This Rough Magic Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators


This Rough Magic

Comedy drama about two private detectives. Frank and Lu investigate mysterious goings-on when a woman dies in a magic trick gone gruesomely wrong.


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Clearance for act two.

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Thanks, Cal.

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APPLAUSE

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Ladies and gentleman,

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welcome back to our celebration of the magical and the macabre!

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The next part of tonight's performance

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is not for those of a weak constitution.

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If you are easily shocked,

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or prone to nightmares,

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I highly recommend you leave the theatre immediately.

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You have been warned.

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Now, I require a volunteer.

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Somebody brave or, failing that...

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..foolish.

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Please look under your seats!

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There's no way I'm getting on stage with that pompous prat.

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Here!

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Do we have a volunteer?

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-Yep.

-Yes, madam.

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Please. She looks nervous!

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How about a round of applause?

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APPLAUSE

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A little more encouragement, please, ladies and gentlemen.

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If you'd like to come with me.

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Please don't tell me your name.

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I don't want to become emotionally attached, just in case.

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Now, I would like to introduce you all

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to a woman close to my heart.

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I call her...

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..the Iron Maiden!

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GASPS, THUNDER SOUND EFFECT

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For those of you who think these spikes are fake...

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Solid metal.

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Please.

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Try to relax.

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Don't worry, ladies and gentlemen.

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I have no doubt she will find this to be a transformative experience.

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SCREAMING

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-Jill?

-GASPS

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Jill, you OK?

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Look, there's blood!

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Look.

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Do I have to?

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We should be doing this!

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-What, gurning?

-Publicising!

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What for?

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Look, what, let me think... Because we've got no clients!

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Not true! What about that identity theft case?

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Oh, he called up to cancel.

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Turns out it was his sister, only she thought he was dead and...

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It's a long story.

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Well, don't worry about it, something will turn up.

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-It always does.

-Hope so, cos you've got more bills than a duck pond.

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Chester Patterson is our main competition.

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He is a fake!

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He used to sell overpriced wine for a living, eh.

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I mean, what kind of PI puts his own face on a flyer?

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I'm twice the detective he'll ever be!

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Well, if that's the case, how come he's opening

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a new swanky office down the road

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and we are just stood here,

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I'm just stood here eating doughnuts?

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Because, unlike Mr Chester Patterson,

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I have integrity.

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Says a man in a fake leather jacket.

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Hey, this is real. Smell it.

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Either way, integrity won't pay the bills, will it?

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If we're so much better than him, then that's great!

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That is brilliant. Let's shout about it. Let's tell everyone.

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All right. And how we going to do that?

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As you can see, these chains are very real

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and very...strong.

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I'm starting the stopwatch...

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..now!

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His record is 13 seconds.

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It's not that interesting. Let's go.

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Of course, he's not performed this particular trick in a while.

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Won't be long now.

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One final lock...

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Ta-da!

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"To be or not to be, that is the question.

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"Whether 'tis nobler of the mind to suffer

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"The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or..."

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I am fortune's fool.

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"..against a sea of troubles

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"And, by opposing, end them."

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APPLAUSE

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Don't give up, Dad.

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You just need to get your mojo back.

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Why?

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So I can do card tricks with the other lags?

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"Involuntary manslaughter by gross negligence."

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But...it was an accident!

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You have to fight this.

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A woman died.

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It was my fault.

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You've done the Iron Maiden trick a thousand times.

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You checked it and double-checked it.

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It's safe

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It's clearly not.

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For my opening night at the Terranova tomorrow.

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Show there are no hard feelings.

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What if it wasn't an accident?

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"Choose Shakespeare and Hathaway, because the other guy's a pillock"?

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-Could you please take this seriously?

-I am!

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No, you're not, you can't be writing...

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Dear Lord, please let these clients

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be affluent, desperate and suggestible...

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-So much for integrity.

-And thank you for the doughnuts.

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-I brought you the doughnuts.

-The Lord works in mysterious ways.

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-KNOCK ON DOOR

-Come in.

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Mr and Miss Pross.

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-They want to employ our services.

-Hi. Hi.

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Hang on, aren't you that magician?

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Yes! Yes! The Great Prossini!

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I saw your show a couple of years ago.

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It's just... It was brilliant.

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Lawrence will suffice.

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This is my daughter, and assistant, Maggie.

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-Please.

-Yes. Yeah.

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Are you here about what happened to that woman?

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-I heard about it on the news.

-We believe the trick was sabotaged.

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-By?

-Anton Dukes.

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AKA The Amazing Antonio.

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-He was there that night.

-Another magician?

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Hardly! He calls himself an "experimental illusionist".

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He's been stealing my tricks for years.

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And you think Mr Dukes caused the fatality in order to...?

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Destroy Dad's career.

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Anton's taken over our spot at the theatre.

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The last few weeks have been a nightmare.

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We've been spat at in the street.

