Transcript: Heartbeat - episode 13 - Dangerous Whispers | Oct 23, 2020

The theme song plays.

A train crosses the countryside.

A title appears on screen. It reads "Heartbeat."

The lyrics of the song go
HEARTBEAT
WHY DO YOU MISS WHEN
MY BABY KISSES ME?
HEARTBEAT
WHY DOES OUR LOVE KISS
STAY IN MY MEMORY?

Four men wearing police uniforms, a man in a black hat, a man in a white hat, a man in a brown coat, a man in a beret, and a blond woman, appear on screen.

In the background, fast black and white clips show them in their daily activities.

Captions read "Starring Peter Benson, Jason Durr, Derek Fowlds, Philip Franks, Geoffrey Hughes, Mark Jordon, David Lonsdale, Tricia Penrose and William Simons."

Then, the title of the episode appears on screen. It reads "Dangerous whispers, by John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch."

("ROLLIN' AND TUMBLIN'" BY CREAM
PLAYING)
(MOTOR ROARING)

Nat is being car chased down Aidensfield roads by a group of gangsters.

He manages to go off the road by after a turn and they lose sight of him.

After their shift at the police station, Phil says YEAH, HER FOLKS HAVE BEEN CUT
OFF THE PHONE, SO GINA AND I
CAN'T EVEN GET TO TALK.

Alf says QUITE UP TO DATE, LIVERPOOL,
I HEAR.
THEY'VE GOT PHONE BOXES AND
EVERYTHING.

Phil says WELL, OF COURSE SHE'S TRIED
BUT WE KEEP MISSING EACH OTHER.
AND YOU CAN'T CONDUCT A
RELATIONSHIP BY PHONE BOX.
IF THERE STILL IS A RELATIONSHIP
TO CONDUCT, THAT IS.

Alf says HEY, COME ON.
I'LL BUY YOU A PINT.

In her office, Liz checks up Wilf's lungs and says COUGH FOR ME.
(COUGHING)
AND AGAIN.
(COUGHING)
THANK YOU.

Wilf says CAN'T SEEM TO SHIFT IT, NO
HOW.

Wilf is in his late fifties, with short receding gray hair.

Liz says IT'S BRONCHITIS, I'M AFRAID.
I'LL PRESCRIBE YOU AN
ANTIBIOTIC.
SHOULD HELP CLEAR IT UP.
MAKE SURE YOU COMPLETE THE
COURSE.

Wilf says THE DAMP AND THAT DOESN'T
HELP.

Liz says THE DAMP?

Wilf says IN THE COTTAGE.
THE WHOLE PLACE LEAKS.
WE'VE GOT A BIG PATCH IN THE
BEDROOM.

Liz says YOU'RE IN THE TIED COTTAGES,
AREN'T YOU, ON THE ASHFORDLY
ESTATE?

X says AYE.
WE'VE REPORTED THE PROBLEM.
NOWT EVER GETS DONE ABOUT IT.

At Aidensfield Arms, Vernon says THE WHOLE PLACE NEEDS A GOOD
SHAKE UP!
IT NEEDS TO MOVE WITH THE TIMES,
ASHFORDLY ESTATE!

Jake says YOU WOULDN'T BE SAYING THAT
IF IT WERE YOUR JOB ON THE LINE!

Jake is in his thirties, with short straight brown hair and wears a brown leather jacket.

Vernon says IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU LOSE YOUR
JOB, JAKE!
JUST BECAUSE LORD ASHFORDLY'S
APPOINTED A NEW LAND AGENT.

Jake says HE'S COMING WITH A REPUTATION
AS A HATCHET MAN.
THERE'S WHOLE FAMILIES
FRIGHTENED FOR THEIR
LIVELIHOODS.

Oscar says AYE, AND SOME OF THOSE
FAMILIES HAVE WORKED ON THE
ESTATE FOR GENERATIONS.

Bernie says THERE'LL BE A RIGHT RUMPUS IF
HE STARTS LAYING FOLK OFF.

Vernon says IT'S ONLY THE SLACKERS THAT
NEED TO LOOK OUT.
ANYONE WHO DOES A DECENT DAY'S
GRAFT HAS GOT NOTHING TO FEAR.

Oscar says IT'S A GOOD JOB YOU DON'T
WORK THERE THEN.

Phil says ALL I WANT TO TELL HER, ALF,
IS HOW MUCH I MISS HER.
AND THAT I'M OVERWHELMED WITH
JOY AT THE THOUGHT OF BECOMING A
DAD.

Alf says WELL, YOU SHOULD.

Phil says OH, I'VE TRIED.
BUT WHEN WE DO MANAGE TO TALK,
ALL WE SEEM TO DISCUSS IS HOW'S
THE WEATHER OVER THERE AND IS
OSCAR MISSING HER BEHIND THE
BAR?

Alf says I KNOW, IT'S NOT EASY.
ANYROAD, MRS. VENTRESS IS
EXPECTING ME.
I SOMETIMES WISH SHE WAS THE
OTHER SIDE OF THE PENNINE CHAIN.
(CHUCKLING)

Nat walks in and says EVENING, MR. BELLAMY.

Phil says NAT.
LOOK, UH, YOU GO ON, ALF.
I THINK NAT MIGHT HAVE SOMETHING
FOR ME.

Alf says OH.
RIGHT.
SEE YOU, OSCAR.

Nat says YOU KNOW I'M STRAIGHT THESE
DAYS, MR. BELLAMY.

Phil says STRAIGHTISH, TO BE MORE
ACCURATE.

Nat says FAIR ENOUGH.
BUT I DON'T GET INVOLVED
WITH ANYTHING TOO DODGY.

Phil says OH, JUST SPIT IT OUT, MAN.

Nat says IT'S KNOWN I'M HANDY BEHIND
THE WHEEL OF A CAR, WHICH IS WHY
I STILL GET APPROACHED TO DO
GETAWAY WORK, WHICH I ALWAYS
TURN DOWN.

Phil says OF COURSE.

Nat says THERE'S A GANG UP FROM
LONDON LOOKING FOR A DRIVER WHO
KNOWS THE LOCAL ROADS.
I TOLD THEM TO GET LOST.
THEY UPPED THE MONEY.
I STILL SAID NO.
THEY WEREN'T TOO PLEASED.
THEY'VE BEEN FOLLOWING ME.
THEY'RE HEAVY DUTY, MR. BELLAMY.
THEY'VE GOT GUNS.

Phil says RIGHT.
TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU KNOW
ABOUT THE JOB THEY'RE PLANNING,
WHEN IT'S DUE TO GO OFF.
EVERYTHING.

Nat says AN ARMED ROBBERY, IN THE
ASHFORDLY AREA, TWO OR THREE
DAYS TIME.

Oscar says BELLAMY!
GINA, ON THE PHONE FROM
LIVERPOOL.

Phil says OH, RIGHT.
LOOK, NAT, I'VE GOT TO TAKE THIS
CALL.
LOOK, JUST HANG ON A MINUTE.
ALL RIGHT?

On the phone, Phil says NO, WE'VE NOT HAD MUCH RAIN HERE
EITHER.
ACTUALLY, LOVE, WHEN ARE YOU
PLANNING ON COMING BACK?
GINA?
LOOK, GINA, GIVE ME YOUR PHONE
NUMBER AND I'LL CALL YOU BACK.
GINA?
GI...
(DIAL TONE PLAYING)

He goes back to the table and sees Nat has left.

He says WHERE'S HE GONE TO?

Oscar says NO IDEA.

He runs out but can't find him.

(SIGHING)

The next day at the station, Merton says AN ARMED ROBBERY?
AND YOU WALTZ OFF TO TALK TO
YOUR GIRLFRIEND?

Phil says WELL, I'M SORRY, SARGE.
WE JUST KEPT MISSING EACH OTHER
EVERY TIME SHE TRIED TO PHONE.

Merton says I'M NOT INTERESTED!
A SNOUT GIVING YOU INFORMATION
LIKE THAT- YOU SHOULD HAVE STUCK
TO HIM LIKE GLUE!

Alf says WE KNOW HE WANTS TO TALK TO
PHIL, SARGE, IT'S JUST A
QUESTION OF WAITING FOR HIM TO
MAKE CONTACT AGAIN.

Merton says OH, NO IT ISN'T.
IT'S A QUESTION OF GETTING ROUND
TO HIS HOUSE NOW AND SQUEEZING
EVERY LAST DETAIL OUT OF HIM!

Phil says NO, I'M SORRY SARGE.
I PROMISED NAT I WOULDN'T
CONTACT HIM AT HOME.
I MIGHT EXPOSE HIM AS AN
INFORMER.

Merton says I DON'T CARE!
WE NEED HARD INFORMATION AND
FAST!
MOVE IT!
CRANE, YOU KNOW WHAT THIS NAT
WILLMOTT LOOKS LIKE, DON'T YOU?

