Tamara Drewe Movie Script
TAMARA DREWE Written by Moira Buffini Based on the book by Posy Simmonds 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. TESS (V.O.) And love slipped the bonds of restraint... At a table under a willow tree sits Tess - early fifties, funky specs - at a laptop. She pauses in her typing, staring at Andy. TESS (V.O.)(CONT'D) 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. EUSTACIA (V.O.) `Fuck you,' screamed Kelly, `Fuck you to hell!' Scott stepped back from the cell door as the gob of spit flew.' 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. GLEN (V.O.) This complex contemporary matrix is what Hardy meant by `the ache of modernism.' He regards it. GLEN Crap. He deletes it. He looks at his blank screen, breathing deeply. The only words left say `Chapter Six'. NICHOLAS (V.O.) 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, he thought. 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. NICHOLAS (V.O.) 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 almost... (He stops writing. Sighs) NICHOLAS (CONT'D) Pathological... 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 a magazine. CASEY `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. BETH Do you think I should be reminding them to drink enough? It's very hot out there... MARY Beth - they're writers, not babies. You run round after `em too much. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 3. 5 EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS. 5 Glen walks outside, breathing in the fresh air. Beth approaches with her tray of scones and biscuits. BETH Can I tempt you, Glen? GLEN Wow, thanks. Glen picks up a scone. BETH 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? GLEN Great. The last writer's retreat I stayed at kind of froze my balls off, you know? BETH Oh. GLEN Screeching firedoors, curried lasagne and a needy poet - from whom I still bear the scars. BETH We try to keep it peaceful here; far from the madding crowd. GLEN 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 shatteringly dull. Casey and Jody walk up towards the bus shelter. Their boredom is epic. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 4. 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. CASEY Frock horrors. This weeks top of the shocks goes to Katie Pound in an off the shoulder lime by Roberto. JODY She looks like a bug. (Car hoots) Wankers! CASEY You wanna sack your stylist girl. JODY 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. GLEN Perfect harmony. 8 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - NICHOLAS' SHED. 8 Nicholas is panicking down the phone. NICHOLAS In Ewedown? Nadia, what the ffff are you doing there? I haven't told her yet. 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 phone. NADIA Why not? You keep saying you want to be with me. Jody and Casey are all ears. NICHOLAS I can't tell her just like that. It's twenty five years; a marriage. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 4A. NADIA Come on Nicholas. Or I'm going to get in a taxi and find your farm. Come up there and - NICHOLAS NO - NADIA Drag you out - GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 5. NICHOLAS NO, NO DON'T! NADIA 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. NICHOLAS Of course I'm pleased... Nadia, go to the pub and stay there. I'll come when I can. NADIA Are you going to tell her? NICHOLAS 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. NICHOLAS (CONT'D) Cock pie. Beth opens the door to see Nicholas apparently hard at it. BETH How's the worker? NICHOLAS Good actually. Just about to embark on forensics. BETH Well give me your pages and I'll get started. Nicholas hands her several pages. NICHOLAS 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 matter up. BETH Who were you talking to just then? NICHOLAS Judy. She says the Impala contracts should be through in a day or two. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 5A. Beth immediately knows he is lying. The lie pains her. She goes to the door. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 6. Beth decides to try and call his bluff. BETH I could come with you. NICHOLAS What? BETH For a drive. I don't know when we last went out. Buying time by biting his scone: NICHOLAS This is absolutely yummy. BETH We could go into Hadditon, get a meal. NICHOLAS Yes but. What about the guests? BETH Mary's got Casey to help. NICHOLAS But I'm supposed to be thinking, you know about the - BETH You can run it by me. I'm good at forensics. 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. BETH Can I tempt you, Andy? Andy takes a scone with a wide smile. BETH (CONT'D) That's Glen, our new academic. Turns out he's working on Thomas Hardy. Said he might have some farming questions. ANDY Needs an expert yokel, does he? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 6A. BETH Would you mind? And the writers are eating al fresco tonight; could you check there's no bird shit on the seats? Sorry. Beth looks distant, troubled. ANDY You OK? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 7. BETH Yes. Nicholas and I are going out to dinner. 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. GLEN It's paradise... 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 desperation. 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 Fucking bingo! 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. TAMARA What a dump. As she drives away, we see Nadia sitting outside the pub in her urban heels, anxiously smoking a cigarette. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 7A. 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. 12A DELETED 12A 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 recent abandonment. 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. JODY We could walk up the garage. CASEY I'm supposed to be helping my mum up at Stonefield. JODY They keep you busy. CASEY Yeah. JODY 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 GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 8. 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 dishes dangerously. GLEN It was called `From Hearth to Heath - Doomsday and Revelation in Victorian verse.' TESS What was it about? GLEN Oh you know. Pale poets on laudanum, dark towers and sunless seas - a little sturm and drang in a teacup. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 9. At an upstairs window we can see Beth hold a dress up to herself and then abandon the idea. TESS Did it sell? GLEN Well my kind of books aren't about sales. I mean that's not why I write. So... no. TESS What are you working on next? Upstairs, through a window, we see Beth is putting on a blouse. 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 GLEN Thomas Hardy. DIGGORY Is there anything left to say about that maudlin bore? GLEN Excuse me but there is nothing dull about Hardy. That is a misconception. TESS At least you've been published. I'm seething with envy; I'd love to be published. EUSTACIA I publish myself on the internet. TESS Oh, do you earn money doing that? EUSTACIA No. GLEN So what do you write? EUSTACIA Lesbian crime. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 9A. Casey drops a potato in Glen's wine. EUSTACIA (CONT'D) I'm here picking up tips from the master. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 10. 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. NICHOLAS (CALLING) Beth, why don't I just pop out on my own? Beth, determined to force things, comes downstairs. BETH But I'm ready. Come on. She's on her way to join him. NICHOLAS Is that - I mean - are you wearing that? BETH Oh. NICHOLAS Just looks a bit... hot. Now Beth knows she is right. She takes her jacket off, gutted. NICHOLAS (CONT'D) 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. BETH Who is she? The question hangs in the air. Nicholas' smile is frozen. NICHOLAS What? For a moment, he tries to find a lie. NICHOLAS (CONT'D) Oh come on, Beth. BETH Tell me. Who? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 11. NICHOLAS Look, it's nothing. It's been once or twice, that's all. Beth, it's not anything. Beth is raw with pain. BETH (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. NICHOLAS Just a researcher with Radio 4. BETH What's her name? NICHOLAS Nadia, Nadia Patel. This hits a nerve. BETH Patel? She's in your book. NICHOLAS No, no I met her when I was on Desert Island Discs. BETH You put her in your book! NICHOLAS Just the name. BETH And Desert Island Discs was a year ago. NICHOLAS Yes but - BETH Once or twice? NICHOLAS I was going to tell you but - Beth utters an inchoate cry. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 11A. 19C EXT. EVENING. STONEFIELD. THE GROUNDS (PATIO) 19C Tess hears it. TESS Shhh!... Beth's pained voice drifts out of the house. BETH (O.S.) You lying PIG! A hush falls over the table. 19D INT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - DOWNSTAIRS. 19D NICHOLAS (CONT'D) 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. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 12. 19F INT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - DOWNSTAIRS. 19F Beth is incandescent. BETH How can you lie to my face? NICHOLAS Can we talk calmly about this? There are people out there - BETH You look me in the face and LIE! NICHOLAS For God's sake; we're surrounded by NOVELISTS - BETH You BASTARD! 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 NICHOLAS Beth, we're like a pair of compasses... BETH Don't you dare - NICHOLAS Joined solidly at the top but with the ends able to roam, in freedom - His phone beeps. BETH That's from her isn't it? Are you keeping her waiting? Nicholas finally snaps. NICHOLAS We've talked a lot about the creative mind and we agreed that it needs freedom to explore! GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 12A. BETH (leaving the house) Take your freedom. I can't live like this any more. It makes me feel WORTHLESS! 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. NICHOLAS Calm yourself down! BETH (O.S.) Go set up home with Patel. See if she does your tax return. NICHOLAS (O.S.) (CONT'D) Will you please - BETH (O.S.) Do you love her?? Diggory's fork stays in mid-air. Glen is horribly fascinated. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 13. NICHOLAS (FIRMLY) This is pointless. BETH Is she young? NICHOLAS For heaven's sake. BETH IS SHE? NICHOLAS YES! The guests are hanging on every word. Beth retreats back into the house. BETH (O.S.) If you leave here tonight to be with her... Don't come back. NICHOLAS Beth... For a moment, she hopes he'll apologise. NICHOLAS 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. BETH Liar. 