Toil and Trouble Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators


Toil and Trouble

Comedy drama about two private detectives. Lu and Frank try to exonerate local criminal Billy after the mayor is murdered in the dead of night.


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LAUGHTER Let's have a peek, then!

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We've got work to do!

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SLOW PIANO MUSIC PLAYS

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ANXIOUS KNOCKS ON DOOR

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GUNSHOT

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Try this, Frank.

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Cheers, Will.

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-What is that?

-Hell Broth.

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It's, er, The Mucky Mallard's infamous hangover cure.

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Works a charm for those brave enough to drink it.

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Still taking good care of yourself, then, Frank?

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Hey, you're the one who requested the hot date.

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-I need to pick your brains.

-Tough.

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William Porters.

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-AKA Billy The Brick.

-What about him?

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The Mayor of Arden was found this morning,

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whacked over the head with a blunt object.

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Looks like a burglary gone wrong.

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SIGHS: Billy's not the violent type.

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It's going to take Forensics a day or two to confirm

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whether a brick WAS the murder weapon.

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But Billy missed his appointment with his parole officer

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this morning and his landlady hasn't seen him since yesterday.

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This is a high-profile murder, Frank. Just be straight.

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Where would Billy go if he wanted to lie low?

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I have no clue, sorry.

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You'd be doing him a favour.

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The victim had a shotgun in his hand

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and judging by the pellets lodged in the wall,

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he managed to get one off clear, so Billy could be injured.

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I've not seen him since I left the force.

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Scout's honour.

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Fine! Have fun playing with your hangover fairies.

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But call me if you think of anything.

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PHONE RINGS

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Brad Pitt's body-double, how can I help?

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-WHISPERS:

-Where've you been? I've got a client waiting for you.

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Can't you deal with them?

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They'll only speak to you.

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Obviously a man of impeccable taste. I'll be there in a minute.

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Right, well, be quick cos I get the impression he's a few jewels

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short of a treasure chest.

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-SWEETLY:

-Frank's on his way.

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Can we get you anything? Tea? Coffee?

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Grog?

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HE CLICKS TONGUE

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I'll have to call you back later, sweetheart.

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It's all kicking off here, I've...

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All right.

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Bye.

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-KNOCK ON DOOR

-Come in!

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Mrs Cathness.

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I've told you, call me Victoria.

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I just wanted to make sure everything's in place for later.

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Under the circumstances...

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Duncan understood the importance of creating more affordable housing.

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Consider it his legacy.

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I'll make the necessary arrangements.

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Excellent! See you later.

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And congratulations.

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-Congratulations?

-Well, you know what they say,

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"The mayor is dead, long live the mayor!"

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Your costume's hardly inconspicuous, is it, Billy?

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Well, I had to do something! Cops are looking for me.

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I tried to get back to my flat this morning,

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-but they're all over the estate.

-I can't protect you.

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You're lucky I haven't called Marlowe already.

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-My advice? Hand yourself in.

-But I didn't do it!

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Funny, I remember you saying that the first time we met,

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as you climbed out of a bathroom window with a rucksack full

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of someone else's belongings.

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I mean it this time!

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Well, all the more reason to go to the police.

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-Tell them it wasn't you.

-They won't care if I did it or not!

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They'll pin it on me anyway, bang me up for life.

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I need you to clear my name.

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I can't do it, Billy. You're a wanted man.

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I could get into serious trouble just talking to you!

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You owe me, Frank. Remember?

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WHISPERS: There's no evidence that Billy did it.

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-If Marlowe finds out, she'll...

-No. I owe Billy. Big-time.

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Now he's here to collect his pound of flesh.

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If you don't want to get involved, that's fine. I'll do it on me own.

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-And let you have all the fun?

-Right.

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First things first, we need to find a place to hide him.

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Right. Your place?

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Nah, neighbour's too nosy.

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-What about yours?

-No. My mum's staying.

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I can't leave her alone with a suspected murderer.

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He wouldn't last five minutes!

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No... Oh, come on. Just for a couple of days.

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Yeah, Gloria won't mind.

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We'll pay you double-rates. Call it a baby-sitting bonus.

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No! No, no, no, no, no, no!

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I'm not having some tattooed lowlife sleeping on my sofa!

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-No offence.

-None taken.

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Haven't you got that audition coming up?

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-Streetcar Named Desire?

-So?

-So...

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This... This is the perfect opportunity

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to do an intensive character study on a...

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..uncivilised brutish thug.

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-No offence.

-It's fine, really.

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The part of Stanley is practically yours!

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I am perfect for the role...

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Do you think Sebastian will be all right?

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He's tougher than he looks.

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Anyway, they're under strict instructions to stay put.

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What's the worst that could happen?

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I'm trying not to think about that.

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So, what're we doing here?

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I want to speak to someone who knew the victim.

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Duncan Rexler lived on his own,

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but he shared an office with his deputy.

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Which one's that?

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Ladies and gentlemen.

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This morning we received the devastating news

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that our beloved mayor, Duncan Rexler,

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passed away last night.

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He was a friend and mentor

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and he shall be missed by all.