Steve says 'FRAID NOT, SARGE.
IT'S BEFORE MY TIME.

Merton says ALL RIGHT THEN.
VENTRESS, IN CASE HE'S NOT AT
HOME, YOU CHECK OUT HIS HAUNTS
IN TOWN.
NICK HIM IF NECESSARY BUT GET
HIM IN HERE.

Alf says RIGHT, SARGE.

Merton says NEEDED TO TALK TO HIS
GIRLFRIEND!
IT'S UNBELIEVABLE.

Liz visits Wilf at Ashfordly estate.

Wilf says THERE'S TILES MISSING
OFF ALL THESE ROOFS.
THE WATER SEEPS IN.

Liz says YOU SAY YOU'VE REPORTED THIS?

Wilf says TO THE AGENT.
HE WERE MORE INTERESTED IN THE
WELL-BEING OF THE ESTATE'S
LIVESTOCK THAN ITS WORKFORCE.

Liz says THEY SAY THERE'S A NEW MAN
TAKING OVER?

Wilf says THEY RECKON THIS ONE'S GOING
TO BE EVEN TIGHTER ABOUT
SPENDING MONEY.

He coughs heavily.

Liz says WELL, HE'S GONNA HAVE TO DO
SOMETHING.
THIS IS A DEFINITE HEALTH RISK.

Ben Norton arrives at Ashfordly Hall. He's in his thirties, with short straight brown hair and wears a gray three-piece suit, white shirt and red tie.

(DOG BARKING)

Lord Ashfrodly says BEN!
WELCOME!
SPOT ON TIME, TOO.
VERY GOOD.

Ben says THANK YOU, MY LORD.
IT'S GOOD TO BE HERE.

Lord Ashfrodly says IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU.
COME ON IN.
HOW WAS YOUR JOURNEY?

Ben says FINE, THANK YOU, YES.
LORD ARREN SENDS HIS REGARDS.

Lord Ashfrodly says HOW IS HE?

Ben says VERY WELL.

Lord Ashfrodly says WHAT IMPRESSED ME AT THE
INTERVIEW WAS YOUR KEENNESS TO
GET TO GRIPS WITH FIGURES,
PAPERWORK AND SO FORTH.

Ben says WELL, ESTATE MANAGEMENT'S
LIKE ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
IF THE BOOKS DON'T BALANCE,
WE'RE ALL IN TROUBLE.

Lord Ashfrodly says WELL, GOOD.
EXCELLENT.
THE LAST CHAP I HAD NEVER SEEMED
TO GRASP THAT.
TO BE FRANK, THE WHOLE WAY WE'VE
MANAGED THINGS HERE NEEDS A
JOLLY GOOD SORT OUT.
YOU'VE A FREE HAND.

Ben says MM, I RELISH THE CHALLENGE.

Lord Ashfrodly says RIGHT, WELL, LET'S TAKE A
SPIN AROUND THE ESTATE, SHALL
WE?
SHOW YOU WHAT'S WHAT.

Ben says GREAT.

At Bernie's garage, Vernon says OH, THAT'S TYPICAL OF
THIS COUNTRY!

Bernie says WHAT IS?

Vernon says PIECE HERE ABOUT LORD
ELSINBY.
"HE TRANSFORMED HIS COUNTRY
ESTATE FROM A MEDIEVAL
MAUSOLEUM INTO ONE OF THE
COUNTRY'S FAVOURITE FUN PARKS."

David says OH, I'VE BEEN THERE!
THEY'VE GOT ONE OF THOSE SAFARI
PARKS, YOU KNOW LIKE WITH WILD
ANIMALS AND THAT- LIONS, TIGERS,
GERBILS.
WELL, THE GERBILS AREN'T IN
THE...
THEY'RE IN THE CHILDREN'S ZOO.

Vernon says ANYWAY, HE HAD THE LOT!
HE HAD A FUNFAIR, MINIATURE
RAILWAY, GO-KARTING.
AN ENTREPRENEURIAL MAN OF
VISION WHO MOVED WITH THE TIMES
AND MADE HIMSELF A FEW BOB.

Bernie says SO WHAT ARE YOU GETTING ET
UP ABOUT, THEN?

Vernon says WELL, HE POPPED HIS CLOGS
LAST MONTH AND THE FAMILY ARE
FACING CRIPPLING DEATH DUTIES.
THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO SELL
OFF THE WHOLE ESTATE.

David says WHAT, EVEN THE GERBILS?

Vernon says YES, DAVID, EVEN THE FLAMING
GERBILS!
THAT'S THE TROUBLE WITH THIS
COUNTRY.
IF YOU DO GET OFF YOUR BACKSIDE
AND ACTUALLY ACHIEVE SOMETHING,
THEY PENALIZE YOU.

Bernie says YOU'VE GOT NO WORRIES THERE
THEN.

Vernon says SAYS THEY CAN'T SELL THE
ESTATE AS A WHOLE AND ARE GONNA
HAVE TO FLOG IT OFF IN BITS
AND PIECES.
ALTHOUGH THINKING ABOUT IT, THAT
MIGHT JUST REPRESENT AN
OPPORTUNE AND TIMELY VENTURE.

Bernie says OH, DEAR.
HE'S JUST GOT OFF HIS BACKSIDE.
ALWAYS A WORRYING SIGN IS THAT.

A song plays that goes LOOK THROUGH ANY WINDOW YEAH
WHAT DO YOU SEE?
SMILING FACES ALL AROUND
RUSHING THROUGH
THE BUSY TOWN
WHERE DO THEY GO?
MOVING ON THEIR WAY
WALKING DOWN HIGHWAYS
AND THE BY-WAYS
WHERE DO THEY GO?

Phil knocks on Nat's door and says NAT, ARE YOU THERE?
PHIL BELLAMY.
WE NEED TO TALK.
NAT?

He leaves a message through the mail slit.

The song continues AND YOU CAN SEE THE LITTLE
CHILDREN ALL AROUND
MRS. WILLMOTT, ARE YOU IN THERE?
HELLO?
AND YOU CAN SEE THE LITTLE
LADIES IN THEIR GOWNS
WHEN YOU LOOK THROUGH ANY
WINDOW, YEAH
ANY TIME OF DAY
SEE THE DRIVERS ON THE ROADS
PULLING DOWN
THEIR HEAVY LOADS

At the station, Steve says over the radio says RIGHT, PHIL, I'LL TELL HIM.
OVER AND OUT.
PHIL SAYS THERE'S NO ONE IN AT
THE WILLMOTTS' HOUSE.
HE'S LEFT A NOTE ASKING HIM TO
CONTACT US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
THOUGH.

Merton says WHAT ABOUT VENTRESS?

Steve says NOTHING.

A middle-aged woman in a furry coat walks in.

Steve says GOOD MORNING, MADAM.
HOW CAN I HELP YOU?

Daisy says IT'S ME HUSBAND.
HE'S DISAPPEARED.

Steve says HOW DO YOU MEAN, DISAPPEARED?

Daisy says WELL, HE'S NOT BEEN BACK ALL
NIGHT.

Merton says MISSING FOR JUST THE ONE
NIGHT THEN?

Daisy says YEAH BUT HE'S NEVER DONE IT
BEFORE.

Merton says WELL, IF I MIGHT BE FRANK,
MADAM, IN OUR EXPERIENCE WHEN A
MAN DOESN'T COME HOME TO HIS
WIFE FOR A NIGHT, IT'S USUALLY
FOR ONE OF THREE REASONS.
EITHER THERE'S BEEN A DOMESTIC
ROW...

Steve says OR HE'S GOT INTO AN ALL NIGHT
DRINKING SESSION WITH HIS PALS...

Merton says --OR POSSIBLY HE'S WITH
ANOTHER WOMAN.

Daisy says NO, MY NAT AND I DON'T ROW
AND HE NEVER DRINKS TO EXCESS.
AND HE RECKONS DEALING WITH ONE
WOMAN AT A TIME IS ENOUGH FOR
ANY MAN.

Merton says DID YOU SAY NAT?

Daisy says NAT WILLMOTT, ME HUSBAND!
HE'S DISAPPEARED!
I'M VERY CONCERNED.

At Ashfordly estate, Lord Ashfordly says AS I SAID ON THE TELEPHONE,
I'VE ALWAYS PUT A HIGH PRIORITY
ON THE WELFARE OF MY EMPLOYEES,
DOCTOR.

Liz says WELL, IT HASN'T BEEN VERY
EFFECTIVE.
THOSE COTTAGES ARE TERRIBLY
RUN DOWN.

