The Ploughman's Lunch script
Synopsis: Journalist James Penfield (Jonathan Pryce) starts working on a book about the 1956 Suez Crisis while he also begins pursuing TV reporter Susan Barrington (Charlie Dore). Unable to attract her attention, James follows his friend Jeremy Hancock's (Tim Curry) suggestion that he befriend Susan's mother, Ann (Rosemary Harris), to get closer to her daughter. As James spends more time with Ann, he realizes he has more in common with the mother than the daughter.


BBC News at twelve o'clock. There

is cautious optimism in Brussels

that formula may be reached to



James hurries home through the din of rush hour Brixton.


James' flat is one floor of a large Victorian house. The

decent-sized rooms knocked together make a very large

bedsitting room. Bare boards, junk furniture, but elegant.

Heavy stereo stack, a lot of records, a lot of paperbacks.

In high spirits, James prepares to go out. He chooses a

shirt, begins to undress. The TV is on.


An hour later. James is dressed to go out. The big room

is now in darkness except for the light by James' armchair.

He is talking on the phone to his friend Jeremy Hancock.


C'mon, you promised...tell her

you've got to finish a piece...I

know...I know, but it's my big

night...yes she's going to be

there...C'mon! All I want you to

do is introduce me to her. And

remember, build me up...good man.


A high-ceilinged room in a publishing house, Bloomsbury.

A launch party. About forty guests. Waiters take round

trays with glasses of wine. By some large double doors is

a display of school textbooks. Most prominently featured

is the book being launched today - Goldbooks Schools Series

No. 5 The Cold War, edited by Prefessor J. Gerty.

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Ian McEwan

Ian Russell McEwan CBE FRSA FRSL (born 21 June 1948) is an English novelist and screenwriter. In 2008, The Times featured him on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". McEwan began his career writing sparse, Gothic short stories. The Cement Garden (1978) and The Comfort of Strangers (1981) were his first two novels, and earned him the nickname "Ian Macabre". more…

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