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Our van's been vandalised.

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They even broke off my aerial

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and threw it into a tree.

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Dad's being charged with manslaughter.

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He could go to jail.

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You've got to help us.

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Why don't we put the kettle on

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and you can tell us all about it?

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Sebastian?

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Starting with how the trick's supposed to work.

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That's not possible. The Magic Circle have...

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Have already kicked you out.

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Just tell them, Dad.

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It's easier if I show you.

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Yes.

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Yeah.

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-HE WHISPERS:

-Just calm down.

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Stratford's greatest con artist.

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Callum!

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Erm, Maggie, how've you been?

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Who are they?

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They're going to clear Dad's name.

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Right.

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I suppose you better come in then.

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The police took the real Iron Maiden away

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but we can use these trunks.

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Excuse me! Mr Pross?

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Iris! How lovely to see you.

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You too, Mr Pross, but you're not really allowed to be in here.

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-My manager said you're...

-Barred. I'm aware.

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Iris, these kind people are helping us discover

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what happened to that poor woman.

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I would consider it a great favour

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if you would turn a blind eye.

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We won't be long.

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OK.

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Just while my manager's on lunch.

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You're an angel.

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So, we bring the volunteer up onstage.

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Hooray!

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Sorry, how is that person chosen?

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I put a joker under one of the seats during the interval.

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So, you don't know who it is until they come onstage?

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No. I just pick a random seat.

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I position the volunteer.

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Please stand in here...

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..and try to relax.

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Now, on the underside of this front section is a strong magnet.

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When the device passes this point,

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the magnet breaks a circuit,

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opens the trap door,

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the volunteer disappears into the trap room,

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a spring mechanism pushes the trap door back into place

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just before the Iron Maiden closes.

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I wait downstairs to make sure they're all right

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and then I just bring them up after the trick's over.

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What, is that it?

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Oh!

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Then I do a bit more spiel...

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..and Maggie emerges

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from a secret compartment behind the spikes,

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resplendent in sequins.

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Is it not possible that maybe the trap door just jammed by itself?

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No, I do a safety check every night before the second half.

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A power-cut?

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If the power goes, the latch opens. That's how it works.

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But surely the police would've noticed if it'd been tampered with.

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Not if Anton removed any evidence.

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So, you're saying that this Anton guy -

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from his seat, somewhere in the auditorium -

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managed to jam the trap door shut

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and then un-jam it, but during the show, without anybody noticing.

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He's a magician, isn't he?

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Well, you got your wish.

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"Desperate, affluent and suggestible."

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Although I don't really feel like there's much of a case here.

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I feel like they just can't accept that The Great Prossini

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might have messed up.

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No, I'm not so sure.

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Really?

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I do think he quite liked a bit of a drink.

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I mean, really, would you put your life in his hands?

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Francis!

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Long time, no see.

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-Not long enough.

-Francis?

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Chester. You're looking...well.

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And you must be Ms Shakespeare.

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I heard Francis had got himself a glamorous new assistant.

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I'm his partner.

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Business partner.

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He's a lucky man.

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Chester Patterson.

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Sure you've heard of Chester Patterson's Investigations.

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This is my client, Mr Shiplake.

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Mr Shiplake? Your wife was...

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Murdered by that maniac? Yes.

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Our condolences.

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And we intend to sue Mr Pross for every penny he has.

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I'm helping Mr Shiplake build a case

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-for a private compensation claim.

-PHONE RINGS

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Excuse me, I have to take this.

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We... We have reason to believe

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there might be a third party involved.

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And what reason is that?

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Well, I'm not at liberty to say.

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So, wait, you're working for The Great Prossini?

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Might be.

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That's priceless! I've looked into the incident, Francis.

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If you think it was foul play, you're wrong.

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Well, do you want to put your money where your mouth is then?

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-You want to make a wager?!

-Excuse us.

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-What are you doing?!

-I'm doing what you said.

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Trying to prove we're the best in town.

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No! This is not what I meant.

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Listen to your hairdresser, Francis.

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Sounds like what she lacks in expertise

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she makes up for in female intuition.

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Two days.

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Two days.

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And if we haven't proved that Pross is innocent by then,

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then Frank and I will spend an entire day

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handing out your flyers.

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And if you succeed?

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I was talking about 20 quid,

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not humiliating myself in public

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promoting our biggest rivals.

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So, I got carried away!

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As long as we solve the case,

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it doesn't matter, does it?

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And we are the best, remember?

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All right!

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Listen, I want you to go back to the office

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and run those background checks, and talk to the daughter again.

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But on her own this time. She might open up if her dad's not there.

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What are you going to do?

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I'm going to deal with this.

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Good luck. SHE LAUGHS

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Well, well, if it isn't Arden Constabulary's finest!

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-I just had a phone call.

-PPI? I hate those.

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Mr Shiplake has had a very distressing experience.

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Now he's worried that your investigation

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is going to confuse the witnesses and mess up the trial.