Lord Ashfordly says WHICH IS EXACTLY WHY I'VE
HIRED BEN NORTON.
HE'S GOT THE RIGHT PEDIGREE.
TOP DEGREE FROM AGRICULTURAL
COLLEGE, SECOND IN COMMAND ON
THE HUGE ARREN ESTATE, AND
FIRST CLASS REFERENCES.
NOW, DO GO IN.

At the station, Merton says LEAVE IT TO US, MRS.
WILLMOTT.
LET US KNOW IMMEDIATELY IF HE
DOES SHOW UP.

Daisy says YEAH, THANKS.

Merton says RIGHT, DETAILS OF HIS CAR
AND PLATE NUMBER.
I'LL PUT OUT AN ALERT ON IT.
MAKE ENQUIRIES, KNOWN
ACQUAINTANCES, CRONIES IN PUBS,
THE BOOKIES ETCETERA.

Phil says YES, SARGE.

Merton says AND YOU, VENTRESS.

Alf says BUT YOU'LL NEED SOMEONE TO
WORK THE RADIO AND ANSWER THE
PHONES.

Merton says OH, NO I WON'T.
I'LL NEED YOU ALL ON YOUR FEET
AND OUT IN THE STREETS!
FIND HIM.

At Ashfordly Hall, Lord Ashfordly walks in the office and says AH, BEN.
I'D LIKE YOU TO MEET OUR LOCAL
GP, DOCTOR LIZ MERRICK.

Liz says PLEASED TO MEET YOU, MR.
NORTON.

Ben says I'D SAY THE PLEASURE'S
ENTIRELY MINE.

Lord Ashfordly says LIZ IS A BIT CONCERNED ABOUT
THE STATE OF SOME OF THE TIED
COTTAGES, HOW THEY MIGHT BE
AFFECTING THE HEALTH OF HER
PATIENTS.

Ben says AH, YES.
I'VE UNEARTHED A COUPLE OF
LETTERS FROM, UH, WHAT I TAKE TO
BE MY PREDECESSOR'S
CORRESPONDENCE FILE.

Lord Ashfordly says I'M AFRAID THE LAST CHAP
WASN'T TOO STRONG ON THE
PAPERWORK, LIZ.

Ben says "TILES MISSING, LEAKY ROOF,
DAMP IN BEDROOMS," THAT IT?

Liz says YES, I'VE SEEN IT FOR MYSELF.
IT'S DISGRACEFUL TO EXPECT
PEOPLE TO LIVE IN THOSE
CONDITIONS.

Ben says MMM, I AGREE.
I'M FORMULATING A PROPOSAL TO
DEAL WITH THE WHOLE MATTER OF
THESE COTTAGES.

Lord Ashfordly says THERE YOU ARE, YOU SEE!
ON THE BALL ALREADY.
WE'LL LEAVE YOU TO IT THEN, BEN.

Liz says I'D GIVE IT URGENT PRIORITY.

Ben says FOR A DOCTOR AS CHARMING AS
YOU, THAT SHOULDN'T BE A
PROBLEM.

Liz says MR. NORTON, PLEASE DON'T
PATRONIZE ME.
BRONCHITIS IS NOTHING TO SMILE
ABOUT.

Liz walks away.

Lord Ashfordly says ACTUALLY, FOR A WOMAN, I
GATHER SHE'S A DAMN GOOD DOCTOR.

Ben chuckles.

A song goes THAT'S RIGHT, BABY
IT SEEMS TO ME YOU'VE WON
SLEEP TIGHT, BABY
YOU HAD A LOT OF FUN
YOU TRIED TO MAKE A FOOL
OUT OF ME
AND I'M THE FOOL
WHO JUST COULDN'T SEE

The cops go around the town looking for Nat.

Phil approaches a car similar to Nat's but realizes it's a woman's car.

Lord Ashfordly walks in the pub and says AH, BLAKETON.
I'D LIKE YOU TO MEET MY NEW
RIGHT HAND MAN, BEN NORTON.

Oscar says AH, HOW DO YOU DO?

Ben says HOW DO YOU DO?

Lord Ashfordly says THOUGHT I'D INTRODUCE HIM TO
THE LOCAL WATERING HOLE.
TWO PINTS OF BEST, I THINK, IF
YOU'D BE SO KIND.

Ben says JUST A HALF FOR ME, THANKS.
I WANT TO GET STUCK IN THIS
AFTERNOON.

Lord Ashfordly says KEEN AS MUSTARD, THIS FELLA!
HE'LL SHAKE THE PLACE UP, I CAN
TELL YOU.

Oscar says AND THAT'S A GOOD THING, IS
IT?

Lord Ashfordly says WELL, THE BANK THINKS SO,
YES.
APPARENTLY I NEED SOME FIGURES
IN BLACK ON MY STATEMENT.

Oscar says SO, THESE RUMOURS ABOUT
REDUNDANCIES COULD BE TRUE,
THEN?

Ben says OH, I'M ASSESSING ALL ASPECTS
OF MANAGEMENT.
BUT IF WE NEED TO RATIONALIZE
THE WORKFORCE TO PRODUCE A
LEANER BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT,
THEN WE WILL.

Oscar says IN PLAIN ENGLISH, THAT'S YES,
THEN?

Lord Ashfordly says COME ON, OSCAR.
THAT'S CONFIDENTIAL.
LET'S TAKE A PEW, SHALL WE, BEN?

Vernon says MR. NORTON.
VERNON SCRIPPS.
LORD ASHFORDLY KNOWS ME AS ONE
OF THE DRIVING FORCES OF THE
BUSINESS COMMUNITY HERE IN
AIDENSFIELD.

Ben says OH, RIGHT.
GOOD TO MEET YOU.

Vernon says IT'S A PLEASURE TO HEAR WE'VE
GOT A MAN OF VISION AND
ENTERPRISE AT ASHFORDLY HALL.

Ben says OH, DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT.
MY BRIEF'S SIMPLY TO PUT THINGS
ON A MORE COMMERCIAL BASIS.

Vernon says AH.
SO, YOU'D BE OPEN TO ANY MONEY
MAKING IDEAS APPROPRIATE FOR AN
ESTATE OF THAT SIZE?

Ben says DEFINITELY.
IF YOU HAVE A PROPOSITION, MY
DOOR, AS THEY SAY, IS ALWAYS
OPEN.
EXCUSE ME.

Vernon says YES.
YES, HE'S VERY PROMISING.

Oscar says HMM.
SEEMS TO ME HIS PLAN TO BALANCE
THE BOOKS IS JUST SIMPLY
THROW PEOPLE OUT OF WORK.

Vernon says THESE OLD ESTATES, OSCAR,
HAVE GOT TO EVOLVE.
YOU'VE GOT TO MOVE WITH THE
TIMES.

Phil walks back into the station and says SARGE.
HE'S NOT BEEN SEEN BY ANYONE
IN THE TOWN SINCE YESTERDAY.
BUT HE'S A SURVIVOR, IS NAT.
HE'LL BE ALL RIGHT.

Merton says IT'S NOT HIM I'M WORRIED
ABOUT!
WE'VE THE PROSPECT OF AN ARMED
RAID HERE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF
DAYS AND NO IDEA WHAT THE
TARGET IS!
WE'VE BANKS, POST OFFICES,
WAREHOUSES.
FIRMS WITH WAGES DELIVERIES.
WE CAN'T WATCH OUT FOR THEM ALL.

Steve says COULDN'T WE GET DIVISION TO
DRAFT IN MORE MEN, SARGE?

Merton says WELL, I WAS HOPING WE'D FIND
NAT WILLMOTT FIRST.
THEN I'D HAVE SOMETHING FIRMER
TO TELL THEM.
AS IT IS, I HAVE TO INFORM HQ
THAT THERE MAY BE A ROBBERY
PLANNED BUT WE'VE NO DETAIL
ON IT.
EMBARRASSING, GIVEN THE REASONS
FOR OUR LACK OF INFORMATION.
(KNOCKING AT DOOR)

Jenny knocks on Liz's office.

Liz says COME IN.

Jenny says UM, THERE'S A JAKE CLARKE,
A FORESTER ON THE ESTATE,
ASKING TO SEE YOU.

Liz says CAN'T HE WAIT TILL SURGERY?

Jenny says WELL, HE KNOWS YOU'VE BEEN TO
SEE LORD ASHFORDLY ABOUT THE
TIED COTTAGES AND HE'S GOT
SOMETHING TO TELL YOU ABOUT
THEM.

Liz says OKAY.

Jake walks in and says NO, PLEASE STAY.
THE MORE FOLK THAT KNOW WHAT'S
GOING ON, THE BETTER.

He shows her a memo and says IT'S A CONFIDENTIAL MEMO FROM
THE NEW AGENT NORTON TO LORD
ASHFORDLY.
SEEMS NORTON'S GOT A PLAN FOR
DOING UP THE TIED COTTAGES ON
THE ESTATE.

