A suburban living room on the outskirts of Manchester.
JEAN CALLAGHAN - wife of Terry
ANGIE GIBBS - wife of Stuart
FIRST TV SNOOKER COMMENTATOR
SECOND TV SNOOKER COMMENTATOR
HARRY CAVANAGH- Criminal Gang Boss
JAMES McBROUDIE - TV News Reporter
NOISES , FADING FROM INTENSITY TO HUSHED EXPECTANCY)
COMMENTATOR: (in whisper- sound from TV is slightly tinny)
...and the sweat is standing out on O'Kane's brow now. You
can really see the desperation on his face. What a disastrous
day it's been for him......(volume of voice increases a
little) .... Here at the Eurosoft Guildhall Centre Preston
I swear you could hear a pin drop. Should O'Kane fail to
complete this break, then surely nothing can stop Brown
from taking the championship.
COMMENTATOR: If O'Kane loses the next two frames we're heading
for a real shock result, Alan. A winning margin of fourteen
frames in a World Series final would be completely unprecedented.
Not since 1975 have we seen -
COMMENTATOR: Hold it there, Keith. It looks like O'Kane
is ready to make his shot now. Just one quick gulp on the
COMMENTATOR: You know, Alan, there are those who say his
game's gone downhill since he gave up the whiskey...
COMMENTATOR: Yes, this is the big one...
OF SNOOKER BALLS, FOLLOWED BY HOWL OF DISMAY FROM CROWD.
FADE DOWN COMMENTARY)
No! I don't believe it! Cocked it up, he has, Jean
right good and proper.
Told you so
That Jimmy Brown is so cool.
It ain't over 'til its over. Pass us that bottle.
Ange, don't you think you've had enough?
Just have to reach it myself, won't I?
(FADE UP COMMENTARY)
COMMENTATOR: ...well, you have to say that there's no way
that the 'Wipeout' O'Kane of old would have fluffed a shot
COMMENTATOR: Hardly believable, is it, Alan? Just a simple
nudge into the far pocket would have done the trick...
COMMENTATOR:... and that leaves Brown with a relatively
easy break to take this frame. Here he comes now, looking
as cool and confident as ever.
COMMENTATOR:Remarkable, isn't it, Alan? Not a hair out of
(FADE DOWN COMMENTARY)
Just your type, that Jimmy Brown, ain't he, Jean? Quiet,
well-groomed. Got them dark broody eyes-
Hush, Ange. He's concentrating.
You are soft. (laughs) Hardly going to hear us talking from
here, is he? I reckon you're really struck on him.
Don't be daft.
Definately your kind of feller. Smooth, kind of respectable
looking. Wouldn't dream of going out the door without a
crease in his trousers. Probably irons his own underpants.
Tell you what, though. Bet he's different when you get him
between the sheets. Them quiet blokes are all the same.
Didn't you read that survey about it in Cosmopolitan? 'Repressed
passion', it's called. Apparently it lurks beneath the surface,
(embarrassed laugh) Shut it, Ange!
According to that survey
(gulps on drink)
sixty-five per cent of women under fifty say that quiet
blokes are the best lovers. They get an eighty per cent
rating for quality of foreplay and ninety per cent for staying
power. Ninety per cent! Sounds pretty good to me. I'm a
decent Catholic woman, I am. But it gives me goose pimples
just to think about it.
you don't want to believe everything you read.
S'pose that's why you went for your Terry. Very quiet and
controlled on the outside. But once those lights are out....
I expect there's no holding him back.
Ange, put a sock in it...
Aye, he's a dark horse, that Brown. But I still prefer the
Irishman. Tell you what, that O'Kane's got a lovely tight
little bum. Bet there's no problem with 'repressed passion'
Ange, you can't tell that just by-
(laughs) Don't be so sure. I been around a bit, I can tell
Say what you like about my Terry, though. He don't mess
about. Five years we been married. He's never so much as
looked at another woman.
(long sigh) Jean, you know very well that-
(sounding more than a little drunk) Now look, don't you
anything. My Terry
. I mean, he may have his faults (sobs)
Yeah Jean, but-
(Tearful) I don't want to hear it! I don't want to hear
no lies about my Terry. I mean
he's just a little
he can't help himself sometimes
Jean, I didn't mean-
He's got a good heart.
'Course he has, love
.'course he has
OF SNOOKER BALLS, FOLLOWED BY GASP FROM CROWD. FOUR SUCCESSIVE
CLICKS- CROWD RESPONDS WITH MORE FERVOUR EACH TIME. FINALLY
COMMENTATOR:And Jimmy Brown almost allows himself a smile,
as he takes his lead to seventeen frames to four. One more
frame and the match is his. You can see the anguish and
disappointment on O'Kane's fans' faces. Surely even they
cannot give him the ghost of a chance now...
