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The Cat of Mastigatus

Period drama series. Father Brown investigates when a girl is found left for dead at a boys' school fete.


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CAT MEOWS

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Ladies and gentlemen, Reverend Father, parents, guests and boys,

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welcome to Kemble Martyrs' end-of-term fete.

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I hope you are liberally partaking of the refreshments on offer.

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Now, as you know, the school has a great tradition of producing

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young men of note, honour and character.

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-AUDIENCE MEMBERS:

-Hear, hear!

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Qualities which I know

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will be on display today in all our young charges,

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be they serving refreshments, competing,

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or exhibiting dazzling displays of cricket.

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And which will continue long after my imminent retirement.

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Epitomised by the school motto - Tantum optimum satis!

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-AUDIENCE MEMBERS:

-Tantum optimum satis!

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"Only your best will do."

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And, on that note, let the games begin!

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I'm sure the headmaster's grandson will shine.

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According to Minnie Robins, he's a rising star in all things athletic.

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Damned cat's in again. No business in my school.

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-Get someone to shoo it off.

-Of course, Headmaster.

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Oh, look! An egg-and-spoon race. If you're game, Father...?

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I'd be delighted to cheer you on.

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But I think Mrs McCarthy may give you a run for your money.

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I'll have you know I was a champion egg-and-spooner in my day.

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Oh, really? In what century?

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Ah!

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-Ah.

-Oh, sorry, Father. Did you want one?

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Well, the meek will inherit the Earth,

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so I suppose a macaroon on top is a bit much to ask.

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How about one macaroon...and a handshake

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in exchange for your discretion?

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Ah. As long as the discretion works both ways.

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-HEADMASTER:

-And now, a classic off-drive.

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Very good form, though!

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Let's have one of your sweep shots please, Daniel.

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Come on, bails on. Quick as you can.

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Afternoon.

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Afternoon.

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HE GAGS

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Some fur in my macaroon.

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A sweep shot, ladies and gentlemen.

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Bad luck.

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Every batsman has an off day.

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And a classic leg glance, please!

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Well, that concludes the cricket demonstration.

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Bad luck, Daniel.

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Next up, the visitors' egg-and-spoon race.

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A little more elbow room, if you don't mind.

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You're trying to knock my egg off my spoon.

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-If you can't handle the heat, Mrs M, then get back to the kitchen.

-Oh!

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Ready... Go!

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CHEERING

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Come on Mrs... Bunty!

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Come on!

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FATHER BROWN CHUCKLES

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Mrs McCarthy adopted her superior gliding technique.

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Deputy Headmaster, what are you doing here away from all the fun?

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Chasing the infernal cat that keeps getting in from YOUR school, Deputy Headmistress.

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No wonder you look hot and bothered.

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Sheila...

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Darling, why not talk to Sefton about the headship today?

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It's perfect timing, if we want to start planning for a date.

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And other little things.

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-It's hardly the time or place.

-Seize the day!

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-No... Sheila. No!

-HE CHUCKLES

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Father, what happened?

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Come on, ladies and gents, let's clear a path, please.

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Padre, how unusual to find you sniffing around a catastrophe.

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I suppose you found the body?

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Heavens preserve us, you're not actually saying that...

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No. A serious head wound, but she's still breathing.

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I found her, in the boiler room. Philip Hart, deputy headmaster.

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And what were you doing in there?

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Looking for a stray cat.

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A cat? So, who is this girl?

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I've certainly never seen her before. Sefton Scott, headmaster.

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Inspector Mallory.

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The girl's not from any boy's family.

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-"The girl" is May Lewis.

-And you are?

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BELL RINGS Sheila Barnett, deputy head of St Saviour's, next door.

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May is one of our young ladies.

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Who should never have been here in the first place!

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-Typical St Saviour's laxity.

-Laxity?

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I suspect a simple accident.

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Trespassing, Miss Lewis probably bashed her head on a pipe.

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Inspector, I noticed a distinct scent in Miss Lewis' hair.

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A smelly pipe, then. Thank you, Padre.

