Tracie's Story Accused


Tracie's Story

Drama series created by Jimmy McGovern. English teacher Simon's transvestite alter-ego is involved in a love triangle which leads to a terrible crime of passion.


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KEYS JANGLE IN LOCK

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MUSIC: "Bliss" by Muse

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Victoria Street, please, doll.

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No problem, mate.

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Who's got you ready? Stevie Wonder?

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# Everything about you

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# Is how I'd want to be

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# Your freedom comes naturally

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# Everything about you

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# Has innate happiness

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# Now I won't settle for less... #

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WOLF-WHISTLES

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-How much?

-£7.20.

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-Ta, love. Keep the change.

-Thanks.

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-All right.

-And, uh...good luck.

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You'll need it looking like that.

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"Payment in kind"?

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-"Payment in kind"?!

-Keep your wig on, mate.

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-No chance, you sweaty little bastard!

-All right!

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-No chance whatsoever! Right? No chance whatso-bloody-ever!

-LAUGHTER

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-I wouldn't go near you with a bargepole.

-Stop it, will you?

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-People are watching.

-You little slimeball.

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He's got a picture of his kids on the dashboard

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and he's talking about payment in kind!

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You forget about payment in kind, love.

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-All right, boys?

-All right, love.

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MUSIC: "Pushing On" by Will Holland

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Ooh, hello!

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-Jesus.

-Tracie, actually.

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-And I'd like a Multiple Orgasm.

-On the rocks?

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Wherever, darling. I'm easy.

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The groom is doomed! The groom is doomed!

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-To the groom!

-Cheers!

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-Cheers, lads.

-Cheers.

-Cheers.

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-To the end of your life.

-Cheers to the end.

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The end is the beginning, the beginning is the end.

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Come on, one for the bride, two for the groom.

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-Down in one.

-Cheers.

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One, two, three, go!

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Hello, could I have a cab to Victoria Street, please?

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-Hey!

-Romero's Bar, love.

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-Hey!

-How long?

-Excuse me!

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What? What do you want?

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How did he die? How did he die?

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-Who?

-Mr Twanky!

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-LAUGHTER

-He bled to death, sweetheart, after I cut his balls off.

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-Ooh!

-Tremarco, Tracie.

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Can you get one any sooner, love?

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Why all this? You're not fooling no-one, you know what I mean?

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I'm bothering no-one either.

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-You're bothering me.

-If I'm bothering you,

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why don't you fuck off and leave me alone?

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LAUGHTER

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-Tell you what.

-What?

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It's more than bothering me, as a matter of fact.

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It's sickening. The last thing that I want, right...

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-Alan! Leave it, lad.

-Hang on!

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..is some hairy-arsed nonce putting me off my ale.

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Time you went.

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-Time

-I

-left?

-Get going now.

-I'm waiting for a taxi.

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-I've just booked, they're on their way.

-Then wait outside for it.

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-Wait outside.

-Pain in the arse.

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Sad! That's what it should be!

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Not "gay!" "Sad!"

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Oi! You can drink up too.

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-What do you mean?

-Finish your drinks and leave.

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You're a prick, you. Nice one.

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-Long story but I'm outside now.

-Hey!

-Lone female feeling vulnerable.

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Listen, what is it with you, love? What's your problem? I mean...

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Hello? Yeah? Thanks a lot. Thank you.

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Listen, this is just a stab in the dark, lovey,

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-but I think I've upset you, haven't I?

-Yeah.

-Shall I tell you why?

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-Why I've upset you but not them?

-Yeah, go on.

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It's cos they're confident about their sexuality, darling.

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They don't have to kick off to prove they're men.

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Hang on. Are you saying I'm a queer?

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I'm just saying you're a bit confused, my sweet

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but don't worry about that

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because lots of men are, and to tell you the truth,

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I think it's rather cute.

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FRIENDS SNIGGER

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-Hey.

-She's only trying to wind you up.

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-You're a sick bastard!

-Leave it!

-Fuck off!

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-You're a sick perverted bastard, do you know that?

-Move!

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-I'll kill you, you bent bastard!

-Why should I move?

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-I'm waiting for the taxi!

-Go and wait down the road.

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Go and wait down the road!

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Fuck off! You're a sick bastard!

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You are, because you're a man

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and I'll treat you like a man.

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LOUD MUSIC, CAR HORN

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Hey-hey!

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Where are you going?

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Canning Street, why?

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Jump in. I'll give you a lift.

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Tony.

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Thank you, Tony.

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I'm sorry about Alan.

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He's a prick when he's pissed.

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And what's his excuse the rest of the time?

