In Pursuit Doctors


In Pursuit

Heston helps a desperate teenager come to terms with his boyfriend's decision not to continue his treatment for terminal cancer, while Mrs Tembe meets an unusual plumber.


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'Though I didn't know it then, I was about to discover that being a teenager

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'was a privilege only the unfortunate few could ever really understand.'

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It's me. Again.

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I'll be over after the exam.

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Starts at half three, but Winters is doing a revision class so going in for that now.

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Make sure you text me when you're done. I love you.

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# Looking back on the track, Gonna do it my way

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# Looking back... #

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TELEPHONE RINGS

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Hello?

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-Mrs Tembe, it's Martin Cardle here.

-Hello, Mr Cardle. How are you?

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I've had a call from Bridget at the church.

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-There was a break-in last night.

-Oh, my goodness. Was anyone hurt?

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No, just some minor damage. Vandalism.

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The insurance people are there now. Anyway, long story short,

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I'm going to have to postpone today's meeting.

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-Would you be able to call around let everyone know?

-Well, perhaps...

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-INTERFERENCE ON PHONE

-Hello?

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-Hello?

-Can you hear me?

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-INTERFERENCE STOPS

-I can now.

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-Perhaps I could host the meeting in my house.

-At yours?

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It is my day off.

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-It would be an honour. I'll bake!

-Well...

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I've got a few things to sort out for Youth Week...

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I tell you what, can I leave it to you to let everyone know?

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-And perhaps we can push it back a few hours to give people enough time?

-How does half past two sound?

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-That would work.

-Well, I'd better start preparing.

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I'll see you then. Thank you.

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My pleasure. And Mr Cardle...

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I just want to say my prayers are with William.

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God bless you.

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Goodbye.

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Oh, no. Not today.

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-Luke...

-Mr Cardle...

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-I thought you were at the hospital.

-How did you get in?

-Spare key.

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I thought I'd drop off a few more DVDs for him.

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You also thought it would be OK to break into my house?

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-We finished early.

-How come? You OK?

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I have to leave in ten minutes, so Luke will have to go. Drink that.

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No. Tomorrow is too late. I need someone by half past two.

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No. Three o'clock is AFTER half past two.

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I do not care who it is. Just send someone. Anyone. Thank you.

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-I brought you Dexter.

-I thought you were revising?

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-Do you want this?

-No.

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-Did you finish West Wing?

-Not yet.

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Some kids broke into the church last night. That's why he's in a mood.

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Kelly Roach is pregnant again.

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She's not going to know who the father is until it comes out black or white!

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-What's the matter?

-That's what I heard.

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Remember when I married Kelly Roach in infants?

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I could stay here forever.

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-What are you doing?

-Did they take it out?

-What?

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-Where is it?

-Nowhere. What?

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Will, you're freaking me out now.

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-The doctors think that it would be better if I stayed at home from now on.

-What? Why?

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They just do.

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-So you'll have treatment at home?

-No.

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I don't get it. Why would they tell you now to stay at home when you've already started the block?

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-I haven't.

-Haven't what?

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What are you talking about?

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They said any more chemo or radiotherapy would be toxic. I've had too much.

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But you've already started the block.

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-You have already started?

-No. I didn't.

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They never put the new line in.

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What happens now?

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-You OK?

-I need to go to school.

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-Luke?

-I'm fine.

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Do you know they've stopped his treatment? I'm talking to you.

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-You can't let them do this.

-I know you're upset

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but we must put our faith in the Lord and be strong.

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-This is your idea?

-What?

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Is this what you think this is? Atoning for his sins?

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We're all sinners.

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Just some more than most.

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I have accepted Will and so will Jesus Christ.

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Hate the sin not the sinner. Is that what you're trying to say?

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-Don't do this.

-No, don't YOU do this. You're his dad.

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This is sick. I'm going to be sick.

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-You don't understand.

-Yes, I do. And I ain't going to let it happen.

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-You take the...

-I need to see a doctor.

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-Do you have an appointment?

-No.