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That is rubbish.

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Chester Patterson got him to call you

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because he's scared we might find something.

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Yeah, but there's nothing to find, Frank.

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You know, there was no sign that the trap door was tampered with.

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Right, look.

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Hypothetically, OK, if someone wanted to sabotage...

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Oh, who? Why? When?

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Look, we've done a thorough investigation

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and so has the Health and Safety Executive.

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Now, the only fingerprints found on the device

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were those belonging to Lawrence Pross and a resident technician.

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-Well, you must've come up with something.

-Yeah, we did.

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In-house usher Iris Swifton.

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She was seen having an argument with the deceased during an interval.

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-And?

-And there was a dead end!

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It was just a customer complaint that was handled badly.

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And anyway, if someone wanted to kill Mrs Shiplake, well,

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she was chosen at random!

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Yeah, but if Mr Pross is right, the victim's irrelevant.

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Someone wanted to ruin his career.

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Yeah, and by "someone" you mean Anton Dukes.

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He was on a date the whole night.

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Look, the CPS have made their decision.

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The case is closed.

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Well, we won't be getting in their way

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if we have a look around ourselves, will we?

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Have you always wanted to be a performer?

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Not really.

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When I was little, I planned on being an archaeologist.

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Travel the world exploring lost temples.

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It sounds silly now.

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I think I just wanted to be Lara Croft.

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I left school after my GCSEs,

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been helping Dad ever since.

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And how long has your dad known Anton Dukes?

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A few years.

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Dad helped Anton out when he first started on the circuit.

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He was even going to propose Anton for the Magic Circle

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but then he found out Anton was using some of his tricks,

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passing them off as his own.

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Dad reported him and Anton got blacklisted.

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Do you think Dukes is really capable of murder?

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He certainly gives me the creeps.

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And Dad had this book full of his stage notes, right?

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Diagrams, scripts, everything.

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The Tuesday before the accident, it went missing.

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What, and you think Anton stole it?

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I saw him backstage...

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Maggie!

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-How are tricks?

-What are you doing, Anton?

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-I was... I was looking for your dad.

-He's rehearsing.

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All right. Well, never mind. I'll catch him later.

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I thought you two weren't speaking.

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Who told you that?

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Ah, speak of the devil!

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Callum!

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Yes, Mr Pross?

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What have I told you about leaving the stage door unlocked?

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Any vermin might crawl out of the sewer

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into our crucible of magic.

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Sorry, Mr Pross.

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There's no need to be like that, Larry.

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I thought we might start over.

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Maybe I could do a guest spot here one night.

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You wouldn't have to pay.

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I'd do it for the exposure.

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If you wish to expose yourself,

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please do it elsewhere.

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Did you tell the police?

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Only after the accident.

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And, of course, Anton denied taking it.

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I hope you don't mind me asking this but...

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..does your dad normally drink during the day?

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No!

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I mean...

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My mum left when I was 15.

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Dad took it pretty hard, hit the bottle, but...

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..he sorted himself out.

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It's only since the accident...

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-He's not coping.

-He's scared.

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How's someone like him going to cope in jail?

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It won't come to that.

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SHE SCREAMS

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Did you get my message about the stage notes?

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Yeah, I ran it by Marlowe.

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Problem is, Pross didn't report the theft at the time.

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She reckons he's making it up.

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Ah, well, it is a bit convenient, isn't it?

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All your notes vanishing,

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just as they launch a health and safety investigation.

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-What else did she say?

-She said we were wasting our time.

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Well, she's got a point, hasn't she?

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I mean, how long are we planning on just standing here doing nothing?

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Look, we've got...

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..46 hours and we'll be handing out Chester's notes.

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Dukes is the only person we've got with a motive.

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Right. So what are we going to find out

0:18:590:19:01

loitering outside his house all day?

0:19:010:19:03

What've I told you, eh?

0:19:030:19:05

Surveillance is 90% of the job.

0:19:050:19:07

You know we get inside people's heads,

0:19:070:19:10

-find out what lies beneath the surface.

-Idiot!

0:19:100:19:12

-I was only going to show you my rabbit!

-Really?

0:19:140:19:18

-Where you going?

-We haven't got time for this.

0:19:230:19:25

I have met men like Dukes before.

0:19:250:19:28

Trust me, there is nothing going on beneath the surface.

0:19:280:19:31

Lu! Lu!

0:19:310:19:33

Lu.

0:19:330:19:34

Jealous? That's a laugh!

0:19:340:19:36

Pross is a dinosaur.

0:19:420:19:43

He's been doing the same tricks since the '80s.

0:19:430:19:45

Why cop...?!

0:19:450:19:47

HE GROANS AND CLEARS THROAT

0:19:470:19:50

So, why copy them, then?

0:19:510:19:53

Those old illusions are like jazz standards.

0:19:530:19:56

You take the classic trick and put a new twist on it.