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We'll get to the bottom of it once the area has been cleared.

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Right you are, Sir. Ladies and gents, please.

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She's in good hands.

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Erm... How do you suppose she got here?

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I don't know. She can be...

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..wilful. Bit of a free spirit.

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But she could have just been after the cat.

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It's not the first time it's caused friction between the schools.

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Do you think her room may provide a clue?

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Yes.

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But as St Saviour's is a school for young ladies,

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no men are allowed in the dormitories.

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Yes, of course

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She said "young".

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And she said "ladies".

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Both ideally qualified.

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-HE STAMMERS

-Th-that's not yours.

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No, it isn't.

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But how do you know whose it is?

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Thank you.

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Oh, what beautiful gardens!

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Oh! Passiflora caerulea, I think.

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Passion flower, yes. Lovely.

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Oh... If you'll excuse me, I must update the head.

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The girls'll point you to May's room.

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Oh, come on, Mrs M, do keep up.

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Or do I have to commandeer a wheelbarrow for you?

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I doubt very much you'd know how to handle a wheelbarrow.

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C-can't you r-read?

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I was just admiring the flowers.

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Why the gloomy face? It was only a silly race.

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It's just there's barely anything personal here.

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Poor girl. Stuck in a cold little room.

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Passion In Paris.

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Well, it looks like she found ways to liven things up.

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Yes. Well, there's not much else to do when you're dumped in a place like this.

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Until you're kicked out and dumped in another one.

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Yes, well, I suppose we've all had our schoolgirl indiscretions.

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Not you, surely, Mrs M?

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Oh, yes, yes - even me.

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What are you doing in there?

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I am searching.

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Have you found Narnia yet?

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No, I have not found Narnia yet.

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But I have found this.

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A diary! Top marks, Mrs M!

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What does this mean, do you think?

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No, no, apparently the girl just wandered in.

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Nothing to do with the running of the school, I assure you.

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Now, boys, say goodbye and then help Mr Hart tidy up.

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Father Brown. No pressing parish duties?

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None more pressing than the serious injury of a young girl, no.

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No, of course.

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But, with your reputation, I would prefer not to cause

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unnecessary alarm over a tragic accident.

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-I think she was attacked.

-By whom?

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I'm not sure. But she was gathering snacks for two,

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so she was meeting someone.

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A Martyrs paramour, perhaps?

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No, no, Father, you're mistaken.

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Perhaps St Saviour's are happy to let their charges run around unsupervised...

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We most certainly are not!

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And we've had boys over our walls, too.

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Not to mention all the stray cricket balls.

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-Father, we found something.

-May's secret diary.

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We encourage our charges to behave as young ladies.

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-Guidance, apparently, they ignore. Absences here...

-Really!

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INSPECTOR COUGHS

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It's a pattern of dots that repeats.

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Every 28 days.

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The lunar cycle, perhaps?

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A cycle, yes. But this pattern is two weeks late, meaning...

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May is probably...

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-BOTH:

-Pregnant.

-Ah.

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So, who do you think the father is, Father?

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And what on Earth are we doing rummaging through cricketing... whatnots?

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Linseed oil.

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Freshly applied.

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These stains are fresher still.

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I'll take that, thank you, Padre.

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The weapon used in the attack, I'd wager.

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You thought it was an accident.

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I just go where the evidence leads.

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And it just so happens to have led me to "DG."

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Daniel Gates.

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The moral values we impart to our boys...

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-Are hardly unique to your school.

-..are beyond reproach.

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-Is this your cricket bat?

-Yes.

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Daniel Gates, I am arresting you on suspicion of attempted murder.

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Grandfather!

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-I don't know her!

-There, you see?

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-Grandfather!

-Your grandad can follow on.

-This is outrageous!

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-Mr Scott...

-My grandson would never involve himself with such a girl,

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risk his bright future, let alone commit such a crime.

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No Martyrs boy would.

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Your grandson's bat was plainly the weapon used in the attack.

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And if she was pregnant,

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then it's his future that would be ruined by the scandal.

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-POLICEMAN:

-Mind your head, son.