Stop looking so flaming cheerful. I had a tenner on O'Kane
to win. Honestly, he's such a prat, that Brown. Look at
him, the smug git. So bloody cocky. Thinks he's got it all
(offended) Doing a little better than your Irishman, though,
(laughs) Pour us another drink.
(CLINKING OF GLASSES)
At least that Jimmy Brown looks after his family. He was
in Hello, showing us his
sumptuous residence in Provence.
that French bloke, it was
Got this gorgeous wife, he has.
Arabella Montague-something or other. Two lovely nippers.
Beautiful, hand made furniture. On This Is Your Life, he
was. With that Terry Wogan.
One of those Irishmen. Say what you like about Jimmy Brown,
he's a class act. That O'Kane, he's got five kids by three
different women. It was in The News Of The World. Said he
was two-timing his wife something rotten. Went off with
that super model... What's her name? Cala
That one that looks like she needs a damn good feed.
It said in the paper they had 'torrid nights of passion'.
Apparently (lowers tone of voice, slightly breathless) they'd
snort a load of cocaine, then she'd tie him up....(in whisper)...
you know, to the bedpost, like
. with these purple
Tell you what, (laughs) I wouldn't mind tying him up myself,
if you know what I mean.
Ange, you're wicked, you are...
(FADE UP COMMENTARY)
COMMENTATOR: ...If you've just joined us, we're live at
the Eurosoft Guildhall Centre, Preston, for the Final of
the Eurosoft World Series... believe it or not, this could
well be the final frame of the night. Brown looks set to
repeat his three previous World Series triumphs. Never has
he looked more comfortable.
COMMENTATOR: Well, Alan... some have said that O'Kane's
game has been affected by recent media attention surrounding
his private life...
(FADE DOWN COMMENTARY)
Reminds me of my Stu, that O'Kane. Got that same... glint...
in his eyes.
According to that article, all he has to do is look at a
woman and she goes for him. (dreamily) 'I was his willing
slave'... that's what that Cara Hunter said.. .. 'His wish
was my command'......
'Spect he's got women scattered all around the country,
just waiting for him to call...
Six times in one night, it said
Ha! You don't want to believe that!
Ange.... what time is it?
Stop fretting, will you.
(sharply) There's a clock on the video. You blind or what?
Twenty two... forty six... What time is that, Ange?
(sighs) Didn't they teach you nothing at school?
Terry always translates it for me.... ... Ange...
(agitated) Just watch the match, will you.
Ange... (sobs) you think I'm dumb, don't you?
(sighs) Look, I didn't mean -
Just like everybody else
you always thought I was thick.
. I'm your best mate., ain't I?-
(getting maudlin) All the teachers at school thought I was
a dumbo. They always put you in the top set with all the
posh kids and I was in with all the bloody numbskulls. Didn't
stand a chance there. If they'd taught me more stuff I'd
have understood it. But once you were in with the dimwits
they thought you were beyond hope. Best they expected of
me was that I might end up on some supermarket checkout.
I remember I used to help you with your equations.
It wasn't that I couldn't do them. They just never gave
me enough time to finish them
Of course, love-
Then you did that
management course, or whatever
it was. Got all them credits, didn't you. So you got that
job as a manager at British Home Stores. And I just got
pregnant and got married to Terry
He did the decent thing. Offered to marry me straight away.
Terry thinks I'm thick. I said to him, just the other week,
I said when little Billy gets to go to school next year,
I want to study sociology. At the Adult Ed place, you know,
where Maggie and Sue do that yoga class. You know what he
did? He just laughed at me. Told me to get the bloody tea
on. "You think I'm going to let a wife of mine waste
her time on stuff like that?" he said. "You've
got another thing coming", he said.
He probably doesn't even know what sociology is.
See, Ange, I weren't like you. I was what they call a
late developer. I saw this documentary about it on BBC 2.
With that Jonathan
. Yeah, Jonathan Milton, it were. Really
nice kind eyes, he's got. Anyway he had all these diagrams
and that. He said that Einstein
when he was at school,
they all thought he was thick. He were just like me. Crap
at maths. He said that some people just
That's nature, ain't it? I mean, you
can't change nature, can you?
People don't change
Like at school, when we were about fourteen, all the boys
used to fancy you. You had the pick of the whole year. I
used to get your sloppy seconds. You were just
Look, Jean, love, you're just a bit anxious at the moment.
It's to be expected.
Ange, you must know what time it's supposed to be all over.
he lets you in on things, don't he? Like I said,
Terry never tells me a thing. Not like that with you and
Stu, is it?
(sighs) Will you stop fretting!
(FADE UP COMMENTARY)
COMMENTATOR: What an amazing break by O'Kane. He's left
Brown in an almost impossible position...
COMMENTATOR: Unbelievable, Alan.... Unbelievable...