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Good friend of yours, is he?

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He's me brother.

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You have my sympathy.

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Do you get that a lot, do you? Aggro?

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-Unfortunately.

-So why do it?

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Because it's who I am, darling.

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Have you been doing it long?

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Yeah.

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What...always like that?

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What are you implying?

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You know what I'm implying.

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Well, I'll never pass as a woman, if that's what you're implying, no.

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But I can pass as a man's fantasy of a woman. You know,

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like a tart and a whore. Anything.

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What got you into it?

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Have you never tottered around in your mother's stilettos?

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Not once I turned 20, no.

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If you take the next left, please, my love.

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White van man?

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Yeah, aerials and satellite dishes.

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Well, look, Tony, I've heard it all before.

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-What?

-Supposedly straight men

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professing an academic interest in my lifestyle.

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But I think we both know why you wanted this, don't we?

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So, you can either come in with me right now and satisfy your curiosity

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or you can carry on home and spend the rest of your life regretting it.

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It's been nice being with you.

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Long time dead.

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All rise.

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'I wandered lonely as a cloud

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'That floats on high o'er vales and hills

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'And all at once, I saw a crowd

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'A host of golden daffodils.'

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Beside the lake, beneath the trees

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Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

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Do you notice how "fluttering" destroys the rhythm of the poem?

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It's impossible to make the line scan

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if you pronounce "fluttering" as a trisyllabic word

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and that's what Wordsworth intended, of course.

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'"Dee-dum dee-dum, dee-dum dee-dum,"

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'and suddenly, that rhythm is shattered

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'when he sees the fluttering and dancing daffodils

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'and the chaos of nature.'

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'But who hath seen her wave her hand?'

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Or at the casement seen her stand?

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Or is she known in all the land?

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The Lady of Shalott?

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INTERCOM RINGS

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HE CLEARS HIS THROAT

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-(SOFT "TRACIE" VOICE)

-Hello?

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Hello. Is that...is that Tracie?

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Speaking.

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'It's me, Tony. I was here last week.'

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I never dreamt it would be yours, sweetheart.

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You what?

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-'You've come back for your pen.'

-What pen?

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Erm...

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What are you doing here?

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I've come to see you.

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Right, erm...

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Oh, I'm just in the middle of something right now.

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-'Oh, right, sorry.'

-No, wait, wait.

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Could you come back in an hour?

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-'Yeah, sound.'

-Yeah? All right, OK, sweetheart, I'll see you then.

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-(DEEPER VOICE)

-Shit!

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MUSIC: "Time after Time" by Cyndi Lauper

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-Been drinking?

-One or two.

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Chin chin.

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Cheers.

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# Caught up in circles, confusion is nothing new... #

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Am I OK to smoke?

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Fire away.

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# A suitcase of memories, time after... #

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What do you do for a living?

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Nothing, doll. Tracie's a good-time girl.

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How does she pay for this place?

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-SHE doesn't.

-Who does?

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-Simon.

-Simon?

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Yes, darling. Simon, the most boring man on the planet.

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Simon, who couldn't get a wank in a brothel.

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What does he do?

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Teaches English.

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Does he like it?

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Hates it. He's currently teaching romantic poetry,

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otherwise known as Dee-dum-shite.

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"O the mind, mind, has mountains, cliffs of fall,

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"Frightful, sheer, no-man travelled.

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"Hold them cheap Who ne'er hung there.

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"Nor does long our durance deal with that steep, deep. Here! Creep!"

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That's a poem. That's what he longs to teach.

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But no, it's "dee-dum, dee-dum, dee-fucking-dum."

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Shall we go to bed, sweetheart?

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Yeah.

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Come on, then.

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Come on.

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Ooh, someone's in a hurry.

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Might I see you again?

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You might do.

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Well, do me a favour, darling...

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Next time, book by appointment.

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You turn up unannounced, you'll only be disappointed by what you find.

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Know what I mean?

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I won't ask for yours.

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Married men don't give them out.

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What makes you think I'm married?

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A lifetime's experience, lovey.

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Got married too early, couldn't go against the grain,

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had to demonstrate your heterosexuality.

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And now you find yourself in a loveless marriage,

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life passing you by, that nagging voice at the back of your mind

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asking, "Oh, is this all there is?"

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But you'll never leave her.

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So you snatch at chances like this, a chance to explore.

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No harm in that,

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so long as nobody finds out, of course.

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Well, Tony, my love...

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..your secret's safe with me.

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My wife's dead.

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I'm sorry.

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Did you have any kids?

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HE SNIFFS

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Did you love her?

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I'll see myself out.