0:19:560:19:58

Anyway, I've moved on since then.

0:19:590:20:02

So, why were you there that night then?

0:20:020:20:05

Well, I like to keep an eye on my competitors.

0:20:050:20:08

Even the rubbish ones.

0:20:090:20:11

Why would I sabotage his act

0:20:130:20:15

when he does such a good job of that himself?

0:20:150:20:17

Well, so you could inherit his residency at the theatre.

0:20:170:20:19

Yeah, well, the Terranova's hardly worth killing for, is it?

0:20:220:20:26

Revenge, then.

0:20:260:20:27

For having you blacklisted from the Magic Circle.

0:20:270:20:30

Maybe you never meant to hurt anybody.

0:20:340:20:36

You just wanted to embarrass Pross

0:20:360:20:39

and then it just all went wrong.

0:20:390:20:40

Obviously, badly.

0:20:400:20:42

Yeah, well, I was with my date the whole time.

0:20:420:20:44

Yeah, we heard.

0:20:440:20:46

You haven't got her contact details, have you?

0:20:460:20:48

Just in case she remembered anything useful.

0:20:480:20:50

No, sorry, can't help you there.

0:20:500:20:52

Only met her the night before.

0:20:520:20:55

Name, maybe?

0:20:550:20:56

Lilly...

0:20:580:20:59

Milly...

0:20:590:21:01

No, it's gone.

0:21:020:21:03

Police should have her details.

0:21:030:21:05

And you're confident that she'll back

0:21:050:21:07

-your version of events, are you?

-Well, who knows?

0:21:070:21:10

Did my famous vanishing act during the night,

0:21:100:21:12

so she might be a bit miffed.

0:21:120:21:13

I don't like to be there when they wake up.

0:21:140:21:16

Ruins the magic.

0:21:170:21:19

SHE SCOFFS

0:21:210:21:22

The man is a cockroach.

0:21:280:21:30

Yeah, but he's right, though, isn't he?

0:21:300:21:32

The Terranova's not worth killing an innocent woman for.

0:21:320:21:35

Not even if it meant getting revenge on Pross.

0:21:350:21:37

And plus, he's got an alibi.

0:21:370:21:39

Well, so, what are we supposed to do, just give up? Let Chester win?

0:21:390:21:42

No, right, listen.

0:21:430:21:45

We go back to the beginning.

0:21:450:21:46

The victim. Maggie said she chose the volunteer at random.

0:21:460:21:49

What if someone saw where she put the card

0:21:510:21:53

and moved it to Mrs Shiplake's seat?

0:21:530:21:55

Ah.

0:21:550:21:57

-Who?

-Marlowe mentioned an argument that night

0:21:570:21:59

between the victim and an on-duty usher.

0:21:590:22:02

Maybe we should have a word.

0:22:020:22:05

Iris...

0:22:110:22:13

-..do you want a hand?

-I'm fine.

0:22:130:22:16

Iris?

0:22:210:22:23

-Ah, you scared the life out of me!

-Sorry.

-It's OK.

0:22:230:22:25

I'm just a little bit jumpy since...

0:22:250:22:28

You know.

0:22:280:22:29

Yeah, yeah. I'm sure you are.

0:22:290:22:31

Is it all right if we just ask a couple of questions?

0:22:310:22:33

So, is it true that you had an argument

0:22:360:22:39

with Jill Shiplake the night she died?

0:22:390:22:42

Ooh, sorry, I didn't mean to...

0:22:420:22:44

It was my fault!

0:22:440:22:46

I killed her!

0:22:460:22:49

You killed Mrs Shiplake?

0:22:490:22:51

She was sat behind this woman with stupidly big hair

0:22:510:22:53

and she wanted to move seats

0:22:530:22:55

but I wouldn't let her.

0:22:550:22:57

Why not?

0:22:570:22:58

Cos I saw Maggie put the card under her seat

0:22:580:23:00

and I was worried that I'd mess up the trick!

0:23:000:23:03

I'm sure it wasn't your fault.

0:23:040:23:06

I should have just let her move!

0:23:060:23:08

She was already in a bad mood, bickering with her husband...

0:23:080:23:10

Why were they arguing?

0:23:100:23:12

Well, he turned up late and then she was asking him where he'd been.

0:23:120:23:14

That's all I know.

0:23:140:23:16

Thank you.

0:23:170:23:19

You've been really helpful.

0:23:190:23:21

You didn't see anything else suspicious that night?

0:23:210:23:25

Well...

0:23:250:23:27

..at the interval, we clear the auditorium and,

0:23:270:23:29

as I was doing my checks,

0:23:290:23:32

I saw Mr Shiplake coming from backstage...

0:23:320:23:34

Sorry, you're not allowed.

0:23:350:23:37

Oh, no, I'm sorry, I was looking for the toilet.

0:23:370:23:41

Just got a bit lost.