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. DIGGORY I didn't know they provided material too. 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 EUSTACIA Beth does everything for him you KNOW; (MORE) GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 13A. EUSTACIA (CONT'D) types his manuscripts, deals with his agent, makes his female characters convincing. Nicholas still at the door, listening. EUSTACIA She even came up with the name Dr Inchcombe. DIGGORY No wonder he's bored. EUSTACIA I hope she takes him to the fucking cleaners. 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. GLEN 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. BETH (V.O.) Nadia Patel. Gazelle eyes. Tantric sex. We see her thoughts: An exotic clinch. Nicholas in thrall to Nadia's confident passion. BETH (TO CAMERA) Why would he choose me?! 20F EXT. EVENING. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS (PATIO). 20F The gossip flutters round the table. TESS Will she take him back, that's the question. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 13B. EUSTACIA Would you? TESS I'd be torn. EUSTACIA He's far too up himself. TESS What about the farm though? Splitting up all this? Must be worth a fortune. I think she's very rash, making him choose... GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 14. 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. NADIA Thought you weren't going to come. NICHOLAS I was busy. Rowing with my wife. NADIA Where are we going? NICHOLAS Home. NADIA To your farm? A look of frustration crosses his face. He turns to her. NICHOLAS We could have gone on just as we were. NADIA But you said you wanted to be with me... NICHOLAS 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. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 15. TAMARA Big glass of rioja please. And I need a room. ZOE Sure, how many nights? TAMARA Don't know. Just one. Zoe pours the wine. She's disarmingly friendly. ZOE You here on business? TAMARA No. Business of a kind. ZOE I don't mean to pry; I'm just really nosey. TAMARA I'm from here. Sort of. ZOE Nice place. Tamara smiles her disagreement. ZOE (CONT'D) I keep meaning to leave but... Hard to get away. TAMARA My mum's house is just up the road. ZOE You're not staying with her? TAMARA She's. She died. Zoe finishes pouring the wine. ZOE 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. ZOE (CONT'D) Didn't think I'd see you tonight. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 16. ANDY Bit of an atmosphere at Stonefield. ZOE Tell me everything... Andy shakes his head. ANDY Marriage. Remind me never to try it. ZOE 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. GLEN So the Hardiments have lived here centuries, huh? ANDY No, `bout twenty years. Still strangers by local standards. Beth comes in, tense, anxious and haggard. BETH Andy, come and look at Ingrid. I think she's coming into heat. She goes out. GLEN She's a nice lady. ANDY Yeah, I owe her a lot. GLEN Husband's a sleazebag, huh? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 17. ANDY We'd say prick here actually. Or wanker. GLEN That's good. We might even call him a Fuck. ANDY 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. BETH This is going rotten underneath. ANDY Shall we look at Ingrid? BETH It's falling apart. ANDY I can do that. Beth... Andy takes the shovel. Beth bites back tears. ANDY (CONT'D) He won't last five minutes. Beth looks down embarrassed by (but grateful for) his support. 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. GLEN (V.O.) 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. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 17A. GLEN (V.O.) I need a dump. 27 DELETED. 27 GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 18. 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 wonder. NICHOLAS (O.S.) If that's the way you feel... Nadia, I'm devastated. Through the frosted window Glen sees Nicholas. NICHOLAS (O.S.) 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: NICHOLAS (Into his phone) I told you. I love my wife. Don't ever phone me again. Glen is shocked by this duplicity. NICHOLAS Beth... BETH (CONT'D) 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. NICHOLAS I'm sorry. BETH Not good enough. Not any more. NICHOLAS I'm sorry. BETH You do what you like and then you're sorry? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 18A. NICHOLAS (O.S.) I hate myself. I hate myself. Glen opens the door a chink. They are feet away from him. Nicholas looks unshaven, shagged and guilty. BETH Where were you? NICHOLAS Drove her back to London. Took all night. BETH You drove her home? NICHOLAS She was in a state. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 19. BETH Do you think she'll get over it?... Nicholas shrugs. To Glen's horror, he starts to cry. NICHOLAS I'm sorry. Then Beth is sobbing too. They are in each other's arms, holding each other. NICHOLAS (CONT'D) 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. BETH I've got to go to the bottle bank. NICHOLAS OK... Let's talk later. BETH Yes. The goat's come into heat. NICHOLAS Has it? BETH I love you so much. NICHOLAS Me too. Beth goes. Nicholas is watching her; his expression strange. He walks away. At last Glen emerges, incredulous at Nicholas' lies. 30 DELETED 30 GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 20. 31 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS. 31 Glen flops into a sun-lounger near Diggory. GLEN I've just seen the Hardiments kiss and make up. DIGGORY (IRRITATED) The hat is on. GLEN Looks like she's taking him back. DIGGORY When the hat is on, it means don't speak. GLEN (WITH IRONY) 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. GLEN I don't like cows. I mean really. They exude bovine malice. ANDY Yeah, these girls are killing machines. They don't like Americans either. GLEN Very funny. 32A EXT. DAY. FIELD AND COPSE. (LARKHAM) 32A Glen and Andy are in the valley between the two farms. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 21. ANDY It's Winnards Farm. Lady there died a while back. Place is empty. GLEN You think it's being robbed? ANDY Prob'ly just kids. Nothing to do round here except make trouble. GLEN What if it's bad guys? Don't you have a blunderbuss or a fowling piece or something? They climb up through a copse. CUT TO: 32B EXT. DAY. FIELDS (WINNARDS). 32B Glen and Andy are going up the hill towards Winnards. ANDY Used to belong to my dad, this place. GLEN Really? ANDY But it all went tits-up. Land was flogged to a consortium and the house was sold to Londoners; the Drewes. GLEN So this is your ancestral pile? ANDY Was. Born in that room up there. He points up at the back bedroom window. GLEN 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. ANDY Hey. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 21A. The girl turns. She has a huge nose. ANDY This farm's mine, big nose. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 22. 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. ANDY Hey, what're you doing? Tamara gives the alarm box a great whack. ANDY (CONT'D) Who are you?? TAMARA Andy, you moron; it's me. Andy looks more closely. A disturbing spark of recognition. ANDY Tam?... Hardly recognise you. Another whack. The noise becomes a high-pitched squeal. ANDY (CONT'D) You won't do it that way. TAMARA Then help me! 35 INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - THE KITCHEN. 35 Andy turns the alarm off. Tamara enters the dusty kitchen. ANDY Used to do bits of work for your mum. Been keeping an eye on the place since she died. TAMARA What sort of work, graphics? ANDY I do horticulture now. TAMARA You're a gardener? Andy says nothing. He stares at her nose. Glen has come in. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 23. GLEN This is a great old house. TAMARA Would you like to buy it? GLEN I'm not really the property-owning kind. Prefer my life to fit into hand luggage. ANDY That's why you're back, to flog it? TAMARA Yes. ANDY Make a nice second home for some banker wankers. TAMARA Andy if you want it, why don't you make me an offer? ANDY Because sadly I'm still prey to the economic forces that threw the peasant classes off the land. TAMARA Unlucky. Tamara opens a cupboard. It's full of empty wine bottles. ANDY Tam. Their eyes meet. ANDY (CONT'D) What the fuck have you done to yourself? Tamara's face falls. 36 EXT. DAY. THE FIELDS (LARKHAM). 36 Glen and Andy are walking back. Andy is brooding. ANDY She's completely different. GLEN How was she before? What's the story?... GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 24. ANDY There isn't one. GLEN Come on. ANDY Was nothing. Decade ago. Just a teenage thing. 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. ANDY You should find someone you're in love with. TAMARA You stupid prick. Andy looks at her. She is sincere. ANDY You saying you love me, frosty tits? TAMARA You first. ANDY You say it; You're the girl. TAMARA Fuck off. She kisses him. As they start to make love: TAMARA (CONT'D) I love you. Fuck off. I love you. 37A EXT. DAY. A FIELD. 37A Glen looks over at Andy, interrupting his thoughts. GLEN 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. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 24A. 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. BETH Thinking of the first time we saw this place... NICHOLAS You've made it a wonderful home Beth. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 25. BETH Not wonderful enough. She starts to walk away. Nicholas holds her back. NICHOLAS If you can't put this behind you, then we're stuck. BETH Well I'd better sort myself out then. NICHOLAS 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. GLEN 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. JODY Would you do him? CASEY No. JODY What about him? CASEY He's gay, you dobbin. JODY So? They turn to a big spread on a band called Swipe. CASEY Swipe. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 26. JODY Ben Sergeant... I'd walk through fire to do him. CASEY The drummer? JODY 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. CASEY OK. I'd do Ben. JODY I wanna be her, in that dress with him licking my teapot lids. CASEY 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. DIGGORY 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. DIGGORY ABB ACC DEE D. They give you the armature, the beating heart, the nerve ends... NICHOLAS So has the muse shone on you, Greg? GLEN I've been pretty distracted. Most recently by those delicious cookie things that Beth brought round this afternoon. NICHOLAS Oh yes. Of course we call them biscuits here. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 26A. GLEN And by the place itself, the people. NICHOLAS Sometimes wish I could get distracted. Ten page a day man, rain or shine. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 27. GLEN Wow, that's scary. Ten pages; how do you do that? NICHOLAS Well, Greg - GLEN GLEN - NICHOLAS I wouldn't presume to give an academic tips. GLEN Matter of fact I read one of your books. Another distraction but I thought it was decent stuff. NICHOLAS Well. He's offended. NICHOLAS (CONT'D) How do I do it? I just get on with it, Greg. Nicholas walks away leaving Glen smarting. The female writers surround Nicholas. He tops them up, full of charm. Under his breath, Glen impersonates: GLEN `We call them biscuits, here.' Nicholas raises his glass for a toast. NICHOLAS 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. NICHOLAS (CONT'D) Who's that? 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. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 28. GLEN That's Tamara Drewe. NICHOLAS No it isn't. GLEN I met her with Andy. NICHOLAS Good God. What's happened to her? POPPY She's had a nose job, Dad. NICHOLAS She's completely different. GLEN That's what Andy said. BETH 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 dad left. TESS Is that Tamara Drewe who writes the column in one of the Sundays? BETH Used to. Writes for the Independent now. TESS She spent weeks going on about her nose job. Smart way to pay for it I suppose. Was her old one an awful conk? NICHOLAS Yes. BETH She's poured herself into those shorts. I hope they don't give her thrush. TESS 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. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 28A. TAMARA Hello. Sorry to intrude. Her hand defensively brushes her nose. Poppy walks towards her, full of warmth. POPPY Hey, Tamara. TAMARA Poppy, how are you? POPPY Love your new hooter. TAMARA Thanks. It isn't actually new; just smaller... GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 29. At last Beth remembers her manners. BETH Tamara, so sorry about your mum. TAMARA Thank you... BETH Are you staying down for a while? TAMARA I'll have to. There's so much to be done. BETH You must let us know if we can help. TAMARA Actually, I was going to ask if you could spare a pair of strong arms. I've got a skip coming tomorrow and - BETH Nicholas? - Nicholas is opening another bottle of prosecco. It pops its cork over his trousers. He mutters a swear word. GLEN I'm available. I do skips. DIGGORY I... No. TAMARA Well thank you. You're very kind... Is Andy around at all? Beth is helping Nicholas wipe his trousers. BETH 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. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 30. 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. BETH She's had the writers down there helping her all day. I hope she realises they're here to work... POPPY Can't believe what a difference her nose makes. BETH Well I think it's a mistake; taken away all her character. POPPY Come on; she looks ten times better. NICHOLAS Huh. BETH And she knows it. I found those shorts really irritating. Going around with half her bum hanging out. I mean, why? POPPY To annoy people like you. Might get a pair myself. NICHOLAS Of course you won't. POPPY Why not? NICHOLAS 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. GLEN So why did you change your face? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 30A. TAMARA Changing my face is the best thing I ever did. And I don't care what anyone thinks. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 31. GLEN Would it work for me? TAMARA Maybe; if you did the wrinkles too. GLEN Oh, you're just coming on to me... Tamara laughs. She starts work again. GLEN In your column, you write about yourself... Does that come easily? TAMARA No... But it feels right. My first novel's definitely going to be autobiographical. GLEN Your first novel? You're going to dash one off just like that? TAMARA Ideally, I'd like to make it into fiction before I'm thirty. GLEN And then maybe a swimwear collection, a chat show, a pasta sauce range? TAMARA What? GLEN Life sure is easy for the beautiful. TAMARA 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 you think? 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. GLEN She's single, man. Andy looks over at Zoe. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 31A. ANDY Well it's not exactly a relationship; we just have an occasional thing. Zoe doesn't want to be tied down and - GLEN Not Zoe! Tamara... You should get in there. Marry the girl. Then you get to live back in your ancestral home. ANDY No way. Not her type. GLEN 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. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 32. ANDY 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 ganja. GLEN Wow. How'd that go? ANDY 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. GLEN Why not? ANDY I dumped her. GLEN Oh, you are a loser. ANDY 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. TAMARA Beaky?... 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. GLEN 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? ANDY (SMILING) Piss off, Glen. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 33. 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. TAMARA Boys know nothing. Nicholas looks up at her, smiles indulgently. Tamara stops work. TAMARA (CONT'D) I've been reading `Inchcombe's Dose.' NICHOLAS Have you? TAMARA 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. TAMARA (CONT'D) You describe her light smattering of freckles and her striking profile. So... She turns her head. TAMARA (CONT'D) Who did you base her on? NICHOLAS What? TAMARA Have you noticed me? Nicholas looks at her in surprise. TAMARA (CONT'D) Because I've noticed you... GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 33A. She waits, hoping for a kiss, a hug, anything. She puts out a hand - almost touches him. He steps back. NICHOLAS Think it's time you went. Tamara is mortified. NICHOLAS (CONT'D) You're making yourself ridiculous. This really hurts. Tamara takes the bucket of soapy water and throws it over the car - and Nicholas. TAMARA Nicholarse. NICHOLAS (CONT'D) Oh, grow up. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 34. 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. GLEN 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 lost. 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. ANDY Go on Ingrid; have some kids. TAMARA Pretty direct isn't he? He's not even bought her a coke. Andy turns. Sees her. TAMARA (CONT'D) And he stinks. ANDY She doesn't mind; it's like Lynx to her. If she's ready she'll stand for him, if not she won't. TAMARA That's disturbing human. ANDY Refreshing basic. Darcy is up and at it. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 35. ANDY (CONT'D) Thought you'd have gone back to London by now. TAMARA 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. ANDY We should go for a drink sometime, Tam. You know, for old times sake. TAMARA So we can reminisce about how I smashed your nose? ANDY You didn't smash it. TAMARA Yes I did. ANDY It just bled. The memory is between them. TAMARA 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. TAMARA Painting it and tidying the garden? Good hourly rate. ANDY It can't be easy down there, Tam. TAMARA What d'you mean? ANDY All the memories and stuff. Your mum... TAMARA I'm fine. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 35A. ANDY Is it that you want someone around? Like when you look up I'd be there too? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 36. TAMARA Jesus Christ, the goats are giving YOU IDEAS ANDY OK it's bollocks - TAMARA That's very sweet of you Andy - ANDY Of course you wouldn't want to fraternise with your gardener. TAMARA So... is that a yes? Andy doesn't reply. TAMARA (CONT'D) 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. TAMARA (CONT'D) 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. GLEN No. He stands. He paces. He sits. GLEN 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. BETH How's Thomas Hardy? Glen unburdens himself. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 36A. GLEN I'm wasting my sabbatical. BETH Oh dear. GLEN 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. BETH Crikey. He notices the In-Tray. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 37. GLEN (CONT'D) Is this all his fan mail? BETH 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. BETH Would you like me to read it? GLEN You'd do that? BETH Be glad to. If you think it would help. Beth suddenly sees Andy out of the window. He's leaving. BETH (CONT'D) Sorry Glen. Just need Andy - GLEN Barging in on you; What an idiot. 56 EXT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE GROUNDS. 56 Beth catches up with Andy. BETH If you're going into Hadditon - we're really low on chicken feed. ANDY I'll get it tomorrow. I'm on my way down to Winnards. Doing one or two jobs for Tamara. BETH She's got you helping her too? ANDY Just painting, decorating, sorting the garden. Beth is quite put out. BETH Andy, that sounds like a lot. I need you here. ANDY I can easily do both. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 37A. BETH 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. ANDY Sure, Beth. I won't rip you off. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 38. 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. ANDY Tam? Got some colour charts for you to see. He sets out all the colours charts and plans he has been working on. Tamara appears. She is dressed to kill. TAMARA What would you choose for in here? ANDY Well... I'd have this one. And then upstairs in the bedroom - TAMARA OK. She starts gathering her things. ANDY So what d'you have to do to get a cup of tea round here? TAMARA Make it. (SHE POINTS) Tea bags. Sugar. Fridge. (SHE GRINS) 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. JODY This is our village. Our fucking field. GUARD OUT! GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 39. JODY 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 smiles. 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. BEN Sorry people. I resign. Swipe is no more. Steve Culley is a cunt. Ben storms off the stage. The audience are in uproar. PUBLICIST Ben! Ben! What's happening? