering around the edge. She picks up her icing bag, full
In the middle of the cake she ices a big question mark. Then
she quickly looks up a number and dials.
97D INT. NIGHT. RESTAURANT. 97D
Judy and Nicholas are eating their starters.
Beth, hello love.
I'm so sorry, I think Nicholas has
got his phone turned off and um -
He's right here. I'll put him on.
97E INT. NIGHT. STONEFIELD - THE KITCHEN. 97E
Oh - actually - don't worry - I've
just found it.
Beth puts the phone down, biting her lip. She is relieved,
ashamed and ultimately not reassured. She looks to camera.
Nicholas has been telling the truth
a lot recently.
The cake, with its question mark, is finished.
Roses are red, violets are blue.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 65.
98 INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - TAMARA'S BEDROOM. 98
Jody, dressed in Tamara's leopard skin coat, is admiring
herself in Tamara's mirror, swigging from a bottle of wine.
We hear Casey reading the card.
You are so fit
I wanna shag you.
Love from Ben pfwoor!!!
Jody takes another swig with a wicked grin, she sits at
We hear Casey knock three times on the back door.
99 I/E. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - KITCHEN. 99
Outside Casey is waiting. Jody lets her in. She has
accessorised the leopard print coat with red stilettos, a
Chloe bag and bright red lipstick.
What are you doing?
Just messing. I got one from Mum, one
from that peanut Ryan, and a mystery
one from Ben.
I sent you that.
Jody takes another swig from the bottle of wine.
Is that theirs?
It's my mum's; they don't drink this
She hands it to Casey.
Look what I'm doing. Come on.
99A INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - TAMARA'S BEDROOM. 99A
Jody plonks herself down at Tamara's PC.
We have to get him back down here.
I'm sending him a valentine.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 66.
No you are not!
From her address.
He'll think it's from Tamara, you
But I know it'll be from me. Subject:
(amused, despite herself)
Oh God, Jody...
Contacts: where are you Ben?
Look, there's that bloke my mum works
for; Nicholas Hardiment.
Let's put him on. Who else?
(typing as she speaks)
`Come to Winnards Farm. I'll give you
the biggest shagging of your life.
Love Tamara xxx.'
They fall about giggling. Jody swigs more wine.
Don't ever, ever send that.
I just did.
Casey is appalled.
You'll spoil it! Jody - I love coming
here and you'll spoil it!
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 66A.
No I won't.
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She'll know someone's read all her
I'll delete it from sent items. It's
just a laugh, Case. I only want Ben
to come back.
100 INT. DAY. LONDON - BEN'S WAREHOUSE FLAT. 100
Ben is reading the email looking angry and jealous.
What the fuck is this?
101 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - BETH'S OFFICE. 101
Beth opens the email.
`Come to Winnards Farm.'
102 INT. DAY. EWEDOWN - THE VILLAGE PUB. 102
Andy is on the public computer looking completely puzzled.
`I'll give you the biggest shagging
of your life...'
103 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - BETH'S OFFICE. 103
Beth starts, utterly shocked.
103A INT. DAY. EWEDOWN - THE VILLAGE PUB. 103A
Zoe is leaning over Andy's shoulder, reading the email.
She must want a foursome. Or
104 INT. DAY. LONDON - BEN'S WAREHOUSE FLAT. 104
Ben is bashing away at his drums. Boss is barking. Tamara is
trying to remonstrate with Ben over the din.
How many times? I didn't send it!
Are you listening to me? BEN! WILL
YOU STOP DRUMMING?
GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 68.
He stops. He looks at her, betrayed.
Why don't you believe me? I didn't
write that email.
Explain it then.
Is this about Fran?
What's Fran got to do with it?
She's the reason you don't trust me.
Just because she fucked around on
you it doesn't mean that I will.
Ben, furious, starts drumming again. Tamara boiling with
frustration, walks away.
105 CUT 105
105A INT. DAY. LONDON - BEN'S WAREHOUSE FLAT. / EXT. DAY. THE 105A
FIELD (LIMBURY) OUTSIDE ANDY'S SHED.
Tamara is on the phone at the far end of the flat.
I wasn't pissed, or depraved or
Andy is outside his shed.
It's OK, it's OK...
The drumming leads up to a massive crescendo and stops.
Can you go to the farm? Just take a
look, see if anyone's been in.
Thank you. Ben's really pissed off.
He's massively got the hump -
Ben appears from the other end of the large room.
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Got to go. Sorry.
She puts the phone down.
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I've just asked him to go and check
over the farm -
Are you thick?
Isn't it obvious who sent it? That
tosser Andy Cobb.
He wouldn't do that.
Making himself all cosy in your
house. Going through your stuff,
prob'ly wearing your fucking pants -
Bet it was him that nicked my black
There is no way Andy would do that!
Ben pulls his jacket on.
Well that says it all; the way you
leap to his defence.
He hasn't done anything.
You know what? I know Fran fucked
my best friend but at least she was
straight with me.
Ben - where are you going? Don't
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He pushes her away, harder than he meant to. She lands on the
I'm taking the dog for a crap.
He grabs the lead and opens the door. It slams shut. Tamara's
dread overwhelms her.
106 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE KITCHEN. 106
Poppy is reading a print-out of Tamara's email. Beth is
Oh come on mum. She's just stirring
shit. Tamara's always done that.
Why's your father on there - and
poor Andy? It's so tasteless.
(helping with the sheets)
You know how subversive she is. She
once sent me a valentine from
Prince Harry - and I believed it.
It's her sense of humour; she likes
causing trouble. At school she used
to give us first years tips on how
She taught you to shoplift?
Mum, she's marrying Ben Sergeant.
Why would she look at an old git
Nicholas is in the shadowy hall, listening with interest.
