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    EXT. CARRODUS HOUSE - DAY 14 - 07.471 1

    A BELGRAVIA MANSION.At the kerb - a LARGE VAN markedCOOPERVILLE INTERNATIONAL FINE ART MOVERS.

    TWO REMOVAL MEN in COOPERVILLE POLO-SHIRTS are nailing a

    PAINTING into a CRATE.

    Job done, they hoist it and carry it to the van.

    The owner of this house, JAMES CARRODUS watches the lastpainting leave from his balcony. Satisfied. Job done.

    He turns and enters the house.

    OMITTED: SCENES 2 & 3 INC.2/3 2/3

    INT. CARRODUS HOUSE - DAY 14 - CONTINUOUS4 4

    ..in to a PALATIAL, CAVERNOUSLY EMPTY ROOM. Carrodus shuts thedoor. Its very empty in here.

    CARRODUS(calls)

    How you doing in there?

    INT. CARRODUS HOUSE, BATHROOM - DAY 14 - 07.475 5

    JESSICA CARRODUS is clutching her stomach, looking queasy.

    She eats a number of anti-diarrhea tablets, washes them downwith copious amounts of water. Yeuch.

    JESSICAIll be fine. Did they go?

    INT. CARRODUS HOUSE, HALLWAY - DAY 14 - 07.476 6

    CARRODUSAll gone.

    Jessica exits the bathroom and meets him. A moment betweenthem. This is a big day. Excitement in the air.

    INT. CARRODUS HOUSE, LIVING ROOM - DAY 14 - 07.497 7

    Jessica and Carrodus. Their LUGGAGE. An echoing room.

    CARRODUSYou sure youve got the passports?

    JESSICA(pats pocket)

    Ive got the passports.

    CARRODUSShow me the passports.

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    Rolls her eyes - shows him the passports. He relaxes. Shesmiles. Kisses him. It starts fondly - becomes passionate.

    JESSICAOne last time? Say goodbye to thehouse?

    He grins through the kiss. Meaning yes. Undoes her top button.

    EXT. CARRODUS HOUSE - DAY 14 - 07.498 8

    A smaller MOVING VAN pulls up, same livery as the COOPERVILLEvan. THREE REMOVAL STAFF ALSO in COOPERVILLE POLO-SHIRTS,sunglasses and baseball hats. Two men, one woman.

    Theyre not removal men. Its DANIEL SUGARMAN, EVANGELINE NIXONand TOM MEYER...and theyre very bad people.

    INT. CARRODUS HOUSE, LIVING ROOM - DAY 14 - 07.499 9

    Carrodus disengages from Jessica, goes to the window. Sees theTHREE REMOVAL MEN walking towards the house.

    Meyer gives him a JAUNTY WAVE. Carrodus waves back, turns toJessica, laughing ruefully -

    CARRODUSI dont believe it.

    The doorbell rings.

    JESSICADid you give them a tip? Maybe theyjust want a tip.

    CARRODUSI gave them a tip. This is a differentlot.

    Jessica re-buttons, giggling as Carrodus walks to the door.

    INT. CARRODUS HOUSE, HALLWAY - DAY 14 - 07.5010 10

    Carrodus opens the door. Meyer smiles a greeting.

    - THEN PRODUCES A COSH AND BURSTS IN, SHOUTING.

    MEYEROn the FLOOR! ON THE FLOOR NOW!

    Carrodus is no coward. He fights back - but the attack comesfrom an unexpected direction - Evangeline hits him with theBUTT OF A GUN -

    Then calmly walks into the living room and pulls the GUN on the

    terrified Jessica.

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    Meyer shoves Carrodus into the living room, dishevelled, a lineof blood running down his temple.

    Finally, Sugarman enters.

    What little of his face that can be seen under his hat and

    sunglasses is COVERED WITH A BRUTAL, ELABORATE TATTOO:aPolynesian style moku. It makes him terrifying, monstrous.SUGARMAN

    James Carrodus. Dealer in fine art.Quite the reputation - but not abovethe odd privately brokered deal,selling fakes to Russian billionaires

    who dont know better. This cash wasliquefied in the form of eighteen cutdiamonds of outstanding quality.Because thats the best way to carry

    serious wealth.

    Carrodus swallows. Nods.

    SUGARMAN (contd)Youre off to start a new life in Rio

    with Jessica, here. Your lovely newwife. The limo arrives in, what?Fifteen minutes?

    CARRODUSTen.

    SUGARMANYou can both be in that limo. All youneed to do is give me those eighteendiamonds.

    Jessica gives Carrodus an ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED GLANCE. Heswallows. Can hardly bear to say the words.

    CARRODUSI dont have them.

    INT. CARRODUS HOUSE, LIVING ROOM - DAY 1410A 10A

    Montage of suitcases being cut apart.

    SCENE 11 OMITTED11 11

    INT. CARRODUS HOUSE, LIVING ROOM - DAY 14 - 08.1012 12

    CARRODUS AND JESSICA are handcuffed with cable ties. Meyerlooks up from the final, eviscerated suitcase. Shakes his head.

    MEYERNothing.

    CARRODUSI sent them ahead. Courier.

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    SUGARMANNow, see. I dont believe that. Butyou know what? I dont care. So heres

    what we do. Youve got two hours. Yougo get them. Wherever they are.