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One second. Haven Lane? I've never heard of it.

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-Is there anyone there you can ask?

-Can I see a doctor?

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Are you registered with us?

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-No.

-You'll need to be registered.

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No, not you. I'll get you a form...

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-Cherry, have you seen my address book?

-No.

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BONE SHATTERS

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-Yes?

-I... I'm here for the washing machine.

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-I telephoned for a plumber.

-I AM the plumber.

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Hello. Shall I?

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Ugh! It's not just your van that needs cleaning.

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As I say, it's not something I can discuss.

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But if he's not getting treatment, he's just getting iller. Can't you talk to me?

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The team at the Royal Orthopaedic are among the best in the country.

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Yeah, real life-savers.

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-What happened?

-Ewing's Sarcoma.

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Bone cancer.

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-The day before his 13th birthday.

-To your finger.

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I caught it in a door.

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I don't think it's broken but we should get it X-rayed to make sure.

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Look. I understand what you're going through...

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It's not about me.

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If you like, I can refer you to someone to talk to.

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I was too young to remember when my grandparents... Whatever.

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My dad's mum...

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I kept on thinking she was going to jump out of the coffin at the funeral

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and shout, "Surprise!" and everyone was going to laugh.

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-It must be very difficult.

-I sort of wish I had that belief now.

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But I don't.

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I don't believe in anything.

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I am one among 6.5 billion people on this planet, which spins at 67,000 miles per hour

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around a sun at the centre of the solar system,

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just one of many in the Milky Way.

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We are utterly insignificant.

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Sorry.

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KNOCK ON DOOR

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Doctor Carter, can I borrow you?

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-I'm with a patient.

-Yeah. I know.

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The temp is still lost and I've got no idea where she is and I've got patients waiting. I'm sorry.

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I'll just be a minute.

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-What are you making there?

-Scones.

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Could I offer you some advice?

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-No.

-Right. Well, your seal is fine. No blockage in the soap dispenser.

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It's probably a loose connecting pipe.

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I am less concerned with what the problem is, more concerned that you fix it

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as soon as possible.

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It's all going to have to come out.

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You expect me to believe that you are going to pull out that washing machine by yourself?

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Your arms will snap.

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I'm deceptively strong for a woman.

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A plumber? Please. Why.

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Well, I was never very good at school.

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Mother said I needed a vocation.

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What you need is a good shower, a change of clothes and an elegant cut and blow dry.

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You know, my job doesn't make me any less of woman but your attitude makes you much less of a lady.

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When you say woman, are you...

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-I'm not a lesbian, if that's what you're asking.

-I noticed you are not wearing a wedding ring.

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I'm single. Just single.

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And have you ever thought why that might be?

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I'm actually supposed to be meeting someone today.

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I only took this job because it was on my way home and I need the money.

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But not this much.

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Where are you going?

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Hold on a minute. You should not be so sensitive about this.

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Hey! I have paid you to do a job and I expect you to finish it.

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I have committee members arriving in half an hour.

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Good morning, Mrs Foster.

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Please. Wait.

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I apologise.

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I am sorry.

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Honestly, I have no idea.

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Jump in a taxi.

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Yes, we'll pay it out of petty cash.

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See you shortly.

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Cherry, you may have observed I am a GP,

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-not a satellite navigation system.

-What am I supposed to do?

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You know we're stretched, Karen's with Jack, Mrs Tembe's at her church group. I'm not a receptionist.

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-And neither am I.

-Heston.

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I found it in the kitchen.

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-Thank you.

-You're welcome.

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-Sorry about that. I was going to find you someone to talk to?

-I need to go. Sorry.

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We have to meet in the afternoon

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because he works nights at the factory and Mother puts the chain on at nine.

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I can't let him see me looking like this.

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I haven't been on a date since Timothy Westbrook in 1989.

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Then I choked on a Milky Way.

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This man, you are due to meet,

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-you have never actually...met?

-Yes.

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No.

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On the internet.

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This is our first date-date.

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-Am I really that embarrassing?

-Of course not.

-Do you think I'm ugly?