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 40. BEN He's seeing Fran. I won't work with that tosser again. FRAN Steve! Don't! Steve is coming into the wings. He punches Ben. STEVE 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. TAMARA Hello. I'm Tamara Drewe. BEN What? TAMARA I'm supposed to be interviewing you - for the Independent. She smiles sweetly, smoothing his hair. TAMARA (CONT'D) 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. JODY They should let us in free. RYAN 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. JODY Ben! Ben! She jumps up and down in the road with both arms waving. CASEY What are you doing? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 40A. JODY That was Ben from Swipe! Ben!! GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 41. 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. BEN That's Boss. TAMARA Hi Boss. BEN You're not allergic are you? TAMARA To indie drummers? Maybe. Who are your influences, Ben? BEN Everyone asks that. This your place? TAMARA I'm selling. D'you want it? BEN 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. JODY Who the fuck's she? CASEY I seen her up at Stonefield. She's got a nose made of plastic. JODY 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. CASEY Wow... Jody is gutted; feeling the full injustice of her life. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 42. 64 INT. LATE AFTERNOON. WINNARDS FARM - KITCHEN 64 Tamara leads Ben to the kitchen. The hall has been stripped. TAMARA Would you like a beer? BEN Yep. Maureen Tucker. TAMARA Who? Tamara opens the fridge. Ben is inches away. He still hasn't kissed her and he's just about to. BEN 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. TAMARA You write all the songs; that's pretty rare for a drummer. BEN Everything you've ever heard about drummers is total shit. TAMARA You mean you don't spontaneously combust? BEN Only sometimes. 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. BEN (CONT'D) Any more questions? Tamara is speechless. He kisses her. 65 EXT. DAY. THE FIELD AND THE COPSE - NEXT MORNING (LARKHAM). 65 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. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 43. 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. ANDY 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. ANDY Tam? You want breakfast? Boss bounds inside and disappears. ANDY WOAH - Andy is puzzled. He steps into the hall. ANDY 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 room. 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 GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 43A. 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. NICHOLAS How goes the opus? GLEN Fine Nicholas, just fine... Their smiles fade. Nicholas descending into deep gloom, Glen into deep anxiety. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 44. 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. GLEN 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 GRANDDAUGHTER - BETH Oh he doesn't. GLEN 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. BETH In his trousers. GLEN He was still at it in his eighties. You know? Snow on the rooftop but fire in the cellar... BETH Why won't it come for you Glen? The way you talk about it's so engaging. GLEN Yeah but there's an academic style, you know? BETH Who are you writing for? Who's your ideal reader? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 45. Glen can't answer. BETH Because if you wrote the way you spoke... it would make me want to read Hardy. GLEN Really? BETH Yes. If you wrote like you were talking to a friend... Pass me that thing. Glen passes it, looking at Beth as she tightens a bolt. BETH Try it now. Glen turns the key. The engine starts. Glen starts to drive the mower, delighted. Beth watches him, amused. 69A CUT 69A 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. NICHOLAS I simply pander to popular taste. CAITLIN Oh your books are far more than that. NICHOLAS Just airport fodder... Glen at the foot of the table, finds this modesty rich. CAITLIN Your prose is so vivid. And Inchcombe - for all his flaws - is a man with total integrity. GLEN Who did you base him on, Nicholas? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 46. NICHOLAS (IGNORING GLEN) 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 story. Glen peers into the kitchen. Beth is serving desserts. GLEN Excuse me. He goes to help her, leaving the ladies around Nicholas like cups around a teapot. GLEN Let me help. BETH They need dusting with this. GLEN I went to my room and I wrote for three hours. The time just vanished. BETH That's great, that's brilliant. GLEN I feel like a man who's just passed a gargantuan stool. BETH Super. Sprig of mint on the top. Glen returns to the dining room with two desserts. He listens to Nicholas as he serves them. NICHOLAS The real secret of being a writer is learning how to lie. A frisson of shock goes round the lady writers. NICHOLAS (CONT'D) Because that's what storytellers are. Thieves and liars... GLEN (as he serves Nicholas) `The basis of all excellence is truth.' Samuel Johnson. Glen's intellect wins the day. Nicholas smarts. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 46A. 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. BEN Are you done yet? TAMARA I'm just starting something. BEN That poxy column? Can't it wait? TAMARA Not the column. Just stuff coming out. Don't want to stop it. BEN Do it later. Play with me. Ben strums his guitar, determined to get her attention. BEN (CONT'D) 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 insane. Tamara the lovely, the ultimate, dazzling girl, 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. BEN (O.S.) Hey - Andy? Andy looks up. Ben is at the bedroom window, naked. BEN (CONT'D) 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. CASEY He must like kissing plastic. JODY 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 needs... CASEY Is a fifteen year old from Ewedown. JODY So? Stranger things happen. He's only ten years older and that's nothing. If he met me, if he just met me... CASEY It'd be love, right? JODY Yeah. (SHE GRINS) But I'd settle for sex. 73 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD. THE BARN 73 Beth is feeding the hens. BETH Coo-er... In your parents' bedroom? Still I suppose being an exhibitionist is part of his job - strutting about on stage. ANDY He doesn't strut; he's a drummer. He sits on his arse. BETH 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? ANDY Yep. BETH 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. ZOE We're not open for another hour. ANDY Good. 75 INT. DAY. EWEDOWN - THE PUB STORE ROOM. 75 Andy and Zoe are in the near-darkness, making love against the wall. 76 INT. DAY. EWEDOWN - THE PUB. 76 Andy is lying on one of the seats, his head on Zoe's lap. ZOE I'm going to move on soon, Andy. ANDY No way... GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 49. ZOE 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. ANDY 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. 76A 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) 78 The whole herd is now on the rampage, Boss in pursuit, Penny bringing up the rear. Nicholas sees them heading straight for his shed. NICHOLAS Fuck Soup. 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. TAMARA What's this? BEN What's it look like? TAMARA Ben... For which finger? BEN 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. PENNY Those girls could have aborted! GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 50. BETH Calm down, Penny. I'll sort him out. Nicholas is approaching. PENNY It beats me why you people want to live in the country. You've got no sense of responsibility. BETH It's not our dog! NICHOLAS Hello, Penny. How's tricks? Penny is suddenly all coy. PENNY Oh - Nicholas... NICHOLAS You're looking great. Terrific coat. PENNY What, this old thing? NICHOLAS You look like royalty. PENNY (laughs, delighted) 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. TAMARA So what's the ring saying, Ben? BEN It's saying hello I'm a ring. Will you marry me? Tamara looks at him, searchingly. BEN (CONT'D) What's up? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 50A. TAMARA I didn't know. BEN Didn't know what? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 51. TAMARA That you were in love with me. BEN The ring says I'm platinum with a long guarantee. So give me a reply. Tamara is grinning from ear to ear. TAMARA You're the best fun in the world. I'd love to marry you. She throws her arms around his neck. TAMARA (CONT'D) Can I say it then? BEN Say what? TAMARA I love you. Tamara holds him, profoundly affected. Something akin to fear flickers across Ben's eyes. The phone rings. BEN (ANSWERING IT) 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. BETH Shhh! There are writers here, trying to write. Beth is in the hen enclosure, a hen in her arms. BETH This is a Buff Orpington. She's looking a bit peaky today. Not a great layer but she's very decorative. Beth puts down the hen. BETH 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. NICHOLAS The famous Ben - Swipe, eh? Ben just about manages to shake it. BEN Swipe's over. Thought the whole world knew that. NICHOLAS It wasn't on Newsnight, no. BETH Ben is engaged to Tamara. Isn't that lovely? He'd just popped the question when I rang. NICHOLAS She said yes? Nicholas can't hide his disbelief. Ben is insulted. BETH We're delighted for you both. Boss leaps up, straining against a chain. BEN Why's he on a chain? BETH He was out of control. BEN How'd you like to be chained up? BETH He was chasing livestock. He could've got shot. BEN They shoot him; I'll fucking shoot them. He takes Boss. Beth and Nicholas are left alone. NICHOLAS I think the word is gobshite. BETH I hope he makes her happy. It's hard for girls when their dads walk out. Gives them bad taste in men. NICHOLAS What's that supposed to mean? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 53. BETH Just saying her father left when she was a girl and - NICHOLAS 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. NICHOLAS (V.O.) Patel's eyes were open, eloquent in death... 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 binoculars down. 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. BEN `Mai Buff Orpingtons. Oh, the written word. That's what the country does to you; turns you into one. What's up? TAMARA It's a shame it doesn't fit. Perhaps you should have taken one of mine with you when you went to buy it. BEN Yeah but I didn't know you then. TAMARA So... when did you buy it? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 54. Ben realises his mistake. Tamara laughs, shocked. TAMARA (CONT'D) Was this for someone else? Ben shrugs, not wanting to admit. The truth dawns. TAMARA (CONT'D) You gave it to Fran didn't you? BEN So? It's yours now. She never wore it. She didn't want it. TAMARA You asked her to marry you...? BEN 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. BEN (CONT'D) 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. TAMARA Do you? BEN 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. BETH 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. BETH (CONT'D) 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. BETH (CONT'D) 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? NICHOLAS Uh huh. Beth is on her way out. She turns and kisses him. BETH 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. CASEY Look at that cellulite... JODY She been sitting on a bead car-seat or what? Casey turns a page. CASEY `Her latest tattoo count was nine, including a Sumatran tiger and `Eternity' written in Sanskrit.' JODY She'll be getting a barcode done next. Right across there. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 55A. CASEY Nice baby though. I'd like one that colour. 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. CASEY That Ryan... JODY What a dick. CASEY I think he's cute. JODY No you don't. Would you snog him? CASEY Maybe. JODY 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. JODY (CONT'D) Ben! Ben! CASEY BEN!!! RYAN Wankers. Ben gives them a grin and a wave. Jody's heart soars. JODY Come on. 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. JODY She keeps this here for Andy. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 56A. CASEY What if she's got an alarm? JODY 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. CASEY What if they come back? JODY 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. NICHOLAS Is that Claire with an `i'? Beth has a tray of mince pies. Glen is at her side. BETH What about you, Glen? Where will you be? GLEN In London with a collection of spare academics. I guess we'll be decking the halls in our own erudite way. BETH I'll miss our chats. GLEN I've been in a state of writerly bliss these last weeks. I hope I get to come back. BETH Me too. We'd love to have you. Glen doesn't want Beth to move away. GLEN (CONT'D) You know, this is the best mince pie I've ever had. BETH Oh? GLEN If it was possible to have an orgasm from mere food, this mince pie would do it. BETH (EMBARRASSED) Golly. 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 undisguised horror. BEN What the fuck are we doing here? TAMARA It's kind of research; I want to write about them. They're funny, Ben - come on. They move through the crowd. VINTNER The 2001 was the best. Someone just bought my last three cases... POSH HIPPY So I've got her this gorgeous Rajastani gagara skirt... Arriving at the mulled wine. TAMARA Besides, I want to show you off. BEN What am I - arm candy? TAMARA More like arm fungus with that face on. Ben, meet Glen. Glen, meet Ben, my fiance. GLEN You're getting married? TAMARA Uh huh. GLEN OK. Beautiful dress, magazine photoshoot - everything the aspiring novelist needs. TAMARA I knew you'd be pleased. GLEN Have a mince pie. BEN Can we get out of here? TAMARA Wait. 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. ARMY GEEK In Field of Tares, you made Fred a corporal. But there's no such thing in the Royal Artillery. They call them bombardiers. NICHOLAS Oh, thank you for that... TAMARA Sorry. She flashes a smile at the Army Geek and puts her copy down in front of Nicholas. TAMARA Could you do it for Ben? He's my fiance. We're getting married in the summer. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 59. NICHOLAS So I hear. You have my heartiest commiserations, Tara. He hands her the book dismissively. Tamara is smarting. TAMARA 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. JODY 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 face. JODY (CONT'D) Ben... Casey is looking out of the window. The yellow Porsche is heading up the lane. CASEY Omigod! A wild panic. They put things back where they found them. JODY 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. BEN Why don't you sell it like you keep saying? TAMARA Because... I've started writing. BEN You can write anywhere. TAMARA But this is proper. Not just stuff for the paper. 'It's about my teens - and is working for me here. BEN 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. TAMARA Of course I'm with you... BEN 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. BEN We're leaving. Thank God. Andy looks at him. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 61. BEN Tamara says you sell Christmas geese. ANDY Yep. BEN Can I have one? ANDY Right now? BEN Yeah. Andy smirks, pointing at a big white duck. ANDY That one's spare. BEN Is that a goose? ANDY You can take it now if you like. BEN (DISGUSTED) Oh come off it. ANDY What? BEN It's fucking alive. ANDY Oh, you want it from Tesco, all plucked and headless sitting on a bandage. Ben's curiosity gets the better of him. BEN How d'you do it then? Andy points towards an upturned traffic cone, held in place by a metal frame. ANDY 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 - BEN Do you enjoy doing that? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 61A. ANDY No, but in my low wage economy, this flock's worth a lot. BEN You're a sick fuck, Andy. Andy has had enough. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 62. ANDY Grow up. BEN (SQUARING UP) What did you say? Andy stands. He's at least two inches taller than Ben. ANDY 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. ANDY Tamara rang me this morning. Said to finish the house. It goes on the market in the spring and that's it; over. GLEN Why does the asshole always get the girl? He stands with Andy; comrades. Andy slaps him on the back. ANDY 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 been redecorated. JODY 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. JODY (CONT'D) Are you listening? CASEY I like this. JODY What? CASEY 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. JODY So? CASEY It's painful. But funny. It's about her; Plastic Fantastic. She's sad, Jode. JODY 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. ANDY So what about the shed? TAMARA (V.0) Hang on... ANDY Am I dismantling it - or mending it? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 64. 96A EXT. DAY. LONDON - BEN'S FLAT. BALCONY./ EXT. DAY. WINNARDS 96A FARM. Tamara takes the phone out onto the balcony to escape the noise. She slowly smiles, knowing what he's thinking. TAMARA I don't know; the shed... What do you think? ANDY I recommend preserving it. TAMARA Really? ANDY Always useful, a good shed. TAMARA 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. BETH Really? Oh dear... NICHOLAS (V.O.) Yes, We thought it'd be a good opportunity to catch up. BETH Couldn't you do it another day? 97B INT. NIGHT. A RESTAURANT. 97B Nicholas is standing by the window on his phone. NICHOLAS (V.O.) 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 of unease. In the middle of the cake she ices a big question mark. Then she quickly looks up a number and dials. BETH Hello, Judy? 97D INT. NIGHT. RESTAURANT. 97D Judy and Nicholas are eating their starters. JUDY Beth, hello love. BETH I'm so sorry, I think Nicholas has got his phone turned off and um - JUDY He's right here. I'll put him on. 97E INT. NIGHT. STONEFIELD - THE KITCHEN. 97E BETH 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. BETH Nicholas has been telling the truth a lot recently. The cake, with its question mark, is finished. CASEY (V.O.) 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. CASEY (V.O.) You are so fit I wanna shag you. Love from Ben pfwoor!!! Jody takes another swig with a wicked grin, she sits at Tamara's PC. 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. CASEY (SHOCKED) What are you doing? JODY Just messing. I got one from Mum, one from that peanut Ryan, and a mystery one from Ben. CASEY I sent you that. Jody takes another swig from the bottle of wine. CASEY (CONT'D) Is that theirs? JODY It's my mum's; they don't drink this shit. She hands it to Casey. JODY Look what I'm doing. Come on. 99A INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - TAMARA'S BEDROOM. 99A Jody plonks herself down at Tamara's PC. JODY (CONT'D) We have to get him back down here. I'm sending him a valentine. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 66. CASEY No you are not! JODY From her address. CASEY He'll think it's from Tamara, you dipshit. JODY But I know it'll be from me. Subject: Hot Love. CASEY (amused, despite herself) Oh God, Jody... JODY Contacts: where are you Ben? CASEY Look, there's that bloke my mum works for; Nicholas Hardiment. JODY Let's put him on. Who else? CASEY Uncle Andy. JODY Andy Cobb. (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. CASEY Don't ever, ever send that. JODY I just did. Casey is appalled. CASEY You never! Jody nods. CASEY (CONT'D) You'll spoil it! Jody - I love coming here and you'll spoil it! GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 66A. JODY No I won't. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 67. CASEY She'll know someone's read all her stuff! JODY 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. BEN What the fuck is this? 101 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - BETH'S OFFICE. 101 Beth opens the email. BETH `Come to Winnards Farm.' 102 INT. DAY. EWEDOWN - THE VILLAGE PUB. 102 Andy is on the public computer looking completely puzzled. ANDY `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. ZOE She must want a foursome. Or something. 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. TAMARA 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. TAMARA (CONT'D) Why don't you believe me? I didn't write that email. BEN Explain it then. TAMARA Is this about Fran? BEN What's Fran got to do with it? TAMARA 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. TAMARA I wasn't pissed, or depraved or ANYTHING - Andy is outside his shed. ANDY It's OK, it's OK... The drumming leads up to a massive crescendo and stops. TAMARA Can you go to the farm? Just take a look, see if anyone's been in. ANDY No problem. TAMARA Thank you. Ben's really pissed off. He's massively got the hump - Ben appears from the other end of the large room. BEN Have I? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 68A. TAMARA Got to go. Sorry. She puts the phone down. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 69. TAMARA I've just asked him to go and check over the farm - BEN Are you thick? TAMARA What? BEN Isn't it obvious who sent it? That tosser Andy Cobb. TAMARA He wouldn't do that. BEN Making himself all cosy in your house. Going through your stuff, prob'ly wearing your fucking pants - TAMARA No way! BEN Bet it was him that nicked my black T-shirt. TAMARA There is no way Andy would do that! Ben pulls his jacket on. BEN Well that says it all; the way you leap to his defence. TAMARA He hasn't done anything. BEN You know what? I know Fran fucked my best friend but at least she was straight with me. TAMARA Ben - where are you going? Don't go! BEN Fuck's sake. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 70. He pushes her away, harder than he meant to. She lands on the sofa, shocked. BEN (CONT'D) (WITHOUT APOLOGY) 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 folding sheets. POPPY Oh come on mum. She's just stirring shit. Tamara's always done that. BETH Why's your father on there - and poor Andy? It's so tasteless. POPPY (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 to shoplift. BETH She taught you to shoplift? POPPY Mum, she's marrying Ben Sergeant. Why would she look at an old git like dad? 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. NICHOLAS What did you make of that email from Tamara? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 70A. ANDY It don't make any sense. Her London boyfriend's trying to fuck her up; that's my theory. Andy carries on working. ANDY (CONT'D) She could do so much better. Nicholas walks on. NICHOLAS (TO HIMSELF) Couldn't agree more. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 71. 107 EXT. DAY. EWEDOWN - THE BUS SHELTER. 107 Casey and Jody are pouring over a gossip mag; pictures of celebrity blonde with new man. CASEY 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. JODY (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. JODY It's Ben! CASEY `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.' JODY He's back with Fran? After... CASEY After that email, Jode. JODY No way. No way! Tamara's car zooms past. Her expression is black. JODY (CONT'D) Omigod... what if she's dumped? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 72. 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. JODY I'll never see Ben again... And it's all MY FAULT. Jody's mum comes into the room. MUM What's all your fault? JODY (putting the phone down) None of your business. MUM I'm bloody sick of you looking like a wet weekend. Who's Ben? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 72A. JODY No one. MUM What've you done? JODY Nothing. MUM Are you in trouble? JODY NO!... Leave me alone. MUM You take care with boys, Jody. You know what can happen. JODY What can happen? What can ever, ever happen in a place like this? She throws herself on her duvet, inconsolable. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 73. 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. LUCETTA Are they crows or jackdaws? It's so nice to get these little details right. BETH They're rooks. LUCETTA I've got an unhappy wife and a newly qualified vet discovering a forbidden world of physical love in a bird hide. BETH (THROUGH BINOCULARS) There's Nicholas... 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 copse. TAMARA I'm looking for Andy. NICHOLAS He's not up at Stonefield. Tamara is about to turn back. NICHOLAS So what about this shag I've been reading about? TAMARA Oh fuck off. NICHOLAS I liked your email. Very succint. TAMARA Well I didn't send it. And I wouldn't shag you if you were the last man left after a nuclear winter. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 73A. NICHOLAS I'll come round tomorrow then. About three? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 74. TAMARA 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. Tamara turns. 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. ZOE Still time to change your mind. Blue skies. Fun in the sun. ANDY Just not a traveller, Zoe. ZOE (GENTLY) 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. NICHOLAS 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. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 75. NICHOLAS Hello. TAMARA So. Nicholas. 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. NICHOLAS You can tell me to leave. Tamara says nothing. NICHOLAS 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. NICHOLAS 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. NICHOLAS Are you crying? TAMARA No. Nicholas is taken aback. He instinctively holds her. NICHOLAS Don't cry. Am I really that bad? Tamara shakes her head, glad of him. TAMARA I'm just not myself. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 76. NICHOLAS Yes you are. She looks up at him. NICHOLAS (CONT'D) You're relentlessly, rudely, uncompromisingly yourself. A smile appears on Tamara's face. TAMARA 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. NICHOLAS Is that why you're crying? TAMARA No. NICHOLAS Am I here as revenge on your ex? TAMARA I don't know why you're here. Why are you here, Nicholas? NICHOLAS Because... since you climbed over that stile in the summer I haven't thought about very much else. She doesn't believe him. TAMARA 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. NICHOLAS When can we do this again? TAMARA What about Beth? NICHOLAS Look, Beth and I have this kind of OPEN - TAMARA Bullshit. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 76A. NICHOLAS Thursday? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 77. TAMARA 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. BETH Oh poor you - was it awful? NICHOLAS Bloody terrible. Didn't move till well past Chiswick. But look, I nipped into Fortnums... He hands her a package. BETH All my favourite teas - Oh! He embraces her. He is affectionate, magnanimous in his bliss. Beth is taken aback by his warmth. BETH My goodness. You feel like my buzzy toothbrush just after I've charged it up. You should go up to London more often. NICHOLAS Maybe I will... Nicholas goes to the table. The writers greet him as he sits. NICHOLAS Sorry everybody; traffic was a pig. Do carry on... LUCETTA I'm trying this magic realist bit at the end of chapter three, where the characters slowly turn into BIRDS - NICHOLAS That sounds very innovative... LUCETTA Do you think so? It's sort of the key to the structure, which I'm thinking of as a nest shape... GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 78. 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. GLEN So after two years of radio silence I contact my editor. And she loves - I mean loves the chapters I did in the fall. BETH Oh Glen. GLEN I tried writing at the library but I could feel that awful paralysis descending again. 122A EXT. DAY. THE ROAD TO EWEDOWN / INSIDE BETH'S CAR. 122A GLEN (V.O.) 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. BETH I'm glad you've come back. GLEN 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. GLEN 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. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 79. GLEN 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 - BETH The bastard - GLEN Meanwhile, Hardy falls in love with a woman who is thirty nine years younger than him. BETH I don't believe it. Nicholas is passing through, reading The Independent. NICHOLAS Geoff. GLEN Glen. NICHOLAS Henry James. GLEN Thomas Hardy. NICHOLAS That's right, a Hardy book. Coming well? GLEN Yes, actually. Nicholas returns to the paper. BETH He gave his wife syphilis. NICHOLAS Jolly good. He goes. Beth is ashamed of his condescension. BETH He's completely distracted. He's up and down to London all the time. The latest Inchcombe's taking everything he's got. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 80. 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. TAMARA Is it any good? Because I keep - NICHOLAS Shush. (Points at the screen) This is brutally candid. You lay yourself completely bare. TAMARA I'm well-known for it. NICHOLAS Seriously. It's very moving. Tamara knows this is praise indeed. She is deeply gratified. TAMARA Thank you. NICHOLAS So... have I done my duty? TAMARA Admirably. NICHOLAS Now do I get my treat? Tamara, almost in his arms, is crestfallen. TAMARA 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. JODY Zero Ben sightings in two whole months. CASEY Last time I saw Plastic she looked like a minger; all red-eyed and gutted. Ben's a Love Rat. (MORE) GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 81. CASEY (CONT'D) She should move on... JODY She's probably topped herself. I would if Ben dumped me. CASEY Jode. Don't say that. What if she's done something? JODY Like got in the bath with her heated tongs? CASEY Like taken a stack of pills? We see Jody's thought bubble of Tamara luridly dead, her mouth coated with dried froth and vomit. JODY D'you think she might be lying there all choked in vomit and drug froth? CASEY That'd be dire. JODY If we find her we'll get in the papers. CASEY Oh my God. JODY 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. CASEY What's Uncle Andy doing here? Andy knocks. 126 INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. TAMARA'S BEDROOM. 126 Hearing the knock, Tamara springs out of bed. Nicholas spins into a panic. NICHOLAS Arse biscuits. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 81A. 126A EXT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. 126A Casey and Jody are watching as Andy waits. CASEY No answer... JODY She could have been lying there days. She could be like putrid now, like rancid - CASEY Oh no, I'm gonna chuck - JODY Like bloated and all greeny. CASEY And Uncle Andy'll find her by the smell! BOTH Eurrrrr! Shhhhh!! (MORE) GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 82. BOTH (CONT'D) 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. TAMARA Andy... Behind the railings, the girls can't help their look of disappointment at seeing her alive. JODY Bollocks. ANDY Haven't seen you for a while. Thought you might be ill or something. Or depressed or - TAMARA I've had my head down, writing. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 83. ANDY Come for a drink. Let's lighten up. TAMARA I'd love to, but... ANDY Shake off the winter blues. Come celebrate the spring. TAMARA I can't... I'm kind of on one with my writing. 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. TAMARA (CONT'D) Can we do it soon though? I'd really like to; just not right now. He nods at her in disbelief. ANDY (COOLLY) Sure. He turns on his heels and goes. Tamara closes the door. Outside, Andy is leaning over his land-rover, sickened. JODY D'you think he's in with a chance? CASEY No way. JODY Why not? He's fit. I'd do him. CASEY Jody - he's my uncle. JODY 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. NICHOLAS What's he doing here? TAMARA He just came on the off-chance. