INT. BBC RADIO NEWSROOM - LATE MORNING
We are IN CLOSE as a story arrives on a press service
teleprinter. A Hand tears away the sheet. The CAMERA
TRACKS as we follow the story. It passes through the
copytaster's hands and it passes on down to the summaries
This is a time of steady activity. Journalists move about
the room to consult. Others are writing in longhand, and
several are dictating copy to typists, who are all women.
One or two people - NEWSREADERS - sit about doing nothing.
Much movement of paper.
Over the sound of typewriters and the murmur of dictating
voices we HEAR a WOMAN'S VOICE over the P.A. Announce,
"The Leader of the Opposition on five". A few journalists
pick up their headsets, but they do not stop writing. We
establish the atmosphere - laconic but efficient, and a
At the summaries desk we find JAMES PENFIELD. He stands
to the side of a little behind a seated secretary, dictating
in a laconic deadpan voice from a sheet of scrawled
Between fifty and sixty scrap metal
The phone rings. James snatches it and answers without