0:23:410:23:43

Did you tell the police that?

0:23:470:23:49

Well, they were asking me loads of questions

0:23:490:23:51

about the row with his wife and...

0:23:510:23:53

I guess it just slipped my mind.

0:23:530:23:55

But, like he said, he was probably just lost.

0:23:550:23:58

Does this place have CCTV?

0:24:000:24:03

There's a camera at the back by the stage door

0:24:030:24:05

but the police already checked the footage from that night.

0:24:050:24:08

What about the Tuesday before?

0:24:080:24:10

I mean, Maggie assumed that Anton stole the stage notes.

0:24:100:24:14

What if it was someone else?

0:24:140:24:15

The footage is probably still on the hard-drive but...

0:24:150:24:18

-No, I can't.

-Really?

0:24:190:24:21

Not even if it would stop Pross going to jail?

0:24:220:24:26

My manager would freak out,

0:24:260:24:28

and I need this job. Sorry.

0:24:280:24:30

Well, listen, if you think of anything, it would be a big help.

0:24:320:24:35

So, Jill Shiplake comes from a very wealthy family.

0:24:400:24:44

Most of their assets are in her name.

0:24:440:24:46

Steffan Shiplake, however,

0:24:460:24:49

owns Undreamed Shores -

0:24:490:24:51

an independent travel agents. Made a loss for the last two years.

0:24:510:24:54

So, are we talking about, like,

0:24:540:24:56

an episode of My Big Fat Life Insurance Policy?

0:24:560:24:59

Well, the culprit's usually someone close to the victim

0:24:590:25:02

and Steffan stood to gain financially.

0:25:020:25:05

And he asked Marlowe to warn us off.

0:25:050:25:07

How do we prove it?

0:25:070:25:09

Well, we'll ruffle his feathers a bit, see what happens. Sebastian!

0:25:090:25:12

Can't a man enjoy his quinoa in peace?

0:25:140:25:17

Fancy going on holiday?

0:25:170:25:19

You've come here to ask me if I killed my wife?!

0:25:210:25:23

That's not what I'm saying.

0:25:230:25:25

I'm just asking why you were snooping around backstage.

0:25:250:25:27

I wasn't snooping anywhere!

0:25:270:25:29

Was it your idea to go to the magic show?

0:25:290:25:31

For your information, we won those tickets in a competition

0:25:310:25:34

organised by the theatre for couples...

0:25:340:25:37

..but you don't believe me. Just ask them.

0:25:390:25:41

Now, I...

0:25:420:25:44

..would like you...

0:25:440:25:47

..to leave!

0:25:470:25:49

OK.

0:25:510:25:52

-Good morning.

-Isn't it?

0:26:010:26:03

A sports injury? I managed to do my knee skiing last month.

0:26:030:26:07

Oh, no, this is a car accident years ago.

0:26:070:26:10

Serves me right.

0:26:110:26:13

Was trying to be Lewis Hamilton.

0:26:130:26:15

So, are we...planning a trip?

0:26:150:26:18

Honeymoon.

0:26:180:26:19

Somewhere adventurous yet luxurious,

0:26:190:26:21

and Olivia's adamant we only stay in hotels with a low carbon-footprint.

0:26:210:26:24

Budget?

0:26:260:26:27

Not an issue.

0:26:270:26:29

Please take a seat.

0:26:290:26:30

HE COUGHS

0:26:320:26:36

Sorry. Can't shake off this bug I picked up in Whistler.

0:26:360:26:39

Water?

0:26:390:26:40

If it's not too much trouble.

0:26:400:26:42

Decent of you.

0:26:590:27:01

Now...

0:27:010:27:02

..let's see what we can find.

0:27:040:27:08

Listen to this.

0:27:110:27:13

I want to see you, too.

0:27:170:27:18

It's not a good time.

0:27:200:27:22

Because I've got some private detectives sniffing around

0:27:220:27:25

and it won't look good, will it?

0:27:250:27:27

All right, calm down!

0:27:290:27:30

I'll come round after work.

0:27:300:27:33

Five o'clock.

0:27:330:27:34

But we'll have to be discreet.

0:27:340:27:36

Looks like he's traded his wife in for a newer model.

0:27:370:27:40

Hmm, he didn't exactly seem heartbroken when I saw him.

0:27:400:27:43

ALARM BEEPS

0:27:500:27:53

Now, remember what I told you about tailing people.

0:27:580:28:01

Slow, smooth, steady.

0:28:010:28:03

SHE SCREAMS

0:28:070:28:08

I thought you might try something like this.

0:28:110:28:13

Just to win a silly bet.

0:28:130:28:15

Hey! That's wilful destruction of property.

0:28:150:28:18

We both know you lack reasonable grounds

0:28:180:28:21

to listen to my client's private conversations.

0:28:210:28:23

What were you hoping to find?

0:28:230:28:24

-Evidence. And we did.

-Of what?