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It was our first instinct to postpone,

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but I know that Duncan would have wanted us to go ahead.

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This is a project that he cared deeply about.

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So it is in his name that I welcome you

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to the launch of the Hilbury Woods Housing Development.

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Let me introduce Victoria Cathness, of Cathness Homes,

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who will tell you more about the plans.

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Thank you!

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At Cathness, we believe every family deserves a quality home.

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Hilbury Woods will provide these homes,

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-it'll bring much-needed new jobs to the area and...

-Excuse me!

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In light of recent protests,

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may I ask you about the environmental impact?

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And you are?

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Freya Elstob, Stratford Star.

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In fact, we've already ear-marked another plot of land to plant

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an equivalent number of new trees.

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So really it's more of a woodland relocation.

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-The trees are simply moving!

-But that's not...

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Now, I'm sure you're all keen to see what this will look like.

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CAMERA SHUTTERS CLICK REPORTERS MURMUR

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SHE CHUCKLES

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CHANTING: Save Hilbury Woods! Save our newts!

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Save Hilbury Woods! Save our newts!

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"The woods are an important breeding-ground

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"for this endangered species."

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Sorry, I can't bring myself to care about a load of slimy lizards.

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Newts aren't lizards!

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They're amphibians.

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Well, technically, semi-aquatic salamanders.

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Aren't you full of surprises? It's just at the end here.

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Save our newts! Save Hilbury Woods!

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Save our newts!

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Like I said, full of surprises!

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We have to go another way.

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What do you mean "another way"? That's where I live.

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The shop?!

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The flat above it, to be precise.

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I have some standards.

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I can't go in there!

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We'll wait until the police leave, then we'll go.

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But that's where I got this costume.

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You've lost me, love.

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I didn't exactly pay for it.

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Oh...

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Save our newts! Save Hilbury Woods! Save our newts!

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Save Hilbury Woods! Save our newts!

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Oh! It's only me!

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Sebastian, darling, you won't believe the morning I've had!

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I was robbed. This man came in...

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Stop there, Gloria.

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I know all about it.

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-In fact, it was my fault.

-Oh, don't be daft!

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-You weren't even here...

-Hear me out.

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I was offered a tantalizing nugget of R-and-D work

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for a delicious new family touring show -

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Treasure Island with a twist sort of thing -

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and turned up to discover that one of my fellow thesps

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had left his costume on the train.

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So, natch, I told him to pick up whatever he needed from here

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and I'd give you a call to make sure it was all tickety-boo,

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only it totally slipped my mind!

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What? So the man who stole my costume...?

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Marlon. Marlon!

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I'm sorry about the misunderstanding.

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Marlon, Gloria. Gloria, Marlon.

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I am so sorry, Gloria.

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Will you ever forgive me?

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-But...

-I will cover the hire cost,

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and we will make sure it is returned in immaculate condition.

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What a relief! I feel silly for calling the police now.

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Oh, I'd have done the same.

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Oh, one more thing.

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We're still sorting Marlon's digs.

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All right if he crashes on my sofa for a day or two?

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Absolutely fine, darling.

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You boys have fun!

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HE LAUGHS

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The police called this morning.

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I was devastated.

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Duncan was about to retire from public service...

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-Was Mr Rexler popular?

-What do you mean?

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Well, people don't always think too highly of their local council.

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Right, well, the police said that he interrupted a burglary.

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Our client just wants to make sure all bases are covered.

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Who's your client?

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That's confidential, isn't it?

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It is, yes, but our aim is to ensure that justice is served.

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Do you know who found the body?

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A local journalist, Freya Elstob.

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She turned up to interview him, found him dead on the floor.

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She's here somewhere if you want to talk to her...

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Look, I can't imagine anyone wanting to harm Duncan.

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He was a true gentleman.

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The actions of these vandals are not representative

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of wider public opinion.

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And that will be made clear at the public consultation next week.

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Sort it.

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I will not having this project derailed by a bunch

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of out-of-control octogenarians!

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Excuse me. My wife's waiting.

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-What's an...

-80-year-old people.

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Oh!

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Freya Elstob? I'm Luella Shakespeare,

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-and this is...

-Frank Hathaway!

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Do we know each other?

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I covered the Ross case.

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You saved an honest man from a life sentence.

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Yeah, the ungrateful git still owes me north of a grand.

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You found Duncan Rexler's body, is that right?

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Must've been horrible for you.

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I knocked on his door.

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There was no answer, so I checked the garden.

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The back door was open, glass everywhere.

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I went inside and...

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..well...

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There was a lot of blood.

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What were you going to interview him about?

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He phoned yesterday, asked me to pop over.

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Probably wanted a puff piece on this development

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to get the public on board.

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Anything to stop the HAGS gaining more support.

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The hags?

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Hilbury Action Group.

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They've been kicking up a fuss because the development

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would destroy a breeding ground for rare newts.

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Oh, so it's probably them who...

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It would explain why they didn't show their faces here today.

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They must REALLY like newts.

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RAIN PATTERS

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You distract him. I'll go round the back.

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-Me distract him?

-Yeah.

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Tell him your car's broken down

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-and you need a push or something.

-Why me?