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DOOR OPENS, CLOSES

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'Willows whiten,'

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Aspens quiver

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Little breezes dusk and shiver

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'Through the wave that runs forever

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'By the island in the river,

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'Flowing down to Camelot.

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'Four grey walls and four grey towers

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'Overlook a space of flowers

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'And the silent isle imbowers The Lady of Shalott.'

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'By the margin willow-veiled

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'Slide the heavy barges trailed by slow horses, and unhailed

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'The shallop flitteth, silken-sailed

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'Skimming down to Camelot.'

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'A bow shot from her bower-eaves

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'He rode between the barley sheaves.

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'The sun came dazzling through the leaves

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'And flamed upon the brazen greaves

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'Of bold Sir Lancelot.'

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MUSIC: "Could You Be The One" by The Stereophonics

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# Could you be the one for me?

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# Could you be the one for me?

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# Could you be the one?

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# Could you be the one for me?

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# Could you be the one for me?

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# Could you be the one for me?

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# Could you be the one?

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# Every single thing you do is magic, baby

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# Every little thing that you do is cool... #

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CAR ENGINE

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# Every little thing you do is fashionably hip

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# Could you be the one for me?

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# Could you be the one? #

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INTERCOM RINGS

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Dirty Secrets Limited. How can I help you?

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-It's me.

-'What do you want?'

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What?

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I said what do you want?

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-'We've got a date.'

-We had a date. You missed it.

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-I had a pint with the lads.

-'A pint?'

-A couple.

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What you got in the bag?

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-Brandy.

-'Piss off.'

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-What?

-I said piss off.

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-Why?

-Why?! Because I'm sick of you taking me for granted.

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I'm sick of being your dirty little secret and I'm sick of you

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'having to be as pissed as a fart every time you come near me.'

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Yeah, but apart from that, I mean...

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'Oh, piss off.'

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Well...can I come back tomorrow?

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-You can do. I won't be here.

-'You going somewhere nice?'

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There's a club in town for girls like me.

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I'd invite you, but...

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I know you'd never have the balls to be seen out with me.

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Ciao, darling.

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DOOR OPENS

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BANG ON THE DOOR

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BANGING CONTINUES

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I haven't got the balls to be seen out with you. Shall I tell you why?

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Nothing like a bit of Dutch courage, is there?

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It's because you make no bleeding effort to look like a woman,

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-a real woman.

-I never claimed to be Cheryl bloody Cole!

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I never expected you to turn into Cheryl Cole

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but you have to do better than Old King fucking Cole

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if you want to be seen out in public with me.

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So just have a go.

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Eh?

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What?

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And you'll take me out?

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We're a long time dead.

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She left the web, she left the loom

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She walked three paces through the room

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She saw the water lilies bloom She saw the helmet

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and the plume of bold Sir Lancelot.

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Out flew the web and floated wide

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The mirror cracked from side to side

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"The curse is come upon me," cried The Lady of Shalott.

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KNOCK ON DOOR

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Hello, Tracie.

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-What do you want?

-Did I leave my pen behind?

-No.

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You look nice.

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Fuck off.

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Hi, Andrew.

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You watch heads swivel, Tracie, cos you are absolutely gorgeous. Right?

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Right. Tony who?

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MUSIC: "She makes me wanna" by JLS

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# Oh oh oh oh oh oh

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# Makes me wanna oh oh oh oh oh oh

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# London to Jamaica

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# LA to Africa

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# She makes me wanna oh oh oh oh oh oh

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# Makes me wanna oh oh oh oh oh oh

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# She makes me wanna oh oh oh oh oh oh

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# Makes me wanna oh oh oh oh oh oh

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# Hey, hey. #

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TAXI DOOR SLAMS

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Eh. Eh!

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What are you doing? What are you playing at?

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-Leave it, Tony!

-What are you playing at?

-Tony!

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-I'm just a mate...

-Tony leave him alone!

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-What do you think you're playing at?

-There's nothing going on...

-Leave him you prick!

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What do you mean you don't believe me? Turn the news on.

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-Major accident on the M62. Five mile tailback.

-So why not phone?

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My phone was dead.

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Look, I'm sorry.

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And I'm sorry about before as well.

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When I saw you with him...I just lost it, I'm sorry.

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You look good.

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You're getting nothing here tonight, darling.

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A glass of wine and that's it.

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I'm just saying you look good, that's all.

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Thank you.

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I'll make it up to you.

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A weekend away somewhere.

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Just the two of us.

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Where d'you fancy?

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The Lake District.

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All right.

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Soon as I can I'll sort it.

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Promise.

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Fancy a quick one before you go?