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 83A. NICHOLAS Off-chance of what? TAMARA He wants to know about roofing for the shed... 129 EXT. DAY. WINNARD'S FARM. 129 Andy's Land Rover roars away. JODY Let's go. I'm freezing my tits off. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 84. CASEY Wait!! 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. JODY Oh. My. God. CASEY It's him. From Stonefield. JODY 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. BETH 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. CASEY `Prolific author of intelligent crime novels.' JODY Fucking `D' list. How could she do that after Ben? CASEY Maybe she's numbing the pain. JODY He's not even a proper celeb. CASEY Maybe older guys know more... you know, bed stuff. JODY Eww! He's a perv. I hate him. CASEY Jode, I know who I feel sorry for. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 84A. 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. BETH Hello Casey. How are you? Jody nudges her. Casey nods. Beth posts her mail. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 85. BETH (CONT'D) You waiting for the bus? JODY Bus got scrapped. BETH So it did. Well. Hope it doesn't rain. She turns for home. CASEY Gutted for her. JODY Me too. Fat arse though, hasn't she? 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. CASEY There'll be the divorce and like acrimony and her world'll fall apart... JODY Yeah. CASEY But maybe one day, she'll put the bitterness behind her and find a new love... JODY Don't be daft. She's old, you big sop. A parked 4x4 looms out of the mist. CASEY See? That's D-List's car. JODY So this is where he hides it when he goes to shag Plastic. CASEY Yeah. Dirty git. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 85A. JODY Big old turd. CASEY He's a rotten cheater. JODY 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 himself out. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 86. 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 let down. NICHOLAS Shit salad. He gets out his phone. Jody and Casey are in the trees watching, satisfied. 136A INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE KITCHEN. 136A Beth is on the phone preparing to cook. BETH 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. NICHOLAS Yes, it's a frightful bore. BETH (O.S.) Well I'll hold off on the paella. Tamara arrives, breathless. Nicholas signals her to keep quiet. She looks guilty, anxious. NICHOLAS You're a marvel. See you soon. 140 INT. DAY. STONEFIELD - THE KITCHEN. 140 The line goes dead. Beth is disconcerted. Glen walks in. GLEN Beth, could I use your printer? BETH Nicholas is on the motorway with a flat tyre. But I couldn't hear traffic. Just rooks... GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 87. She snaps out of it. But she knows. BETH 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. TAMARA Nicholas, someone knows. Maybe we SHOULD - NICHOLAS Who cares? He kisses her, passionately. She is troubled but eventually responds. Jody nudges Casey. JODY 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. JODY (CONT'D) Fucking bingo. 141AA CUT 141AA 141A EXT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - THE GARDEN / LANE. 141A Tamara, dressed for a walk, heads down the lane. She looks preoccupied. 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. CASEY This is wrong, Jode. JODY She's asking for it; slut. I'm going to email D-List's wife. CASEY We should send the photo and be done with it. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 87A. Jody suddenly startles. JODY Casey. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 88. CASEY What? JODY While I was sitting here. Look. An e-mail from Ben come in. Just like that, when I'm here. (SHE READS:) `Tamara, Fran's baby has come.' 143 INT. DAY. LONDON - BEN'S WAREHOUSE FLAT. 143 Ben is play-fighting with Boss. BEN (V.O.) 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. JODY `Could drop him off next week. And when I'm back, maybe we could dot dot dot. Ben.' CASEY He's coming back. JODY 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 - CASEY What're you doing?? JODY `But I have found a reliable dog- lover in the village... CASEY No way, Jody! You're not sending it. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 89. JODY `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. CASEY You stupid cow! JODY I'm making something happen! CASEY You gone too far! JODY I'm getting him down here. CASEY / 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 /. JODY 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. CASEY You twat. JODY Fuck off then. 145 INT. DAY. NICHOLAS' SHED. STONEFIELD. 145 Nicholas is writing. Beth approaches. BETH 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. NICHOLAS You're a marvel. Cheers. He kisses her and prepares to leave. She is suspicious. BETH I could come with you. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 89A. NICHOLAS Oh, don't. You hate festivals. BETH But it's only Hadditon. I'll come. NICHOLAS It's completely boring. You'll hate it. Stay here. Her suspicion will stay silent no longer. BETH Have you got anything to tell me, Nicholas? NICHOLAS Like what? Nicholas attacks; the best form of defence. NICHOLAS God, it's like living with the effing moral police. Are you ever going to trust me? He goes. 145A EXT. DAY. EWEDOWN (PIG FIELD). 145A Nicholas drives through a huge puddle in his 4X4, splashing Casey. He roars on, oblivious. CASEY (getting her mobile out) Right. Wanker. 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. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 90. BETH I'm doing this cake in celebration. Well done. Glen holds up his mug of coffee. GLEN To Hardy. BETH (TOASTING HIM) Although I can't bear the man for what he did to his wife. Andy comes in with an armful of logs. GLEN Well, things were different then. She had no choice. Beth's mobile bleeps. She picks it up. GLEN She couldn't just walk away. I mean who'd put up with that now? Beth drops the mixing bowl. She cannot speak. GLEN (CONT'D) What is it? BETH (Looking to Andy) How do I find out who sent this? Andy takes the phone, sees the photo. ANDY It says number withheld. He returns the phone. BETH Did you know? Andy nods guiltily. Beth acknowledges what this means. ANDY Couldn't tell you. I'm sorry Beth. He leaves. BETH Her... Glen looks at the photo; Nicholas and Tamara's clinch. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 90A. GLEN Oh My God. This is just - this is horrible. BETH Right under my nose. I feel sick. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 91. GLEN It's so shitty, so insulting. You do not deserve to be treated - BETH If you're kind to me, I'll cry. I don't want to cry. I must be very clear. GLEN If there is anything I can do... BETH (MOVING AWAY) I have to do it myself. Beth's face cracks into distress. GLEN Hey, come on. BETH I trod in the sponge mix. GLEN 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. TAMARA (CALLING) Andy? Andy emerges. Tamara smiles tentatively. TAMARA Hey. How are you? Andy says nothing. TAMARA Would you like to have that drink? I could do with a friend / at the moment and - ANDY You and Nicholas Hardiment. That's a nice piece of work isn't it? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 92. Tamara is utterly dismayed. ANDY 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. TAMARA ANDY - ANDY I care a lot about Beth. She helped me out when I was at rock bottom. TAMARA I'm not going to split them up. It's JUST - ANDY (WITH CONTEMPT) A bit of fun? Tamara is covered with shame. TAMARA It's none of your bloody business. ANDY I reckoned I could still see the blazing girl you used to be. But now? TAMARA Shut up! ANDY I don't know who you are. She turns away, her eyes stinging. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 93. 150A EXT. DAY. A FILLING STATION. 150A Boss is crapping on a verge. Ben is on his phone. BEN That Jody? This is Ben Sergeant. 151 INT. DAY. EWEDOWN - JODY'S BEDROOM. 151 Jody falls off her bed. JODY 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. BEN So I'll meet you at Winnards Farm, four thirty. Ben zooms off. 152 INT. DAY. EWEDOWN - JODY'S HOUSE. 152 Jody is haranguing with her mum. JODY It's a nice dog, Mum! MUM Well I don't like `em. Dog-hair and slobber all over the place. JODY But I said yes. MUM No dogs, no way and that's final. Jody is devastated. JODY 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. JODY Live the dream, Jody... GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 93A. 153 EXT. DAY. HADDITON - OUTSIDE THE FESTIVAL MARQUEE. 153 Tamara pulls Nicholas into a quiet corner. TAMARA (CONT'D) Andy Cobb has rumbled us. NICHOLAS Cock pie. Has he told Beth? TAMARA I don't know. But he might. And I wouldn't blame him. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 94. NICHOLAS Well, I suppose it has to come out sometime. TAMARA Does it? NICHOLAS It's a good thing. Feels like a relief. Means you and I can start to think about our plans. For the future... TAMARA Nicholas?... NICHOLAS 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. MINDER 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. NICHOLAS It all runs very smoothly. I start a book in the summer, publish it the following spring. Bit of a factory, really. INTERVIEWER So you've just finished `Like The Night', Inchcombe's seventeenth adventure. Are you already planning the next? NICHOLAS 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. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 95. INTERVIEWER That's a bombshell for your fans. NICHOLAS (all for Tamara) Yes, but I'm moving on to fresh pastures. LADY IN THE CROWD No! NICHOLAS 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? INTERVIEWER This might be a good moment to take a few questions. Yes, the lady in the apron... BETH 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. NICHOLAS Madam, what a saucy question! BETH Why do you cheat persistently on your wife? Nicholas considers whether he wants to be publicly humiliated. He decides not. NICHOLAS 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. TAMARA It's got to stop, Nicholas. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 96. NICHOLAS You're right. I can't go on using her, lying to her. Won't be fun but I've got to do it. TAMARA LISTEN - NICHOLAS I don't feel alive with Beth! I haven't been living for years. She's had me smothered in a comfy blanket - TAMARA Nicholas, listen to me. She makes him look at her. TAMARA (CONT'D) We had fun. But it's wrong. And it's over. NICHOLAS But... I'm in love with you. TAMARA I'm sorry. Nicholas looks as if he's just been punched. NICHOLAS No. You can't end it. Tamara - Fuck supper! TAMARA Will you keep it down? NICHOLAS My God, you're cold hearted. TAMARA Please don't shout. NICHOLAS You don't feel a thing, do you? TAMARA 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 you? The question hangs between them. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 97. NICHOLAS There's someone else isn't there... TAMARA Oh for God's sake. NICHOLAS Not that narcissist drummer? TAMARA Goodbye. NICHOLAS It's that ignorant lunk isn't it? That muscle-bound wastrel Andy Cobb. TAMARA Andy Cobb is a far better man than you! 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. NICHOLAS (CONT'D) Thank you. 157 I/E. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - HALL / TAMARA'S BEDROOM 157 Jody knocks on the door. It's open. She pushes it. JODY (CALLING) Hello? It's Jody Long. About the dog? She looks around. JODY (CONT'D) Ben? She heads up the stairs. 157A INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - TAMARA'S BEDROOM. 157A GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 98. 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. BEN Hello Jody... Jody spins round. The door closes. Ben is standing behind it. He is wearing a tight black T-shirt; the man of her dreams. BEN 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 in. JODY I didn't break in. Used the key. BEN What key? JODY Found it under a pot. BEN Well for fuck's sake. Did you nick my T-shirt? JODY Took it as a souvenir. I'm sorry! Jody is very scared. She is crying. BEN Creeping about in our stuff? What gives you the right? JODY I just... like I always wanted to meet you...just once...just to tell you stuff... BEN What stuff? JODY Like... I love you. BEN So that's nice. Least someone does. JODY 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... BEN (CONT'D) D'you still love me, Jody? Even though I wanna lock you up in a young offenders institution? Jody nods, unsure. BEN (CONT'D) What would you do for me then? Would you do anything, like a proper fan? Jody looks at him, scared. She manages a nod. Ben approaches her. BEN (CONT'D) Let's see then shall we? We see Jody's phone flashing on the bed. CASEY (V.O.) Jody! What are you doing not fucking answering? 158 EXT. DAY. EWEDOWN. 158 Casey is at the triangle leaving a message on Jody's phone. Boss is running round and round it. CASEY 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 apprehension. 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. BETH I bet that bitch wants a baby. Well she'll find out; Nicholas doesn't do children. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 99A. She is brandishing a diamond dagger award. BETH (CONT'D) He'll leave it all up to her. That'll age her. GLEN BETH - BETH But suppose he discovers fatherhood? (MORE) GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 100. BETH (CONT'D) 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! GLEN Yes you have. Look at this place! BETH I hate him - I've wasted my life! GLEN No... What about all the work you do here? BETH Breeding goats? Baking fucking biscuits? It's meaningless! Beth bawls. Glen holds her. GLEN Beth... When I was lost with my book you helped me more than you know. You asked who I was writing it for... He starts to really hold her. The sobbing subsides. GLEN You. He kisses her. Beth looks at Glen; a revelation. The future opens up. She kisses him back. NICHOLAS Excuse me. Nicholas is standing in the doorway, looking grey. NICHOLAS (CONT'D) May I speak with my wife? Glen releases Beth. BETH No. You may not. She walks away. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 101. 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. NICHOLAS It's over. BETH That's Ben Sergeant's dog. Perhaps he's come to beat the shit out of you - good! NICHOLAS Beth - I finished it. She's been chasing me; this wild crush - BETH LIAR - NICHOLAS There's something desperate about her, something almost unhinged - BETH Good God, even when you try and tell the truth you lie. YOU LIE!! Nicholas is falling apart. BETH I want you to leave. I want a divorce. I want Stonefield. NICHOLAS Beth...Don't. You can't. BETH I will. (TO BOSS) 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. TAMARA Ben... GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 101A. 161 INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM - THE KITCHEN. 161 Jody is shakily pouring a pot of tea. BEN 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 right now. JODY Please don't tell my mum. BEN I knew it was boring round here but for fuck's sake... JODY I'm gonna get out as soon as I can. Going to work in Vegas - as a croupier. Vegas, or a cruise liner. BEN Aim high, that's what I say. 161A INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. THE HALL. 161A Tamara lets herself in. She calls: TAMARA Ben? 161B INT. DAY. WINNARDS FARM. THE KITCHEN. 161B GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 102. BEN Tamara. You've had an infestation. TAMARA (ENTERING) Of what? BEN Jody. 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. NICHOLAS Oy! Greg! I want a a word with you. GLEN It's Glen, asshole. Nicholas is stomping through the mud and cowshit. NICHOLAS You fucking devious bastard. GLEN I'm devious? I'm a bastard? NICHOLAS 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. GLEN You've abused her long enough / with your goddamn lies - NICHOLAS I want you out of my house. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 103. GLEN It's Beth's. She made this place - NICHOLAS And I fucking pay for it. I've given Beth all this. What can you give her? GLE I can give her / integrity! NICHOLAS Obscure literary shit not worth ten PENCE - GLEN You know if I made my pile fantasizing rapes and homicides I wouldn't be so proud. NICHOLAS (SHOVING HIM) You cunt. GLEN Fuck you. Glen grabs him round the middle. They struggle like overgrown schoolboys. NICHOLAS (CONT'D) 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. GLEN Now... get up, Nicholas. Let's talk about this like grown men. Blood trickles from the wound on Nicholas' head. He moans. GLEN (CONT'D) 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. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 104. They are heading straight for the trough. Nicholas is trying to get up on his knees. GLEN (CONT'D) 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 been seen? 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. TAMARA It was you? Jody can't look her in the eye. BEN Jody has explained that she did it out of deep love for me. To Ben's astonishment, Tamara smiles. He grabs his moment. BEN (CONT'D) Tamara... It's an apology. Tamara takes Ben's hand and leads him through to a dresser in the hall. She opens it. TAMARA (CONT'D) Ben. She takes the ring out of the jar and puts it in his hand. TAMARA (CONT'D) I'm in love with someone else. At that moment, Casey appears at the back door. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 105. CASEY 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. PENNY 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. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 106. 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. BETH Bitch. Tamara looks up. TAMARA Beth - no - BETH Brazen. That is brazen. Beth carries on walking towards her. TAMARA Beth. Don't. Tamara is running towards Beth. She cannot bear her to see. She throws her arms around her, protecting her. TAMARA (CONT'D) 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. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 107. BETH Nicholas. No. Her cries of grief soar over the valley. 171 EXT. DAY. THE FIELD - LATER. 171 Tamara, ashen, is on the phone to emergency services. TAMARA 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. TAMARA They're on their way... Beth seems totally closed off. Tamara gingerly approaches. She touches Beth's shoulder. TAMARA 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. TAMARA 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 her face. ANDY Tamara... Andy is watching. She turns away from him. He approaches. TAMARA I'm sorry. She starts crying bitter tears. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 107A. ANDY Tam, come on. It was an accident. Still Tamara cries. He comforts her. She lets him. He holds her for some time. ANDY I'd better get up to Stonefield. Come with me. We'll get this sorted. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 108. Tamara shakes her head. She separates herself from him and stands. ANDY Then get Ben to take you to London. Make sure he looks after you. Tamara walks a few paces away. She stares straight ahead. TAMARA I don't want to be with Ben. She looks back at Andy. He begins to understand. She walks off. 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 down. 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 MOUTHS: JODY 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. ANDY What are you doing? Glen can't look him in the eye. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 108A. GLEN 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 - GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 109. ANDY You can't run away. GLEN I'm not running away! I just finished my book; my time here is up. Destiny calls. ANDY Beth is asking for you. GLEN She's... Really? ANDY 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. GLEN I'm so sorry. Beth looks up at him despairingly. GLEN Do they... suspect anyone? I mean of like Foul Play? BETH It was my fault. I let the dog go! GLEN No, no... BETH I shooed him away! The police said it was an accident but... GLEN It wasn't your fault! BETH 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? GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 109A. GLEN Beth. I have to tell you... GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 110-111. For a moment, confession and silence hang in the balance. Glen opens his mouth to speak. GLEN (CONT'D) You live in the country. You share it with those dangerous beasts. And when they're scared, they run. Like we do... Glen is full of horror at his lie. But Beth is only grateful. BETH Glen. Stay with me. Her eyes, still red with grief, are full of their future together. 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. TAMARA Don't say anything. ANDY 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. TAMARA You did it on purpose, didn't you? ANDY What? TAMARA Made it so beautiful I'd never be able to leave. ANDY Been dying to get rid of you. This is my house. I was born in that room. GOLDENROD REVISIONS 20.10.09 112. TAMARA So you were. They are at the threshold. They kiss. TAMARA (CONT'D) Welcome home. THE END.