We see a caption...
‘Small Heath, Birmingham’.
Fade out and fade in...
PBII - Ep 1 - Steven Knight - SHOOTING SCRIPT - 20/02/14 p.3
‘Two years later’.
We come a little closer to the women, down to ground level.
The women in black bonnets are chatting as they walk. They
arrive at the outside of the pub and stop outside the front
door on the corner. We can’t see faces because of the bonnets
and their black dresses billow.
They both reach into their prams at the same time as if
comforting their babies. Then they put the brakes on the
prams and turn and walk, leaving the prams where they are.
The women speed up and begin to run away, holding onto their
bonnets and their skirts.
We wait a few moments.
Then the two prams explode at the same time. The front of the
pub is blown to pieces. The windows are blown in and a back
draught billows out. We see the explosion in slow motion and
see that, along with the debris, there is also brightly
colored confetti falling to the ground gently through the
black smoke and shattered glass.
10 EXT. GRAVEYARD - DAY 1 10
From on high we see a congregation dressed mostly in black,
standing beside a freshly dug grave. Two red banners are
being held aloft as a Priest incants the ‘ashes to ashes’
The red banners read ‘Communist party of Birmingham,
Bordesley’ and ‘Communist party Kentish Town’. Around the
banners we find various members of the Communist party. At
the grave’s edge, we also find Ada, with a boy of two and a
half. This is KARL.
Ada’s look across the grave takes us to the other side.
There we find the extended Shelby family.
The first face we recognize is AUNT POLLY, dressed
immaculately with a black veil lifted and tight black
clothes. (Around her neck she wears a Madonna made from black
jet which will become relevant but we may not notice just