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Why? Because you, you've got the...

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-..feminine charms.

-Hang on a minute.

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I'm not the token pair of boobs here! We're partners, remember?

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How about you tell him you need a push and I'll go round the back?

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You're the designated driver.

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Yeah. Look, fair enough. Yeah.

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-MACHINE:

-You have one saved message, received yesterday at 20:09.

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It's Moses. I got the message about your change of heart. Call me back.

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I'm at this charity thing later, but I'll have my mobile.

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MACHINE BEEPS

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PHONE RINGS

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Christina. How can I help?

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We found a van abandoned in Hilbury Woods,

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about a quarter of a mile from Duncan Rexler's cottage.

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Got Billy's prints all over it.

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-What are you telling me for?

-I thought it might jog your memory.

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We've got to bring him in, Frank.

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Like I said, I haven't seen him in ages.

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-But I'll keep my eyes peeled.

-Yeah, you do that.

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HE SIGHS Oh, Billy...

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DI Marlowe?

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-Victoria Cathness, we met at the Rotary ball.

-Yeah, sorry, I...

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The Hilbury Action Group caused criminal damage to Cathness property

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last night, yet nobody seems keen to arrest them.

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It's really not my...

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-The Chief Inspector's an old friend.

-Well, that may be, but...

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He suggested that YOU make contact with the group,

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persuade them to desist from their illegal activities.

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For all our sakes.

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SIRENS IN DISTANCE

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What were you thinking?

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I only said I'd help because I... BILLY SLURPS

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What are you drinking?

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Seb made it for me. It's pretty good.

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-Want one?

-No! I'm not stopping.

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I managed to persuade Lu to wait in the car.

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If she found out what a mess you're in,

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she'd want me to call the police!

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Billy, why are your fingerprints in the van?

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A mate paid me 50 quid to dump it, no questions asked.

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SIGHS: This mate's name?

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-HE SCOFFS

-Do I look like a grass?

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You worked for me as an informant for three years, Billy.

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A grass is literally what you are!

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I can't remember his name.

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He's more of an acquaintance.

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-See him down the pub sometimes.

-Yeah.

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So have you found out who killed the old bloke or what?

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Cheers.

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Well, they're getting on like a house on fire.

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Billy's even drinking something with fruit in it.

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-So what's all this about?

-Huh?

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-You and Billy.

-Ah, ancient history.

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Oh, come on, Frank, we're partners.

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Or do I have to ring DI Marlowe, get her to enlighten me?

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SIGHS: All right...

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A few years back, I was chasing this gang.

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They were doing over post offices.

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My DS let something slip to the wrong person.

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The gang found out Billy was passing me information.

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Beat him to within an inch of his life.

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Still, that's not your fault.

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My informant, my responsibility.

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Like he says, I owe him.

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Do you think he's telling the truth?

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Billy's never told the truth in his life.

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If he tried, he'd go into anaphylactic shock.

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Doesn't mean he killed Duncan Rexler, though.

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-Talking of which, did you find those contact details?

-Oh, yeah.

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So, according to a recent newspaper report, the leader of the HAGS

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is called Edie Grimes and she lives by the woods.

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-No wonder she didn't want them chopped down.

-Go on, then.

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Jump in, let's go

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and see how far she's willing to take this protest campaign.

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Actually, you go.

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I'm going to go and see the new mayor, find out what Duncan's

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"change of heart" was really all about.

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-KNOCK ON DOOR

-Come in.

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-Sorry, I can wait if you're...

-Actually, we were just finished.

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Mr Abiola kindly offered to help with Mr Rexler's obituary.

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I'll get those quotes over to you ASAP.

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Thanks for your time.

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Er, just a quick question...

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-Shouldn't you be leaving this to the police?

-Oh, no.

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They're under a lot of pressure, aren't they? Under-resourced.

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Listen.

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All I want to do is find Mr Rexler's murderer.

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Very well.

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Now you...

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You...

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You... You left a message on Mr Rexler's answer-phone last night.

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-How do you know that?

-Official channels.

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I...

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What was, erm... What was his "change of heart"?

0:19:180:19:22

I can't tell you.

0:19:220:19:25

He never called me back.

0:19:250:19:26

Do you think he changed his mind about supporting

0:19:280:19:30

-the Hilbury Wood development, or...?

-Possible, I suppose.

0:19:300:19:34

He never mentioned any doubts to me.

0:19:340:19:36

It would be a brave man to go up against Victoria Cathness.

0:19:360:19:40

Why do you say that?

0:19:400:19:42

You've met her. She's, erm...

0:19:420:19:44

She's not exactly overflowing with the milk of human kindness.

0:19:450:19:49

So why are you supporting the development?

0:19:490:19:52

We need houses.

0:19:520:19:54

And...being mayor is just a stepping stone.

0:19:560:20:00

Next general election, I intend to stand as a parliamentary candidate.

0:20:010:20:05

-Wow.

-If I'm going to become an MP,

0:20:050:20:07

I'm going to need the support of people like Victoria.

0:20:070:20:11

Actually, one second, I just need to catch my colleague

0:20:110:20:14

before he goes to lunch.

