Peter Findley production designer & supervising art director          

SAMPLE SCENE.  INT, 22 FULSHAW AVENUE. A SMALL SUFFOLK MARKET TOWN 1937.


INSPECTOR CLOVER AND OFFICER JOHNSON ENTERS.

CUT TO WIDE SHOT OF THE LOUNGE SEEN FROM BEHIND AN ARM CHAIR IN THE FOREGROUND.

WE SEE THE TOP OF A WOMAN'S HEAD, SMOKING GENTLY WITH HER HAIR COMPLETELY STANDING ON END.


CLOVER

I assume nothings been touched.


OFFICER JOHNSON

Of course, Sir. Exactly as we found her.


THEY ENTER THE LOUNGE FROM THE HALL


CLOVER

Stone the crows !


OFFICER JOHNSON

Exactly, Sir. My very words.

Well, what do you make of that ?


CLOVER

You don't see that everyday.


OFFICER JOHNSON

Have you ever seen the like ?


CLOVER

Beautiful, verily takes your breath away. Makes you wonder where do we go from here. Things to come.


OFFICER JOHNSON

Beg pardon, Sir  ?


CLOVER WALKS PAST THE CORPSE TO THE EARLY HIGHLY POLISHED TELEVISION SET IN THE CORNER.


CLOVER

Bloody hell, boy.  A Baird Television Receiver. A bloody Model T5C if I am not mistaken.


OFFICER JOHNSON

Sir ?


CLOVER

Yes, yes a T5C.

Twelve by nine ‘Cathovisor cathode tube, Five separate chassis units. Employing over 19 valves. Including, not one, Johnson. But two mains rectifiers.

OFFICER JOHNSON

Very nice, I am sure, Sir ?


CLOVER

Very nice !

Is that all you have to say.

This is the future of mass communication.


OFFICER JOHNSON

A lot of good that will be doing the old girl now, Sir ?


CLOVER

We'll get to her in a minute. She's not going anywhere.

HE RUNS HIS FINGERS LOVINGLY OVER THE SET


CLOVER

You have any idea how much this costs ?

SILENCE

No, I thought not. More than you earn in a year, I reckon. And then some.


OFFICER JOHNSON

Sir !


CLOVER

Burr Walnut case, Bakelite inlay. Yet with all this sophistication only 200 watts power consumption.


OFFICER JOHNSON

Inspector, Sir !

The deceased ? She’s still cooking.


CLOVER

Yes, yes. Well I suppose you would be......


HE MOVES NEARER THE VICTIM


…Especially if you had been subjected to a massive electrical discharge of between 2000 ....


HE SNIFFS THE AIR.


CLOVER

and 3000 volts .... as this good lady most surely has.


OFFICER JOHNSON

Oh, right.


CLOVER IS STILL CLEARLY DISTRACTED BY THE TV SET.


CLOVER

So what else do we know about the old girl, apart from the fact that her goose is well and truly cooked.


OFFICER LOOKS AT HIS NOTES

CLOVER NOTICES A PAMPHLET ON THE TV AND PICKS IT UP AND BEGINS STUDYING IT.


OFFICER JOHNSON

Mrs Edwina Orpinton Jones, widow, lived alone.

No local relatives as far as we know.

She had a part time house keeper, local woman Mrs Martha Morgan. Nice lady, well thought off.


CLOVER

Did she find the body ?


OFFICER JOHNSON

No sir. We were alerted to the deceased's demise by her dog.


CLOVER

Barking ?


OFFICER JOHNSON

No Sir, the dog was found wandering the village with part of the good ladies anatomy clutched between its teeth. The dog is well known in the village and as you can imagine a small Pomeranian strolling down the high street so attired caused quite a stir.


CLOVER

Which part ? Ah.

HE NOTICES THAT ONE OF HER EARS IS MISSING

Better organise a full autopsy, a full autopsy mind, not one of those get a flash of her privates and move on.

CLOVER REFERRING TO THE PAMPHLET


CLOVER

Three main rectifiers ! Top stuff.

And Johnson, I want someone who knows he’s onions.


OFFICER JOHNSON

Doctor Endoson, he’s the best local we got. In point of fact he’s the only one we got, Sir.

And what's more he does infact know his onions, best in show 35 and 36.


CLOVER

You having a laugh ?


OFFICER JOHNSON

No, straight up.


CLOVER

Well get him.  And I want to talk to the house keeper.


CLOVER TAKES ONE LAST LOOK AT THE TELEVISION AND PLACES HIS HAND LOVINGLY UPON IT. AND, INDEED, HIS GROIN AGAINST IT.


CLOVER

Beautiful.


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