(FADE DOWN COMMENTARY)
Ha! Completely snookered! See, I told you. That Irishman's
got a bit of lead in his pencil.
There's no way Brown's going to get out of that.
d'you s'pose we'll run into the Beesleys in Benidorm?
You know. Ernie and Paula. Ernie used to be in Harry Cavanagh's
firm. Terry says they've got a villa out there.
(disinterestedly) Oh yeah.
(lowers voice) They had to skip the country. Big Inland
Revenue scam they were running. Harry got them out. He rigged
up false passports. The lot.
I thought you said Terry never told you anything.
They even got false names. Terry wouldn't tell me about
it at first. But eventually he let on that Harry's got contacts.
Big time. High up. In the Home Office, he says. And the
Harry certainly knows a few people.
Ernie and Paula got a complete new start. Kids go to this
posh International School. They've got it made.
You treat Harry right, he won't let you down.
That's how it's gonna be, ain't it? For you and me and Terry
and Stu. Once this last job's over. Terry swore to me this
was the last job. I mean, he didn't tell me much about it,
I'm not as thick as he seems to think.
. Everything will be taken care of. You can
trust Harry Cavanagh. Harry's all right.
It's not for me
. All this luxury, I mean
mean, I'm not used to it. It's for little Billy. A better
life for little Billy. I mean, he didn't see much of his
dad 'til he was three. I didn't like to take him for visits
. Thought it might upset him
I mean, I know he's only little. You probably think I'm
Hey, Jean, remember those two waiters at the Esplanada last
year? Kept coming over to us asking us if there was 'anything
special we wanted'. What were they called? (dreamily) Ooh,
yeah... Julius and Luis. Didn't take them long to work out
that we were bored stupid sitting around the pool all day,
what with Terry and Stu always off at those 'business meetings'
with Harry and the boys. Me, I fancied the tall one with
the designer stubble and the six pack.
That was Julio... Julius..
No, that was Luis. Julius was the one you had the hots for.
I did not!
(FADE UP TV NOISE. CLICK OF BALL AND CROWD REACTION)
COMMENTATOR: Not quite what we expected at this stage, Alan.
COMMENTATOR: Here at the Eurosoft Guildhall Centre, Preston,
O'Kane has finally the broken the deadlock and has won his
first frame. Unfortunately he has a nigh on impossible task
on his hands. But at least he's given his wife, who we can
see in the front row of the audience, something to look
more cheerful about.
COMMENTATOR: You have to give Marcie O'Kane a lot of credit.
Despite all the adverse publicity, she's always stuck by
COMMENTATOR: Yes, Keith. A very elegant lady. Now, Jimmy
Brown just has to keep his cool a little longer.
COMMENTATOR: Well, he barely raised an eyebrow when he lost
that game. I'm sure he's still supremely confident.
(FADE DOWN TV)
I knew it. I tell you, Jean, we're in for a comeback now.
Not a chance.
You should see Wipeout when he gets riled.
That Marcie's a brave woman
just showing her face.
It said in the News Of The World that he when he has one
too many he can lose it completely.
He's going to surprise us yet.
She's had plastic surgery on her face. You wouldn't think
it, would you?
(FADE UP TV - CLICK OF BALLS AND CROWD APPLAUSE)
What a shot! I told you, Jean. Wipeout's not finished yet.
Set that one up beautifully, he did.
Terry says it's better that he doesn't tell me the details
of his work. Fewer people who know about it the better,
he says. What you don't know, you can't tell, he says.
Jean, just watch the game will you?
He always says that
is the most important
That O'Kane looks so sexy when he leans over that table.
The thing is... Ange... I ...kind of ..couldn't help overhearing
the other day
. in the back room... talking
to Stu.... they were going on about... 'Group...' something
or other. I couldn't understand half of what they were saying.
I mean, I know I shouldn't
I know it's a sin, listening
in like that. I told Father Casey, you know, that I was
. I didn't tell him what I heard. Maybe
that's a sin, too.
Jean, right now it's best if you put that all out of your
mind. You think Terry would want you to fret like this?
it's just that
look, I swear I haven't
told anyone about this. Not even Father Casey. It's just
I could swear Terry said... they were going
to need...(gulps) ... a piece...
(snaps) You must have heard wrong.
Ange, I told you, I'm not stupid. He was whispering, like.
. Oh, this is terrible , Ange
.I had my ear
pressed right up against the door.
Jean, you know full well that Harry Cavanagh's firm don't
That's exactly what's been worrying me. You don't think
... they're planning to... go it alone, do you?
(hesitates) 'Course not.....
They wouldn't be that stupid, would they, Ange? My Terry,
he's got brains, he has. He knows what would happen if Harry
discovered they were operating on his patch. You know, treading
on his toes. That Harry, he's a powerful man. What with
all them high up contacts of his. He wouldn't like it if
Jean, don't fuss. Your Terry'll have every second planned.