-I didn't do anything!

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-I didn't...

-I know.

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You didn't have your own bat for your demonstration,

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hence your lapses in timing. So, where was it?

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I don't know.

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It was supposed to be out ready with my other gear, but it wasn't there.

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And young Miss Lewis, where were you expecting to find her?

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I wasn't.

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Daniel, if you want me to help you, you have to tell the truth in confidence.

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We do not have much time.

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We're courting.

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Grandfather would have my guts for garters if he knew.

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St Saviour's girls are out of bounds.

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So, you used to meet her in the boiler room?

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She'd leave me notes, but I didn't get one today

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I had no idea she was pregnant.

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But I would never hurt her. Never.

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Do you think she'll be all right?

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Like the Daniel of old, keep faith. The truth will set you free.

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On your bike, Padre!

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Just sheltering from the weather, Inspector.

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I just wish I could do something useful.

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You are doing something useful - watching over that girl.

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Poor little thing - only a child herself.

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And pregnant.

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By that Daniel, of all people!

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Well, you did say "star of all things athletic".

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That's enough, Penelope!

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I'm sure Winnie Robins never envisaged anything like this.

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Perhaps she was just lonely.

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Needed to know someone cared.

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And someone does.

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May? May?

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Go on, get out!

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Back on your own side! You and that damned cat.

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Or what?

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Or what?! I'll give you what!

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You'll give me...

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-HE STAMMERS

-..s-six of the best?

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Headmaster!

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Are you all right?

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Er, polio. In infancy. Hardest fight of my life.

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But you can't keep a good man down.

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Daniel didn't do it, Father.

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He couldn't have.

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I suspect you may be right.

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But you'd be wise to find him legal counsel.

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Headmaster. Good news, Father. Apparently the girl's coming round.

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That is good news.

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Now perhaps Miss Lewis can tell us what actually happened.

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Oh, I see. Well, thank you very much.

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Apparently Father Brown has already left the school.

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Oh, there you are!

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-Is she awake?

-Not yet, but it can't be long now.

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GIRL SCREAMS

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May?

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May...

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Are you all right?

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Unconscious.

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But she just screamed!

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I suspect someone's made another attempt on her life.

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Highly doubtful, given that I have her attacker in custody.

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Do you?

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There's no-one out there, Sir.

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Why is the pillow on the floor?

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She obviously had a nightmare,

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knocked the pillow onto the floor herself.

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Passion flower

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Yes.

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-Philip.

-Deputy Headmistress.

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-Are you all right?

-Perfectly.

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Though, like you, I do have work to be getting on with.

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Given recent events,

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perhaps that's where we should each focus our attention.

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What are you saying?

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-If this is about earlier, perhaps it was bad t...

-It isn't. I'm sorry.

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You deserve better.

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How's May?

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Under Mrs McCarthy's watchful eye.

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And she stirred momentarily, so the doctor is optimistic.

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And the baby?

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Well, actually, May's monthly clock has started ticking again.

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So, we won't be hearing

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-the pitter-patter of tiny feet after all.

-SHE SOBS

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Oh!

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I'm so sorry!

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It's just a difficult time.

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And my own clock has started ticking rather loudly of late.

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Which is terribly selfish, when May is in such pain.

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But thank heaven she's on the mend now.

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But someone still means her harm.

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And with Daniel in custody,

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that means we have to look further afield.

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I can't believe Jack would do anything violent.

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How long has he worked at the school?

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About a year. He doesn't say much,

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but he's the best gardener we've ever had.

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Jack?

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No sign of life.

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Apart from the beautiful garden.

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Perhaps we should try later.

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Ah, no, we should check around the back.

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< Hello, Jack?

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< Jack?

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Just a bit stuck.

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Hello, Jack?

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We really shouldn't touch anything. It might be evidence.

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Jack?

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Not his work, surely?

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Jack?

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Jack?

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Jack!

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Poor Jack.

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-He must have been such a tortured soul.

-Mm.

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Jack is your classic maladjusted loner.

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Fixated on this girl, and then unable to face his own guilt.