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You are a beautiful, articulate and sensitive young woman.

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That being said, there is never a second chance to make a good first impression.

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Why don't you come back inside and clean yourself up?

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-I want my DVDs back.

-What are you doing?

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You refused treatment. They didn't say it would be too toxic.

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They offered you a new block and you refused.

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Why? Just tell me why.

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I don't want to do it any more.

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You're lying.

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I've never been a teenager.

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I've only ever been a kid. I just want to feel normal for a bit.

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This is such crap. Why are you being so irrational?

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Luke, it's not irrational. I've thought about nothing else for the past three years.

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Do you know what it's like to be scared of everything?

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Scared of dying. Scared of there being nothing after, scared of there being something after.

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Scared of being in a coffin? This isn't irrational, not to me.

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I want to do normal things. I can't do that with more chemotherapy.

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Then what?

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Whatever happens is going to happen. We know it's terminal,

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so why does it have to destroy me, us, any more than it already has?

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-This is what I want.

-What about me?

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You're not even meant to be here.

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You've got an exam.

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I want to be here.

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You need to get a life.

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I'm not so sure about this.

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Come. Let me see.

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Oh. Oh, perfect! You are not going to need these any more.

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I'm not sure it's really...me?

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When was the last time you we courting, precisely. Trust me.

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This is class.

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What about your washing machine? You won't find a plumber before half two.

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I can always close the door. Now go, before you are late. I still have preparations to make.

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Go, go, go, go!

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We'll both be 16 in a few months.

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We can go on holiday somewhere.

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New York? Greece? Benidorm?

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-With what?

-I've got money saved.

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Benidorm was a joke by the way.

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Who's going to give you insurance?

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-We're 15.

-Yeah?

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We're only 15.

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-So?

-So we can't vote.

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We can't smoke.

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We can't do anything.

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You can't make this decision on your own.

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What are you talking about?

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We're not 16. We're still kids, therefore it should be

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the parents' decision whether to consent or withhold medical treatment.

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Where are you going?

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-I'm going to sue your dad.

-What are you talking about? Don't be stupid.

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It's neglect. We're still kids. You can't make this decision. I'm not going to let you.

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PLUGHOLE GURGLES

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Oh!

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It's not as simple as that.

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-Why don't we have a chat in my room?

-I don't want to come through. Get your hands off, paedo.

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Have you heard of Gillick Competence?

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-No.

-It's a term in medical law to describe

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when a child can give consent for his own treatment, without parental guidance or even knowledge.

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So?

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William is 15.

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-As I know him...

-So he IS your patient.

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He's a very mature and intelligence young man.

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He would be classed as Gillick Competent. It's very unlikely

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Social Services would step in...

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But he's confused. I can fight that.

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We can go to court.

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His dad thinks God is going to save him.

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We can argue that, can't we?

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Luke, why are you doing this?

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Is it really in William's best interests?

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Yes, it is. That's my point.

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A person is going to die because nobody is doing anything.

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My boyfriend is going to die.

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How is that even allowed?

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DOORBELL RINGS

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Oh! What happened?

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He said that I wasn't what he was expecting.

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You are obviously better off without him.

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With your new air of sophistication, you can court a finer class of gentleman.

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I wish you all the luck in the world. You may keep the garments.

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I look like Hyacinth Bucket's illegitimate love child.

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You look a thousand times better than you did earlier.

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So why do I feel a million times worse?

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DOORBELL RINGS

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Why don't you wait in the kitchen, just for a moment?

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-I need to speak to Martin Cardle. Is he here?

-No. Who are you?

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He's meant to be here. For a meeting. They said at the church he'd be here.

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Mr Cardle phoned about 20 minutes ago. There is an emergency with his son.

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-What emergency?

-I do not know.

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Can I help?

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POLICE RADIO: 'Bravo bravo, 53 calling.'

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-You did this! This is your fault!

-It's OK. He's not here. Just calm down.

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-Where is he?

-We don't know. He wouldn't answer my calls.

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-I came home and he'd gone.