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Thanks.

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I don't mean that kind of quick one, darling.

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All rise.

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-See you later.

-Bye-bye.

-Bye now.

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Hello, darlin'. I've got an appointment with Karen.

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-Oh, right...

-Not a problem, is it?

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No, not at all. I'm Karen. What name is it?

0:27:140:27:19

Tremarco. Tracie. And I'd like to look like Cheryl Cole, please.

0:27:190:27:23

-Oh, erm, I'll take that, if you'd like to take a seat.

-Thank you.

0:27:230:27:27

Do you use concealer?

0:27:270:27:29

Not as a rule, no.

0:27:290:27:31

Oh, you really should. It acts as an undercoat for your foundation.

0:27:310:27:35

Helps cover all those tiny blemishes and imperfections.

0:27:350:27:38

It's also really useful for disguising dark beard tones.

0:27:380:27:42

-Think you're very brave.

-Why, are you that bad?

0:27:490:27:52

No, no. I mean...we get a lot of celebs here

0:27:520:27:56

but I've never seen them get this kind of attention. Don't you mind everyone staring?

0:27:560:28:00

I'd be offended if they didn't, doll.

0:28:000:28:04

Now, when it comes to foundation,

0:28:040:28:07

always go with a shade that's closest to your own skin tone.

0:28:070:28:11

This one's from our liquid range.

0:28:110:28:14

It gives a really even cover and a natural finish.

0:28:140:28:17

Is everything OK?

0:28:210:28:23

Ah, yeah, yeah, sorry, I was just admiring your lipstick.

0:28:250:28:29

Oh, right. Oh...oh, it's new.

0:28:290:28:31

Yeah, we only got it in last week.

0:28:310:28:35

-Have you worked here long?

-Nearly three years now.

-You enjoy it?

0:28:410:28:44

Yeah, but this is my favourite

0:28:440:28:46

part of the job. I trained as a make-up artist originally.

0:28:460:28:51

-I do a lot of weddings and that.

-Oh, I'll bear that in mind..

0:28:510:28:54

You've got fabulous cheekbones,

0:28:550:28:58

so we really want to accentuate those.

0:28:580:29:00

Have you been married long?

0:29:000:29:03

12 year in August. It's flown.

0:29:030:29:06

What does he do?

0:29:060:29:08

He, erm, fits aerials and satellite dishes.

0:29:080:29:11

Got any kids?

0:29:140:29:16

Not yet, no.

0:29:160:29:18

But you'd like some?

0:29:180:29:20

-Could you just close your eyes for me?

-Yeah.

0:29:200:29:23

So, do you dress like this full time?

0:29:250:29:29

No, it's not always practical.

0:29:290:29:31

Have you been doing it long?

0:29:310:29:33

Yeah. I repressed it a long time.

0:29:330:29:36

But Tracie's not the sort of girl that takes no for an answer.

0:29:360:29:40

-Could you just look up for me?

-Yeah.

0:29:400:29:42

Too many people waste their lives in denial...

0:29:440:29:47

-..always pleasing other people, never themselves.

-Yeah.

0:29:480:29:52

-And you're a long time dead.

-Oh, that's Tony's catchphrase.

0:29:540:29:58

-Tony?

-Me husband, he's always saying it.

0:29:580:30:01

Usually when I'm nagging him about staying out late with his mates.

0:30:010:30:04

"Long time dead..."

0:30:040:30:05

So, come on, is there anyone special in your life?

0:30:070:30:10

There is someone, actually.

0:30:120:30:14

-A bloke?

-Do I look like a dyke?

0:30:140:30:16

Sorry, I didn't want to assume, that's all.

0:30:160:30:19

It's been about three months now...

0:30:190:30:21

Ooh, getting serious then?

0:30:210:30:23

Well, I'm not sure about that. I found out he was married.

0:30:230:30:27

Oh. He'd not mentioned it before?

0:30:270:30:29

No, I did suspect it at the beginning

0:30:290:30:31

but he told me she was dead.

0:30:310:30:34

So what are you gonna do?

0:30:350:30:36

I don't know. I haven't decided yet.

0:30:360:30:40

I don't know what to do.

0:30:400:30:42

Suits you..

0:30:450:30:48

Thank you.

0:30:480:30:49

Well, look on the bright side, she can't be as gorgeous as you.

0:30:490:30:54

-You won't believe what happened to me today.

-What?

0:30:580:31:00

I had a bloke come in for a makeover. A transvestite.

0:31:000:31:06

A transvestite?

0:31:070:31:08

Yeah. Called himself Tracie. Said he wanted to look like Cheryl Cole.