Poppy helps Beth upstairs with the laundry. Nicholas steps
into the kitchen. Poppy has left the email on the table.
Nicholas picks it up, deeply curious.
106A EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD - ANDY'S SHED (LIMBURY). 106A
Nicholas is walking up the field wearing his red scarf. Andy
is outside his shed, doing heavy work.
What did you make of that email
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It don't make any sense. Her London
boyfriend's trying to fuck her up;
that's my theory.
Andy carries on working.
She could do so much better.
Nicholas walks on.
Couldn't agree more.
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107 EXT. DAY. EWEDOWN - THE BUS SHELTER. 107
Casey and Jody are pouring over a gossip mag; pictures of
celebrity blonde with new man.
How come she's with a different bloke
every week and when Lesley Hunt's
sister shagged Jeff Dobson - just
once, after he lied he loved her -
she gets called a dirty slag.
(Pointing at the blonde)
That's cos she does it in five star
resorts around the world - and not
The Feathers carpark.
Over the page, Ben canoodling in a freezing park with Fran.
`Who's the daddy? Steve Culley and
Fran Redmond recently announced they
were expecting. But in a Valentine
tryst shocker Fran is snapped with ex
Ben Sergeant! Ben and Fran - we say
Get A Room.'
He's back with Fran? After...
After that email, Jode.
No way. No way!
Tamara's car zooms past. Her expression is black.
Omigod... what if she's dumped?
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108 EXT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. 108
Tamara arrives outside her house. Depressed. She remains in
the car, reluctant to go in, to face her isolation.
She looks at herself in the mirror. The face that stares back
seems like that of a stranger.
109 DELETED 109
109A INT. A HOSPITAL. 109A
Tamara is lying in bed with her brand new nose bandaged up.
He face is covered in bruising. She is panicking -
experiencing a loss of self.
109B EXT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. 109B
The mask drops. All her old insecurities come back. She gets
out of the car and slams the door, unable to stand the sight
of herself. She lets herself in.
109C INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. 109C
The inside of the house has been transformed by Andy. The
drab gloomy shades of her mother have gone, replaced by warm
tones which bring out the beauty of the house.
Tamara wanders through. She turns around taking it all in.
She never knew the house was so beautiful.
110 INT. DAY. EWEDOWN - JODY'S BEDROOM. 110
Jody is weeping into her mobile phone.
I'll never see Ben again... And it's
all MY FAULT.
Jody's mum comes into the room.
What's all your fault?
(putting the phone down)
None of your business.
I'm bloody sick of you looking like a
wet weekend. Who's Ben?
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What've you done?
Are you in trouble?
NO!... Leave me alone.
You take care with boys, Jody. You
know what can happen.
What can happen? What can ever,
ever happen in a place like this?
She throws herself on her duvet, inconsolable.
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111 EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS (MARVELL'S FARM). 111
Beth is with Lucetta, another writer, crossing a field.
Lucetta raises her binoculars passes them to Beth.
POV SHOT AT MARVELL'S FARM.
Are they crows or jackdaws? It's so
nice to get these little details
I've got an unhappy wife and a
newly qualified vet discovering a
forbidden world of physical love in
a bird hide.
Nicholas's red scarf makes him visible from afar.
112 EXT. DAY. THE FIELD AND COPSE. (LARKHAMS) 112
Nicholas sees Tamara. He waits while she emerges from the
I'm looking for Andy.
He's not up at Stonefield.
Tamara is about to turn back.
So what about this shag I've been
Oh fuck off.
I liked your email. Very succint.
Well I didn't send it. And I wouldn't
shag you if you were the last man
left after a nuclear winter.
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I'll come round tomorrow then. About
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Drop dead you smug prick.
Nicholas watches her storm back up the copse.
113 EXT. DAY. EWEDOWN. THE VILLAGE PUB. 113
Tamara's car pulls up. Jody and Casey wheel around closer on
their bikes. Tamara tries the door. The pub is shut. She
looks in through the glass and sees Zoe up on the bar,
clinging to Andy in a long embrace. Tamara is frozen. Andy
kisses Zoe, long and tender.
She gets back in her car, trying to hide her distress - which
has taken her completely by surprise. Jody and Casey stare
mutely as she drives away.
114 INT. DAY. EWEDOWN. THE VILLAGE PUB. 114
Andy and Zoe finish their kiss.
Still time to change your mind. Blue
skies. Fun in the sun.
Just not a traveller, Zoe.
I know... you're like a big old
tree. Stuck here.
115 EXT. NEXT DAY. A SECLUDED LANE. 115
Nicholas parks his 4X4. As he gets out, he is on the phone.
I'll probably stay on at the library
for another hour or two. Yes... just
checking some law reports.
115A CUT 115A
116 INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - THE KITCHEN / HALL. 116
Tamara is playing with the ill-fitting ring that Ben gave
her. She puts it a jar and closes the lid. There's a knock on
the front door. She startles, her face falling. She answers
it. Nicholas is on the threshold.
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She lets the door fall open. She backs into the hall.
Nicholas walks in. He closes the door. They look at each
other. Neither of them moves.
You can tell me to leave.
Tamara says nothing.
You can throw me right out.
Nicholas slowly takes his red scarf and coat off. He hangs
them on a coat hook, bringing himself closer to her.
Just say and I'll go.
She still can't speak. Nicholas takes her in his arms. He is
big and fatherly and comforting.
Tamara feels a sense of relief, of not being alone. Her arms
go around him. When he kisses her, he's surprisingly real,
vulnerable even, as if he's left his lordly persona at the
door. Tamara closes her eyes.
Their kisses become more urgent.