Jenny says WELL, THEY NEED DOING UP,
DON'T THEY?

Jake says TELL HER, DOCTOR.
TELL HER WHAT HIS LITTLE PLAN
IS.

Liz says MR. NORTON IS RECOMMENDING
THAT THE TENANTS BE MOVED OUT
WHILST RENOVATION TAKES PLACE.
THEIR JOBS WOULD GO UNDER
"LABOUR FORCE RATIONALIZATION."
AND THE RENOVATED COTTAGES WOULD
BE RENTED OUT AS PROFITABLE
HOLIDAY LETS.
WHERE DID YOU GET THIS?

Jake says SOMEONE ON THE OLD STAFF GOT
IT TO ME.
DON'T TELL ANYONE I GAVE IT YOU.
MY JOB COULD BE AT RISK.
I JUST THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW
WHAT'S AFOOT, DOCTOR.
(SIGHING)

In his office, Merton talks on the phone and says NO, I APPRECIATE IT'S NOT
MUCH TO GO ON, SIR, BUT THE
SOURCE IS USUALLY RELIABLE.
AH, WELL I'M AFRAID MY OFFICER
WAS CALLED AWAY ON OTHER
BUSINESS FOR A MOMENT AND...
YES, SIR.
NO BACKUP WITHOUT CONCRETE
INFO, UNDERSTOOD.
YES, I'LL CALL YOU SOON AS WE
HAVE ANYTHING DEFINITE.
(SIGHING)

At Bernie's garage, Vernon talks on the phone and says ELSINBY ESTATES?
AH, GOOD AFTERNOON.
VERNON SCRIPPS HERE, MANAGING
DIRECTOR OF SCRIPPS BUSINESS
ENVIRONMENTS.

Bernie looks up, shakes his head, rolls his eyes and sighs.

At a meeting in Aidensfield Arms, Jake says WE SHOULD REFUSE TO WORK
UNTIL ASHFORDLY GETS RID OF HIM!
(SHOUTING IN CONSENT)

Oscar says HANG ON A MINUTE, JAKE!
YOU'VE ALL GOT FAMILIES TO FEED.
I MEAN, STRIKING NOW WILL BRING
MISERY TO YOU SOONER THAN IT
WILL TO LORD ASHFORDLY.

Jake says SO, SHOULD WE LET HIM GET
AWAY WITH TURFING PEOPLE LIKE
WILF HERE OUT THEIR HOMES AND
OUT THEIR JOBS?
(COUGHING)

Oscar says LOOK, I'M JUST SUGGESTING YOU
GET LEGAL ADVICE ON TENANCY
RIGHTS, EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS.
THEN YOU'LL KNOW WHERE YOU
STAND.

Jake says WHO'S GONNA PAY?
ASHFORDLY'S GOT AN ARMY OF
LAWYERS TO FIGHT HIS CORNER!
NO, I SAY WE HIT HIM WHERE IT
HURTS- IN HIS POCKET!
DOWN TOOLS.
WITHOUT A WORKFORCE, THAT
ESTATE'S UNMANAGEABLE!

(CROWD MURMURING IN AGREEMENT)

Liz says JAKE, BEFORE YOU TAKE A STEP
LIKE THAT, YOU SHOULD YOU TALK
TO LORD ASHFORDLY.
WHEN HE SEES THE STRENGTH OF
YOUR FEELING, HE MAY RECONSIDER.

Jake says HE'S HIRED NORTON TO GET RID
OF WORKERS AND USE THEIR HOMES
FOR PROFIT!
WE WANT NORTON OUT AND THE BEST
WAY TO DO THAT IS TO STRIKE!

The crowd says YES!

Liz says LORD ASHFORDLY'S A DECENT
MAN.
SOMEBODY SHOULD TALK TO HIM.

Oscar says WELL, HE MAY BE A DECENT MAN
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE NEW BLOKE?
WHAT DID YOU MAKE OF HIM?

Liz looks at Jenny and purses her lips.

Later at home, Jenny says THEY'RE ALL VERY ANGRY,
DENNIS, AND EVERY RIGHT TO BE.
THINGS COULD TURN UGLY ON
ASHFORDLY ESTATE.

Merton says GREAT.
THAT'S ALL I NEED.

Jenny says HAD A BAD DAY?

Merton says GOT A DRESSING DOWN FROM HQ,
THAT'S ALL.

Jenny says WHY?

Merton says UGH.
PHIL BELLAMY WAS BEING GIVEN A
TIP OFF ABOUT AN ARMED ROBBERY.
HE BROKE OFF TO TAKE A PHONE
CALL FROM GINA!
CAN YOU CREDIT IT?
BY THE TIME HE'D FINISHED
WHISPERING SWEET NOTHINGS THE
SNOUT HAD GONE.
I HAD TO COVER FOR HIM WHEN I
REPORTED TO DIVISION.
THE STUPID IDIOT!

Jenny says THAT'S A BIT HARSH.

Merton says WHY?
IT WAS AN IDIOTIC THING TO DO!

Jenny says PEOPLE HAVE PRIVATE LIVES AS
WELL.
GINA'S PREGNANT WITH HIS BABY.
I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY HE'D WANT
TO TALK TO HER.

Merton says OH MAYBE, BUT NOT IF IT
PUTS LIVES AT RISK.
IT'S A QUESTION OF PRIORITIES.

Jenny says AND THE JOB'S ALWAYS THE
PRIORITY FOR YOU!
WE'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE, HAVEN'T
WE?
YOU KNOW, I'M REALLY GLAD THAT
PHIL PUTS HIS WIFE-TO-BE AND
FUTURE CHILD BEFORE WORK.
AND IF I RANG YOU FROM LIVERPOOL
OR SOMEPLACE, I HOPE YOU MIGHT
AT LEAST BE BOTHERED TO SAY
HELLO.
WHATEVER YOU WERE DOING!

She storms out.

(DOOR SLAMMING)
(PHONE RINGING)

Merton picks up and says YES, MERTON.
STEVE, YES, WHAT IS IT?

In a phone booth by the road, Steve says IT'S ABANDONED IN A FIELD OFF
THE OLD WHITBY ROAD.
NO, THERE'S NO SIGN OF NAT.
BUT THERE ARE BLOOD STAINS IN
THE CAR.

Merton meets Steve by the roar and they check the abandoned car.

Steve says THERE'S SEVERAL SETS OF
FOOTPRINTS, SARGE.

Merton says IT'S POSSIBLE HE WAS ABDUCTED
AFTER A STRUGGLE, DRAGGED TO
ANOTHER VEHICLE, THEN AWAY.
WHOEVER THESE PEOPLE ARE, IT
SEEMS LIKE THEY MEAN BUSINESS.

The next morning at the same spot, Phil says I COULD TELL HE WAS
FRIGHTENED.
I SHOULD NEVER HAVE LEFT HIM.

Steve says THIS IS NOT YOUR FAULT, PHIL.

Merton says NOT MUCH FOR FORENSICS TO GO
ON.

Phil says IF THEY'VE DONE HIM SERIOUS
HARM I'LL NEVER FORGIVE MYSELF.

Steve says THEY WON'T HARM HIM TOO MUCH
IF THEY WANT HIM TO DRIVE THE
GETAWAY CAR.

Merton says WELL, THEY MAY HAVE GIVEN UP
ON THAT.
COULD JUST BE HOLDING HIM SO HE
DOESN'T BLAB BEFORE THE ROBBERY.

Phil says AND AFTERWARDS?
HE KNOWS TOO MUCH.

Merton says NAT SAID THEY WERE A LONDON
GANG, DIDN'T HE?

Phil says YEAH.

Merton says SO THEY MUST BE LIVING IN
TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION THEN,
LOCALLY- WHERE?
A HOTEL, GUESTHOUSE, B and B?
RENTED COTTAGE?
COME ON, WE HAVEN'T MUCH TIME.

At the garage, Bernie says I'VE A LOT ON TODAY!
I COULD DO WITH DAVID STAYING
HERE GIVING ME A HAND.

Vernon says I NEED HIM IN A CHAUFFEURING
CAPACITY, BERNARD.
I WANT TO MAKE THE RIGHT
IMPRESSION.

Bernie says WHO WITH?
THIS IS SOME NONSENSE TO DO WITH
THE ELSINBY FUN PARK, ISN'T IT?

Vernon says IT IS NOT NONSENSE, BERNARD.
ENTERTAINMENT IS A BIG PART OF
THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT ON POSH
ESTATES TODAY.

Bernie says VERNON, IF YOU WANT TO CREATE
THE RIGHT IMPRESSION, YOU SHOULD
GO DRESSED AS A CLOWN.

David says IS THAT WHERE WE'RE GOING,
MR. VERNON, ELSINBY HALL?