0:31:090:31:15

I think I managed Myra Hindley.

0:31:150:31:17

RINGS ENTRY PHONE PERSISTANTLY

0:31:210:31:25

RINGING CONTINUES

0:31:250:31:28

RINGS ENTRY PHONE

0:31:420:31:46

PHONE RINGS

0:32:580:33:04

'Hello, your call cannot be taken at the moment

0:33:040:33:06

'so please leave your message after the tone.'

0:33:060:33:08

'It's me. Right, if you're there pick up. I need to see you.

0:33:130:33:17

'Look, you might as well answer cos I'm not gonna stop ringing until you do.

0:33:170:33:21

'OK, I need to see you.

0:33:210:33:23

'Come on.

0:33:230:33:26

'Just answer the phone, will ya? Right, I'm just gonna keep ringing.

0:33:260:33:29

'I've got to see you.

0:33:310:33:33

'Please, come on, Tracie, just pick the phone up, will ya?'

0:33:330:33:36

# Say I'm gonna leave a hundred times a day

0:33:400:33:44

# It's easier said than done When you just can't break away

0:33:440:33:48

# When you just can't break away

0:33:480:33:50

# Oh, young hearts run free

0:33:500:33:54

# Never be hung up... #

0:33:540:33:57

-What can I get you mate?

-Brandy, please.

0:33:570:34:00

I used to think it was "my memory".

0:34:040:34:06

-What?

-This song. Thought it was "my memory" for years

0:34:060:34:10

and then I saw this...saw someone singing it at a karaoke

0:34:100:34:13

-and realised it was, "my man and me".

-Cheers, mate.

0:34:130:34:17

Made a lot more sense, you know.

0:34:170:34:19

Funny how songs get you like that, in't it?

0:34:210:34:24

Just goes to show it's the tune that gets you...

0:34:250:34:28

I'm straight, mate.

0:34:280:34:30

PHONE RINGS

0:34:300:34:33

-Sorry?

-I'm just waiting for someone.

0:34:330:34:36

She mightn't turn up but if that happens,

0:34:360:34:38

I'm just gonna get off on my own.

0:34:380:34:41

-OK?

-Yeah, OK.

0:34:410:34:44

I just wouldn't want you to waste your time or energy.

0:34:440:34:46

-You know what I'm saying?

-Yeah, I do and I appreciate it.

0:34:460:34:51

No problem.

0:34:510:34:52

Can't blame a bloke for trying though, can you?

0:34:520:34:55

After all, long time dead.

0:34:550:34:58

-It's you, isn't it?

-Don't apologise. No need.

0:35:010:35:04

-I'm used to knock-backs when I'm Simon.

-I've no intention of apologising.

0:35:040:35:07

You saw Karen. I know you saw her. So how? How did you find her?

0:35:070:35:11

You passed me in the road. I was Simon, thus invisible.

0:35:110:35:15

And you led me to her. Why did you tell me she was dead?

0:35:150:35:17

Cos you were being a smart arse, reading me like a book,

0:35:170:35:20

treating me like a mug, you condescending prick.

0:35:200:35:23

-She's beautiful.

-Yeah, I know she's beautiful. And there's nothing I wouldn't do to stop her getting hurt.

0:35:230:35:28

-So just stay away from her.

-What do you think I'm gonna do?

-I know what you was up to.

0:35:280:35:31

Sitting in that chair, inches away from my wife,

0:35:310:35:33

nose against her tits, getting off on it, you dirty faggot.

0:35:330:35:36

You don't play games with my wife.

0:35:360:35:38

You don't play games with my life.

0:35:380:35:40

You go near her again and I'll kill you.

0:35:420:35:44

-Right.

-I'll kill you! I swear, I will kill you if you do.

0:35:440:35:48

-Right.

-Yeah, see I come from the real world, you see, you little prick,

0:35:480:35:52

and in the real world, there's no trannies, just pervs.

0:35:520:35:55

There's no...there's no gays, just queers!

0:35:550:35:58

-You know something...?

-End of.

0:35:580:36:00

-It never ceases to amaze me...

-End of.

-It never ceases to amaze me

0:36:000:36:04

the lengths men go to, to suppress the truth about themselves.

0:36:040:36:08

Well, I'm glad you've finally shown your true colours,

0:36:080:36:12

you spineless prick, because Tracie were convincing herself you weren't like all the others.

0:36:120:36:16

All right, fair enough, she's had her fair share of married men

0:36:160:36:19

but you were different, weren't ya? You came back,

0:36:190:36:22

and not just once, but time and time again.