117 INT. DUSK. WINNARDS FARM - TAMARA'S BEDROOM. 117
Tamara is lying in Nicholas' arms in the growing darkness. He
looks blissfully post-coital. Tamara is gazing ahead. A tear
rolls down her cheek. It lands on Nicholas' chest.
Are you crying?
Nicholas is taken aback. He instinctively holds her.
Don't cry. Am I really that bad?
Tamara shakes her head, glad of him.
I'm just not myself.
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Yes you are.
She looks up at him.
You're relentlessly, rudely,
A smile appears on Tamara's face.
I used to watch you out of my window
helping your daughter learn to
skateboard up the lane. Bit of an
obvious crush, wasn't it.
Is that why you're crying?
Am I here as revenge on your ex?
I don't know why you're here. Why are
you here, Nicholas?
Because... since you climbed over
that stile in the summer I haven't
thought about very much else.
She doesn't believe him.
You can use me in one of your books.
118 INT. NIGHT. WINNARDS FARM - THE HALL. 118
Nicholas is putting his coat on. Tamara is uneasy.
When can we do this again?
What about Beth?
Look, Beth and I have this kind of
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Isn't life complicated enough?
Nicholas shakes his head. He kisses her.
119 INT. NIGHT. STONEFIELD - THE KITCHEN. 119
Nicholas strolls in. He's ecstatically happy. Beth is getting
something out of the Aga.
Oh poor you - was it awful?
Bloody terrible. Didn't move till
well past Chiswick. But look, I
nipped into Fortnums...
He hands her a package.
All my favourite teas - Oh!
He embraces her. He is affectionate, magnanimous in his
bliss. Beth is taken aback by his warmth.
My goodness. You feel like my buzzy
toothbrush just after I've charged it
up. You should go up to London more
Maybe I will...
Nicholas goes to the table. The writers greet him as he sits.
Sorry everybody; traffic was a pig.
Do carry on...
I'm trying this magic realist bit
at the end of chapter three, where
the characters slowly turn into
That sounds very innovative...
Do you think so? It's sort of the
key to the structure, which I'm
thinking of as a nest shape...
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Nicholas listens benevolently as Lucetta shares. His good
humour is so out of his recent character that Beth watches
him with increasing unease. There is something in her eyes
akin to suspicion.
121 SPRING. POSY DRAWING. 121
122 EXT. DAY. HADDITON - THE STATION / BETH'S CAR. 122
Beth is putting Glen's luggage into the boot.
So after two years of radio silence
I contact my editor. And she loves -
I mean loves the chapters I did in
I tried writing at the library but
I could feel that awful paralysis
122A EXT. DAY. THE ROAD TO EWEDOWN / INSIDE BETH'S CAR. 122A
I missed everything that I've been,
you know, finding here.
(Seeing the view)
Oh my god - it's so beautiful!
They are now in the village driving down the main drag.
I'm glad you've come back.
A few solid weeks should - holy cow!
An egg hits the windscreen (shot the same way as the earlier
scene). Casey and Jody hide. Beth gets out of the car to
clean the window.
Idiots! Morons! Hey, writers! Let's
egg the self-regarding sacks of shit.
123 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE KITCHEN. 123
Glen is helping Beth prepare the evening meal. They are both
animated, enjoying one another's company.
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There's this theory he gave his
wife syphilis, right? No evidence
but the symptoms fit. The poor
woman gets kind of eccentric and
moves her bed up to their attic -
The bastard -
Meanwhile, Hardy falls in love with
a woman who is thirty nine years
younger than him.
I don't believe it.
Nicholas is passing through, reading The Independent.
That's right, a Hardy book. Coming
Nicholas returns to the paper.
He gave his wife syphilis.
He goes. Beth is ashamed of his condescension.
He's completely distracted. He's up
and down to London all the time.
The latest Inchcombe's taking
everything he's got.
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124 INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - TAMARA'S BEDROOM. 124
Nicholas is reading, hunched over a computer. He glances
round. Tamara, wearing a robe, is awaiting his opinion.
Is it any good? Because I keep -
(Points at the screen)
This is brutally candid. You lay
yourself completely bare.
I'm well-known for it.
Seriously. It's very moving.
Tamara knows this is praise indeed. She is deeply gratified.
So... have I done my duty?
Now do I get my treat?
Tamara, almost in his arms, is crestfallen.
You are so cheesy.
Tamara is staring at him with something akin to distaste.
125 EXT. DAY. EWEDOWN. BUS SHELTER. 125
Jody and Casey share a magazine and a spliff in the bus stop.
Zero Ben sightings in two whole
Last time I saw Plastic she looked
like a minger; all red-eyed and
gutted. Ben's a Love Rat.
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She should move on...
She's probably topped herself. I
would if Ben dumped me.
Jode. Don't say that. What if she's
Like got in the bath with her heated
Like taken a stack of pills?
We see Jody's thought bubble of Tamara luridly dead, her
mouth coated with dried froth and vomit.
D'you think she might be lying there
all choked in vomit and drug froth?
That'd be dire.
If we find her we'll get in the
Oh my God.
Rock Chick Dead at Winnards Farm.
125A EXT. DAY. WINNARDS. DAY 125A
Andy is outside the farm beside his landrover. He walks up to
the front door. Hesitates.
Behind the railings, the girls arrive.
What's Uncle Andy doing here?
126 INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. TAMARA'S BEDROOM. 126
Hearing the knock, Tamara springs out of bed. Nicholas spins
into a panic.
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126A EXT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. 126A
Casey and Jody are watching as Andy waits.
She could have been lying there
days. She could be like putrid now,
like rancid -
Oh no, I'm gonna chuck -
Like bloated and all greeny.