-Gone where?

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I was hoping you'd be able to tell me.

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I know he was offered more treatment.

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You think God's going to save him but he's not.

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Where did you get this from?

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Luke. I know you're hurting.

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-Doing this because you think it's for the best.

-Don't patronise me.

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Luke, these notes are from the GP.

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The oncologist provides the doctor with an outline, an overview.

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Nothing more. They're incomplete.

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But he still refused more treatment.

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Luke.

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Will was given the option for another course of chemotherapy

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but it was only ever going to buy him months, not years.

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Months of vomiting and losing his hair all over again. He doesn't want that.

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But at least he'd still be here.

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Will was diagnosed late.

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It happens with young people's cancers.

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The doctors aren't looking for it. They don't expect it. Is it fair?

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No.

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Does my heart break every time I think about it? Yes.

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But it's what he wants.

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I love him more than anything on this earth but I can't force him into a life he doesn't want to live.

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Why didn't he tell me? Talk to me?

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Perhaps he tried?

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I don't want him to go.

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I don't want him to go either. All I know is that Will was diagnosed at an age when your body is changing.

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Your social life is everything

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and you're still trying to figure out who on earth you are.

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He just wants a bit of normality to experience all of those things.

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-Mr Cardle?

-Doctor Carter.

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-Thanks for coming.

-Any news?

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-Nothing.

-Luke, do you have any ideas where William might be? Any at all?

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-All done.

-Oh! You have taken your clothes out of the bin.

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The connecting pipe. As I thought.

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-So what now?

-Nothing. It's fixed.

-Thank you very much.

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OVEN TIMER BEEPS

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-Oh.

-Self-raising.

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You didn't use self-raising flour.

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-I tried to tell you earlier.

-You did?

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Perhaps I'm not completely useless as a woman either?

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DOORBELL RINGS

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You are very welcome to join us.

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Do you think you look like a normal teenager now?

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Does he realise I can see him from here?

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-Who?

-Slap-head Carter.

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Your dad's waiting at home with the cast of CSI.

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We're all pretty freaked out.

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Sorry I broke your Empire State Building.

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-What am I looking at?

-Open the e-mail.

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You're going to New York? When?

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New Year. New Year's Eve. I booked you a ticket too,

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if you want to come.

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I knew you'd find me here.

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Most normal teenagers spend their days running away from this place.

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You've still got 15 minutes to make it.

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You really think I'm going to go in for an exam now?

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You have got two choices. You could dye your hair black,

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become an emo and start listening to Fall Out Boy or you could go in there...

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-What about me?

-I heard Kelly Roach is looking?

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I'm serious.

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All this running around, threatening to sue my dad,

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which I'm totally going to remind you about every day, by the way, has it helped?

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I haven't even revised.

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Then go and get a C. Go and be completely mediocre and normal and crap. Just go and be it.

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Tell me this is significant.

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I need to know that we are.

0:24:300:24:32

-You need to stop reading those books.

-Please?

-What do you think?

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You've made my life everything I want it to be.

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You've made me happy.

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So are we going to New York then?

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I'll think about it and I'll tell you tonight?

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It's from your dad.

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Cherry, it's Heston.

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I've been looking through my diary and it seems I've overlooked something because it says

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give the lovely Miss Malone a call and apologise for being a boring old fart.

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And thank her for being a wonderful colleague

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and a wonderful friend.

0:25:240:25:26

'Will's condition deteriorated and he died seven weeks later.

0:25:470:25:51

'We never did make it to New York.

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'But during those final weeks,

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'he lived and died as a teenager,

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'a fleeting privilege he would cherish

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'and one I finally understood.'

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# And some day it may happen that a victim must be found... #

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You don't have any evidence to connect

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Mr Kellor to the murder of Lauren Porter, do you?

0:26:160:26:20

-Who have I got today then?

-Doctor Tyler.

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-Him what done it?

-You picked up the pillow and shoved it on his face.

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-Tell her she's lying!

-That's enough!

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I am more than aware of what my job is.

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Then you should be doing it better!

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