0:28:240:28:27

He has been conducting an extramarital affair.

0:28:270:28:30

And you can prove that this relationship

0:28:300:28:33

started prior to Mrs Shiplake's death, can you?

0:28:330:28:35

Your client was in the perfect position

0:28:380:28:40

to place the joker under his wife's seat.

0:28:400:28:42

Divorce costs a lot of money.

0:28:420:28:44

Now he gets the assets, the life insurance,

0:28:440:28:46

the compensation pay-out.

0:28:460:28:48

It's a strong motive, Chester.

0:28:480:28:49

Yeah, and we have a witness

0:28:490:28:51

who saw him sneaking backstage during the interval.

0:28:510:28:53

Wild speculation.

0:28:530:28:55

If you continue bothering Mr Shiplake,

0:28:550:28:57

I'll have you charged with harassment.

0:28:570:28:59

And don't bother with another bug.

0:28:590:29:01

My client won't be so careless in the future

0:29:010:29:03

about what he says on the phone!

0:29:030:29:05

-He's worried.

-Good.

0:29:080:29:10

We still need to get some proof, though.

0:29:120:29:15

So, the box office manager

0:29:180:29:19

says that the Shiplakes' tickets were issued

0:29:190:29:21

under a complimentary code.

0:29:210:29:24

So, he was telling the truth.

0:29:240:29:25

Except no-one can remember issuing them

0:29:250:29:27

and they've never heard of this couples competition.

0:29:270:29:30

Maybe Shiplake had an accomplice.

0:29:300:29:31

Who else could've processed the tickets?

0:29:310:29:34

Well, resident performers are allowed comps,

0:29:340:29:36

so maybe Maggie or Lawrence.

0:29:360:29:37

Oh, and Callum told the police

0:29:370:29:40

that nobody went backstage during the interval.

0:29:400:29:42

So, either he didn't see Shiplake...

0:29:420:29:44

Or Callum is lying.

0:29:440:29:46

Callum?

0:29:500:29:52

-No. He wouldn't.

-You believe he was conspiring with Anton Dukes?

0:29:520:29:57

No. Steffan Shiplake.

0:29:570:29:59

-What?

-The evidence suggests...

0:29:590:30:01

Oh, evidence...

0:30:010:30:02

..my foot!

0:30:020:30:04

Dukes did it.

0:30:040:30:06

He is an immoral, plagiarising,

0:30:060:30:09

ungrateful wretch!

0:30:090:30:10

PHONE RINGS

0:30:100:30:14

My solicitor.

0:30:140:30:15

Lawrence Pross speaking.

0:30:160:30:19

Trust me, Callum wouldn't hurt a fly.

0:30:200:30:23

-Can you be sure?

-That's it!

0:30:230:30:24

Maggie, I'll go.

0:30:260:30:30

You are about to witness a superhuman feat...

0:30:320:30:38

Not there! The...

0:30:380:30:41

How many times do I have to tell you?! It's there.

0:30:410:30:43

There you are, you slug!

0:30:440:30:47

-Is it true?

-Is what true?

0:30:470:30:49

My solicitor told me you've spoken to the Health and Safety Executive.

0:30:490:30:52

-Offered to be their expert witness.

-Mr Pross, shall we go outside?

0:30:520:30:55

How could you? Without me, you wouldn't even have an act!

0:30:550:30:58

Right, Callum, can you get him out of here, please?

0:30:580:31:00

So you are helping him!

0:31:000:31:02

It's my job, Mr Pross.

0:31:020:31:03

To stab me in the back?!

0:31:030:31:04

Admit it, Pross. You're finished.

0:31:040:31:07

Right.

0:31:070:31:08

While you're banged up, I might even offer Maggie some work.

0:31:080:31:11

I'd have to give her a test-drive first though.

0:31:140:31:17

-I'll kill you!

-Not the face!

0:31:170:31:19

-No! Stop it.

-PROSS WAILS

0:31:190:31:21

Stop it. Stop!

0:31:210:31:23

Stop it.

0:31:230:31:25

Oh!

0:31:250:31:30

-Mr Pross!

-Why the devil did you come between us?

0:31:340:31:37

I was going to tell them that it was a freak accident.

0:31:370:31:40

Unforeseeable.

0:31:400:31:41

You know, for old time's sake.

0:31:410:31:43

But you deserve to be banged up.

0:31:430:31:45

Are you all right?

0:31:470:31:49

You're very lucky, Mr Pross.

0:31:510:31:53

Am I?

0:31:530:31:55

Well, there's no permanent damage

0:31:550:31:56

-and Mr Dukes doesn't want to press charges.

-Too right.

0:31:560:31:59

-He's the criminal around here.

-Careful there.

0:31:590:32:01

I have witnesses who say you threatened to kill him.

0:32:010:32:04

KNOCK ON DOOR

0:32:040:32:06

Oh, hello.