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Ah, so you don't think this one's an accident, then, Sir?

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Obviously not.

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Did you know him well?

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Not at all.

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-I told you Daniel was innocent.

-Mr Scott...

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You will release him immediately or my solicitor will file a complaint.

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I am bound to follow the evidence.

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And this particular piece of evidence compels me to release Daniel,

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pending further enquiries.

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He's innocent.

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Hardly that, given his flagrant disregard for school rules.

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Illicit liaisons with this girl on school grounds. Deception.

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He must be punished.

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You can make your own deliberations about such matters

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when, and if, you take the reins.

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What deliberation? Rules are rules. Surely you don't intend to make an exception?

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Hello.

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Hello?

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Hello, May.

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Do you remember me?

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Coconut macaroons.

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You're in hospital.

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You're going to be all right.

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But it seems you're not expecting, after all.

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Oh. Course not.

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Do you remember being attacked?

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Attacked?

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I know you were meeting Daniel.

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And not for the first time.

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No, I was after the cat.

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Yes, I found the cat fur in your bag.

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Good excuse.

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Nice wheeze! Like something I would have done.

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You know, you can tell us anything.

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Our lips are sealed.

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I left him a note in his cricket bag for us to meet,

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when I realised I was...late.

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After that, I remember...

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..macaroons, you...

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Then nothing.

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At first the police thought Daniel was responsible

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because the attacker used his bat.

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No.

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But now they think that Jack, the gardener, hit you.

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Coming again for you, here...

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..before he took his own life.

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No. It couldn't have been Jack. He was lovely.

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People are not always what they seem.

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He was! When I got sick of being dumped at school

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by Daddy and his new girlfriend,

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he was my friend.

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Let me watch him draw, play with his cat.

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I thought I dreamt of him being here.

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WINDOW OPENS

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I remember something white.

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SHE SCREAMS

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A pillow.

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And I couldn't breathe.

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And then Jack's face.

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A look I'd never seen. Desperate. Furious.

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He was fighting.

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So...someone else was here?

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Passiflora.

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Said to symbolise Our Lord's passion and suffering.

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I think Jack brought it here for you.

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And surprised someone else.

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You wait there.

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Mr Scott.

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I am tempted to complain to your Chief Inspector.

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Who, incidentally, is an old boy of the school.

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Apologies for any confusion.

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Headmaster.

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Oh, Father, surely the case is closed now?

0:25:020:25:04

The police have their man.

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Perhaps. But I suspect that their man knows one of yours.

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Can you identify him?

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No-one currently at the school, I assure you.

0:25:180:25:21

If you'll excuse me, I must speak with Daniel.

0:25:210:25:24

Daniel? Daniel!

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First Daniel, then Jack.

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I haven't a friend in the world now.

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You have me.

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And you have me.

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And me...if you want.

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-Daniel!

-You shouldn't be here.

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Please.

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To the store room, please, boys.

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Philip.

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Please, whatever it is, whatever's going on, I'll stand by you.

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I love you.

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Deputy Headmaster...

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Sorry, Father, I can't leave the boys unsupervised.

0:26:140:26:17

Father.

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May's awake. And well.

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And she doesn't remember anything.

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That's probably a blessing.

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It must have been a shock for you, finding her in the boiler room.

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I'm guessing that May and Daniel weren't the only people

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fraternising between schools.

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We had to keep it quiet.

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Females are considered a distraction at Martyrs.

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Staff have to set an example.

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Not that it matters now.

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It's over.

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Something changed.

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What?

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I don't know. Perhaps it was with finding May,

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but he seems upset.

0:27:040:27:07

Nothing like the man I know.

0:27:070:27:09

Can I show you a picture?

0:27:090:27:11

I'm just so glad you're all right.

0:27:150:27:16

I'm sorry I couldn't come any sooner.

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I didn't think you'd be able to come at all,

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now that everyone knows about us.

0:27:240:27:26

Wild horses couldn't hold me back.

0:27:260:27:28

What about your grandfather? He's still headmaster.

