The Secret of Crickley Hall script
The Secret of Crickley Hall  Season #1 Episode #3 (2012)
Synopsis: The Secret of Crickley Hall is a BBC television adaptation by Joe Ahearne of the 2006 supernatural thriller novel of the same name written by the British author James Herbert. The series presents two parallel dramas. The main storyline, set in 2006, follows the events of the Caleigh family who rent Crickley Hall because Gabe Caleigh (Tom Ellis) gets a short contract in the area; the other is a series of flashbacks following events in 1943 when orphans – who have been evacuated from London during World War II – are living at Crickley Hall.

Episode 1

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1 EXT. CRICKLEY HALL - 1943 DAY 1 1

Six year old STEFAN runs from the big grey stone slab ofCrickley Hall, more institutional than residential.

Children singing.

CHILDREN:

On the farm no poor rabbitComes to harm because I grab itThey jump and frolic whenever I go byThey know I help 'em to dodge the rabbitpie!

A figure grabs him by the collar and lifts him off his feet.

Stefan kicks wildly in mid-air as he pivots to face his

tormenter. Terrified that it might be:

AUGUSTUS CRIBBEN. We don’t see his face yet.

CRIBBEN O.S.

You’re mine.

Stefan screams.

2 INT. GABE’S BEDROOM - DAY 1 2

EVE wakes up with a start, next to her husband GABE, stillsleeping. She gets out of bed. Present day London.

3 INT. CAM’S BEDROOM - DAY 1 3

Eve opens the door to her son’s bedroom. CAM is the same ageas the boy in her dream. He’s sitting on the end of his bed,

rubbing his eyes. She sits next to him.

EVE:

Me too. What was yours?

CAM:

I can’t remember.

EVE:

Maybe it was my dream and you picked itup. Sorry.

CAM:

Why can’t we have our own dreams?

EVE:

I know! Do you want some milk?

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Coffee.

CAM:

EVE:

You’re not getting coffee.

CAM:

Really milky coffee.

4 EXT. GABE’S HOUSE - DAY 1 4

The bedroom light comes on.

5 INT. GABE’S BEDROOM - DAY 1 5

GABE turns over and reaches for Eve. Makes grumpy noises inhis half-sleep.

6 INT. GABE’S KITCHEN - DAY 1 6

Eve is on her laptop in the kitchen, eating cereal.

There are several windows open on her screen showing amarking database. A pile of homework books next to it.

GABE:

Why, love?

EVE:

Oh I’m sorry. Go back to bed.

GABE:

Can’t you just wing it?

EVE:

Never seen you wing it.

GABE:

It’s a bit tricky with structural

engineering. No-one dies if you skim abit.

EVE:

You haven’t met their parents.

Gabe hugs her and tries to lift her out of her chair.

GABE:

You’re working too hard. Even for you.

EVE:

Let me get through open day and I’m yours

for the weekend.

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Gabe sees Cam playing with the dog Clyde.

EVE (cont’d)

I woke up so he woke up.

CAM:

We’ve got work.

GABE:

You know you don’t have to copy

everything your Mum does. He’s going to

be wrecked the whole day.

EVE:

You don’t say!

INT. CAM’S BEDROOM - DAY 1 7

Gabe dumps Cam on his bed.

CAM:

Let’s play bombs!

GABE:

What’s bombs? I can’t keep up.

Cam pulls Gabe over to his lego construction. It’s a house.

Impressively constructed for a five year old.

GABE (cont’d)

That’s a pretty solid job there my man.

You know where you get that from don’t

you.

Cam retrieves a bowling ball from under the bed and totters

towards the lego house with it.

GABE (cont’d)

Oi monkey I’ve been looking for that.

Gabe watches bemused, winces.

GABE (cont’d)

You’re going to drop that on your toe -

Gabe tries to intercept him but Cam waves him off,

determined. Cam drops the bowling ball on his lego house,

exploding it utterly. Shouting:

CAM:

Bomb!

The multicolored bricks scattered over the carpet. Gabe nods,

solemnly.

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GABE:

Good game.

8 INT. LOREN’S BEDROOM - DAY 1 8

Gabe is trying to wake his eleven year old daughter LOREN.

GABE:

Last warning. Or I’m hitting you with the

cold hands up the back of the neck and

down the spine. Loren. Loren.

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Joe Ahearne is a British television writer and director, best known for his work on several fantasy and science fiction based programmes including Ultraviolet, Apparitions and Doctor Who. He also wrote the screenplay for 2013 feature film Trance. more…

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