0:32:060:32:09

-Not interrupting, are we?

-No, we're done.

0:32:090:32:11

And so are you.

0:32:110:32:13

I don't want you anywhere near Steffan Shiplake,

0:32:130:32:15

Anton Dukes or the Terranova Theatre...

0:32:150:32:18

-But I...

-..or I will arrest you for perverting the course of justice.

0:32:180:32:21

Clear? Thank you.

0:32:210:32:23

I've messed everything up, haven't I?

0:32:270:32:29

-That's not true, Dad.

-Yes. It is.

0:32:290:32:32

Oh, look on the bright side,

0:32:320:32:34

if you do end up going to prison,

0:32:340:32:36

at least you're a trained escapologist, aren't you?

0:32:360:32:39

So, what now?

0:32:420:32:44

I've got no idea.

0:32:440:32:45

Ah, you shouldn't have.

0:32:480:32:49

I have this effect on most women, you know.

0:32:490:32:52

Actually, they're for my parents.

0:32:520:32:53

I was just on the way to the graveyard.

0:32:530:32:55

The CCTV footage you wanted.

0:32:580:33:00

Oh, what made you change your mind?

0:33:000:33:01

If somebody does something wrong,

0:33:030:33:04

they deserve to be punished.

0:33:040:33:06

How long do I have to endure this?

0:33:080:33:09

It's like watching an am-dram production of Waiting For Godot.

0:33:120:33:15

We have to watch the whole thing.

0:33:150:33:16

Pross said he had his stage notes first thing,

0:33:160:33:19

but they were gone by the evening show.

0:33:190:33:21

-What was that?

-What was what?

0:33:210:33:22

Go back!

0:33:220:33:24

There!

0:33:260:33:28

That could be anyone.

0:33:280:33:30

Not just anyone. Play it again.

0:33:300:33:32

Look how he's walking.

0:33:340:33:35

We found Mr Pross' stage notes in a bin bag round the back.

0:33:480:33:52

So, with the CCTV footage and the usher's witness statement,

0:33:520:33:55

I'm confident that Shiplake will crack.

0:33:550:33:58

Oh, sorry, what was that?

0:33:580:34:00

"You were right, Frank.

0:34:000:34:01

"Sorry for ever doubting you!"

0:34:010:34:04

-She loves me really.

-Yeah. No, I can see that.

0:34:040:34:06

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-It's in her eyes.

0:34:060:34:08

I can't tell you how grateful I am.

0:34:080:34:11

That makes two of us.

0:34:110:34:13

As soon as my arm is better,

0:34:130:34:14

I'll talk to the Terranova about having us back.

0:34:140:34:16

I can't wait.

0:34:160:34:18

You...might want to retire the old iron maiden trick, though.

0:34:180:34:20

PHONE RINGS

0:34:200:34:22

It's Marlowe.

0:34:240:34:26

Hello?

0:34:260:34:27

Well, have you charged him?

0:34:300:34:32

Well, that can't be right.

0:34:320:34:34

What's wrong?

0:34:370:34:38

That is him! He's lying.

0:34:390:34:41

How many more times?

0:34:410:34:43

Steffan Shiplake has an alibi for when this was taken.

0:34:430:34:45

Well, then he paid someone to cover for him.

0:34:450:34:48

What, the whole of the Stratford Small Business Association?

0:34:480:34:52

Yeah, maybe not.

0:34:520:34:53

Whoever this is, it's not him.

0:34:530:34:55

Show me the shot of him leaving again.

0:34:570:34:59

-Show me again.

-Why? There's no clear shot of his face.

0:35:040:35:08

Just show me!

0:35:080:35:09

There!

0:35:160:35:18

-What am I looking for?

-That's Anton's poster.

0:35:180:35:21

The date says this was taken the week before the accident.

0:35:240:35:27

Yeah, if that's true,

0:35:270:35:30

then there's no way that poster would've been there.

0:35:300:35:32

That's...

0:35:320:35:34

This has been faked.

0:35:340:35:35

-Get out!

-We've come to apologise.

0:35:420:35:43

-I'm not interested.

-Mr Shiplake, honestly...

0:35:430:35:46

My wife's dead and you had me dragged off to a police station!

0:35:460:35:50

Don't you want to find out who's trying to frame you?

0:35:500:35:53

Someone went out of their way

0:35:570:35:59

to make us think it was you on that CCTV.

0:35:590:36:01

And the same person probably planted the stage notes on your property.

0:36:010:36:04

We've been trying to find out

0:36:040:36:06

why someone would want to see you locked up.

0:36:060:36:09

And?

0:36:090:36:10

You told our colleague

0:36:100:36:12

that you injured your leg in a car accident.

0:36:120:36:15

That's right.

0:36:160:36:18

Was...anyone else injured?

0:36:180:36:20

-I don't see what this has got...

-Please, Mr Shiplake.

0:36:230:36:28

OK. Yeah. Yes.