0:20:140:20:15

KNOCK ON DOOR

0:20:150:20:18

-Ready?

-That's him. Mike!

0:20:180:20:20

-Liar, liar, pants on fire.

-Hm.

0:20:340:20:37

What do you mean, "we're out"?

0:20:390:20:41

There's nothing left.

0:20:410:20:43

Not even any of those weird jelly shots?

0:20:430:20:45

-Not even the jeered welly shots. The...

-I'll pop to the shops.

0:20:450:20:48

-No! Mm... Mm-nm. Too dangerous.

-Well, you go, then.

0:20:480:20:52

I'm not leaving you alone in my flat! You're a...

0:20:520:20:54

..felonious vagabond.

0:20:540:20:56

I need something to settle my nerves.

0:20:560:20:58

I hate being cooped up. Reminds me of prison.

0:20:580:21:01

I get...tense.

0:21:010:21:02

I could teach you some breathing techniques.

0:21:020:21:05

Or we could go down the pub!

0:21:050:21:07

The constabulary are looking for you.

0:21:070:21:09

Unless...

0:21:110:21:12

What?

0:21:130:21:14

There's one place we could go.

0:21:160:21:19

Somewhere the police definitely wouldn't look for you.

0:21:190:21:22

But you can't go dressed like that.

0:21:240:21:27

-EDIE:

-Nah... You won't change me mind.

0:21:270:21:29

We'll keep on fighting while there is a single newt left.

0:21:290:21:32

I'm not trying to change your mind.

0:21:320:21:34

I'm...I'm just trying to learn a bit more about your campaign.

0:21:340:21:37

-DOG BARKS

-Out, Spot! Out I say!

0:21:370:21:41

Out!

0:21:410:21:42

Stupid dog.

0:21:430:21:45

Did you ever meet Duncan Rexler?

0:21:450:21:47

Many times, not that he'd listen.

0:21:470:21:51

Too busy prancing around in that silly bloody hat!

0:21:510:21:54

Oh, we've protested, we've petitioned, we've done everything.

0:21:540:21:59

Ever considered any more direct action?

0:21:590:22:02

We've got to be smart.

0:22:040:22:06

Cathness was asked to commission an ecological report,

0:22:060:22:11

but the council so far have refused to publish it!

0:22:110:22:15

If we get our hands on that, we'd have the public on our side.

0:22:150:22:20

Maybe the council'll change their mind, now Mr Rexler's gone.

0:22:200:22:23

What do you mean, gone?

0:22:230:22:25

Oh...? Oh, he was found dead this morning.

0:22:260:22:29

Sorry, I thought you knew.

0:22:290:22:31

No, I don't know anything about that.

0:22:310:22:33

Oh, no, I'm not suggesting you know anything.

0:22:330:22:35

-ANGRILY:

-I don't know anything...

0:22:350:22:37

-DISTRACTED:

-..about that...

0:22:370:22:39

I should get back.

0:22:390:22:40

-No wait! I...

-Spot, come!

0:22:400:22:43

-Big night out?

-We'll see.

0:22:510:22:53

Just the two of you?

0:22:550:22:56

It's not like that.

0:22:560:22:58

If you say so, sweetheart.

0:22:580:23:00

-Tell Marlon I'll do his washing for him.

-Hm?

0:23:010:23:04

The clothes he left when he took the pirate's costume.

0:23:040:23:07

It's no bother.

0:23:070:23:08

I've got a load to do for Malcolm's show at the Windmill anyway.

0:23:080:23:12

Come on!

0:23:120:23:13

Give us a twirl!

0:23:140:23:16

Is this Mick Jagger I see before me?

0:23:190:23:22

Don't you scrub up well?

0:23:220:23:25

-You sure this is necessary?

-Absolutely!

0:23:250:23:27

Watch out, Stratford, something wicked this way comes!

0:23:270:23:32

Oh, darling...

0:23:330:23:35

Ask him where he gets his Kensington Gore from, will you?

0:23:350:23:38

It's terribly realistic, look.

0:23:380:23:40

Scared me witless when I first saw him.

0:23:400:23:43

Edie Grimes knows something.

0:23:490:23:51

She went as white as a ghost

0:23:510:23:53

the minute I mentioned Duncan was dead.

0:23:530:23:55

Our new mayor lied.

0:23:550:23:57

Duncan phoned him back last night.

0:23:570:23:59

According to his call-log, they spoke for over five minutes.

0:23:590:24:02

Never trust a man who wears a big gold necklace.

0:24:020:24:05

Don't we need some kind of actual evidence, maybe a motive?

0:24:050:24:10

OK, so...

0:24:100:24:11

So, Duncan tells Moses he's withdrawing support

0:24:140:24:16

for the housing development.

0:24:160:24:19

Moses sees an opportunity to become the new mayor

0:24:190:24:21

and get the support of Victoria Cathness.

0:24:210:24:23

No, Duncan was stepping down anyway.

0:24:230:24:25

PHONE RINGS

0:24:250:24:27

Everything all right with our guest?

0:24:310:24:33

No, it's not. It's not all right at all!

0:24:330:24:35

All right, keep your codpiece on. What's happened?

