The TECHNICIAN fails to notice this and the machine
continues smoothly TUTWOOD, Thomas T. ... TUZCZLOW,
Thank you very much, Deputy Minister.
Thank you, David ... and a very merry
Christmas to you all.
14 EXT. HOUSING TOWERSNIGHT 14
ZOOMING past foreground outdoor Xmas decorations we
TIGHTEN in on one of several massive residential tower
blocks that loom over what appears to be a poorer part of
15 INT. BUTTLE FLAT NIGHT 15
HELPMANN and INTERVIEWER are on the TV, the end credits
rolling over them to the beat of a Mozart theme tune.
PULLING BACK we reveal that the TV is in a conventional
sitting room, conventionally decorated for Christmas; out
the room is oddly encumbered by huge metal conduits that
snake unpleasantly across and through the walls. Smaller
conduits radiate from the main one connecting the various
services that Central Services (the name emblazoned on the
metal) supply to this household. A conventionally poor but
proud family occupies the room. MRS BUTTLE is reading
Dickens' Christmas Carol to GIRL BUTTLE who is about six.
BOY BUTTLE plays quietly with a toy machine gun and some
action men dressed in security gear. MR. BUTTLE is putting
the final touches to a neatly wrapped Christmas present
which looks identical to the "executive toy" we have just
seen in he TECHNICIAN'S office.
Faintly from outside comes a burst of laughter. A tilt of
the CAMERA indicates that the laughter is coming from the