0:36:280:36:30

A couple.

0:36:320:36:33

According to an article that we've got, you were...

0:36:330:36:37

You were charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

0:36:370:36:41

It was raining.

0:36:490:36:51

They just came out of nowhere. I...

0:36:530:36:55

I didn't do anything wrong.

0:36:570:37:00

The case was dropped.

0:37:000:37:02

Insufficient evidence.

0:37:020:37:04

This was years ago!

0:37:040:37:05

Why are you dragging this up now?

0:37:050:37:07

The thing is, we think that maybe...

0:37:070:37:09

Maybe your wife wasn't the intended victim that night.

0:37:090:37:11

Maybe it was you.

0:37:130:37:15

I don't understand.

0:37:150:37:17

Did you two swap seats before the second half?

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-PA:

-Please take your seats.

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The Amazing Antonio is about to commence.

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Did you find anything? On the CCTV?

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As a matter of fact, we did. Yeah.

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Well...?

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You must've watched that iron maiden trick 100 times, eh?

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Probably, yeah.

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Still, you didn't want to leave anything to chance.

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Is that why you took the stage notes?

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Sorry, I don't...

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You sent Mr and Mrs Shiplake tickets in the post,

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telling them they'd won some competition.

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And then, that night, you waited until Maggie had hidden the joker

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under the seat and you moved it, didn't you?

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And then, after Callum had done his safety checks,

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you removed the magnet

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from underneath the iron maiden.

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You had to find a way to put it back without being noticed.

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So, after Mrs Shiplake died,

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you ran onstage and you waited for an opportunity, didn't you?

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And then you put the magnet back.

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Why would I have wanted to kill Mrs Shiplake?

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I already told you, it was just a stupid row

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because she wanted to move seats!

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Yes, and you couldn't allow that, could you?

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Not when you'd already hidden the joker under Mr Shiplake's seat.

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I can't see anything.

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Her hair's too big.

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-So?

-Can we swap seats?

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Then I won't be able to see anything!

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-I haven't been able to see and I can't see...

-OK. OK.

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-It's our date night.

-Yeah, feels like it.

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-Can we enjoy the rest of the evening now, please?

-Yes.

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You blamed Steffan Shiplake for the accident that killed your parents.

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You wanted your revenge ever since.

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But then your little plan went horribly wrong, didn't it,

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-when they swapped places?

-No!

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And then we showed up asking about the CCTV,

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and you saw an opportunity, didn't you,

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to frame him for the murder that you committed,

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putting Mr Shiplake in jail where you felt he belonged?

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It was you on the CCTV, wasn't it?

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You faked it.

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You lied about seeing him backstage

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and you planted the notes at the travel agency.

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-Come on, it was you, wasn't it?

-SIREN WAILS

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That way!

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You are about to witness a superhuman feat...

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..of endurance and escapology!

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Raise the box.

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Higher.

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Leave me alone.

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Stop!

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Don't stop, you idiot!

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I've got this one!

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Back! It isn't what you think.

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I promise.

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Stay back!

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-All right.

-What's going on?

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-You need to calm down.

-You're ruining my act!

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The police are just outside, Iris.

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You might as well just give it up.

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What about Steffan Shiplake?

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He gets to limp away again, scot-free?

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He killed my parents!

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-And you killed an innocent woman.

-It was an accident.

-No.

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It was murder. You could've helped her,

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but you watched her be led to her death.

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I'm really sorry about this, ladies and gentlemen!

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Stay back!

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Police! Everybody stay in your seats.

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-Ow!

-Don't...

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Ow! Ow!

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Can someone let me down, please?

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I thought I told you to stay away from the theatre.

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The thing is, I know how difficult it is

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-for you to allocate appropriate resources...

-Shut up, Frank.

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-Shutting up.

-Did she say anything?

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Yeah. I think she'll make a full confession.

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I'll talk to the CPS in the morning.

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Second time lucky, eh?

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What's so urgent?

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Do you want to tell him or shall I?

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Erm...

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How shall I put this?

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Hey-hey! There we go!

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Thanks.

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So, what now?

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Like I said,

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I persuade the Terranova to take us back.

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And maybe train up a new assistant.

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Excuse me?

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Well, I might be wrong,

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but I get the impression that Maggie's ready for a new adventure.

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Is this true?

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Well...

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You know I've always loved helping you with your tricks.

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I remember looking after your rabbits when I was tiny.

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But...

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But I...

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I'd kind of like to see the world outside of Stratford.

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-I'm sorry, just...

-No! Don't be.

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It's my fault. I've been too caught up in my magic to notice.

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-Thank you, both.

-Oh!

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A token of my appreciation.

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Is it true you bet that other detective

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-that you could clear my dad's name?

-Oh, yes.

-So what did you win?

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THEY LAUGH

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Frank and Lu investigate mysterious goings-on when a woman dies in a magic trick gone gruesomely wrong.


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