INT. BBC RADIO NEWSROOM - LATE MORNING
We are IN CLOSE as a story arrives on a press service
teleprinter. A Hand tears away the sheet. The CAMERA
TRACKS as we follow the story. It passes through the
copytaster's hands and it passes on down to the summaries
This is a time of steady activity. Journalists move about
the room to consult. Others are writing in longhand, and
several are dictating copy to typists, who are all women.
One or two people - NEWSREADERS - sit about doing nothing.
Much movement of paper.
Over the sound of typewriters and the murmur of dictating
voices we HEAR a WOMAN'S VOICE over the P.A. Announce,
"The Leader of the Opposition on five". A few journalists
pick up their headsets, but they do not stop writing. We
establish the atmosphere - laconic but efficient, and a
At the summaries desk we find JAMES PENFIELD. He stands
to the side of a little behind a seated secretary, dictating
in a laconic deadpan voice from a sheet of scrawled
Between fifty and sixty scrap metal
The phone rings. James snatches it and answers without
The secretary waits, her face totally inexpressive.
Who? Paul Dean? He doesn't work
(calling over his
shoulder as he
Went to IRN.
No. No. Sorry. Try IRN.
He drops the receiver and continues. The secretary
..reported to have landed illegally
on the island of South Georgia in
the South Atlantic.
The Foreign Office reacted sceptically to reports that
Argentine Government was planning..
INT. NEWSROOM - LATE MORNING
James and a newsreader (one of those we saw earlier doing
nothing) stand together by the photocopier. Walking with
controlled haste and carrying the news sheets, they head
towards the studio. A clock behind them shows two minutes
INT. STUDIO - LATE MORNING
James and the newsreader sit at a table in the studio,
fairly close together. The newsreader settles himself
behind the microphone. James sits back, professionally
bored, rolling a stub of a pencil between his fingers.
Through a large loudspeaker we hear a Radio 4 programme
winding up. Theme music.
The newsreader has a plummy authoritative voice and is a
year or two younger than James. He stares down at the