And Uncle Andy'll find her by the
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127 I/E. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - THE HALL. 127
Tamara opens the door in some deshabille. To her surprise,
she sees Andy on the threshold, looking spruced up and
handsome. The contrast with Nicholas couldn't be more
apparent. She finds herself genuinely pleased to see him.
Behind the railings, the girls can't help their look of
disappointment at seeing her alive.
Haven't seen you for a while. Thought
you might be ill or something. Or
depressed or -
I've had my head down, writing.
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Come for a drink. Let's lighten up.
I'd love to, but...
Shake off the winter blues. Come
celebrate the spring.
I can't... I'm kind of on one with
Over her shoulder, Andy sees Nicholas' red scarf and coat
hanging on the coat hook. He hides his shock. Tamara is
unaware that he has seen.
Can we do it soon though? I'd
really like to; just not right now.
He nods at her in disbelief.
He turns on his heels and goes. Tamara closes the door.
Outside, Andy is leaning over his land-rover, sickened.
D'you think he's in with a chance?
Why not? He's fit. I'd do him.
Jody - he's my uncle.
She'd be mad not to have him - I
bet he goes a like a train.
128 INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - THE HALL. 128
Nicholas is creeping down the stairs. Tamara is troubled.
What's he doing here?
He just came on the off-chance.
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Off-chance of what?
He wants to know about roofing for
129 EXT. DAY. WINNARD'S FARM. 129
Andy's Land Rover roars away.
Let's go. I'm freezing my tits off.
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Casey is looking back at Tamara's door. Tamara is peering
out. Nicholas joins her, putting his coat on. He kisses her
passionately. He wants to stay. She's insisting he leaves.
Oh. My. God.
It's him. From Stonefield.
The dirty cheating sod.
130 INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - THE KITCHEN. 130
Tamara wanders in looking like she's trying to shake Nicholas
out of her hair. She sits, full of apprehension.
We see her fears: Beth, in her apron, pulling Tamara's hair
back and coming at her face with an electric hand-held whisk.
You fucking little slut.
She puts her head in her hands.
131 INT. EVENING. JODY'S BEDROOM. 131
Jody and Casey have Googled Nicholas. They are outraged.
`Prolific author of intelligent
Fucking `D' list. How could she do
that after Ben?
Maybe she's numbing the pain.
He's not even a proper celeb.
Maybe older guys know more... you
know, bed stuff.
Eww! He's a perv. I hate him.
Jode, I know who I feel sorry for.
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132 EXT. NEXT DAY. EWEDOWN - BUS SHELTER. 132
Beth is walking to the post box. Jody and Casey are at the
bus shelter, gazing at her with keenest pity.
Hello Casey. How are you?
Jody nudges her. Casey nods. Beth posts her mail.
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You waiting for the bus?
Bus got scrapped.
So it did. Well. Hope it doesn't
She turns for home.
Gutted for her.
Me too. Fat arse though, hasn't
133 DELETED 133
134 DELETED 134
135 EXT. DAY. A SECLUDED LANE (HALSTOCK). 135
Casey and Jody stroll down a lonely lane. Misty. Rooks caw.
There'll be the divorce and like
acrimony and her world'll fall
But maybe one day, she'll put the
bitterness behind her and find a
Don't be daft. She's old, you big
A parked 4x4 looms out of the mist.
See? That's D-List's car.
So this is where he hides it when he
goes to shag Plastic.
Yeah. Dirty git.
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Big old turd.
He's a rotten cheater.
Like my dad. Come on Case. Let's
fuck him up.
135A EXT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. 135A
Nicholas looks to see if the coast is clear - then lets
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136 EXT. DAY. A SECLUDED LANE. 136
Nicholas is striding purposefully back to his car with a smug
post-coital grin. Then he sees that one of his tyres has been
He gets out his phone. Jody and Casey are in the trees
136A INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE KITCHEN. 136A
Beth is on the phone preparing to cook.
Oh poor you. What a drag.
137 EXT. DAY. A SECLUDED LANE. 137
Tamara is half-running down the track with a foot pump.
138 CUT 138
139 EXT. DAY. A SECLUDED LANE. 139
The rooks are cawing.
Yes, it's a frightful bore.
Well I'll hold off on the paella.
Tamara arrives, breathless. Nicholas signals her to keep
quiet. She looks guilty, anxious.
You're a marvel. See you soon.
140 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE KITCHEN. 140
The line goes dead. Beth is disconcerted. Glen walks in.
Beth, could I use your printer?
Nicholas is on the motorway with a
flat tyre. But I couldn't hear
traffic. Just rooks...
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She snaps out of it. But she knows.
Did you ask me to read something?
141 EXT. DAY. A SECLUDED LANE. 141
The tyres are done. Nicholas is about to get in the car.
Nicholas, someone knows. Maybe we
He kisses her, passionately. She is troubled but eventually
responds. Jody nudges Casey.
Casey, pap them. Pap them!
Casey holds out her mobile and takes a picture. Then Tamara
extricates herself from his embrace.
Jody peers at Casey's photo. A close-up clinch.
141AA CUT 141AA
141A EXT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - THE GARDEN / LANE. 141A
Tamara, dressed for a walk, heads down the lane. She looks
Jody appears from behind the hedge. She heads for the door,
motioning Casey to follow.
142 INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - TAMARA'S BEDROOM. 142
Jody is at the computer. Casey is keeping a nervous watch.
This is wrong, Jode.
She's asking for it; slut. I'm
going to email D-List's wife.
We should send the photo and be done
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Jody suddenly startles.
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While I was sitting here. Look. An
e-mail from Ben come in. Just like
that, when I'm here.
`Tamara, Fran's baby has come.'
143 INT. DAY. LONDON - BEN'S WAREHOUSE FLAT. 143
Ben is play-fighting with Boss.