0:36:220:36:25

That poor deluded cow, she'd started to convince herself

0:36:250:36:29

you two had something special.

0:36:290:36:31

You'd think she'd have learnt her lesson by now, wouldn't you?

0:36:310:36:34

Because the one thing she should know is men like you never leave

0:36:340:36:37

-their wives for women like her.

-No, they don't, and they never will.

0:36:370:36:39

Right, you know what she said to me, my Karen?

0:36:390:36:43

She said, "He asked for a Cheryl Cole.

0:36:430:36:47

"I think I managed a Myra Hindley."

0:36:470:36:50

Have you seen my phone, love?

0:36:580:37:00

I had it this morning.

0:37:050:37:07

SHE CHOPS

0:37:070:37:09

It's not in the car.

0:37:090:37:11

Who's Tracie?

0:37:310:37:33

I don't know.

0:37:350:37:36

PHONE RINGS

0:38:170:38:21

'Hello. Your call cannot be taken at the moment

0:38:210:38:24

'so please leave your message after the tone.

0:38:240:38:26

'You're wrong. I'm not spineless.'

0:38:280:38:31

What?

0:38:360:38:38

-'I'm not spineless.'

-No?

0:38:380:38:41

I've told her.

0:38:410:38:43

-'Told her what?'

-Everything.

0:38:430:38:45

Is this a wind up?

0:38:450:38:47

'Do I sound like I'm joking?'

0:38:470:38:49

Well, why?

0:38:490:38:50

Because she deserves better than me.

0:38:500:38:54

How did she take it?

0:38:550:38:57

'She's over the moon.'

0:38:570:38:59

Where is she now?

0:38:590:39:01

She's gone to her mum's for the night.

0:39:070:39:10

I said I'd be gone by the time she gets back.

0:39:100:39:13

-'So, you'd best pack your bags...'

-What?

0:39:140:39:17

'I've got to go away in the morning and I want you to come with me.'

0:39:170:39:21

-Where?

-'I don't know, anywhere.'

0:39:210:39:25

-I'm working in the morning.

-'Call in sick.

0:39:280:39:30

'Look, I'm not promising anything,

0:39:300:39:33

'but let's just go away for a few days, see what happens.'

0:39:330:39:38

I don't believe I'm hearing this.

0:39:380:39:40

Well, you'd better cos I'm coming for you at nine in the morning.

0:39:400:39:44

Love you.

0:39:490:39:50

HE BEEPS CAR HORN

0:41:070:41:09

All right?

0:41:170:41:19

You're coming like that?

0:41:190:41:22

Yeah, why?

0:41:220:41:23

-Nothing, I just thought...

-Thanks very much, sweetheart.

0:41:230:41:26

-No, no look I'm sorry.

-Thank you very much indeed.

0:41:260:41:28

No, I'm sorry. I'm just... You look wonderful.

0:41:280:41:32

Ah, thanks.

0:41:330:41:36

No, wait there.

0:41:360:41:38

Thank you.

0:41:440:41:46

Are you sure you're all right to drive, darling?

0:41:480:41:51

You look wiped out.

0:41:510:41:53

Yeah, I'll be fine.

0:41:530:41:55

THEY LAUGH

0:42:010:42:03

On the day before the murder,

0:42:030:42:07

Tony Bains made repeated attempts to phone you, yes?

0:42:070:42:12

Yes.

0:42:120:42:13

What did he say?

0:42:150:42:16

He wanted to meet up.

0:42:180:42:20

Why?

0:42:200:42:22

To talk.

0:42:230:42:24

To plan?

0:42:250:42:27

No, to talk.

0:42:270:42:29

Did you talk about his wife?

0:42:320:42:34

Yes.

0:42:350:42:37

You meet. You discuss his wife.

0:42:370:42:40

He goes home and then murders her. Yes?

0:42:400:42:43

Yes.

0:42:440:42:45

And then immediately phones you again?

0:42:450:42:48

Yes.

0:42:480:42:49

PHONE RINGS

0:42:570:43:00

Someone's popular.

0:43:000:43:02

Alan.

0:43:070:43:09

Is that Alan the Neanderthal?

0:43:100:43:12

Yeah.

0:43:120:43:13

PHONE RINGS

0:43:260:43:28

Maureen.

0:43:340:43:36

Karen's mum.

0:43:360:43:38

Are you not hungry?

0:44:000:44:01

No.

0:44:010:44:03

When was the last time you ate?

0:44:050:44:07

Lunch time yesterday.

0:44:080:44:10

Didn't you have any dinner?

0:44:100:44:12

She cooked it for me but I didn't eat it.

0:44:150:44:17

You've been very brave.

