Murderland script
Murderland (2009)
Synopsis: Murderland is a three-part British television series created by David Pirie and directed by Catherine Morshead. The series also marks a return to ITV for Robbie Coltrane. The series was filmed in June 2009 and the first episode was transmitted on Monday, 19 October 2009.

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - NIGHT

Opening credit sequence plays against :

The busy streets of Manhattan. Pizza guys tossing the

dough.

Cabs pick up passengers.

Doormen wave greetings.

EXT. CENTRAL PARK - NIGHT

Central Park's trees blow in the wind.

People walk in the park on the tracks.

A gang hovers over a bridge, heckling people.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. SUBWAY - NIGHT

Commuters still linger in the subway waiting for a

train.

A tollbooth attendant reads a paperback.

A train roars by, the sound of which mixes into.

PAN DOWN TO:

INT. MAIN STREET, MURDERLAND - NIGHT

The roar of the train can be heard overhead.

SIMPSON, an exec of about 45, balding on top wearing a

three piece suit, is sitting on a 1890's style park

bench. He is out cold. He starts to stir. He lifts his

head, it appears as if it is day time. He looks around

him.

SIMPSON's P.O.V. - The overhead lights are so bright, it

simulates a mid day noon sun. There are even Dusk sky

colors and clouds painted on the ceiling.

SIMPSON is very confused....

He looks around him to see several multi colored

buildings and he appears to be on a checkered red and

white brick road between two rows of buildings. He sees

a miniature castle at the end of the road that is about

1/50th scale of another similar theme park.

The whole room is about 600 yards long and it gets small

as you go near the castle. There is a Merry Go Round

just to the left of castle and there are only four doors

on the entire street. One labeled "Movie Theater", the

second labeled "The Old West", the third "Fantasy Land"

and the last labeled "The Real World". The ceiling is as

high as a high school gymnasium.

From beside the miniature Castle comes a giant human

sized SCRAPS THE DOG. A theme song starts to play over

the intercom.

ANNOUNCER:

(cheesy, generic announcer

voice over the loud speakers)

Ladies and gentlemen, the official

mascot of Murderland.... Scraps the Dog

!

Scraps is a human sized fluffy human in a dog suit.

Scraps looks friendly as he waves and moves stiffly like

he's animatronic. SIMPSON starts to laugh to himself.

Then as the song is playing, Scraps pulls out a Tommy

Gun and starts to shoot at Simpson.

ANNOUNCER:

Choose the doorway that starts you on

your magical journey into

(the voice turns from cheesy

to evil)

MURDERLAND !

Simpson ducks, and glass breaks behind him from a store

window.

As he hides behind the bench, the Merry Go Round starts

on and the horses begin to fire bullets as well.

Simpson is forced to go toward the Movie Theater. He

goes in, barely missing the bullets.

INT. CONTROL ROOM, MURDERLAND - NIGHT

We see the action on television monitors. This room is

set up like a Newsroom with about twelve T.V. monitors

and computer counsels and mixing boards. At the controls

in this dark room is BRUCE, late thirties, unshaven and

cold as ice.

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David Pirie

David Pirie is a writer and producer, known for The Woman in White (1997), Ashenden (1991) and The Wyvern Mystery (2000). more…

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