Vernon says YES, DAVID.

David says WELL, CAN WE GO AND SEE THE
GERBILS?

Vernon says JUST GET IN AND DRIVE, WILL
YOU?
(CAR APPROACHING)

Liz arrives at Ashfordly estate.

Ben meets her at the entrance and says MORNING, DOCTOR.

Liz says MR. NORTON.

Ben says PLEASE, CALL ME BEN.

Liz says I'M ON MY WAY TO SEE LORD
ASHFORDLY.

Ben says AH, HE'S NOT HERE, I'M
AFRAID.
HE'S AWAY ON BUSINESS UNTIL
TOMORROW.
ANYTHING I CAN HELP WITH?

Liz says COULD WE TALK IN YOUR OFFICE?

Ben says IT'D BE A PLEASURE.
SEE YOU THERE.

As the walk in the office, Ben says YOU'LL HAVE TO EXCUSE THE
MESS, I'M AFRAID.
I'M GETTING THERE.
CAN I OFFER YOU A TEA, COFFEE?

Liz says NOTHING, THANK YOU.

Ben says HAVE A SEAT.

Liz says I'LL STAND IF THAT'S ALL
RIGHT.

Ben says ARE YOU ALWAYS LIKE THIS?
AREN'T DOCTORS SUPPOSED TO
CULTIVATE A FRIENDLY BEDSIDE
MANNER?
OR PERHAPS I'VE DONE SOMETHING
TO OFFEND YOU.

Liz says NOT ME, BUT QUITE A FEW OTHER
PEOPLE.

Liz shows him the memo.

Ben says OH.
WHO GAVE YOU THIS?

Liz says NEVER MIND WHO GAVE IT TO ME.
THE PEOPLE YOU'RE PROPOSING TO
EVICT ARE MY PATIENTS.
NOW, WILF LANGTON HAS WORKED ON
THIS ESTATE ALL HIS LIFE.
HE'S WORKED HARD OUT IN ALL
WEATHERS, AND HARDLY EVER MISSED
A DAY THROUGH ILLNESS.
AND HOW DO YOU REPAY HIS
LOYALTY?

Ben says LIZ, LISTEN...

Liz says DON'T CALL ME LIZ, AND YOU
LISTEN!
I DON'T KNOW WHAT SORT OF
BUSINESS ETHICS THEY TEACH IN
AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE BUT I THINK
TURNING HARD WORKING PEOPLE OUT
OF THEIR HOMES AND JOBS IS
APPALLING!
DOING IT SIMPLY TO EXPLOIT THEIR
HOMES FOR PROFIT IS BARBARIC.
YES, BARBARIC!
NOW, YOU MIGHT THINK THAT YOU'RE
QUITE SOMETHING BUT IN MY EYES
YOU'RE NOT.

Ben says AND THAT'S YOUR CONSIDERED
OPINION, IS IT, DR. MERRICK?

Liz says YES, IT IS.

Ben says WELL, THEN I'M GLAD YOU'RE
NOT MY GP.
I PREFER SOMEONE TO MAKE A
DIAGNOSIS BASED ON FACT!

Liz says I CAN READ, MR. NORTON, AND
THE FACTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES!
YOU WON'T GET AWAY WITH THIS
WITHOUT A FIGHT.
I PROMISE YOU THAT.

David drives Vernon to Lord Elsinby's estate.

(TINNY MUSIC PLAYING ON RADIO)

The song says THE STATELY HOMES OF ENGLAND,
HOW BEAUTIFUL THEY STAND
TO PROVE THE UPPER CLASSES
HAVE STILL THE UPPER HAND
THOUGH THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE
TO BE REBUILT
AND FREQUENTLY MORTGAGED TO
THE HILT
IS INCLINED TO TAKE THE GILT
OFF THE GINGERBREAD
AND CERTAINLY DAMPS THE FUN
OF THE ELDEST SON

Spooner meets them at the entrance and says YES, A SORRY STORY.
THE FAMILY'S IN SUCH A PARLOUS
STATE THEY'RE EVEN SELLING OFF
HER LADYSHIP'S JEWELLERY.

Spooner is in his fifties, with short wavy gray hair and wears green trousers, rubber boots, a gingham shirt, a gray vest, a brown coat and a gray hat.

Vernon says REALLY?

Spooner says IT'S GOING TO THE PRESTIGIOUS
FAWCETT COLLECTION IN NEW YORK.

Vernon says SHAME.
ANYWAY, AS I SAID, I'VE A
CLIENT WHO'S IN THE MARKET FOR
SOME OF THE GEAR YOU'RE
SHIFTING.

Spooner says MOST OF IT'S SPOKEN FOR
ALREADY, I'M AFRAID, MR.
SCRIPPS.

Vernon says SPOKEN FOR?

Spooner says A FAIRGROUND IN BLACKPOOL'S
BOUGHT THE BIG WHEEL.
A LARGE ESTATE IN WILTSHIRE'S
TAKING OUR SAFARI STOCK.

David says WHAT ABOUT THE GERBILS?

Spooner says GERBILS?
A CHILDREN'S ZOO IN ACCRINGTON'S
HAVING THOSE, I BELIEVE.

Vernon says NEVER MIND ABOUT THE GERBILS,
DAVID!
WHAT'S LEFT?

Spooner shows him a flyer and says IT IS QUITE A POPULAR
ATTRACTION.

Vernon and David go round on a miniature train.

(WHISTLE BLOWING)

David says CAN WE GO ROUND AGAIN,
PLEASE?

Spooner says WHY NOT?
WELL, MISTER SCRIPPS?

Vernon says I'M NOT SURE ABOUT THIS.

Spooner says IT'S BEEN VERY POPULAR HERE.
A GOOD MONEY SPINNER.
SIX CARRIAGES, SIX SEATS IN
EACH, TWO SHILLINGS A RIDE,
THAT'S, UH...

Vernon says THREE POUNDS 12.

Spooner says FOUR TRIPS AN HOUR.

Vernon says 14 POUNDS EIGHT SHILLINGS.

Spooner says TEN HOURS A DAY, PEAK SUMMER
MONTHS.

Vernon says THAT'S OVER 100 POUNDS!
WHAT DO I GET FOR THE ASKING
PRICE?

Spooner says EVERYTHING.
ENGINE, CARRIAGES, TRACK.
SIGNAL BOX.

David says EXCUSE ME.
IS THERE A GUARD'S HAT AND A
WHISTLE?

Spooner says WE'LL EVEN THROW THOSE IN.

Vernon says SO, WHAT ABOUT DISMANTLING
AND SHIPPING?

Spooner says WE'LL ARRANGE THAT.

Vernon says AYE.
WELL, YOU'VE GOT A DEAL THEN.

Spooner says EXCELLENT!
DR. BEECHING MAY HAVE CLOSED
A FEW RAILWAY LINES DOWN.
YOU'LL BE KNOWN FOR OPENING ONE
UP!

David says CAN I HAVE A GO AT THE
WHISTLE?

Vernon says EVEN BETTER THAN THAT,
DAVID.
YOU CAN DRIVE IT.
AND THEN YOU'LL BE DOING WHAT
YOU DO BEST.

David says WHAT'S THAT?

Vernon says GOING ROUND IN CIRCLES ALL
DAY.
(WHISTLE TOOTING)

On the phone at the station, Alf says ASHFORDLY POLICE, MRS. AMOS.
HAVE YOU HAD ANY PEOPLE WITH A
LONDON ACCENT ASKING FOR ROOMS
RECENTLY?
OH.
YOU DON'T B and B ANYMORE.
ALL RIGHT.
NO, FINE, THANKS.
SORRY, SARGE.

Merton says WE'RE GETTING NOWHERE, AREN'T
WE?

Over the radio, Steve says DELTA ALPHA TWO FOUR TO
CONTROL.

Merton says YES, STEVE, GO AHEAD.

Steve says A COUPLE OF POSSIBILITIES,
SARGE.
RECENT LETS OF PROPERTIES TO MEN
WHO GAVE LONDON ADDRESSES.

Merton says ALL RIGHT, YOU AND BELLAMY
CHECK IT OUT BUT GO CAREFULLY.

Steve says WILL DO, SARGE.

At Liz' office, Jenny says HE DIDN'T OFFER TO REVIEW THE
PLAN?

Liz says HE WAS ONLY INTERESTED IN HOW
I GOT HOLD OF HIS CONFIDENTIAL
MEMO.

Jenny says YOU DIDN'T TELL HIM?

Liz says OF COURSE NOT.

Jenny says SO HOW DID HE JUSTIFY WHAT
HE'S DOING?

Liz says TO BE HONEST, I DIDN'T GIVE
HIM MUCH OF A CHANCE.
I'M AFRAID I LOST MY TEMPER.
HIS WHOLE ATTITUDE MAKES ME VERY
ANGRY.