0:44:230:44:25

Some people say things like, "Oh, I didn't have the heart to do it."

0:44:280:44:33

Whatever "it" is, whatever bad news "it" is,

0:44:330:44:36

when what they should be saying is,

0:44:360:44:38

"I lacked the emotional courage to do it." But not you.

0:44:380:44:43

And it was even harder for you

0:44:430:44:45

because you've got physical courage,

0:44:450:44:49

you're used to protecting people and shielding them from pain,

0:44:490:44:55

and suddenly you've got to

0:44:550:44:58

tell a woman you love something that will crucify her.

0:44:580:45:01

The temptation to deny yourself,

0:45:040:45:07

to go on sacrificing your own happiness, to go on living a lie,

0:45:070:45:11

it must've been overwhelming but you didn't succumb,

0:45:110:45:16

you did it, and I'm so proud of you for that, my darling,

0:45:160:45:22

so proud of you.

0:45:220:45:24

Young Simon used to lie in bed at night...

0:45:290:45:31

..praying not to wake up,

0:45:330:45:35

"To cease upon the midnight with no pain."

0:45:350:45:40

But he kept waking up.

0:45:410:45:43

He realised he had to tell his parents he was gay or kill himself.

0:45:430:45:49

So he decided having a dead son was slightly worse than having

0:45:510:45:55

a gay one and that's why he told them.

0:45:550:45:58

So even when he came out he did it for other people.

0:46:010:46:05

We used to come here as kids.

0:46:490:46:51

Do you love me?

0:46:590:47:01

Yes.

0:47:030:47:04

What would you do for me?

0:47:070:47:09

Anything.

0:47:110:47:12

You know...

0:47:150:47:17

Living a lie isn't spineless.

0:47:180:47:21

Simon said that, dear, not me.

0:47:210:47:24

It takes guts. Endurance.

0:47:240:47:28

I love my wife.

0:47:310:47:32

I lusted after you, yeah, but I loved Karen.

0:47:320:47:38

How do you tell someone you love that the last 12 years

0:47:410:47:44

have been a lie?

0:47:440:47:47

12 years.

0:47:470:47:48

I couldn't do it.

0:47:480:47:51

Would've broke her heart.

0:47:540:47:55

Better a broken skull than a broken heart and that's not...

0:47:590:48:04

That's not cowardice, that's not lacking emotional courage,

0:48:040:48:07

that's just being human.

0:48:070:48:10

What are you saying?

0:48:100:48:11

I killed her.

0:48:110:48:14

I killed her because I couldn't hurt her.

0:48:140:48:17

I'm gonna have to weigh her down.

0:48:190:48:20

But I can't do that, I can't do it on my own,

0:48:200:48:23

I can't move the body out of the boat, or I'll tip the boat,

0:48:230:48:26

and I can't swim so you'll have to help me.

0:48:260:48:28

-You've got to call the police.

-No, I can't. I can't.

0:48:280:48:32

Listen. Listen. Listen.

0:48:320:48:34

Let's just do this together and then we'll live together,

0:48:340:48:38

then we'll go away anywhere you like, any country you like.

0:48:380:48:41

Just me and you. Just me and you.

0:48:410:48:44

She's in the boot?

0:48:490:48:51

You put her in the boot?

0:48:520:48:55

TONY SOBS

0:48:550:48:56

HE GASPS

0:49:030:49:06

Your fingerprints are on the murder weapon.

0:49:060:49:08

Yes.

0:49:080:49:10

Can you explain that?

0:49:100:49:12

It was in the boot on top of the body.

0:49:130:49:16

I picked it up to defend myself.

0:49:170:49:20

And if I don't help you?

0:49:210:49:23

What happens if I don't help you?

0:49:240:49:27

Would you kill me as well?

0:49:270:49:29

Why had he put the body into the boot of the car?

0:51:320:51:34

To get rid of it.

0:51:340:51:37

-You were helping him to dispose of it.

-No.

0:51:370:51:39

Why the middle of nowhere if not to dispose of the body?

0:51:390:51:43

I thought he wanted sex.

0:51:440:51:46

I'm sorry?

0:51:500:51:52

I said I thought he wanted sex.

0:51:540:51:56

With a man dressed as a woman?

0:51:560:51:59

Yes.

0:52:020:52:04

In the car?

0:52:040:52:05

Yes.

0:52:050:52:06

With his wife lying dead only inches away?

0:52:080:52:11

Listen, I have often had sex dressed as a woman.

0:52:110:52:15

I get more dressed as a woman than I ever do dressed as a man

0:52:150:52:18

but I have never knowingly slept with a man

0:52:180:52:21

while his wife lay dead just inches from me.

