The Coroner script
The Coroner  Season #2 Episode #2 (2015)
Synopsis: The Coroner is a daytime drama series produced by BBC Birmingham, starring Claire Goose as solicitor Jane Kennedy as she takes over the job of coroner in a South Devon coastal town she left as a teenager. Matt Bardock stars as Detective Sergeant Davey Higgins who was Kennedy's childhood sweetheart, and together they investigate local deaths.

[JANE CATCHES HIS TONE AND RELUCTANCE TO

LOOK AT THE X-RAY]

JANE:

There's no way to tell whether that happened post mortem.

DAVEY:

Or prior to death. I tell you, the longer I do this job, the more I realise some

people shouldn't be allowed to have kids.

[CLINT IS AWKWARD. AWARE OF THE SUBTEXT

(DAVEY'S CHILDLESSNESS), JANE INDICATES A

SHRED OF (EVIDENCE-BAGGED) NEWSPAPER]

JANE:

At least we have a date: 1976.

DAVEY:

Yeah, decades back, so DNA's doubtful.

JANE:

(RE PATHOLOGISTS) Full nuclear DNA they said, but we might get

something from bone marrow, and the baby had hair...

[THEY BOTH PAUSE, TOUCHED BY THAT]

JANE:

(TO CLINT) Actually, can you get the lab to put a rush on that?

CLINT:

On it.

[CLINT TACTFULLY EXITS]

JANE:

(TO DAVEY, CAJOLING) So there's a chance we'll get mitochondrial

DNA to check against potential mothers.

DAVEY:

(EYEING REPORT) Good. It's the mother we're after.

[JANE EYES HIM, CONCERNED]

CUT TO:

EP2/SC10. INT. KAREN'S HOUSE. KITCHEN. DAY 1. 12.10

KAREN:

NSE FOSTER CHILDREN, TV REPORTER (OOV)

[(BACKGROUND TV AND) CHILDISH SHRIEKS AS

RED DRIPS SPLAT ON THE COUNTER. FINGER-

SWIPING THEM INTO HER MOUTH, STRESSED

KAREN HURRIEDLY SPREADS JAM INTO

SANDWICHES AS 4 (VARIOUS ETHNICITIES) KIDS

TUSSLE AROUND HER]

KAREN:

(ABOVE DIN) We won't be going

at all at this rate!

TV REPORTER (OOV):

... may have been there for up to 40

years, hidden in a cottage which has

been derelict since the 1960's.

[HER ATTENTION ABRUPTLY CAUGHT BY:]

TV REPORTER (OOV):

Police say that although the condition of the baby's remains makes

determining cause of death difficult...

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