And as it's a cute little brown girl
with curly black hair I think we can
safely say it's Steven Culley's and
not mine. Truth is, I feel released.
I am free! New band up and running.
Done three songs about me and you.
Ben throws a treat lovingly at Boss. Boss catches it.
BEN (V.O.) (CONT'D)
Big favour to ask. We're recording in
Paris. Would you have Boss?
144 INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - TAMARA'S BEDROOM. 144
Jody continues to read.
`Could drop him off next week. And
when I'm back, maybe we could dot dot
He's coming back.
Tamara doesn't deserve him, Case.
(She starts to type)
`Dear Ben, I can't see you as I am
shagging an old married man -
What're you doing??
`But I have found a reliable dog-
lover in the village...
No way, Jody! You're not sending it.
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`Call Jody on 07700 900929.'
Casey tries to stop her pressing send. Jody digs her nails
into Casey's hand. Casey yowls. Jody presses send.
You stupid cow!
I'm making something happen!
You gone too far!
I'm getting him down here.
/ You don't know when to stop!
You're an idiot. I'm not having
nothing to do with it.
Jody shouts over her from /.
Otherwise my whole life'll go by and
I'll be washed up and thirty four
like my mum and no one decent will
ever even have snogged me!
Casey is leaving.
Fuck off then.
145 INT. DAY. NICHOLAS' SHED. STONEFIELD. 145
Nicholas is writing. Beth approaches.
There's the festival brochure. You're
on in the Lanson Marquee. I've marked
a few bits in case you want to read.
Beth hands him a hardback.
You're a marvel. Cheers.
He kisses her and prepares to leave. She is suspicious.
I could come with you.
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Oh, don't. You hate festivals.
But it's only Hadditon. I'll come.
It's completely boring. You'll hate
it. Stay here.
Her suspicion will stay silent no longer.
Have you got anything to tell me,
Nicholas attacks; the best form of defence.
God, it's like living with the
effing moral police. Are you ever
going to trust me?
145A EXT. DAY. EWEDOWN (PIG FIELD). 145A
Nicholas drives through a huge puddle in his 4X4, splashing
Casey. He roars on, oblivious.
(getting her mobile out)
SCENES 146,147 AND 148 ARE CUT.
149 INT. DAY. KITCHEN - STONEFIELD. 149
Glen is admiring his finished manuscript. Beth is making
sponge, preoccupied - but pleased at Glen's achievement.
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I'm doing this cake in celebration.
Glen holds up his mug of coffee.
Although I can't bear the man for
what he did to his wife.
Andy comes in with an armful of logs.
Well, things were different then.
She had no choice.
Beth's mobile bleeps. She picks it up.
She couldn't just walk away. I mean
who'd put up with that now?
Beth drops the mixing bowl. She cannot speak.
What is it?
(Looking to Andy)
How do I find out who sent this?
Andy takes the phone, sees the photo.
It says number withheld.
He returns the phone.
Did you know?
Andy nods guiltily. Beth acknowledges what this means.
Couldn't tell you. I'm sorry Beth.
Glen looks at the photo; Nicholas and Tamara's clinch.
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Oh My God. This is just - this is
Right under my nose. I feel sick.
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It's so shitty, so insulting. You
do not deserve to be treated -
If you're kind to me, I'll cry. I
don't want to cry. I must be very
If there is anything I can do...
I have to do it myself.
Beth's face cracks into distress.
Hey, come on.
I trod in the sponge mix.
It's OK. It's OK.
149A DELETED 149A
150 EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD. ANDY'S CORRUGATED SHED. 150
Tamara is out on a walk. She approaches the shed; sees Andy's
landrover parked beside it.
Andy emerges. Tamara smiles tentatively.
Hey. How are you?
Andy says nothing.
Would you like to have that drink? I
could do with a friend / at the
moment and -
You and Nicholas Hardiment. That's a
nice piece of work isn't it?
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Tamara is utterly dismayed.
I get it from his point of view. He's
always been a cheating wanker. He
loves having his cake and eating it -
But since when did your standards
drop so low? You could have anyone.
All you have to do is bat your eyes.
I care a lot about Beth. She helped
me out when I was at rock bottom.
I'm not going to split them up. It's
A bit of fun?
Tamara is covered with shame.
It's none of your bloody business.
I reckoned I could still see the
blazing girl you used to be. But now?
I don't know who you are.
She turns away, her eyes stinging.
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150A EXT. DAY. A FILLING STATION. 150A
Boss is crapping on a verge. Ben is on his phone.
That Jody? This is Ben Sergeant.
151 INT. DAY. EWEDOWN - JODY'S BEDROOM. 151
Jody falls off her bed.
That's right, yes... I love dogs.
151A EXT. DAY. A FILLING STATION. 151A
The crap is done. Man and dog are back in the car.
So I'll meet you at Winnards Farm,
Ben zooms off.
152 INT. DAY. EWEDOWN - JODY'S HOUSE. 152
Jody is haranguing with her mum.
It's a nice dog, Mum!
Well I don't like `em. Dog-hair and
slobber all over the place.
But I said yes.
No dogs, no way and that's final.
Jody is devastated.
You loser. I hate you. You want to
RUIN MY LIFE!!!
Jody slams her bedroom door. She stares at herself in the
mirror. She steels herself.
Live the dream, Jody...
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153 EXT. DAY. HADDITON - OUTSIDE THE FESTIVAL MARQUEE. 153
Tamara pulls Nicholas into a quiet corner.
Andy Cobb has rumbled us.
Cock pie. Has he told Beth?
I don't know. But he might. And I
wouldn't blame him.