0:24:350:24:37

-Billy killed the mayor, that's what's happened!

-What do you mean?

0:24:370:24:40

All I know is that he walked into Gloria's shop this morning

0:24:400:24:43

-covered in blood!

-Stay there.

0:24:430:24:46

-We're coming to the flat.

-Er, we're not at the flat.

0:24:460:24:49

Well, where are you?

0:24:490:24:51

We're in the bar on Angus Road.

0:24:510:24:53

Look, we're on the way.

0:24:540:24:56

Try and act normal and don't let him out of your sight.

0:24:560:25:01

I swear, it wasn't me!

0:25:010:25:03

Yes, I got it.

0:25:030:25:05

But I can't! Not at the moment.

0:25:050:25:07

-Hey.

-You all right?

-Yes! I'm fine.

0:25:080:25:11

I thought Frank said not to use your phone.

0:25:110:25:14

Can't the police track it?

0:25:140:25:16

It's a burner. The only person with the number is my mum,

0:25:160:25:18

-and she's not going to tell anyone.

-Even so...

0:25:180:25:20

Let's just have a drink, shall we?

0:25:200:25:22

So, boys, what do we fancy?

0:25:240:25:27

Beer. Two beers.

0:25:270:25:28

Nice.

0:25:300:25:32

What is this place?

0:25:320:25:34

This is...Illyria.

0:25:340:25:35

You'll have to get these.

0:25:360:25:38

Well, can't find me wallet.

0:25:380:25:40

You all right, love?

0:25:400:25:42

-We should call Marlowe.

-Not yet.

0:25:470:25:49

Oh, just accept it, Frank. Billy did it!

0:25:490:25:51

I want to look him in the eyes first.

0:25:510:25:53

There might be an explanation.

0:25:530:25:54

Well, it better be a good one or I'm making the call.

0:25:540:25:57

At last!

0:26:060:26:07

Where is he?

0:26:070:26:09

He went to powder his nose. You...

0:26:090:26:11

Next time you need a crash-pad for your pet murderer,

0:26:110:26:13

use your own place! He could have stabbed me to death on my own sofa!

0:26:130:26:16

Would have been just my luck.

0:26:160:26:18

"So wise so young, they say, do never live long..."

0:26:180:26:22

How long's he been in there?

0:26:220:26:23

I don't know. Five minutes?

0:26:230:26:25

Oh, you....

0:26:250:26:26

Men's.

0:26:280:26:29

-He's gone.

-Oh.

0:26:360:26:37

Never mind.

0:26:390:26:41

I told you not to let him out of your sight!

0:26:440:26:46

What should I have done? Followed him into the toilets?

0:26:460:26:48

Offer to hold Little Billy for him?!

0:26:480:26:50

I don't know how to answer that.

0:26:500:26:52

-Look, we need to find him.

-And then we will what?

0:26:530:26:56

Persuade him to hand himself in.

0:26:570:26:59

Right. Did he mention any names, any places?

0:26:590:27:02

Not that I remember.

0:27:020:27:04

Oh, wait... He phoned his mum.

0:27:040:27:06

Right, get on the computer. Get her details.

0:27:060:27:09

I'll put an ear to the police scanner, see if his name pops up.

0:27:090:27:11

-What about Marlowe?

-Let's find him first.

0:27:110:27:14

If he doesn't play ball, I'll call her myself.

0:27:140:27:16

Hiya! Did Sebastian mention where he...?

0:27:160:27:19

Oh, he's just gone upstairs.

0:27:190:27:20

Oh, I thought he was going... Oh, never mind.

0:27:200:27:22

Er, he's a bit busy at the moment, got a big case on.

0:27:220:27:26

Could you give him this, then?

0:27:260:27:27

His boyfriend left it in my shop.

0:27:270:27:30

Oh, I'll make sure he gets it.

0:27:300:27:31

Oh, have you met him?

0:27:310:27:32

Not our Sebastian's usual type, but it's nice he's met someone.

0:27:320:27:36

Toodly-pip.

0:27:360:27:38

Do you think she meant...?

0:27:380:27:39

Driving licence, credit card...

0:27:420:27:45

Oh, look! Loyalty card for Freddy's Fried Chicken.

0:27:450:27:47

-Receipts, rubbish...

-Oh, what's that?

0:27:470:27:50

Must be his mum.

0:27:530:27:54

I know that woman.

0:27:560:27:57

Hiya, Mum.

0:28:170:28:18

I'm on my way to talk to the leader of the HAGs now, sir.

0:28:250:28:30

Yes, I'm aware Mrs Cathness is an acquaintance of yours...

0:28:300:28:33

..but I've been rather busy on the Duncan Rexler case.

0:28:350:28:37

Yes, sir.

0:28:390:28:40

Absolutely. I'll take care of it.

0:28:400:28:42

-MUMBLES:

-Like I've got nothing better to do.

0:28:440:28:47

-Call me when you find something!

-Yes, ma'am.

0:28:470:28:49

KNOCKING

0:28:490:28:51

-Where is he?

-Who?

0:28:540:28:56

Billy. We've been doing some digging, Edie.

0:28:560:28:58

We know he's your foster son.