Stu... he... gets a bit wild sometimes, but... Terry'll
keep him in check.
Ange.... remember George Blaine?
Ange, you must remember George. Used to go out playing pool
with my Terry. Small, dark feller. Lived in Salford.
. Yeah, I s'pose
One day I says to Terry, 'Going out with your mate George
tonight?' And he looks at me like I just blasphemed or summat.
Like I'd mentioned the Devil himself. Or smashed up a photo
of the Holy Father. 'We don't talk about George any more'
he says. Then he gets really hard faced. You know how he
can be. 'Listen to me', he says. 'You never heard of him.
Got it ?' Well, I was reading the local paper a few days
later, and I come across this obituary column. 'Accidental
death', it said.
Jean, what's all this about? I'm trying to watch the match.
Ange, you know something, don't you...
Don't know what you mean
I've seen that look on your face before.
Ooh! D'you know, I'd have thought that shot was impossible.
. Harry had him
. rubbed out, didn't
(laughs) I think you're being a bit melodramatic, love.
Ange, I know that Stu
he lets you in on what they're
doing, don't he?
Maybe he does
But you don't want to know. What you
Ange, it's a security firm job, ain't it ?
(sharply) So what if it is? I told you, Jean, leave it.
You don't need to worry. I told you, everything's going
to be taken care of.
UP BURST OF APPLAUSE FROM TV, THEN FADE DOWN)
Wow! Seventeen-six. I tell you, Jean, Wipeout's making a
what do you mean, everything's going to be taken
care of ?
I'd fancy Wipeout for the next frame too, with an opening
shot like that. There again, (forced laugh) I'd fancy him
The other night, when Terry and Stu were out at the dogs,
we were were watching that programme
whilst we were waiting for that movie to
come on, What was the name of that movie?
That was the one. Where that creepy horrible gangster just
turns around and shoots that bloke
just 'cos he were
feeling a bit twitchy
didn't seem like a good fella
to me. There was something on Panorama about security firms...
Apparently, there are all these new laws... to do with merging
the police and security firms. I couldn't really make head
nor tail of it. Something to do with 'infernal markets'....
(laughs) Internal markets, Jean
internal markets. Jean,
the point is, Stu and Terry are professionals. They know
what they're doing.
Do you remember that bloke going on about the new security
police being armed...'in exceptional circumstances', he
said..... Ange, what d'you think he meant by 'exceptional'?
it's probably all over by now. There ain't nothing
we can do..
I'm going to call Terry
on his portaphone. I've got
to warn him, Ange
(sharply) No! You know he wouldn't like that. You know he
always tells you not to interfere You never know what he
might do if -
You DO know what the job is, don't you, Ange? Your Stu,
he tells you everything... I know Terry thinks I'm too thick.
Reckons I won't understand or I'll blow the gaffe to someone.
But I wouldn't do that, would I, Ange?..... (distressed)
If only he trusted me a bit more... I know.... he's a bit
... hard on me... sometimes.... but he does love me....
(sharply) He's got a bloody funny way of showing it.
What happened last week was.... just a one-off.
He said he was sorry.... he did...
Naturally. Bought you those roses as well,didn't he?
(sniffs) He's a good bloke, my Terry.
Took you out for a posh meal, didn't he?
I told you, he's-
That was after he picked you up from casualty, wasn't it?
(JEAN DISSOLVES INTO SOBS)
Jean, love, I didn't mean to-
(angrily) You can bloody talk! Your Stu's had more women
than that Wipeout O'Kane. What do you think he gets up to
when he's down in London with Harry's boys?
Best not to ask. That's the way it's always been with Stu.
I overhear things
I thought you said that was a sin.
It is. But I overheard them talking about some chicks they
picked up. One was this tall black woman. The other -
(tense) Jean, I don't think I want to hear this.
You don't care?
I never said that.
Always forgive him, don't you? I wish I could do the same
for Terry. After all
they can't help it.
Jean, you know what I said, about everything being taken
Ange, I'm scared. Ange
(a little shakily) Prestwich 56792.
(cockney accent, voice tinny on telephone) Jean, darlin'...
you sound as lovely as ever... even on the end of a phone.
Lucky bloke, I always say, that Terry. Your wife, I always
say to him, she's a cracker, she is. Quiet ones always get
the best deal, don't they? (laughs)
(affected pleasant voice) You're too kind, Harry. So good
to us, you been ..... (hisses in whisper to Angie) It's
Harry Cavanagh... (affects pleasant voice again) ... Harry,
we did thank you for that Eurosoft Playmodule you bought
for little Billy on his birthday, didn't we?
(unctuous) Don't even mention it. My love. Got to do the
best we can for our trusty employees, ain't we? And their
families. Who knows, maybe one day the little feller'll
join our family business... (laughs)... Listen, love, I
don't suppose Angie is there...