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Well, I suppose it has to come out
It's a good thing. Feels like a
relief. Means you and I can start to
think about our plans. For the
I know it's been hard, sharing me
with Beth. But I'm yours now. I'm
going to leave her. I want a new
life - and I want it now. With you.
Tamara is appalled. A minder interrupts.
Mr Hardiment? It's time.
154 CUT 154
155 INT. DAY. HADDITON - THE MARQUEE. 155
During the interview, Tamara takes a seat at the end of the
front row. The audience listens attentively.
It all runs very smoothly. I start a
book in the summer, publish it the
following spring. Bit of a factory,
So you've just finished `Like The
Night', Inchcombe's seventeenth
adventure. Are you already planning
There won't be a next one. Frankly
I'm sick to death of Inchcombe. In
fact, I'm about to kill him off.
There's a gust of dismay in the crowd, as though a real death
has been announced.
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That's a bombshell for your fans.
(all for Tamara)
Yes, but I'm moving on to fresh
LADY IN THE CROWD
Inchcombe will be meeting a very
sticky end. And it's one murder I'm
really looking forward to.
LADY IN THE CROWD
How could you?
This might be a good moment to take a
few questions. Yes, the lady in the
You write a lot about adultery. Is
that from personal experience?
Tamara turns round. Nicholas' colour drains. Beth is with
Glen, close by - glaring at him. He tries to make a joke.
Madam, what a saucy question!
Why do you cheat persistently on your
Nicholas considers whether he wants to be publicly
humiliated. He decides not.
Because she lets me.
Beth takes this like a blow. Even Tamara is shocked by it.
156 EXT. DAY. HADDITON - THE GROUNDS BY THE MARQUEE. 156
Tamara is striding away from the Marquee, red with shame.
Nicholas is at her side almost jogging to keep up.
It's got to stop, Nicholas.
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You're right. I can't go on using
her, lying to her. Won't be fun but
I've got to do it.
I don't feel alive with Beth! I
haven't been living for years. She's
had me smothered in a comfy blanket -
Nicholas, listen to me.
She makes him look at her.
We had fun. But it's wrong. And
But... I'm in love with you.
Nicholas looks as if he's just been punched.
No. You can't end it. Tamara - Fuck
Will you keep it down?
My God, you're cold hearted.
Please don't shout.
You don't feel a thing, do you?
I do feel. I feel like I'm blazing
away inside all the time. Why do I do
these things? What am I doing with
The question hangs between them.
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There's someone else isn't there...
Oh for God's sake.
Not that narcissist drummer?
It's that ignorant lunk isn't it?
That muscle-bound wastrel Andy Cobb.
Andy Cobb is a far better man than
In saying it, Tamara realises it's true. She walks away.
Nicholas bends almost double in pain, letting out a great
moan from the soul. A fan has been waiting at a respectful
distance. He approaches.
Nicholas numbly takes his book. Instead of signing, he tears
it to pieces. He hands the tatters back to the fan.
157 I/E. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - HALL / TAMARA'S BEDROOM 157
Jody knocks on the door. It's open. She pushes it.
Hello? It's Jody Long. About the
She looks around.
She heads up the stairs.
157A INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - TAMARA'S BEDROOM. 157A
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Jody enters Tamara's bedroom. She stares at the bed. She runs
her hand over the cotton percale. She puts on Tamara's slip
and looks at herself in the mirror.
Jody spins round.
The door closes. Ben is standing behind it. He is wearing a
tight black T-shirt; the man of her dreams.
Dog minder? I guessed you might be
the somebody who's been getting in
here, pissing about, sending e-mails
and fucking people up. D'you know
what I'm saying? You've been breaking
I didn't break in. Used the key.
Found it under a pot.
Well for fuck's sake. Did you nick
Took it as a souvenir. I'm sorry!
Jody is very scared. She is crying.
Creeping about in our stuff? What
gives you the right?
I just... like I always wanted to
meet you...just once...just to tell
Like... I love you.
So that's nice. Least someone does.
I used to lie awake thinking about
you being here... in Ewedown, the
bumhole of nowhere. It was the
best thing to happen ever. I've
been so in love with you. And when
you left I couldn't bear it. I
thought the valentine would make
you come back...
D'you still love me, Jody? Even
though I wanna lock you up in a
young offenders institution?
Jody nods, unsure.
What would you do for me then?
Would you do anything, like a
Jody looks at him, scared. She manages a nod. Ben approaches
Let's see then shall we?
We see Jody's phone flashing on the bed.
Jody! What are you doing not
158 EXT. DAY. EWEDOWN. 158
Casey is at the triangle leaving a message on Jody's phone.
Boss is running round and round it.
Ben's dog. It's here. Means Ben
must be -
Casey suddenly realises where Jody is. The dog runs off up
the street. Casey sets off towards Winnards, full of
159 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - DOWNSTAIRS. 159
Beth is taking Nicholas' awards down and chucking them in a
box. Glen is trying to save them from smashing.
I bet that bitch wants a baby. Well
she'll find out; Nicholas doesn't
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She is brandishing a diamond dagger award.
He'll leave it all up to her.
That'll age her.
But suppose he discovers
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They do, these men, second time
round. They get all nappy-happy.
I was barely twenty when I got
pregnant. I've never done
anything! Oh God! God!
Yes you have. Look at this place!
I hate him - I've wasted my life!
No... What about all the work you do
Breeding goats? Baking fucking
biscuits? It's meaningless!
Beth bawls. Glen holds her.
Beth... When I was lost with my
book you helped me more than you
know. You asked who I was writing
He starts to really hold her. The sobbing subsides.
He kisses her. Beth looks at Glen; a revelation. The future
opens up. She kisses him back.
Nicholas is standing in the doorway, looking grey.
May I speak with my wife?
Glen releases Beth.
No. You may not.
She walks away.