0:28:580:29:00

So? I haven't seen him for months.

0:29:000:29:02

-THUNDER RUMBLES

-Who's bag is that?

0:29:040:29:06

We're trying to help him.

0:29:060:29:08

I think I've heard that one before!

0:29:080:29:09

-He needs to hand himself in, Edie.

-Why?

0:29:090:29:12

If he confesses, says the old man threatened him with a gun

0:29:120:29:15

-and he panicked...

-It's not what happened!

0:29:150:29:17

I told you to keep out of sight!

0:29:170:29:19

-So what did happen, Billy?

-And no more lies.

0:29:190:29:22

OK...

0:29:250:29:26

I broke into his house.

0:29:280:29:30

Except I didn't have to break in.

0:29:300:29:32

Look, when I got there, the back door was open

0:29:320:29:34

and the glass was smashed.

0:29:340:29:35

I went into the study and my feet went from under me...

0:29:410:29:44

Ah!

0:29:440:29:46

And that's when I saw him, lying on the floor.

0:29:510:29:53

But he was already dead!

0:29:530:29:55

So what did you do?

0:29:550:29:56

I just grabbed what I came for and left. Only then my van

0:29:560:29:59

wouldn't start, so I had to leave it in the woods and leg it on foot.

0:29:590:30:02

Hang on, you said you grabbed what you came for?

0:30:020:30:04

Does that mean you were in there to steal something specific?

0:30:040:30:07

The ecological report into the Hilbury Wood Development?

0:30:140:30:18

It confirms that it is a breeding ground

0:30:180:30:20

for the great crested newt.

0:30:200:30:22

This goes public, they'll have to pull the plug.

0:30:220:30:25

-KNOCKING MARLOWE:

-Mrs Grimes?

0:30:250:30:27

Mrs Grimes, are you in there? It's DI Marlowe

0:30:280:30:31

from Arden Constabulary, we need to talk.

0:30:310:30:33

I can hide you!

0:30:330:30:34

No, Mum. I don't want you getting into trouble.

0:30:340:30:37

Please, Frank.

0:30:370:30:39

They'll lock me up for the rest of my life.

0:30:390:30:41

I've done some stupid things, but I don't deserve that.

0:30:410:30:43

-KNOCKING

-Open the door, please, Mrs Grimes!

0:30:430:30:45

Please!

0:30:450:30:46

I'll try.

0:30:500:30:51

Thank you.

0:30:560:30:58

-Do you know? I was just going to give you a call.

-He was just...

0:31:010:31:04

I mean, look who we found.

0:31:040:31:06

Oh, good morning!

0:31:150:31:17

Is it?

0:31:170:31:18

How did it go at the station?

0:31:200:31:22

They've charged Billy with murder and Marlowe's furious with me.

0:31:220:31:25

She has got a point. So are we done?

0:31:250:31:29

No.

0:31:290:31:30

Look, Billy's a lying toe-rag, but I believe him about this.

0:31:310:31:35

More likely, Duncan Rexler was murdered to make sure

0:31:350:31:38

the Hilbury Wood development went ahead.

0:31:380:31:40

We need to use the report.

0:31:400:31:41

-What do you mean? What? Go public?

-Not exactly.

0:31:410:31:45

I got your message. Thanks so much for this.

0:31:560:31:59

You are very welcome.

0:31:590:32:00

When we found out that council property had been stolen

0:32:000:32:03

from Mr Rexler's house, we wanted to return it as soon as possible.

0:32:030:32:06

You have our gratitude.

0:32:060:32:07

Certainly... It certainly made for very interesting reading.

0:32:070:32:12

-You read it?

-Yeah.

0:32:120:32:13

Yeah, so I suppose that means

0:32:130:32:15

-the whole development's going to be shelved now.

-Not necessarily.

0:32:150:32:17

There are lots of factors to take into account.

0:32:170:32:19

-This is a box-ticking exercise, really.

-Oh, right! Oh.

0:32:190:32:22

Oh, that's not how it came across to me, but then what do I know?

0:32:220:32:26

I'm sure it will all be sorted at the public consultation next week,

0:32:260:32:29

won't it?

0:32:290:32:31

Oh! Don't worry about circulating the report beforehand

0:32:310:32:36

cos I've made copies, so I'll just bring them with me, shall I?

0:32:360:32:40

Great!

0:32:400:32:41

-Anything yet?

-Sh!

0:32:560:32:59

-What if he finds the bug?

-Sh!

0:33:020:33:04

DIAL TONE, DIALLING

0:33:040:33:06

I think it's working.

0:33:060:33:08

Victoria, it's Moses.

0:33:110:33:13

We might have a problem.

0:33:130:33:14

-It doesn't matter, you have to deal with it.

-Look,

0:33:160:33:18

-it was nothing...

-If they discover my plans, cos I tell you what,

0:33:180:33:21

you will pay the price...

0:33:210:33:22

Even if we can prove that they're working together,

0:33:220:33:24

how will we prove that they murdered Duncan?

0:33:240:33:27

Well, if they killed once, who knows? Maybe they'll kill again.

0:33:270:33:32

Mm... But who?