0:52:210:52:24

I did not know she was there!

0:52:240:52:25

Have you asked Tony Baines to give evidence on your behalf?

0:52:270:52:31

Yes.

0:52:310:52:34

Is he going to?

0:52:340:52:36

No.

0:52:360:52:38

He was with you the whole time.

0:52:380:52:41

He's confessed to the murder of his wife

0:52:410:52:43

so he has absolutely nothing to lose.

0:52:430:52:44

If you're telling the truth he would vouch for what you say. Yes?

0:52:440:52:48

Yes.

0:52:490:52:51

How d'you think it's going?

0:52:560:52:58

You can never tell.

0:52:580:53:00

Do you think they'll find me guilty?

0:53:030:53:06

I don't think any such thing.

0:53:060:53:09

I'll see you tomorrow.

0:53:090:53:11

Look, could you ask the judge a question for me please?

0:53:110:53:17

THE CROWD MURMUR

0:53:210:53:23

For the avoidance of doubt, this is the accused.

0:53:360:53:39

What shall I call you?

0:53:410:53:43

Tracie Tremarco, your honour.

0:53:430:53:45

Very well, Miss Tremarco, go ahead.

0:53:450:53:48

Thank you.

0:53:480:53:50

Tony's confessed to murder, the prosecution says,

0:53:530:53:56

and he's getting life anyway

0:53:560:53:59

so he's nothing to lose, so why not confirm my story?

0:53:590:54:02

He's got everything to lose.

0:54:030:54:05

Prison when you've murdered your wife, that's hard.

0:54:060:54:09

Prison when you've murdered your wife to sleep with

0:54:090:54:12

a girl like me, that's not hard, that's hell.

0:54:120:54:15

Life in prison for a nonce, and that's what they'll call him,

0:54:160:54:19

life for a nonce is absolute hell

0:54:190:54:21

and that's why he's keeping his mouth shut.

0:54:210:54:23

This is how I was dressed when I was arrested.

0:54:280:54:31

And it caused a bit of a stir right now when I just walked in.

0:54:310:54:35

Happens all the time.

0:54:350:54:37

Now I don't know about you but if I'm getting into a car with

0:54:370:54:41

a body in it, the last thing I want to do is draw attention to myself.

0:54:410:54:45

I doubt I'd dress like this!

0:54:450:54:47

These are the nails I had on.

0:54:510:54:53

French, natural ivory, cost a fortune.

0:54:530:54:56

Now, you do not wear these to drag a body from a car,

0:54:570:55:02

put it in a boat and then dump it in the middle of a lake.

0:55:020:55:06

Similarly...

0:55:060:55:09

These.

0:55:090:55:10

These are the shoes I had on.

0:55:100:55:12

Italian court, saddle stitched, 7.5 centimetre heel.

0:55:120:55:16

How do I dispose of a body in these...

0:55:180:55:20

..when I can just about walk through the court in them?

0:55:210:55:25

I'm innocent, members of the jury.

0:55:250:55:29

Totally innocent.

0:55:290:55:31

All rise.

0:55:370:55:39

Members of the jury, are you agreed upon a verdict?

0:55:510:55:54

We are.

0:55:540:55:55

Do you find the defendant guilty or not guilty of murder?

0:55:550:55:59

Not guilty.

0:55:590:56:01

PEOPLE CHEER

0:56:010:56:02

Right, settle down please.

0:56:060:56:09

And is that the verdict of you all?

0:56:090:56:11

It is.

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A CAR ENGINE IDLES

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'There she weaves by night and day

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'A magic web with colours gay

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'She has heard a whisper say

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'The Lady of Shalott.'

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Simon Gaskell stands nervously in the dock as he awaits the jury's verdict. Will he walk free or go down?

Simon is a college English teacher who specialises in poetry. He is gay, lonely and looking for love - and he has a secret: his alter-ego Tracie Tremarco. But trawling bars in Manchester dressed up to the nines, tottering on stilettos and ready to pull has not produced a lasting or truly fulfilling relationship.

Then, as fate would have it, Tracie falls head over heels in love in unexpected circumstances, following an altercation with some men out on a stag night. One of the revellers, Tony, a satellite and aerial engineer, comes to Tracie's aid and offers her a lift home.

Tony and Tracie are smitten, and hesitatingly their love affair begins. But Tony has a secret too - he is married to a local beautician, Karen, and he cares deeply for his wife. Before long, Tracie has unwittingly become entangled in a triangular love affair that leads inexorably to a terrible crime of passion and the dock.


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