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160 EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS. 160
Beth walks outside towards the chicken coup. Nicholas pursues
her. She sees Boss running across the grounds chasing birds.
That's Ben Sergeant's dog. Perhaps
he's come to beat the shit out of
you - good!
Beth - I finished it. She's been
chasing me; this wild crush -
There's something desperate about
her, something almost unhinged -
Good God, even when you try and
tell the truth you lie. YOU LIE!!
Nicholas is falling apart.
I want you to leave. I want a
divorce. I want Stonefield.
Beth...Don't. You can't.
And you - Go home! Bugger Off!!
She throws a handful of chicken feed at him. Boss runs away.
Beth storms off.
Nicholas looks profoundly shocked; like a man who has just
realised he's in danger of drowning.
160A EXT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. 160A
Tamara's car pulls up outside. She gets out, looking at the
yellow Porsche in complete disbelief.
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161 INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - THE KITCHEN. 161
Jody is shakily pouring a pot of tea.
Right. Now put two sugars in and
stir it. OK. That's a decent cup.
Which is lucky Jody cos if it had
been shit, I'd be on the phone to
the extremely scary local cops
Please don't tell my mum.
I knew it was boring round here but
for fuck's sake...
I'm gonna get out as soon as I can.
Going to work in Vegas - as a
croupier. Vegas, or a cruise liner.
Aim high, that's what I say.
161A INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. THE HALL. 161A
Tamara lets herself in. She calls:
161B INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. THE KITCHEN. 161B
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Tamara. You've had an infestation.
Jody, shamefaced, prepares to cough up.
162 EXT. DAY. A FIELD. 162
Boss is lolloping round. He stops. The whole herd of cows is
staring at him. Boss regards the animals with curiosity. He
wags his tail. Will they play? He starts to bark.
163 EXT. DAY. THE FIELDS. 163
Nicholas sees Glen sitting on the edge of an old rusting
trough. Fury overwhelms him.
Oy! Greg! I want a a word with you.
It's Glen, asshole.
Nicholas is stomping through the mud and cowshit.
You fucking devious bastard.
I'm devious? I'm a bastard?
You think I haven't noticed how
you've been worming your way in?
You keep your hands off my wife,
you low-rent pedant.
You've abused her long enough /
with your goddamn lies -
I want you out of my house.
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It's Beth's. She made this place -
And I fucking pay for it. I've
given Beth all this. What can you
I can give her / integrity!
Obscure literary shit not worth ten
You know if I made my pile
fantasizing rapes and homicides I
wouldn't be so proud.
Glen grabs him round the middle. They struggle like overgrown
Beth'll come to her senses. You
need an income to run Stonefield.
And mine's bigger than yours!
Glen nuts him. Nicholas slips backwards in the mud. He whacks
his skull on the sharp, rusting corner of the trough. He
falls to the ground. Glen is astonished at his own prowess.
Now... get up, Nicholas. Let's talk
about this like grown men.
Blood trickles from the wound on Nicholas' head. He moans.
Oh my God. Nicholas...
Glen becomes aware of a sound like a drumbeat, the drumming
of hooves. The herd of cows come over the brow of the hill
and down towards them. Boss is chasing them, barking. The
beasts are terrified, stampeding.
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They are heading straight for the trough. Nicholas is trying
to get up on his knees.
Nicholas! Get up! Run!
Glen puts out a hand to help him. But before Nicholas
notices, he instinctively retrieves it.
Glen turns on his heels and runs, terrified. He throws
himself into the hedge as the cows thunder past. They
disappear down the hill, Boss still behind them.
Glen looks back towards the water trough. Nicholas is lying
on his front, his face pressed into the mud, unmoving.
Glen walks over. He gingerly peers at him. The back of
Nicholas' skull is broken open. Blood is pooling in the mud
and shit. Glen panics. He looks all around. Has the accident
No human is visible. Has his part in it been noticed? He
bends down as if to turn the body over, in case by some
miracle Nicholas still lives. He cannot bring himself to
touch him. Fear overwhelms him. He runs away.
164 EXT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - THE KITCHEN / HALL. 164
Tamara is looking at Jody, stunned.
It was you?
Jody can't look her in the eye.
Jody has explained that she did it
out of deep love for me.
To Ben's astonishment, Tamara smiles. He grabs his moment.
It's an apology. Tamara takes Ben's hand and leads him
through to a dresser in the hall. She opens it.
She takes the ring out of the jar and puts it in his hand.
I'm in love with someone else.
At that moment, Casey appears at the back door.
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Jody - the dog!
165 EXT. DAY. THE FIELDS. 165
Boss is still worrying the herd. He's got them against a
gate. The animals are very distressed. Behind them we see
Andy's Landrover appear.
165A EXT. DAY. THE FIELDS (LARKHAM) 165A
Andy gets out of his Landrover, takes out his rifle, comes
through the gate. Loads his rifle while watching the dog.
165B EXT. DAY. THE FIELDS (LARKHAM). 165B
His POV. The dog and the cattle.
165C EXT. DAY. THE FIELDS (LARKHAM). 165C
He raises the gun.
165D EXT. DAY. THE FIELDS (LARKHAM). 165D
Through his sights, the dog.
165E EXT. DAY. THE FIELDS (LARKHAM). 165E
As his finger tightens on the trigger.
Bang. A shot rings out. He looks round, off right.
165F EXT. DAY. THE FIELDS (LARKHAM). 165F
Up on the ridge of the hill, Penny Upminster is standing in a
straw hat and flowery wellies, with a smoking gun.
Got `im. The beast.
166 CUT 166
167 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - BETH'S OFFICE. 167
Beth, chucking fan mail into the bin, stops in her tracks.