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Not for much longer. Anyway, it doesn't matter.

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I'm going to tell him I'm old enough to make my own decisions.

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It's my life.

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And you're my girl.

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Yes, the pollen from the flowers, it's very strong.

0:27:490:27:52

-SHE CLEARS THROAT

-Yes, terrible.

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All right, back to your form room, boys.

0:28:010:28:03

Father.

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May I?

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Such a shame.

0:28:150:28:17

A joyous day, ending in tragedy.

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-Yes.

-Especially for you.

0:28:200:28:23

First on the scene of such a brutal attack.

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And, of course, you know the man that the police now hold responsible.

0:28:250:28:29

What on Earth gives you that idea, Father?

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Your reaction, when you saw his hand attachments.

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And I found this amongst Jack's possessions.

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It is you, isn't it?

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Much younger, before you became deputy headmaster.

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But why such anguish?

0:28:580:28:59

My first year as a master...

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..on my way to class I saw a boy being disciplined.

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Right here, through this very window.

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TEACHER GRUNTS

0:29:250:29:27

-BOY:

-Stop, please!

0:29:270:29:28

WHIP CRACKS

0:29:300:29:31

Stop, please!

0:29:310:29:33

-TEACHER:

-Put your hands back!

0:29:360:29:37

WHIP CRACKS

0:29:390:29:41

This boy - Sebastian - had a terrible stutter.

0:29:410:29:47

But spirit, and gifts.

0:29:480:29:51

He was an exceptional artist...

0:29:510:29:53

Discipline is important. We have a proud tradition.

0:29:540:29:58

Instilling responsibility, shaping character.

0:29:580:30:01

But this brutality, over nothing.

0:30:040:30:07

He was drawing in Latin class,

0:30:070:30:10

and he wouldn't stop stammering.

0:30:100:30:12

I saw the hope in his eyes, as he saw me.

0:30:160:30:19

And the despair, as I left them to it.

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Still hearing him.

0:30:250:30:26

His hands being beaten.

0:30:280:30:29

His nerves broken.

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So that he could no longer hold a pencil, or gardening tools,

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without metal aids.

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The Cat of Mastigatus.

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It's not used these days,

0:30:440:30:45

but even the name still strikes terror into the boys.

0:30:450:30:48

Not sure I like the sound of it much.

0:30:490:30:51

It's a modified tawse, named after a cat-o'-nine-tails.

0:30:530:30:58

And Latin for "punishment".

0:30:590:31:01

But why such remorse today, after all these years?

0:31:040:31:09

Because of this.

0:31:090:31:10

"Tell the truth about the Cat."

0:31:120:31:14

I knew it was from Sebastian, but I didn't realise Sebastian was Jack until earlier.

0:31:140:31:20

He changed his name, to avoid the sounds he struggled with.

0:31:200:31:25

And now he's dead.

0:31:280:31:30

But that was a long time ago.

0:31:340:31:35

We have to focus on the boys here, today.

0:31:350:31:38

And discipline is a cornerstone of this school.

0:31:380:31:41

Discipline, honour, courage!

0:31:410:31:43

Where have you been?

0:31:580:31:59

Compounding your various transgressions.

0:32:020:32:04

I'd've thought you'd have learnt from all this trouble.

0:32:060:32:09

But now I hear you were at the hospital to see the silly girl!

0:32:090:32:12

-She's nice.

-Nice girls don't behave like that!

0:32:120:32:14

An amoral, insolent girl with no respect for authority.

0:32:140:32:17

Remove your shirt.

0:32:180:32:20

I don't want to punish you, Daniel, but rules are rules,

0:32:260:32:28

and it's for your own benefit. Over.

0:32:280:32:31

This doesn't change anything.

0:32:340:32:36

I'm not going to stop seeing her.

0:32:360:32:38

Grandfather!

0:32:440:32:46

Call me "Sir", boy!

0:32:480:32:49

Please! No!

0:32:500:32:52

You... You brought this on yourself.

0:32:520:32:54

Well? What are you waiting for?

0:33:010:33:03

You must.

0:33:040:33:06

And if you won't...

