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HAPPY VALLEY SERIES TWO. EPISODE ONE. GREEN SCRIPT. 1.
1 INT/EXT. CATHERINE’S HOUSE, CONSERVATORY. DAY 1. 17.30 1
CATHERINE’s not long in from work, she’s still in half-
uniform. She’s with CLARE. They’re both sipping tea and
smoking cigarettes with their sun glasses on. CLARE’s sitting
on the doorstep and CATHERINE’s on one of the plastic chairs.
(a bit embarrassed, but
she goes for it anyway)
No. No, there were no cowboys
No. Good point. That’d have been
This was sheep rustling North
Halifax style, so there’s just the
one sheep. And three lads off their
heads on acid.
2 EXT. LOCAL HOUSING ESTATE. DAY 1. 12.30 2
Three lads off their heads on acid.
One’s got his hand over his mouth, the other over his eyes,
the other over his ears/head. Their cunning plan (to steal
one sheep) has just gone wrong, just this second. A pack of
four feral mongrels (ranging from something a bit like a
German Shepherd to something a bit like a Yorkshire Terrier)
chases the panic stricken sheep up the road.
Because they’re off their heads, they’re no doubt finding it
funny as well as annoying.
HAPPY VALLEY SERIES TWO. EPISODE ONE. GREEN SCRIPT. 2.
3 EXT. GARDEN. DAY 1. 13.10 3
Forty minutes later.
CATHERINE’s in a small back garden with a LITTLE OLD LADY
whose house is half way between the housing estate and the
lush green hills above (where, presumably, the sheep was
nicked from in the first place). On the ground, between
CATHERINE and the LITTLE OLD LADY, lies the sheep, which has
been mauled by the dogs. It’s breath is laboured and painful.
LITTLE OLD LADY:
I managed to shoo ‘em off. The
dogs. I said “Shoo!” see, then I
got our Andrew round. And he said
to call you.
(CATHERINE takes it in.
She’s worried. She knows
chances are she’s going
to have to put this sheep
out of its misery)
Would you like some tea?
Yes. Tea. Perfect. Thank you.
The LITTLE OLD LADY goes inside. CATHERINE looks around for
something with which to put the sheep out of its misery. Her
eyes light on a sharp-edged coping stone. She struggles to
pull the stone from the top of the dry stone wall, then she
feels its weight in both hands.
4 INT/EXT. CATHERINE’S HOUSE, CONSERVATORY. DAY 1. 17.32 4
CATHERINE and CLARE, as before.
They’d mauled it. The dogs had. I
had to. There was no way it was
going to survive and it was
obviously in distress.
5 EXT. GARDEN. DAY 1. 13.11 5
CATHERINE - struggling with the coping stone - is on her
radio one last desperate time to SHAF.
HAPPY VALLEY SERIES TWO. EPISODE ONE. GREEN SCRIPT. 3.
Can you really not find me a vet?
In the whole of f[ucking]
6 INT. NORLAND ROAD POLICE STATION, MAIN OFFICE. DAY 1. 6
I’ve rung seven. Your best bet is
Mr. Baxter up Bolton Brow. He says
he can get there by half four, but
he’s got wall-to-wall surgery most
of this aft.
We cut back to a glimpse of CATHERINE again, thinking “Jesus
7 INT/EXT. CATHERINE’S HOUSE, CONSERVATORY. DAY 1. 17.34 7
So...? You did it.
Well that was the plan.
8 EXT. GARDEN. DAY 1. 13.13 8
CATHERINE’s got the coping stone raised above her head, just
about to dash the sheep’s brains out with one terrible blow,
when the LITTLE OLD LADY comes out of her house again.
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