Jenny says HE SEEMS TO HAVE MADE A LOT
OF PEOPLE ANGRY.

At another meeting at Aidensfield Arms, Jake says NOW WE DOWN TOOLS FROM
TOMORROW!
(ALL SHOUTING)
WE'LL HOLD A DEMO WITH
PLACARDS DEMANDING THAT BEN
NORTON BE SACKED!
(SHOUTING IN AGREEMENT)

Oscar says WELL, HE'S ALWAYS BEEN A
BIT OF A HOT-HEAD, OUR JAKE.

Bernie says AYE, THAT'S TRUE ENOUGH.

Oscar says I MEAN, I AGREE WITH HIS
CAUSE, BUT SOMETIMES IT'S
ADVISABLE TO GO ABOUT THINGS
WITH A BIT OF CAUTION.

Bernie says I WISH YOU'D TELL THAT TO
VERNON.
HE'S HAD ANOTHER HAREBRAINED
GET RICH QUICK SCHEME.
TAKEN HIS CHEQUE BOOK WITH HIM,
LUMBERED HIMSELF WITH I DON'T
KNOW WHAT.
I FEAR THE WORST.

Oscar says AH, BERNIE.
WHERE WILL IT END?

(WHISTLE BLOWING)

Oscar walks in Ashfrodly police station and says I HOPE YOU LOT HAVEN'T GOT
MUCH ON TOMORROW.

Merton says OSCAR.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

Oscar says WELL, THE WORKFORCE UP AT THE
ASHFORDLY ESTATE ARE COMING OUT
ON STRIKE IN THE MORNING.
AND THEY'RE BLOCKING THE ROADS
IN AND OUT OF THE ESTATE.
IT'S GONNA NEED POLICING.

Merton says I HEARD ABOUT THESE COTTAGES.
WHAT'S LORD ASHFORDLY PLAYING
AT?

Oscar says I WOULDN'T BOTHER.
HE'S NOT BACK UNTIL TOMORROW.
IT'S THE NEW BLOKE THAT'S
STIRRING ALL THIS UP.
(DOG BARKING)

In the wooded area around Ashfordly estate, Ben confronts Steph and
SEPH, THERE'S A NUMBER OF
TREES BEEN FELLED AROUND HERE
RECENTLY.
CAN YOU TELL ME WHY?

Steph is in his early twenties with short red hair and wears brown trousers, a brown jacket, a patterned scarph and a gray flat hat.

Steph says DUNNO.
DISEASED OR SOMETHING.
I JUST DO WHAT I'M TOLD.

Ben says WHERE'S THE CHAP YOU WORK
WITH?
JAKE IS IT, JAKE CLARKE?

Steph says HE'S GONE TO A MEETING.
MOST OF THE ESTATE MEN ARE AT
IT.

Ben says MEETING?

Steph says THEY'VE GOT GRIEVANCES.

Ben says AND THEY THINK THEY CAN
DISCUSS THEM ON THE ESTATE'S
TIME, DO THEY?
IF THEY'RE NOT CAREFUL SOME MAY
FIND THEY HAVEN'T JOBS TO COME
BACK TO!

A song plays that goes I'M ON MY OWN
JUST WANNA ROAM
I TELL YOU NOW
DON'T WANT A HOME
I WANDER ROUND,
FEET OFF THE GROUND
I EVEN GO FROM TOWN TO TOWN
I SAID I THINK THIS LIFE
IS GRAND
SAY I'LL BE YOUR MAN
DON'T BRING ME DOWN, MAN
DON'T BRING ME DOWN
DON'T BRING ME DOWN

Phil and Steve visit Clive Masters' house.

Clive is in his fifties, bald and clean-shaven and wears moss green trousers, a gingham shirt and a brown vest.

He says GOOD AFTERNOON, SIR.

Clive says SOMETHING THE MATTER,
CONSTABLE?

Phil says JUST A ROUTINE CALL, SIR.
I GATHER YOU RECENTLY RENTED
THIS PROPERTY?

Clive says YES, I HAVE.

Phil says WELL, WE ALWAYS LIKE TO SAY
HELLO TO VISITORS IN OUR AREA,
ESPECIALLY IN REMOTE PLACES LIKE
THIS.

Clive says WELL, THAT'S MOST REASSURING.

Phil says YOU HERE ON BUSINESS
OR PLEASURE, SIR?

Clive says ENTIRELY FOR PLEASURE.

Steve says YOU COME ON YOUR OWN?

Clive says YES.
THE WIFE'S STRICTLY A BEACH AND
SUNTAN SORT OF PERSON.
I LOVE TO GET THE BOOTS ON, GO
UP IN THE HILLS HIKING.
SPOTTED A PAIR OF PEREGRINE
FALCONS THIS MORNING.
ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO POP IN FOR A
CUP OF TEA OR SOMETHING?

Steve says WE'D LOVE TO BUT I'M AFRAID
WE HAVE TO BE OFF.

Clive says OKAY.
WELL, UM, THANKS FOR CALLING BY.

Phil says THANK YOU.

Steve says NICE CHAP.

Phil says NICE CAR TOO.

They give a glance at plate number after they leave.

Clive goes back inside, turns to a beat up Nat and says I HOPE THAT PAIR ARE AS THICK
AS THEY LOOKED, 'CAUSE WE CAN
DO WITHOUT THE LOCAL LAW
STICKING THEIR OAR IN AT THIS
STAGE.
CAN'T WE, MY FRIEND?

One of Clive's men points his gun at him.

(MEN CHANTING)

Jake leads a protest at Ashfordly's estate.

The crowd chants NORTON OUT, NORTON OUT!

Jake stops a car from driving by and says YOU'LL NOT GET ON THE
ASHFORDLY ESTATE TODAY.
APPRECIATE IT IF YOU COULD TURN
AROUND, PLEASE.
THANK YOU.

The crowd chants NORTON OUT, NORTON OUT!
(CHEERING)

At the police station, Merton says IF THERE IS TO BE A ROBBERY,
IT'S LIKELY TO BE TODAY.
AND WITHOUT HARD INFO, DIVISION
STILL AREN'T PREPARED TO DRAFT
IN EXTRA MEN.
WE ALSO HAVE TO DEAL WITH A
DEMONSTRATION ON THE ASHFORDLY
ESTATE.
VENTRESS, YOU'D BETTER HANDLE
THAT.
YOU TWO I'D LIKE OUT ON PATROL,
SHOWING A PRESENCE.
WE CAN'T COVER EVERYTHING BUT
PARK UP OCCASIONALLY OUTSIDE THE
BANKS, THE POST OFFICE ET
CETERA.
THESE FIRMS ARE EXPECTING THE
WAGES VAN TODAY, SO KEEP AN EYE
OUT THERE, TOO.
I'LL MAN THE RADIO AND THE
PHONES AND RESPOND AS BACKUP
AS AND WHEN NECESSARY.
RIGHT, ON YOU GO.

Steve says SARGE.
(SPAGHETTI WESTERN
THEME MUSIC PLAYING)

Clive and his gang stops by the road.

Clive hands in guns to his men and says RIGHT, WE'RE ON.
SECURITY VAN'S ON ITS WAY TO
PICK UP THE GOODIES.
WAIT IN THAT SIDE ROAD.
BY THE TIME THE VAN GETS THERE,
I'LL BE RIGHT BEHIND THEM.

Meanwhile, Nat is tied inside a closet in Clive's house.

(CAR LEAVING OUTSIDE)

The workers at the protest chant NORTON OUT, OUT,
OUT!
NORTON OUT, OUT, OUT!
NORTON OUT, OUT, OUT!
(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

Lord Ashfordly pulls over.

He says WHAT THE DEVIL'S GOING ON
HERE?

Jake says ASK BEN NORTON, MY LORD.

Lord Ashfordly says BEN, WHY?

Jake says HE'S PLANNING ON THROWING
FAMILIES OUT THEIR HOMES, AND
WE'RE NOT GONNA STAND FOR IT,
ARE WE, LADS?

The workers say NO!

Lord Ashfordly says IF YOU'VE GOT A GRIEVANCE,
YOU COME UP TO THE HALL AND
DISCUSS IT IN A CIVILIZED
MANNER.
YOU DO NOT STAND IN THE ROAD
SHOUTING AT ME!

Jake says THERE'S NOTHING TO DISCUSS.
SACK NORTON, OR WE'LL NOT GO
BACK TO WORK!

Workers shout OUT, OUT, NORTON OUT!
OUT, OUT, NORTON OUT!
OUT, OUT, NORTON OUT!

Jake says WE MEAN IT, MY LORD.
HE GOES OR YOU'VE GOT NO
WORKFORCE.
OUT, OUT, OUT!
NORTON OUT!
OUT, OUT, NORTON OUT!
OUT, OUT, NORTON OUT!
OUT, OUT, NORTON OUT!