    CARRODUSThat cant be done. It just cant. Imsorry. I sent them via a secure route.

    SUGARMANYou go get me that money, or Im goingto start slicing bits off your wife.

    Reaches into his pocket. Produces pliers.

    CARRODUSAll right! All right! Ill try!

    SUGARMANHmmm. Try not. Do, or do not. There isno try.

    MEYERYou want me to go with?

    SUGARMANAnd let everyone see your face? Whatan excellent idea. Maybe wear a name-tag, too?

    (to Carrodus)In two hours, lets call it 10:15,Ive got eighteen diamonds in myhands. Or we start cutting lovelyJessica. At this point, youll beasking - is he bluffing? So youllappreciate, its in my interest toprove that Im not.

    (opens the PLIERS)Apologies in advance, Jessica.

    On Carroduss face - and Meyers face - appalled - asEvangeline GRABS JESSICA - Jessica struggles - and SUGARMAN

    STEPS FORWARD -

    INT. SHORT LET APARTMENT, LIVING ROOM - DAY 14 - 08.1613 13

    Bill Winingham, in pyjamas, sitting on a pull-out bed, picks upthe phone. Sees the name JAMES CARRODUS. A moment of alarm,then he answers.

    WININGHAMJames? Whats wrong?

    EXT. CARRODUS HOUSE - DAY 14 - 08.1614 14

    Carrodus in a panic as he hurries away.

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    CARRODUSBill, where the hell are you? Yourenot at the office, youre not -

    INTERCUT WININGHAM and CARRODUS

    WININGHAMWhats the matter?

    CARRODUSYou know policemen -

    Winingham pauses.

    CARRODUS (contd)For Gods sake Bill, I need the nameof a copper I can trust, and I need itNOW -

    INT. SCU, LUTHER AND REED'S OFFICE - DAY 14 - 08.3315 15

    Luther roots around in his bottom drawer. Until he finds AFRAMED PHOTOGRAPH OF ZOE. He smiles, sets it down on the desk,picks it up again, blows dust from it. Sets it down. Then turnsto some paperwork on GRAHAM SHAND.

    INT. MARKS HOUSE, LIVING ROOM - DAY 14 - 08.34 (FORMERLY SC. 11)15A 15A

    Zoe and Mark. Hes dressed, shes not. Theres evidence thatsomeone slept on the sofa the previous night. Hes got anOVERNIGHT BAG at his feet. Hes holding her hands.

    MARKI do understand. Hes your husband.

    ZOENo. No, hes not.

    MARKJust let me say it - let me get itout, then its said and done. BecauseIm not going to have thisconversation again. So I need to say

    it.(she nods)

    So thats why Im going away for a dayor two. To give you room to think.

    ZOETheres nothing to think about.

    MARKYes there is. If youve decided tostay with me - therell be norecriminations. No blame, no tantrums.

    We pick up where we left off, and wecarry on.

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    ZOEBut -?

    MARKBut you never see him again. I meannot ever. No phone calls. No emails.

    Nothing.

    ZOEThats pitiless.

    MARKIts necessary - for me. Because Icant have you doing this to me again.I cant.

    Zoe cant meet his eyes. Mark picks up his bag and exits.

    INT. SCU, LUTHER AND REEDS OFFICE - DAY 14 - 08.3415B 15B

    Luther is still at the paperwork. He looks up - at a COMMOTIONON THE BULLPEN. He stands -

    INT. SCU, BULLPEN - DAY 14 - 08.3416 16

    He joins Ripley, whos standing, too. As JAMES CARRODUS walkson to the unit, accompanied by a uniformed officer.Dishevelled, shocked.

    Ripley and Luther approach.

    LUTHERSir?

    Carrodus blinks, back to reality.

    CARRODUSIan Reed? I need to see Ian Reed.

    LUTHERIm afraid DCI Reed is elsewhere.

    (off Carroduss bewilderedhesitation)

    Im DCI John Luther, I share an officewith Reed, this is DS Justin Ripley.How can we help?

    Carrodus gives Ripley a SMALL COTTON PACKAGE - a handkerchief.Once white. Now stained red. Ripley takes it. Opens it.Something red inside.

    CARRODUSIts her tongue.

    Out on Ripleys horror - as, instinctively, he nearly drops the

    bloody rag.

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    INT. FARMILOES, FIRST FLOOR OFFICE - DAY 14 - 08.5517 17

    Sugarman, Meyer and Evangeline enter the SAFEHOUSE, shovingJessica. She has a PILLOWCASE over her head. Blood-stainedround the mouth. She cant speak. She huddles in the corner.Hugs her knees. Terrified. Hands cabled-tied.

    On the table, Sugarman dumps a LARGE FORMAT MAP OF LONDON(opened to show WESTFIELD, SHEPHERDS BUSH).

    MEYERYou sure you want to play it this way,Dan? Its pretty hard-core. The policeget involved. I mean, kidnap, its -

    Meyer shuts up under Sugarmans STILL, ICY GAZE.

    SUGARMAN

    Did you just use my name in front ofthe victim...Tom?

    ON MEYER:suspecting hes just condemned Jessica to death.Then Sugarman as he rolls his e

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