167A EXT. DAY. WINNARD'S FARM. 167A
Tamara's head appears at the front door.
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168 CUT 168
168A CUT 168A
168B CUT 168B
168C EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE FIELD. 168C
Beth is coming down the field where Nicholas lies. She sees a
figure in the distance. She squints, the sun in her eyes.
168D EXT. DAY. COPSE (LARKHAM'S) 168D
Opposite her she sees Tamara descending through the copse.
169 EXT. DAY. FIELD. (LARKHAMS) 169
Tamara, walking down by the trough, discovers Nicholas' body.
She drops to her knees, light-headed with shock.
170 EXT. DAY. FIELD. 170
Beth walks into the field. She sees Tamara kneeling, looking
at something on the other side of the trough.
Tamara looks up.
Beth - no -
Brazen. That is brazen.
Beth carries on walking towards her.
Tamara is running towards Beth. She cannot bear her to see.
She throws her arms around her, protecting her.
Don't look. Don't look...
It is too late. Beth is seeing the corpse. A great wave of
shock hits her. Tamara holds her tight, trying to contain it.
Another great wave of shock.
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Her cries of grief soar over the valley.
171 EXT. DAY. THE FIELD - LATER. 171
Tamara, ashen, is on the phone to emergency services.
You'll get to it through Byley farm.
His skull is broken. It's smashed. No
I haven't but... it's obvious. His
wife. Yes she is. Thank you. Thank
you. I will.
Beth has turned Nicholas over. She is washing the mud from
his face with water from the trough.
They're on their way...
Beth seems totally closed off. Tamara gingerly approaches.
She touches Beth's shoulder.
Beth? Help is coming -
Beth cannot bear to be touched. Her hand involuntarily flies
out. It slams into Tamara's face.
Tamara steps back. Her nose is broken, pouring blood.
It's broken! -
She gasps, riding the pain, knowing she deserves it. It's the
biggest wake-up call of her life.
Beth stares at her, at first astonished at what she has done -
then satisfied. Tamara stumbles away.
171A EXT. DAY. IN THE COPSE. LATER. 171A
Tamara sits beside a dewpond, gingerly washing the blood off
Andy is watching. She turns away from him. He approaches.
She starts crying bitter tears.
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Tam, come on. It was an accident.
Still Tamara cries. He comforts her. She lets him. He holds
her for some time.
I'd better get up to Stonefield. Come
with me. We'll get this sorted.
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Tamara shakes her head. She separates herself from him and
Then get Ben to take you to London.
Make sure he looks after you.
Tamara walks a few paces away. She stares straight ahead.
I don't want to be with Ben.
She looks back at Andy. He begins to understand. She walks
171B INT. DAY. STONEFIELD. GLEN'S ROOM. 171B
Glen, sick with dread, is drying his face with a towel. He
picks up his muddy shoes and clothes, wraps them in a bag and
shoves them in his case.
His eyes alight on his poster of Thomas Hardy. He pulls it
172 EXT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - THE GARDEN. 172
Ben and the girls have dug a grave for Boss. Casey is putting
flowers on the top. Ben starts to cry like a broken-hearted
little boy. Jody instinctively puts her arms round him. The
girls are immensely moved. Jody looks over at Casey. She
Pap me! Pap me!
Casey waits until Ben is not looking. Then she takes pictures
with her mobile phone. Jody cradles Ben in her arms, doing
her best moved-but-sultry pose. Casey tries not to laugh.
Jody is ecstatic. The man of her dreams is in her arms. Her
wish has come true.
172A EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE COURTYARD. 172A
An ambulance and two police cars are in the courtyard. The
police are carrying the corpse, covered in blankets. Andy
crosses the yard to the barn. He bumps into Glen furtively
coming out of the door. Glen's case is packed.
What are you doing?
Glen can't look him in the eye.
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I figured I'd best, you know, take
myself off. She doesn't want
writers around the place now. And
police, autopsies, not my thing -
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You can't run away.
I'm not running away! I just
finished my book; my time here is
up. Destiny calls.
Beth is asking for you.
She's on her own over there. Glen,
she doesn't need a writer around
the place. She needs a man.
173 DELETED 173
174 DELETED 174
175 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE KITCHEN. 175
Beth is sitting, still pale with shock, her hands around a
mug of tea. Glen approaches.
I'm so sorry.
Beth looks up at him despairingly.
Do they... suspect anyone? I mean
of like Foul Play?
It was my fault. I let the dog go!
I shooed him away! The police said
it was an accident but...
It wasn't your fault!
What I don't understand is why was
he in that field anyway? He hated
cows. And when they were coming,
why didn't he get out of their way?
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Beth. I have to tell you...
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For a moment, confession and silence hang in the balance.
Glen opens his mouth to speak.
You live in the country. You share
it with those dangerous beasts. And
when they're scared, they run. Like
Glen is full of horror at his lie.
But Beth is only grateful.
Glen. Stay with me.
Her eyes, still red with grief, are full of their future
Glen nods. He will stay. He wants it all.
Beth leans into him, seeking comfort. He puts his arms around
her, his face ashen with the weight of his secret.
As he holds her, he looks around the room. Nicholas is
everywhere, glaring down at him from photographs.
176 EXT. EVENING. WINNARDS FARM - THE GARDEN. 176
Tamara is in the garden, a strip on her nose. She sees Andy
in the dusk. He's leaning against the gate watching her.
Don't say anything.
Kind of suits you. And I always did
like the old one.
They are in each others arms. The embrace lasts and lasts.
Tamara is leading Andy up to the house.
You did it on purpose, didn't you?
Made it so beautiful I'd never be
able to leave.
Been dying to get rid of you. This
is my house. I was born in that
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So you were.
They are at the threshold. They kiss.