At the garage, Bernie says WILL YOU NEVER LEARN?
YOU'VE SPENT EVERY PENNY,
BORROWED UP TO THE HILT FOR A
TOY TRAIN!
IF YOU DON'T SELL IT ON
SHARPISH, YOU'RE BANKRUPT!

Vernon says BERNARD, YOU HAVE TO
SPECULATE TO ACCUMULATE.
IT'S THE GOLDEN RULE OF THE
BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT.

Bernie says CODSWALLOP!
YOU SHOULD HAVE HAD A DEFINITE
BUYER LINED UP.

Vernon says I HAVE!
BEN NORTON'S GOING TO HAVE IT
FOR THE ESTATE.
IT'S A REAL MONEY SPINNER,
IT'S JUST WHAT HE'S AFTER.

Bernie says WHEN LORD ASHFORDLY SEES THE
DISRUPTION BEN NORTON'S CAUSED,
HE MAY NOT EVEN HAVE A JOB
ANYMORE.

Vernon says WHAT DISRUPTION?

Lord Ashfordly says WHAT THE BLAZES IS GOING ON,
NORTON?
THE WHOLE PLACE SEEMS TO BE ON
STRIKE!
AND I'M STARVING.
WHERE'S COOK?

Ben says UM, WELL I'M AFRAID SHE'S
WALKED OUT AS WELL.

Lord Ashfordly says I HAVEN'T HAD MY BREAKFAST
YET.
I GO AWAY FOR 24 HOURS, THE
WHOLE ESTATE FALLS TO PIECES!
WHAT THE DEVIL ARE YOU PLAYING
AT, MAN?

Ben says WELL, IT'S REALLY NOT MY
FAULT, MY LORD.

Lord Ashfordly says I HIRED YOU TO IMPROVE
THINGS, NOT RUIN ME.
SORT IT OUT OR YOU'RE FIRED!
WHILST I MAKE MY OWN DAMN
BREAKFAST!
(DOG BARKING)
(CHURCH BELLS RINGING NEARBY)

Phil walks in the station.

Merton says WHAT ARE YOU DOING BACK,
BELLAMY?

Phil says I KNOW I SCREWED UP THE OTHER
NIGHT, SARGE, BUT I'M STILL A
GOOD COP.

Merton says THIS ISN'T THE TIME.
YOU SHOULD BE OUT ON PATROL!

Phil says AND A GOOD COPPER HAS
INSTINCTS.
THAT CHAP FROM LONDON THAT WE
VISITED YESTERDAY, STAYING AT A
COTTAGE OUT ON THE MOORS.

Merton says UP HERE FOR SOME HIKING YOU
SAID.

Phil says YEAH.
HE WAS JUST A BIT TOO GLIB, SO
AS WE LEFT I MENTALLY MADE A
NOTE AT HIS NUMBER PLATE.
SCRIBBLED IT DOWN LATER.
IT'S BEEN GNAWING AWAY AT ME,
SARGE.
LOOK, CAN WE RUN A CHECK ON THIS
CAR NUMBER?

Merton says OH, WHY NOT?
WE'VE GOT PRECIOUS LITTLE ELSE
TO GO ON.

At the protest, Alf asks a truck to go back down the road and says ALL RIGHT.
SEE YOU AROUND, ARTHUR.

(CHEERING)

Liz says THERE'S BEEN NO TROUBLE, HAS
THERE, ALF?

Alf says OH, NONE AT ALL.
SEEMS TO BE PERFECTLY GOOD
HUMOURED.
THEY SEEM TO HAVE ALMOST
EVERYONE'S SUPPORT.

Jenny says HE WON'T ADD TO THE GOOD
HUMOUR THOUGH.

Ben tries to drive out of the estate.

Ben says OUT, OUT!
NORTON OUT!
OUT, OUT!
NORTON OUT!

The crowd cheers OUT, OUT, NORTON OUT!

Jenny says WELL, I'LL SAY THIS FOR HIM.
HE'S GOT GUTS COMING HERE.
ONE BRAVE MAN.

Liz says OR A RATHER STUPID AND
ARROGANT ONE.

Alf approaches Ben and says ARE YOU SURE THIS IS WISE,
MR. NORTON?
I DON'T THINK YOU'LL BE VERY
WELCOME HERE.

Ben says I WANT A WORD WITH JAKE
CLARKE.

Alf says OUT, OUT, NORTON OUT!

Ben says I DOUBT THAT HE'S IN THE MOOD
TO NEGOTIATE NOW.

Alf says I'M NOT HERE TO NEGOTIATE.
I WANT TO ASK HIM WHY HE'S BEEN
CHOPPING DOWN PERFECTLY HEALTHY
TREES.
(CHANTING SUBSIDING UNDER MUSIC)

At the station, Merton says ACCORDING TO VEHICLE
REGISTRATION RECORDS, THIS PLATE
NUMBER DOESN'T EXIST.
WHICH MEANS EITHER YOU MEMORIZED
IT INCORRECTLY OR...

Phil says OR I GOT IT RIGHT AND THEY'RE
FALSE PLATES.
LOOK, SHALL I GO UP THERE,
SARGE?

Merton says WOULDN'T BE WISE TO GO ALONE.
BUT IF I GO WITH YOU, WE LEAVE
STEVE CRANE HOLDING THE TOWN ON
HIS OWN.

(SIGHING)

At the protest, the crowd cheers NORTON OUT!
OUT, OUT, NORTON OUT!
OUT, OUT, NORTON OUT!

Liz says HE'S INFLAMING THINGS BY
BEING HERE!
UNLESS YOU'RE HERE TO SAY THE
HOLIDAY COTTAGE SCHEME HAS BEEN
ABANDONED, I'D GO BACK IF I WERE
YOU!

Ben says THERE ISN'T A HOLIDAY COTTAGE
SCHEME.
THE MEMO YOU GAVE ME WAS TYPED
ON ESTATE HEADED PAPER BUT IT
WAS A FABRICATION.

Jenny says SO THERE'S NO PLAN TO DO UP
THE COTTAGES?

Ben says YES, THERE IS.
BUT ONLY TO GIVE THE PRESENT
OCCUPANTS SOMEWHERE DECENT TO
LIVE.
THE HOLIDAY COTTAGES ARE AN
INVENTION TO BLACKEN MY NAME.

Liz says WHY?
WHO WOULD WANT TO DO THAT?

Alf says JAKE CLARKE.
MR. NORTON'S DISCOVERED THAT HE
WAS FELLING ESTATE TREES,
SELLING THE TIMBER TO A FACTORY
AND POCKETING THE CASH.

Ben says MY PREDECESSOR SEEMS TO HAVE
BEEN IN ON THE SCAM.
YOU'LL SEE.
THEY PRETENDED THE TREES WERE
DISEASED.
JAKE REALIZED IT WOULDN'T TAKE
ME LONG TO GET ONTO WHAT'D BEEN
HAPPENING.
HE'S OBVIOUSLY ORCHESTRATED A
CAMPAIGN TO GET ME OUT.

Jake approaches them and says I SUGGEST YOU TELL NORTON TO
CLEAR OFF BEFORE SOMEONE GETS
HURT.

Alf says I THINK MR. NORTON WOULD LIKE
A WORD WITH YOU FIRST ABOUT
FELLING TREES AND SELLING THE
TIMBER.

Liz says AND FORGING MEMOS?

Jake turns around and runs.

Alf says OI, YOU!
COME BACK!

Ben catches him.

(JAKE GRUNTING)

Alf says I THINK LORD ASHFORDLY WOULD
LIKE TO HAVE A WORD WITH YOU.

Jenny says to Liz QUITE SOMETHING, ISN'T HE?
THIS MR. NORTON.

Phil and Merton pull up to Clive's house.

Merton says NO SIGN OF THE JAG.
WE MIGHT HAVE MISSED THEM.
THEY COULD BE CARRYING OUT THE
ROBBERY RIGHT NOW.
OR ELSE THIS MAN WAS LEGIT AND
YOU JUST GOT THE NUMBER WRONG.

Phil says NO, I'M SURE I GOT IT RIGHT,
SARGE.

Merton says EITHER WAY, LET'S GET BACK
SHARPISH.

Phil says GONNA BACK MY INSTINCTS ONE
MORE TIME, SARGE.

Phil busts the door open.

Merton says WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
WE'VE NO WARRANT!
WE'LL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE!
(MUFFLED GROANS)

Phil finds Nat in the closet.

He takes the gag off his mouth and says IT'S ALL RIGHT, NAT.
ARE YOU ALL RIGHT?
HERE WE GO.

