As the titles run we fly across a SEA OF CARS. Car after
car after car, an array of colours, gleaming in the sun.
This is JS Motors. A huge GARAGE and CAR SUPERMARKET. It
is coming to life for the day as workers start to arrive.
There is a buzz about the place, banter, smiles from the
staff as they head towards their various sections.
It’s work, yes, but they are happy to be here.
We pick out the boss, MIKE (40s, slick, never a hair out of
place, driven), as he enters - a part of the team, but
also, somehow, managing to exude authority...
FAT JASE, PETE, KATHY, VIV and TRACY are all arriving for
work. BETH is there already as are GRACE, EMMA, JEZ, RICK,
MARRIANE and ZIGGY.
2 INT. MARTY’S HOUSE - STAIRS/KITCHEN - DAY 1 - 08.15 2
MARTY McLEAN (mid 30s, unshaven - married young, three kids
and a hefty mortgage make him look older than his years)
hurtles down stairs, dragging on his sharp salesman’s suit.
He mutters to himself about his lateness, cursing...
He slams into the kitchen where his wife KATRINA is
struggling to do the breakfast routine - she is clearly in
much pain (stomach pain/IBS) and has a HOT WATER BOTTLE
clasped to her stomach. Their three kids - JESSIE (14),
JAKE (12) and JOE (9, studious) - are getting ready for
(with slight edge)
Why didn’t you wake me?
(soldiering on, and making
a show of it)
We did. We shouted.
Well I obviously didn’t hear you
Marty, you didn’t roll in ‘til two,
so I thought you might wanna sleep
off the fumes -
Marty doesn’t react to her pain/hot water bottle, this is
clearly common sight for him.
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(assessing the kids, all
said in a huge rush)
Where’s your tie? Joe, is it
swimming day or is that tomorrow?
Jess, tell me you finished the
And what did you learn?
He wasn’t very nice.
(glances at the clock -
I’ve gotta go.
During all this... Marty has been grabbing toast from the
toaster, buttering it for the kids, grabbing jam, marmite etc
-i.e Doing what he does every morning - getting them all
ready because Katrina struggles.
You gonna be okay to drive
I’ll manage - once the Colpermin
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He blows Katrina a kiss.
Xbox Golf tonight - championship -
we’re having money on it -
Marty exits grabbing a MUG OF TEA when JAKE isn’t looking
and takes it with him. Jake clocks it.
3 INT/EXT. MARTY’S CAR/STREET - DAY 1 - 08.30 3
Marty driving along at speed, reckless driving. As he does
so he shaves with an electric razor and delves around in
the glove compartment for mints and chewable vitamins.
Barely looking at the road, when he glances back up he
suddenly notices ROAD WORKS and a LINE OF TRAFFIC.
Brakes, screech... and he just, just, avoids hitting the
car in front. He punches the wheel in frustration.
Now he’s really late.
4 EXT. JS MOTORS - CAR PARK/SERVICE AREA - DAY 1 - 08.45 4
Marty’s car sweeps into JS Motors staff car park, he parks
erratically and dives out.
But the car park is situated next to the SERVICE AREA.
Which unfortunately means he has to do the walk of shame
past half a dozen oily mechanics.
Ziggy, Rick and others applaud and jeer sarcastically.
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