0:33:320:33:34

What? Hang on a minute!

0:33:400:33:42

Did you...? Did you send me in there as bait?

0:33:420:33:46

Well, bait is a strong word.

0:33:460:33:48

Frank! Do you think they're going to try and bump me off

0:33:480:33:50

before the public consultation?

0:33:500:33:52

Oh, thanks a lot, Frank!

0:33:520:33:53

Look, you're going to be completely safe.

0:33:530:33:55

I will make sure I know where those two are at all times.

0:33:550:33:58

Oh, really? Right, so where's Victoria Cathness right now?

0:33:580:34:02

Well, she's on the...

0:34:020:34:03

Ah! Well, yes, I...

0:34:050:34:09

I'll find her, and in the meantime,

0:34:090:34:11

-you've absolutely nothing to worry about.

-Right.

0:34:110:34:13

Argh!

0:34:130:34:15

Do you make a habit of spying on people?

0:34:200:34:22

Yes, actually. It's my job.

0:34:220:34:23

Well, then, I suggest you get better at it.

0:34:230:34:26

If this is about Duncan Rexler's murder,

0:34:260:34:28

I was at a charity ball all night,

0:34:280:34:30

as can be confirmed by DI Marlowe.

0:34:300:34:33

Talking of whom, if I catch you following me around again,

0:34:330:34:36

-I'm calling the police.

-You won't, cos we're leaving. Sorry.

0:34:360:34:39

See? She's not the type to get her hands dirty.

0:34:420:34:45

I reckon she'd get him to do it.

0:34:450:34:47

Oh, wait! Wait!

0:34:480:34:50

Ooh!

0:34:540:34:55

She's keen to butter up the new mayor.

0:34:550:34:57

Ah, is that what you call it?

0:34:570:34:58

It was nothing.

0:35:040:35:05

A silly fling.

0:35:060:35:08

-It's over now.

-We saw.

0:35:080:35:10

What do you want from me? Money?

0:35:100:35:12

We want to be illuminated.

0:35:120:35:14

You lied about speaking to Duncan again the night he died. Why?

0:35:150:35:18

It wasn't a lie.

0:35:180:35:19

We'd be happy to show these pictures to your wife...and kids.

0:35:220:35:26

-I'm telling the truth! I didn't speak to him.

-OK, let's go.

0:35:280:35:33

Wait!

0:35:340:35:36

You've got the wrong end of the stick.

0:35:380:35:40

Duncan still supported the housing development.

0:35:400:35:42

Well, so why say he had a change of heart?

0:35:420:35:45

The change of heart wasn't about that.

0:35:450:35:47

He found out about Freya and me.

0:35:480:35:49

And I take it he didn't approve?

0:35:520:35:55

He left a message that night to say that he was planning

0:35:550:35:58

to stay on until he was confident that there was a

0:35:580:36:00

"successor of suitable moral calibre."

0:36:000:36:02

The whole thing was ridiculous.

0:36:020:36:04

We'd already given him his engraved bloody clock!

0:36:040:36:06

There was a call from his mobile to yours

0:36:060:36:09

25 to nine the night he died.

0:36:090:36:12

Lasted for several minutes, but you told Frank...

0:36:130:36:15

I didn't even have my phone on me.

0:36:150:36:17

I was at the charity ball by then.

0:36:170:36:19

I got dressed in the office and I must've left it behind.

0:36:200:36:25

Yeah, but the call wouldn't have registered

0:36:250:36:28

unless somebody had answered.

0:36:280:36:29

Ah!

0:36:310:36:33

So when you say "got dressed in the office", I take it you had company?

0:36:330:36:38

A certain reporter, perhaps?

0:36:380:36:41

Er, Freya? Yeah, it's Frank Hathaway.

0:36:490:36:53

I've... I've got a tip-off for you.

0:36:530:36:56

Well, it's to say thanks for helping us out yesterday.

0:36:560:37:00

The police have got a new suspect in the Duncan Rexler case.

0:37:020:37:06

Mm-hm.

0:37:060:37:08

Female, mid-to-late 20s.

0:37:080:37:11

They reckon she bashed him over the head with a carriage clock.

0:37:110:37:15

Er, well, they didn't say.

0:37:150:37:16

They're on their way to pick her up now.

0:37:160:37:19

You're welcome.

0:37:190:37:20

Glad to be of service.

0:37:200:37:22

What was all that about a carriage clock?

0:37:230:37:27

-Where do you keep a carriage clock?

-I dunno.

0:37:270:37:30

-Mantelpiece, usually.

-Mm.

0:37:300:37:32

Wasn't one there.

0:37:320:37:33

But I did find this clock key in the fireplace by the body.

0:37:330:37:38

And Moses said Duncan got a clock for his retirement present.

0:37:380:37:41

You really think this is going to work?

0:37:430:37:45

SHE GASPS

0:37:480:37:49

You're good. You're very good.

0:37:520:37:54

Oh, there'll be no talking to you now.

0:37:540:37:56

I wouldn't bother, love.

0:38:070:38:09

We'll only fish it out again.

0:38:090:38:11

Moses told us what happened between you that night.

