EXTERIOR. A LONDON PARK – DAY
Two men in business attire sitting on a park bench with civilians
walking around. MICHAEL WALKER, 52, looks as though he would rather be somewhere else while PETER BLACK (Journalist) appears calm in the public surroundings.
As far as I am concerned there is nothing to tell
I didn't make any suggestion otherwise
Of course not, but what you say here and
what you print tomorrow will be totally different
I am just doing my job
Turning the population against whoever is in power?
Our readers will stand by your party
You are not getting a quote from me
Then perhaps you can point me in a direction
The lake, preferably under it
INTERIOR HEATHROW TERMINAL WINDOWS– DAY
A Jumbo 474 is outside pulling into the taxi terminal, MICHAEL and PETER continue to be heard over the noise of the airport
PETER (OFF SCREEN)
If he is keeping something quiet you know we
perform damage limitation
MICHAEL (OFF SCREEN)
From what we see these days you don't seem
to try. How many times have
you jumped the gun in the last year?
PETER (OFF SCREEN)
Everything we have done has come from
inside your party
EXTERIOR. THE LONDON PARK – DAY
MICHAEL Growing agitated shifts his body towards PETER
Don't you give me that crap you little son of a *
MICHAELS mobile phone interrupts the conversation as it alerts him to a text message in his trouser pocket, he pulls it out to read the text. The view changes to show the message on the phone as 'Ver Piem has returned early, wants meet'
View returns to show MICHAEL and PETER
MICHAEL (Showing PETER phone message)
If you want a story, there you go
PETER (MICHAEL getting up to walk)
Oh come on, we know you are hiding something
Tell your editor he rode his luck
No more leaks
INTERIOR HEATHROW TERMINAL WINDOWS – DAY
Jumbo 747 stops before connecting with the terminal, three black official cars appear and pull up beside it, flanked by two police cars and four police motorbikes.
PETER (OFF SCREEN)
You are an *****, and tell your friend Ver Piem
he is an ***** as well
MICHAEL (OFF SCREEN)
His name isn't Ver Piem.
It's the Prime Minister.
EXTERIOR HEATHROW TAXI AREA – DAY
A mobile stairway now appears and move into position at the Jumbo 747's door. The door to the Jumbo 747 opens and two security guards in black suits walk out and down the stairway the plane shortly followed by JERRY HOLMES (Prime Minister) and STACEY RADCLIFFE (Foreign Minister). Other officials and assistants follow.
The chief whip believes we need the
spokesman to confront the media inside
the D-Street gates. That approach should
calm situation because we invited them in
instead of keeping them out and guessing
And he is still going to go with the Syria story?
It should do but the same story will not wash in two days,
and it's rare for a Foreign Minister to turn down
a visit to the White House so I can't stay here.
I am disobeying your wishes and going
You do what you feel you need to but if you
are going I want you to get access to POTUS. I
will speak to him to make it happen
At the bottom of mobile stairs the three black official cars move in line towards them then stop, the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister enter the first car.
INTERIOR MINISTERIAL CAR – DAY
The PM sits facing the front of the vehicle with STACEY taking the seat opposite facing backwards. Inside that car awaits MARTIN HOLMES (Secretary of State and the PM's brother) and SIR TERRANCE WATTS (Home Secretary). MARTIN hands the PM a brown paper back folder with white documents inside, marked with red letters 'BEYOND TOP SECRET'. The PM opens and begins reading.
The Americans sent that by person Jerry, a CIA
Operative we know as Keller. He was an insider at California
They believe the organisers are mostly backed by Russian and
Middle Eastern oil barons. None have been identified
yet but we do have information on one man
View changes to white paqe showing a small photo on the top left of a far eastern male with basic information to the right, and lots of writing underneath.
That is Joa Jintao. Son of a rural peasant farmer
and made a name for himself in China's property
boom since 2004. Details are sketchy at best
considering he is one of the wealthiest people
in that country. He doesn't like publicity
The view changes back to show the four Ministers from side on in the car
Then we will have to ask the Chinese if they are
willing to co-operate
It wouldn't matter if they co-operated or not.
Jintao left China two years, given his wealth and
the rampant corruption on both sides of the border the
man can pass through any time he wants and there is no
record of it
So the Americans don't think he is operating from China?
Exactly, North Korea provides the perfect cover for him.
The authorities get paid off, he can easily transfer
money to any nation he wants and the only people who
would know about it are him and the people receiving it.
Jerry. This man is dangerous. He has every finger
in Eastern and Western business and has fool proof
access to any dirty son of a * you could think of.
The Americans believe he is just one of the few
who are funding all of this.
Why now then? Why are the Americans only telling us
They didn't know, Agent Keller was never allowed to
meet the contacts at California. They had nowhere to
start and it was by chance that he got this information.
We have already checked every possible place
they could pull it off, there are just three
regions in the country with a low enough population.
But it is highly unlikely we could stop it, these
backers have more than enough leverage to pay off
local enforcement and the residents to keep quiet
and look the otherway. Times are hard for them and
they will look the otherway.
JERRY (Still agitated)
MI5! You are basically telling me I have to deploy
MI5 all around the country to tell us if this is
When is it happening?
It will be a Saturday
Our local resources are stretched manning the
football matches during the day and they are
on duty during the night in the towns and cities.
Jesus! Do the Americans think they can get it set up
in one day?
Four hours. And as soon as they are done, they start.
How long will it last?
Three days. They could be gone before we know
they are here.
Jerry. We don't have the resources to stop it
and we don't know the date. Our last C-16 took
off for Mali for two days ago, the Harriers are grounded
and our only Destroyer at home is in a dry dock in Aberdeen.
They can walk right in here with that aircraft
carrier of theirs and be gone again before
the Type-42 can get to the equator from the Falklands.
Motorstorm is coming Mr Prime Minister, the best
course of action right now is to keep it quiet.
We can plant our agents in the hot regions and we
can only hope we strike it lucky.
The view changes to show the Prime Minister front on in his seat in the car, he flicks through a couple of the pages in the documents too quickly to read them. Closing the brown paper folder and he runs his hands up his face and through his hair looking stressed. Finally resting his head in one hand propped on by the side window, he turns to look out of the blackened window and contemplates the situation.
If we miss them, we lose the election
If this gets out before it starts and we miss them,
we lose the next two decades.
EX?TERIOR AIRPORT ENTRANCE – DAY
The police escort followed by the ministerial cars leave the airport grounds
JERRY (Off Screen)
Activate our agents, and get MI6 to send the sleepers
END SCENE ONE
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