Me and Ange... we're watching the snooker final. O'Kane
was down by eighteen-four and now it's eighteen-seven. (Whispers)
He wants to speak to you.
Pass it over, then..
. Harry... so good of you
Hello, babe. I been thinking about you. 'Specially since
the other night. To tell you the truth, I ain't been thinking
about much else.
I got you babe. She's listening. But I tell you, honey,
you were really something else. It won't be long before
we'll be together again
. When I see you, you be sure
to be wearing that little blue number I got you.
Listen, you sure she hasn't wised up yet?
Oh, yeah. Quite sure, Harry.
You'd better be right. You know what she's like. Slightest
thing and she'll blub. Remember, she musn't know a thing
'til the last minute. She'll panic. Probably try to call
Terry on his mobile. She could blow the whole operation.
Frankly, babe, she's a risk. You could still change your
mind, y'know. Drop her. Then there'd just be the two of
. It would be so much simpler. But you won't be
persuaded, will you?
You're right, Harry.
I've gotta say something, Angie baby. I'm counting on you,
Angie. Not to let me down. Right now everything is going
very smoothly. If you let me down I'd be so
Not that you'd ever
Of course, Harry.
according to the information you gave me, the hit's scheduled
Yeah... that's right, Harry...
I'll get my on the blower to Group Seventeen. They'll be
waiting.... I'll call you when I've got your transport set
O.K.... Harry... that's just fine.
Angie... I have to say how much I appreciate your ...loyalty....
You know how important it is to me that my boys stick to
the rules... I mean, private enterprise is all very well,
but.... I must admit, I was surprised, being as you're his
wife... but after what you told me about what happened when
you caught him the other day...with that Sally Ensum
I reckon he'll deserve what's coming to him.
(grimly) Too right, Harry.
Oh, Angie, my love.... don't forget to.... pack your suntan
oil. (wry laugh) And your cap.
Sure thing, Harry.
(DING AS TELEPHONE RECEIVER REPLACED)
(anxious) Ange... what did Cavanagh want?
(takes deep breath) He said not to worry, everything is
sorted. Said we'd be sunning ourselves in Benidorm by tomorrow.
I've got everything packed. Except the telly. No point Taking
the telly, is there? (forced laugh) Couldn't really fit
in in our luggage for the plane now, could we? I mean, they
have telly in Spain, don't they?
(FADE UP COMMENTARY AND CROWD CHEERING AND APPLAUDING)
COMMENTATOR: This is truly amazing. One of the most incredible
recoveries I've ever seen. O'Kane has now taken the last
four frames. The score now stands at seventeen frames to
COMMENTATOR: Absolutely stupendous, Alan. I can hardly believe
it. Especially that deep screw O'Kane pulled off to win
the last frame but one. This man Brown is so cool, so composed.
But who could stand up to the kind of form that O'Kane has
(FADE OUT COMMENTARY)
(forced laugh) He could try a deep screw on me anytime.
Ange .... what time is it now?
I told you before, there's a clock on the video. Looks like
Wipeout's got another frame sewn up.
Twenty three....oh five... Ange, d'you think it's.... all
(barely suppressed anger) ... Jean...
Ange... I'm getting really scared.... Ange...
(angry and tense) For Christ's sake, Jean, shut it!
UP COMMENTARY AND EXCITED CROWD IN BACKGROUND)
COMMENTATOR: ... And you could cut the tension in here with
a knife. If O'Kane can pot this black he's fought back from
eighteen- four down to eighteen-ten and in this form, you
could almost believe he'll take it all the way. Here he
comes, now, for the vital shot.....
(CLICK FOLLOWED BY UPROAR FROM CROWD)
COMMENTATOR: He's done it!
COMMENTATOR:Unbelievable, Alan. Truly unbelievable. They
do say, Alan, that O'Kane can be like a man possessed when
he gets onto a roll like this.
COMMENTATOR: It's not been an easy year for him, of course.
COMMENTATOR: Certainly he's had a lot of personal problems,
Don't start again.
What is it?
Pass that bottle over here, will you... ... Ange.... It's
the Natwest Bank, isn't it? Off Picadilly. I'm sure I heard
Terry say something about 'Natwest'.
(sighs) You don't give up, do you?
It's quarter past eleven. Maybe they've made the hit already.
(panics) They could be here any minute.
(FOOTSTEPS, CURTAINS BEING PULLED)
For God's sake, sit down. You won't get them back any quicker
(little further away from mic) But Ange...anything could
be happening out there. And Ange... what would I tell little
(exasperated) Jean... I told you, it will be all right.
It'll be just like Terry told you. In a couple of days we'll
be on the Costa Blanca.
(now closer to mic again) Ange...
Ange, we don't have any secrets from each other, do we?