Merton says WHERE ARE THEY?
WHAT'S THE TARGET?
WHEN'S THE ROBBERY TAKING PLACE?

Nat says THEY'RE AFTER LADY ELSINBY'S
JEWELLERY.
A SECURITY VAN, BEING DRIVEN
TO MANCHESTER AIRPORT.

Merton says AND WHERE ARE THEY PLANNING
TO HIT THE VAN?
COME ON, MAN, WHERE?!

A song plays that goes ONCE THERE LIVED AN OLD MAN,
AND HE HAD A VERY FUNNY NOSE
HE LIVED IN A LITTLE LOG HUT
CALLED HIM OL' MAN MOSE
WELL I WENT DOWN
TO HIS CABIN
AND I LOOK IN THROUGH
THE DOOR
THERE I SAW A LITTLE OL' MAN
LYING ON THE FLOOR
WELL WHETHER HE WAS DEAD
OR NOT
I REALLY DON'T KNOW
BUT THERE'S ONE THING
THAT I'M CERTAIN OF
AIN'T GOIN' THERE NO MORE
BECAUSE I FOUND OUT OL' MAN
ALL ABOUT OL' MAN
YOU KNOW I FOUND OUT OL' MAN
THAT OL' MAN MOSE IS DEAD
(TIRES SCREECHING)
MOSE KICKED THE BUCKET
(TIRES SCREECHING)
OL' MOSE KICKED THE BUCKET
WE BELIEVE
YEAH MOSE KICKED THE BUCKET
WE BELIEVE HE'S DEAD
BECAUSE I FOUND OUT OL' MAN

The gang wait for the security van by the side of the road.

They cross the car in front of it and point guns at the driver and guard.

One of the gangsters says ENGINE OFF.
HANDS UP!

Clive says LET'S HAVE THE KEYS.
AND YOUR WIVES MIGHT JUST SEE
YOU PAIR AGAIN.

The driver hand in the keys.

The song continues OL' MAN MOSE IS DEAD
WE BELIEVE OL' MOSE KICKED
THE BUCKET
WE BELIEVE OL' MOSE KICKED
THE BUCKET
WE BELIEVE,
YEAH MOSE KICKED THE BUCKET

As Clive opens the back door, 4 cops pint guns at him.

One of them says ARMED POLICE!
DROP YOUR WEAPONS!
WE BELIEVE HE'S DEAD

They take Clive and his men to the station.

Clive looks at Phil and says MAYBE YOU'RE NOT AS THICK AS
YOU LOOK.

Merton says WELL DONE, BELLAMY.
I THINK YOU'VE JUST ABOUT
REDEEMED YOURSELF.

A song plays that goes THIS TRAIN IS THE TRAIN,
THIS TRAIN
THIS TRAIN IS THE TRAIN,
THIS TRAIN
THIS TRAIN IS THE TRAIN

Spooner delivers the train at Bernie's garage and says MORNING.
MR. SCRIPPS ABOUT?

Bernie says POSSIBLY.

Spooner says OF SCRIPPS BUSINESS
ENVIRONMENTS?

Bernie says SOUNDS LIKE MY BROTHER.

Spooner says I'VE A DELIVERY FOR HIM.
IT'S OUR FINAL SALE, I THOUGHT
I'D MAKE IT PERSONALLY.
ONE MINIATURE TRAIN ENGINE,
SIX CARRIAGES, SIGNAL BOX.
A MILE OF SINGLE GAUGE TRACK.
THERE ARE THREE MORE LORRIES ON
THEIR WAY WITH THE REST OF THAT.
ONE GUARD'S HAT-- AND WHISTLE.

He puts the conductor hat on Bernie's head and the whistle in his mouth.

Bernie loos stunned.

(WHISTLE BLOWING)
(KNOCKING AT DOOR)

Liz knocks on Ben's office.

Ben says COME IN.

Liz says I WAS TOLD I'D FIND YOU HERE.

Ben says AH, HELLO.
HAVE A SEAT.
YOU'LL BE PLEASED TO HEAR I'VE
FOUND GOOD TEMPORARY
ACCOMMODATION FOR WILF AND THE
OTHERS FROM THE TIED COTTAGES.
WHILST REPAIR WORK STARTS ON
BRINGING THEIR OWN HOMES UP TO
STANDARD.

Liz says GOOD.
BUT NOT BEFORE TIME.
(CHUCKLING)

Ben says WELL, YOU CAN HARDLY BLAME ME
FOR THAT.
I MOVED AS FAST AS I COULD.

Liz says I APPRECIATE THAT, MR.
NORTON.
AND I APOLOGIZE FOR THE
MISUNDERSTANDING OVER THE MEMO.

Ben says NO APOLOGY NECESSARY.
SO, APART FROM THE OTHER
PROPOSAL, THAT'S THAT.

Liz says OTHER PROPOSAL?

Ben says I PROPOSE WE DROP THIS "MR.
NORTON" AND "DOCTOR" STUFF
AND CONTINUE OUR RELATIONSHIP
ON A "LIZ" AND "BEN" BASIS.

Liz says I AGREE TO GIVE IT
CONSIDERATION, MR. NORTON.

As she walks out, she meets Bernie and Vernon coming in.

(DOOR CLOSING)

Liz says MORNING, CHAPS.
EVERYTHING ALL RIGHT?

Bernie says DON'T ASK, DOCTOR.
HE'D BETTER WANT IT HERE,
VERNON!

Vernon says BERNARD, WILL YOU CALM DOWN?
BEN NORTON WILL WELCOME THIS
WITH OPEN ARMS.
(DOORBELL RINGING)

In his office, Ben says WELL, I'VE, UH, DISCUSSED THE
IDEA OF HAVING A MINIATURE
RAILWAY IN THE GROUNDS.
UNFORTUNATELY, IT SIMPLY DOESN'T
APPEAL TO LORD ASHFORDLY.

Vernon says BUT IT'S A REAL MONEY
SPINNER!
IT TAKES OVER 100 POUNDS A DAY.

Ben says I APPRECIATE THAT.
BUT UH, IT'S NOT IN KEEPING WITH
HOW LORD ASHFORDLY SEES THINGS
DEVELOPING ROUND HERE.

Vernon says THAT'S IT, THEN.
YOU'RE BANKRUPT, AND I'M STUCK
WITH A GIANT ROTTEN TRAIN SET
PILED UP ON MY FORECOURT!

Ben says MMM, ACTUALLY, THINGS MAY NOT
HAVE ENTIRELY COME OFF THE
RAILS, IF I CAN PUT IT THAT WAY.
INDEED, THERE MAY YET BE LIGHT
AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.

Vernon says REALLY.

Ben says BEFORE I CAME HERE I WORKED
ON THE ARREN ESTATE.
A MINIATURE RAILWAY WOULD BE
PERFECT THERE.
I'VE SPOKEN TO LORD ARREN AND,
UH...
HE'S AGREED TO TAKE IT.

Vernon says BRILLIANT!
HEAR THAT, BERNARD?

Ben says IN BUSINESS, VERNON, IT
ALWAYS PAYS TO HAVE MORE THAN A
ONE-TRACK MIND, IF YOU GET MY
TRAIN OF THOUGHT.
(CHUCKLING)

At the pub, Alf says WE ALL OCCASIONALLY MESS UP
IN THE JOB, EVEN ME FROM TIME TO
TIME.

Steve says REALLY?
WELL, WE'D NEVER NOTICED, ALF.
(CHUCKLING)

The telephone rings.

Phil says WELL, LESSON LEARNED.
BELIEVE ME.

Oscar says BELLAMY, YOU WON'T WANT TO
TAKE THIS THEN?
IT'S GINA, IN A CALL BOX.

Phil says THANKS, OSCAR.
HELLO, GINA LOVE, HOW ARE YOU?

In a telephone booth right outside the pub, Gina says I'M FINE, THANKS.
WHAT'S THE WEATHER BEEN LIKE
THERE?
OH, JUST HANG ON A SEC, PHIL!

Without hanging up, Gina leaves the handset on the base and walks to the pub.

Phil says GINA?
GINA.
OH, COME ON.
WHAT'S SHE DOING?
MONEY'LL RUN OUT IF SHE'S NOT
CAREFUL.
GINA, LOVE.
ARE YOU THERE?
COME ON, GINA.

Gina walks in the pub, make a silent gesture to everyone and covers Phil's eyes from behind.

Phil says HEY, STOP MUCKING ABOUT.
I'M ON THE PHONE!

G says FORGET THE PHONE, PHIL.
I'VE COME HOME.

They hug.

Music plays as the end credits roll.

Devised by Johnny Byrne.

Based on the books by Nicholas Rhea.

Executive Producer, Keith Richardson.

Producer, Gerry Mill.

Director, Judith Dine.

Copyright 2004, Yorkshire Television LTD.

Logo: ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

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