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.

AN ABANDONED COTTAGE, ONE WINDOW

BOARDED UP, BREEZE RIPPLING THROUGH THE

OVERGROWN GARDEN, BIRDSONG - THE IDYLL

SHATTERED BY ANIMALISTIC SOUNDS FROM

INSIDE, A GIRL SCREAMING IN PAIN:

LARGE, SLIGHTLY BLOODY KITCHEN SCISSORS

GLIMPSED THROUGH THE BROKEN WINDOW

BOARD]

ADOLESCENT GIRL (OOV):

(AGONISED) No! No..!

[SLANTING SUNLIGHT BLEACHES OUT THE VIEW]

MIX TO:

EP2/SC2. EXT. COTTAGE. DAY 1. 07:25

[THE SAME COTTAGE, ALL WINDOWS BOARDED UP

NOW, THE GARDEN WILD, A SIGN:

"DANGER:
KEEP OUT".

SOUND OF A MECHANICAL DIGGER WORKING]

CUT TO:

EP2/SC3. INT. COTTAGE. DAY 1. 07:32

NSE WORKMAN:

[DIGGER SOUNDS OUTSIDE. CLOSE SOUNDS OF

SLEDGEHAMMER HITTING MASONRY AND: A

COLLAPSE, DUST CLEARING TO REVEAL:

BROKEN, DECAYED BOARDS - A CORNER OF OLD

NEWSPAPER (FOR SCALE) AND THE SMALL BONES

OF A BABY'S FOOT POKING OUT. SOUND OF BOOTS,

A WORKMAN RUNNING OUT]

CUT TO:

EP2/SC4. EXT. COTTAGE. DAY 1. 08:40

JANE, DAVEY, CLINT

NSE PC'S, CSI

[CREDITS OVER ESTABLISHING SHOTS OF THE

RUGGED LANDSCAPE AROUND:

THE COTTAGE, CORDONED OFF WITH POLICE TAPE,

PC'S EXAMINING THE GARDEN.

JANE APPROACHES (FROM HER CAR) WITH CLINT

AS DAVEY APPROACHES FROM THE COTTAGE]

DAVEY:

You found it then? Should have sent a man for you.

JANE:

(WRY) I didn't need a man, I had Clint.

CLINT:

I heard that. (UNDER BREATH) Sexist.

[A SENSE THE BADINAGE IS A SHIELD AGAINST THE

GRIM DISCOVERY]

DAVEY:

(RE COTTAGE) Shall we?

CLINT:

No thanks. The adult ones are bad enough.

DAVEY:

(NOT RELISHING IT HIMSELF) Very manly.

CLINT:

It's just... human remains! And spiders. And big... boozy, smoochy women.

(SEEING THEM LOOKING) Early Great Aunt trauma.

[THEY SMILE AS CLINT MOVES OFF]

CLINT:

(TO JANE) I need to take the demolition guys names, anyway.

[JANE AND DAVEY SOBER AS HE LEADS HER INSIDE

(AS CSI EMERGE):
]

CUT TO:

EP2/SC5. INT. COTTAGE. DAY 1. 08:41

JANE, DAVEY

[JANE PICKS HER WAY IN AFTER DAVEY, EYEING:

FADED DECOR, DECAYED FURNITURE - STILL

WEIRDLY HOMEY.

DAVEY POINTS HER TOWARD THE COLLAPSED

WALL - CAREFUL, JANE PEERS CLOSER, TOUCHED

BY:

SMALL BONES]

JANE:

So small.

[DAVEY GLANCES AROUND THE COTTAGE

(RELUCTANT TO LOOK AT THE REMAINS, ITCHING

TO GET OUT AGAIN)]

DAVEY:

Wrapped in 1970's newspaper. Elderly couple lived here way back in the

60's, but it's been empty since.

JANE:

(PREOCCUPIED BY REMAINS) And way off the beaten track.

DAVEY:

Condemned due to coastal erosion. Another few years and the sea probably

would have had it. Bury the evidence forever.

[JANE STANDS, SENSING DAVEY'S TENSION]

JANE:

Looks newborn, or near enough. If the birth happened way out here in the

middle of nowhere, the Mum must have been frightened... confused.

[UNCONVINCED, DAVEY TURNS FOR THE DOOR]

DAVEY:

Managed to hide the body, didn't she? That says foul play.

JANE:

(FOLLOWING) Not necessarily. We don't know the circumstances.

Childbirth is traumatic.

CUT TO:

EP2/SC6. EXT. COTTAGE. DAY 1. 08:43

JANE, DAVEY, CLINT

NSE PC'S, HELICOPTER CAMERAMAN & PILOT

[CONTINUOUS:
THEY EMERGE, PICKING THEIR WAY

OVER RUBBLE]

JANE:

Women don't have an easy ride.

[DAVEY IS RELIEVED TO RETURN TO FRESH AIR]

DAVEY:

(WRY) Yeah, neither do men, putting up with them.

[FAUX-OFFENDED, JANE WOULD REPLY]

DAVEY:

(RE RUBBLE) Watch your step, Calamity.

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