(almost falters) 'Course not...(nervous laugh)
Ange, there are times.... when... I just want to scream
at him.... at Terry... There are things I haven't told you
Please don't get mad with me
I know we're supposed
to share everything, but
. I mean, he can't help it.
His dad were an alcoholic. Used to beat the crap out of
him regularly. I mean, he's always so sorry
I have. Told him I'd leave him if
he threatens me again
. He said he'd break my legs
to stop me running away
. He don't mean it. He's just
messed up, Ange. You should see him with Billy. Really loves
that boy, he does. You should see that garage he got him
for his birthday. Real model custom cars.
Pass that bottle over...
He just keeps it all in, you see. Repression, that's what
it is. See, I'm not thick, am 1, Ange?
If it wasn't for the repression
(FADE UP COMMENTARY)
COMMENTATOR:...and we must apologise to viewers who have
just tuned in who were hoping to see the late movie classic,
Apocalypse Now. Our schedules are now running approximately
half an hour late. There has been a spectacular comeback
by the mercurial Declan 'Wipeout' O'Kane, which threatens
to make this the longest final for many years.
COMMENTATOR: ...since 1982, I believe, Alan. A match featuring
Canada's Roy Clarke and our own Stan Chapman, which was
decided in the thirty third game when Chapman hit a glorious
triple on his final break.
COMMENTATOR:I remember it well, Keith. Looks to me like
there's every chance of O'Kane taking it up to the wire
now. For those of you who've just joined us, O'Kane has
cut back Brown's lead from seventeen - four to seventeen
- thirteen. Keith, I wonder of there is any precedent for...
COMMENTATOR: Well, Alan, in 1963, in the semi-final-
COMMENTATOR: I'm... so sorry... Keith... I'm going to have
to cut you off there. And I'm afraid that we'll have to
leave the Eursosoft Guildhall Centre Preston for a few moments.
A voice in my ear says we have to go over to the newsroom
for a News Flash.
(TRUNKATED VERSION OF DRAMATIC 'NEWS' INTRODUCTION THEME
This Newsflash is brought to you by International PowerGen.
Reports are coming in of a major robbery in Manchester city
(QUICK FADE DOWN OF COMMENTARY)
Oh my God! Ange!
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...as yet we have been unable to obtain live pictures but
we understand that there has been gunfire and that a number
of people have been injured. Our correspondent James McBroudie
is on the line, live from Manchester.
(over crackly phone line)... It's very hard to work out
exactly what has happened here tonight. There seem to be
a number of conflicting accounts at the moment. What is
certain is that there have been casualties, serious ones
we believe, and that some of those casualties were passers-by
who may have picked up stray bullets. We believe that a
Group Seventeen Security Van carrying cash shipments was
attacked by masked men with guns at approximately ten- thirty
Do we have any indication as to whether the raid was successful,
or as to whether the raiders have been apprehended?
Very difficult to say, I'm afraid. The impression I got
when I spoke to the Group Seventeen officer who has been
brought in to deal with the emergency is that the raiders
have been cornered and may be under fire from his men.
Thank you, James McBroudie. We'll get back to you, James,
when we can get some live pictures through. In the meantime
we'll return you to Alan Bradshaw in Preston. This newsflash
has been brought to you by International PowerGen. 'Serving
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COMMENTATOR:Welcome back to the Guildhall, where 'Wipeout'
O'Kane has now pulled back to eighteen-seventeen...
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Ange... oh my God.... Ange (breaks down) What are we going
to do, Ange?
(icily) There's nothing we can do.
(tearful) But.... Ange.... Terry and Stu
Just forget it.... watch the match.
Listen to me, Jean. I told you, everything's been taken
care of. We'll be in Benidorm by tomorrow morning.
Ange, I was right, wasn't I?
So much for us having no secrets. You're just like Terry.
You think I'm a security risk.
Jean, I told you, you're safe with me.
They've been working for themselves, haven't they, Ange?
Harry's shopped them, hasn't he? (panics) I'm going to call
But I've got to do something. If I talk to him, he'll listen.
He'll surrender. Maybe they'll only give him a few years,
It's no use, Jean-
(SOUNDS OF BRIEF STRUGGLE)
Ange, you've got to let me
It's too late, Jean. There's nothing you can do now.
(tearful) But Ange-
I told you, it's all over.
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COMMENTATOR: And so O'Kane has pulled the score back from
seventeen frames to four to seventeen frames to fifteen.
What an amazing comeback this has been.
COMMENTATOR: He's got that old glint in his eyes, Alan...
(CLICK OF SNOOKER BALL, THEN ANOTHER. THEN ANOTHER. THEN
CROWD CLAPS LOUDLY)
COMMENTATOR: Well, with a start like that, Brown's going
to need all his resources to win this frame.
COMMENTATOR:Yes, Alan. I've never seen him look more worried.