0:33:060:33:08

Philip, no!

0:33:080:33:09

Did you not always teach us that discipline was everything?

0:33:160:33:20

You've inflicted these hideous punishments on generations of boys,

0:33:200:33:25

and you won't give that gift to your own precious Daniel?!

0:33:250:33:28

Philip!

0:33:280:33:29

I know boys have suffered. Old boys and new.

0:33:310:33:36

But this is not the way.

0:33:360:33:37

You don't know suffering. Suffering makes a man of you.

0:33:370:33:40

A man of distinction, of courage.

0:33:400:33:42

Courage? To cripple a boy's hands?

0:33:420:33:46

To beat who knows how many others over the years?

0:33:460:33:50

-To shape them!

-Shape them?

0:33:500:33:53

Into what?

0:33:530:33:54

You shaped Jack into a shadow of what he might have been.

0:33:540:33:57

Violence toward the weak shows no honour or courage, it is merely bullying.

0:33:590:34:05

Like...

0:34:060:34:07

Like bludgeoning a young woman.

0:34:090:34:11

What are you talking about?

0:34:140:34:16

"An amoral, insolent young girl who showed no respect for authority."

0:34:160:34:21

But you said you'd never seen her before.

0:34:220:34:25

So, how could you possibly know that she was insolent?

0:34:250:34:28

You boasted about Daniel's prowess at cricket, and his golden future.

0:34:300:34:37

It must have been quite a blow when you found May's note.

0:34:370:34:39

So, you went to catch her, and found her insolent.

0:35:060:35:11

Ha!

0:35:110:35:12

Caught in the act, you little harlot!

0:35:140:35:18

Sneaking into my school, leading my grandson astray.

0:35:180:35:21

You will never see him again.

0:35:210:35:24

He'll come to me, when he hears I'm carrying his child.

0:35:240:35:27

He'll come running then.

0:35:290:35:31

She was a little schemer,

0:35:540:35:56

claiming pregnancy.

0:35:560:35:58

So you hit her with a cricket bat.

0:35:590:36:03

That's why your display went awry, Daniel.

0:36:040:36:06

Your grandfather hit your friend with your bat.

0:36:060:36:10

And then he hid it with the others.

0:36:110:36:14

Only later, you realised you hadn't quite finished the job,

0:36:140:36:18

and that she might identify you.

0:36:180:36:20

So you tried again, at the hospital.

0:36:230:36:25

SHE SCREAMS

0:36:370:36:39

Only to be foiled by truly courageous Jack.

0:36:410:36:45

Jack.

0:37:020:37:04

I...s-saw you.

0:37:060:37:10

I...know you.

0:37:130:37:17

Sefton Scott.

0:37:190:37:21

Sebastian?

0:37:230:37:25

Poor Jack.

0:37:260:37:27

Helpless, when you killed him with the very aids he needed on his broken hands.

0:37:270:37:33

Hands broken by you

0:37:350:37:38

and your "shaping" with the Cat of Mastigatus.

0:37:380:37:41

JACK GASPS AND CHOKES

0:37:410:37:43

And then...

0:37:440:37:47

..the disgusting deceit...

0:37:470:37:50

..of making it appear that he had taken his own life.

0:37:500:37:53

Yes.

0:37:550:37:58

I took hard decisions. For you!

0:37:580:38:00

That girl was looking to destroy your reputation, mine, the school's...

0:38:000:38:04

Everything I've built!

0:38:040:38:06

And the consequences?

0:38:060:38:08

Men have gone to the gallows for less.

0:38:080:38:11

12 good men and true will judge my motives.

0:38:110:38:12

And God.

0:38:120:38:14

He forgives all our sins, but only forgives those who truly repent.

0:38:140:38:19

Headmaster, for the sake of your immortal soul,

0:38:220:38:26

can you find no remorse?

0:38:260:38:28

Perhaps your God should show some remorse for his imperfect making.

0:38:280:38:34

I learned early never to rely on his pity, but my own mettle.

