The Ploughman's Lunch script
Synopsis: Journalist James Penfield (Jonathan Pryce) starts working on a book about the 1956 Suez Crisis while he also begins pursuing TV reporter Susan Barrington (Charlie Dore). Unable to attract her attention, James follows his friend Jeremy Hancock's (Tim Curry) suggestion that he befriend Susan's mother, Ann (Rosemary Harris), to get closer to her daughter. As James spends more time with Ann, he realizes he has more in common with the mother than the daughter.

From the Control Room a woman announces "One Minute".

JAMES:

How's Mary?

NEWSREADER:

(stung then

recovering)

Oh, she's well. Jolly well.

Thanks. Very well indeed.

From the Studio Controller's POV we SEE the Newsroom behind

James and the newsreader, who chat soundlessly.

MOMEN'S VOICE

Before the news at twelve o'clock,

there's just time to tell you about

Woman's Hour this afternoon.

Commander Freddy Bracknell will be

talking about his four years as a

German POW in Stalag Three, and

mountaineer John Clayton will be

reliving the thrills and perils of

Everest. Also, Polly Morrell will

be finding out from the historian

Prefessor John Gerty how the

governments of Eastern Europe

distort their recent past in history

books to suit their present policies

and allegiances. That's Freddy

Bracknell, John Clayton and John

Gerty, all on Woman's Hour just

after two o'clock this afternoon

The six pips. The sweep hand of

the clock. The red light.

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Ian McEwan

Ian Russell McEwan CBE FRSA FRSL (born 21 June 1948) is an English novelist and screenwriter. In 2008, The Times featured him on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". McEwan began his career writing sparse, Gothic short stories. The Cement Garden (1978) and The Comfort of Strangers (1981) were his first two novels, and earned him the nickname "Ian Macabre". more…

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