Maybe it's premature to say this, but the Irishman may well
have broken his spirit-
COMMENTATOR: So sorry to cut you off, Keith. But I'm afraid
we'll have to leave the Preston Guildhall for a few minutes
and go directly live to the Newsroom for an Update on that
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We can now go to James McBroudie in Manchester, where I
believe we now have live pictures.
I told you
it's Picadilly. The Natwest
(FADE UP TV)
As you can see here we have witnessed a scene of devastation
tonight. Latest estimates suggest that there may be up to
six dead and seven wounded. What is a mystery is how the
Group Seventeen command had got wind of the raid. We have
heard rumours that a tip-off may well have been received
and that they were, therefore, prepared to deal with it....
For a while, the raiders held eight Group Seventeen men
hostage in the security van itself. But just a few minutes
ago a crack squad of Group Seventeen commandos led a daring
raid and we now understand that the two masked raiders have
What about the hostages, James?
Well, latest reports indicate that three or four of them
may have survived.
James, what would you say might be the political implications
of what has happened tonight?
I would say they may be considerable. This is the first
time that Group Seventeen has used firearms on this scale
since the National Government passed the controversial Police
and Security Forces Privatisation Bill last year. According
to our sources, already the opposition leader Michael Stone
has demanded a special sitting of Parliament in order to
debate the issue. But our poll of polls last month suggested
considerable public support for the new Security Police
being fully armed. I would guess that the Government supporters
will count this as a propaganda victory for their policies.
Thanks again, James. We will bring you more pictures as
we get them. And more analysis, all live as it happens.
This newsflash has been brought to you by International
(hysterical) Ange... my Terry...
(harshly) Stop blubbering.
But Ange... Terry and Stu.... they've...
Come on, Jean. You can forget the hysterics. We've both
been hoping this might happen one day.
Cut the crap, Jean. You know very well you wanted rid of
him. How many times have you told me about Terry's little
'punishments'. How he rations out those smacks around the
face he gives you when you break his little 'rules'. You
don't really think that the make-up hides the bruises, do
(sobs) He always promised that, if I was good-
Christ, Jean, did it never occur to you that he ENJOYED
it? .... I've seen you in your swimming costume often enough.
You think I'm stupid? You think I haven't noticed those
marks on your back and your thighs?
Ange... how I am I going to explain it to Billy when he's
older? He's lost his dad, Ange...
Oh yeah.... Couple of weeks ago you kept him out of nursery,
It was.... chicken pox...
Like hell it was. I looked after him when you went out shopping,
didn't I? Too polite to mention it, wasn't I? Wouldn't want
to rock the boat, would we, Jean?.... You don't get bruises
like that from chicken pox, Jean... bruises on the back,
the arms, the back of the head...
he couldn't help it
Of course. Just like that Wipeout O'Kane. What was it that
Carmine Hunter said about him?
(Through sobs) She said 'he couldn't control himself
he was like a wild animal
I told you he reminded me of Stu. 'Course, Stu really impressed
me at first. So flash. So full of promises. I didn't even
mind waiting for him when he did that two year stretch.
And I was faithful to him, all that time, no matter how
randy I got. I used to write him these long letters telling
him how the sun shone out of his arse. You know, I used
to go to confession and tell the Father about my temptations.
I must have said a million bloody hail marys. After he came
out I turned a blind eye to everything. Forgave him every
time he came in at four in the morning, Roaring drunk and
smelling of some slut. One day last month he came in late
with a few of his mates from Harry's firm. They'd been down
at some club. About three thirty, it was. So I come down
in my dressing gown. 'Been worried sick about you', I tell
him. Then he leans over me and starts touching me up, running
his great sweaty hands up me leg, in front of his mates.
They thought it were a great laugh. Then he starts saying
'Hey, lads, who wants a piece of this?'
Ange, you didn't
'A piece of this'! I ask you. I says to him, you been watching
too many of them gangster movies. I can't tell you what
I said to him next. I'm a decent Catholic woman. It don't
bear repeating. Then last Tuesday
. I caught him at
it with that cheap slag from the garage down the road, that
Sally Ensom. I'd only popped in home for ten minutes in
me lunch hour. When I let myself in the house, I thought
I could hear some pretty funny noises, from upstairs. Sounded
like rhinoceroses on heat, it did. (short, unemotional laugh)
Ange, you don't need to -
(getting increasingly angry)
.I rushed upstairs and
there they were. On our bed. The one I'd stripped down and
changed the sheets on before getting the bus to work. There's
a picture of the Holy Mother there... above the bed. That's
the first thing I saw, Jean, that picture of the blessed
Mary... shaking it was, shaking... Then he looks up at me,
and he just laughs. Tells me to go put the kettle on. 'Not
finished yet', he says. 'Bring us a cuppa after', he tells
me. Can you credit that, Jean?
He said 'Bring us a
(crackly telephone voice) You've probably heard the news.
