The Coroner  Season #2 Episode #2
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.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Year:
2015
210 Views

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.

[SHE STUMBLES, DAVEY CATCHING HER ARM,

STEADYING. A BEAT, BOTH SLIGHTLY

EMBARRASSED AS HE LETS GO, JANE SEEING CLINT

APPROACH]

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