0:38:120:38:14

Does it suit me?

0:38:190:38:20

THEY GIGGLE

0:38:200:38:22

Take it off.

0:38:220:38:24

I'm going to be late for the stupid charity dinner.

0:38:240:38:26

-Can I see you afterwards?

-No, Rachel will be there.

0:38:260:38:29

Tomorrow, then?

0:38:300:38:31

Look, Freya, I don't know if I can keep doing this.

0:38:310:38:34

What do you mean?

0:38:340:38:36

Duncan knows.

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He's threatening to stay on another term.

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I've got to do everything I can to prove to him

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-that I'm a safe pair of hands.

-But I love you, you told me that...

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Unless I stop seeing you,

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he's going to do everything he can to prevent me from becoming mayor.

0:38:480:38:51

-What choice do I have?

-Maybe I could talk to him, I could explain...

0:38:520:38:56

He won't listen. I don't have time for this now.

0:38:560:38:59

I'll call you.

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Lock up behind you, yeah?

0:39:070:39:09

DOOR CLOSES

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PHONE RINGS

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It was you that answered the call, wasn't it?

0:39:250:39:28

And then terrified of losing Moses, you tried to get

0:39:280:39:30

Mr Rexler to change his mind about standing for re-election.

0:39:300:39:35

When he refused, you went to his house and you murdered him.

0:39:350:39:39

That's ridiculous!

0:39:390:39:40

But then you staged a burglary, didn't you?

0:39:400:39:42

Just fired off a shot from the gun

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so that it would look like Mr Rexler had disturbed an intruder.

0:39:440:39:48

And you made up a story about him arranging a meeting with you,

0:39:480:39:51

so you had an excuse to find the body.

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It wouldn't matter that your DNA was all over the place.

0:39:540:39:57

It wasn't me!

0:39:570:39:58

You're holding the murder weapon.

0:40:000:40:02

No! You're wrong!

0:40:020:40:03

Look at your hands, Freya.

0:40:030:40:05

CLOCK SHATTERS

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Moses is very ambitious, very driven.

0:40:140:40:16

I've always loved that about him. He needed to become mayor.

0:40:180:40:20

So, yes, I went to Mr Rexler's house, but just to talk.

0:40:200:40:24

He loves me, I love him. It's not just some stupid fling.

0:40:240:40:27

-Let me...

-But you are ruining two people's lives.

-Please...

0:40:270:40:30

But he wouldn't listen to you, would he?

0:40:300:40:33

He said that Moses would never leave his wife.

0:40:330:40:36

That...I shouldn't have been so naive.

0:40:360:40:40

Then he ordered me to get out.

0:40:410:40:42

Go!

0:40:420:40:43

Is that why you killed him?

0:40:470:40:49

-Cos he told you a truth you just couldn't bear to hear?

-No!

0:40:490:40:53

I don't know.

0:40:560:40:57

All I could think was this stupid, judgmental old man was forcing Moses

0:40:580:41:03

to throw away what we have together and I couldn't let that happen.

0:41:030:41:06

And now Moses has dumped you anyway.

0:41:060:41:08

Maybe I should've broken his skull instead.

0:41:100:41:13

It's his fault.

0:41:130:41:15

His promises, his lies.

0:41:150:41:17

He's turned me into...

0:41:180:41:20

I'm better than this!

0:41:220:41:24

Yeah, Christina, it's me.

0:41:280:41:31

Frank.

0:41:330:41:34

Listen, I've got somebody here you're going to want to talk to.

0:41:340:41:38

You are better than him.

0:41:380:41:40

Men, eh?

0:41:430:41:44

Ah! So Marlowe let you out, then?

0:41:520:41:54

On bail.

0:41:540:41:56

Oh, the CPS are still deciding

0:41:560:41:58

whether they're going to charge him for the break-in.

0:41:580:42:00

I'd ask our new mayor to put in a good word for you,

0:42:000:42:02

but I'm not sure how long he'll be in the role.

0:42:020:42:04

He might not have known about the murder, but having an affair

0:42:040:42:07

with your predecessor's killer won't look good in the polls.

0:42:070:42:10

I'll be all right. I'm sorry I abandoned you in that bar, mate.

0:42:100:42:13

Me mum was nagging me to get that report to her.

0:42:130:42:15

Nice place, though, that Illyria.

0:42:150:42:17

I think that barmaid fancied me.

0:42:170:42:19

Who could resist?

0:42:190:42:21

I think you owe us all a pint, don't you, Billy?

0:42:210:42:23

Sorry, Frank. Can't find my wallet.

0:42:230:42:26

No such luck.

0:42:260:42:28

THEY LAUGH

0:42:280:42:29

Same again?

0:42:310:42:33

A strawberry cider, please.

0:42:330:42:35

-EDIE:

-He's a good boy, really.

0:42:380:42:40

And at least he broke in this time for a good cause!

0:42:400:42:43

I take back everything bad I've ever said about him.

0:42:430:42:46

Here's to Billy, saviour of the newts!

0:42:460:42:49

To Billy. And to a debt paid.

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Lu and Frank try to exonerate local criminal Billy after the mayor is murdered in the dead of night.


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