0:38:350:38:38

Yes, occasionally maybe I went too far,

0:38:390:38:43

but I built this school, the character of generations of boys.

0:38:430:38:47

Made you the man you are today!

0:38:470:38:49

If I truly was a man of courage,

0:38:490:38:51

I'd have ended your brutality a long time ago.

0:38:510:38:54

I didn't want you to throw away your future, Daniel.

0:39:010:39:04

This is my legacy.

0:39:040:39:06

Tell it to the judge. Maybe he's an old boy, too.

0:39:060:39:08

I never wanted this "golden future" they're all pushing me into anyway.

0:39:110:39:15

I'm not sure golden futures are what they used to be.

0:39:150:39:18

Or if I want the headship any more.

0:39:180:39:21

Perhaps the school's a lost cause.

0:39:210:39:23

Oh, I don't know. Nothing worthwhile is beyond saving.

0:39:230:39:27

Just takes a little courage.

0:39:270:39:29

BELL CHIMES

0:39:330:39:35

Slow and steady.

0:39:380:39:39

What we want is an evenly mashed mixture,

0:39:390:39:42

not something that looks as if it's been fired out of a catapult.

0:39:420:39:47

I'm sure we have enough to feed the 5,000 by now.

0:39:470:39:49

And their goats.

0:39:490:39:50

There. Now, much as I'd love to continue...

0:39:520:39:55

What has you itching to get away so fast?

0:39:550:39:58

Wouldn't you like to know?

0:39:580:39:59

You have been absent without leave for over a week now.

0:40:000:40:05

Sneaking off to heaven-knows-where. Or is it heaven-knows-who?

0:40:050:40:09

Mrs M, now, you know I'd love to catch up, but...

0:40:090:40:11

What kind of mischief are you up to now?

0:40:110:40:13

Oh, you know - men to seduce, gossip to fuel. Toodle-oo!

0:40:130:40:17

Penelope!

0:40:170:40:18

Hello, Father.

0:40:190:40:21

And there was me thinking we'd turned a corner at last.

0:40:210:40:25

< Bye-bye, Bunty.

0:40:250:40:27

-Obviously she had somewhere terribly important to get to.

-Yes.

0:40:320:40:37

So, what did the former headmaster have to say for himself?

0:40:380:40:41

Unrepentant, still.

0:40:410:40:44

But I will keep trying.

0:40:440:40:45

Hopefully the essential goodness that is within us all will eventually win out.

0:40:450:40:51

And young May, how is she doing?

0:40:510:40:53

Apparently subdued.

0:40:530:40:55

But Bunty is working her magic, cheering her up, every day.

0:40:560:41:00

Bunty is?

0:41:000:41:02

Yes, I expect that's where she's gone to now.

0:41:020:41:04

Oh, yes. Yes, I expect it is.

0:41:060:41:09

Um...

0:41:090:41:11

Sheila.

0:41:290:41:32

Thanks for coming.

0:41:320:41:33

I was hoping to ask you something...important.

0:41:350:41:39

But first, you have to know what you'd be signing up for.

0:41:430:41:47

Someone has a spring in their step.

0:42:240:42:26

-Race you to the macaroons?

-Ha-ha!

0:42:260:42:28

I thought we'd agreed to throttle back on the fast living for a while.

0:42:280:42:31

Oh, and Penelope knows all about fast living.

0:42:310:42:34

Except, of course, where eggs and spoons are involved.

0:42:340:42:37

May! How wonderful to see you back in the pink!

0:42:370:42:40

Oh! Looks like she's not the only one.

0:42:430:42:46

Oh, that is very good news!

0:42:460:42:49

What a corker!

0:42:490:42:51

Ladies and gentlemen!

0:42:520:42:54

As headmaster, I'd like to welcome you all to our fete,

0:42:540:42:58

which I hope, while we will never forget past tragedies,

0:42:580:43:03

will mark a new era of friendship between our two schools,

0:43:030:43:08

with our new ethos -

0:43:080:43:10

courage, honour and compassion.

0:43:100:43:15

Father Brown investigates when a girl is found left for dead at a boys' school fete.