Everything's gone just hunky dory. A word in the right ear
always does the trick. Listen, your transport's arriving
in five minutes. Prestwick
. 3.20. First flight to
Benidorm. First class.... no expense spared. And there'll
be private swimming pools for you both.
Harry, you do spoil us so.
Couple of days and I'll join you. One or two things to sort
out first. I'll have to have a little word with a few friends
of mine. You see, Angie my love, we have a few little agreements
in place. A word in the right place at the right time can
in my position
You might say that I operate as a kind
for Group Seventeen .
I can supply them with the right information at the right
time they'll Get some very
You're a clever man, Harry.
If I say it myself. Now, you remember what I said 'bout
that little blue number.
(DING AS TELEPHONE RECEIVER REPLACED)
Harry sends his
condolences. He's booked us into the
Esplandada. Only he says we need to get going fast. Otherwise
the Plain Clothes lot from Group Seventeen will be round
here in no time bothering us, asking awkward questions.
Harry says that awkward questions are the last thing we
need right now. He says everything will be laid on when
we get there. Passports, the lot. He says a car will be
here to pick us up in a few minutes. Now, you go and get
Billy. You know Billy, he won't wake up. I'll help you carry
him into the car if you like...
OF FOOTSTEPS, DOORS SHUTTING, CAR ENGINE TURNING OVER IN
Right. Told you the boy wouldn't wake up. He's going to
get the shock of his life when he comes to. Not every day
you get a surprise holiday, is it?
I can't believe we're just.... going...We ought to switch
the lights off.
Leave 'em on. Least it will delay Group Seventeen when they
What about the telly?
Might as well leave that on as well. Make 'em think we're
in. Delay them a few minutes.
DOORS SLAMMING, THEN CAR DOORS SLAMMING.THEN CAR DRIVING
AWAY- FADE INTO DISTANCE. FADE UP TELEVISION SOUND)
COMMENTATOR:... and so O'Kane and Brown are face to face
at last. O'Kane has brought the score back to seventeen
frames apiece. Now he's faced with a simple pot to clinch
the entire match, and with it this year's World Series Championship.
COMMENTATOR: I must say, Alan... looking at Jimmy Brown
now, he really does look rattled.
COMMENTATOR: And O'Kane leans forward...... Oh No!
(LOUD RINGING ON DOORBELL)
COMMENTATOR: Could you credit it, Alan. Could you credit
COMMENTARY. FADE UP MORE RINGS ON DOORBELL)
MATSON: This is Inspector Matson of Group Seventeen North
West. I have a warrant to enter these premises.
(BANGING ON DOOR)
MATSON:I must warn you that, under the Powers invested in
me by the Police and Security Services Privatisation Act
I have the right to use forcible entry to gain access.
(SMASHING OF GLASS. FADE UP COMMENTARY)
COMMENTATOR: Unbelievable scenes at the Preston Guildhall
tonight. Would you believe that O'Kane has missed an absolute
sitter and has virtually given the frame to Brown... And
Brown strides up. He's not messing about here....
(SERIES OF CLICKS OF SNOOKER BALL FOLLOWED BY CROWD ERUPTION)
. All the lights are on. And the telly. Looks
like they got going in a hurry.
Shall I search the house, sir?
MATSON: Yes, constable. Start on the top rooms. I want a
(SOUND OF ASCENDING FOOTSTEPS, GETTING FURTHER AWAY FROM
MATSON (crackly voice, on phone) Harry?
(Jovial) John, my old mate. Thought you'd never call.
MATSON: (hisses tersely) You said they'd be here. You swore
Now, John boy, don't get so excited. Everything has gone
just as we planned. All sewed up, mate.
MATSON: Group Seventeen will have my arse for this.
(chuckles) I wouldn't worry, my old son. You wouldn't have
got much out of those two anyway. I give you my personal
guarantee thast it'll all blow over in no time.
MATSON: They'll fire me. You know the new rules. Zero tolerance
for failure. And no pension rights. I stand to lose the
house, the car, everything.
Matty, my old pal, it just so happens that I've put a word
in for you with one or two top people in Group Seventeen.
Let's just say they owe me a few favours. I have it on the
highest authority that in a couple of years from now you'll
be Chief Superintendent. Take my word for it. A little bit
of investment in the right place, at the right time, never
does anyone any harm. That's what I say. Now, when this
happens, no doubt you'll want to express your
MATSON: (relieved) Harry
I misjudged you
don't know what to say.
Don't mention it. I always make sure that my friends in
any organisation are
you make Chief Superintendent.. even Regional Commander
we'll really get the ball rolling. (Laughs broadly) Know
what I mean?
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COMMENTATOR:And it's all over... At the last possible moment
Jimmy Brown has recovered and has taken the Eurosoft World
Series championship for the third successive year. What
a fantastic achievement.... and what an incredible, unexpected
ending to a dramatic night of surprises....