HJA 437 Scene 10

10.   INT.   THE HORSEFIELD’S LIVING ROOM.   DAY.

ROSE IS SAT READING A MAGAZINE. GEOFF COMES IN.

GEOFF:

I’ve put it back in the garage. (ROSE LOOKS UP) The car. I’ve put it in the garage.

ROSE:

I thought we were going for a drive out?

GEOFF:

Well I’m not going to risk them kids hitting it again with their football am I?

GEOFF PICKS UP THE NEWSPAPER FROM THE SEAT OF AN EASY CHAIR, SITS DOWN AND STARTS TO IT.

ROSE

I was thinking we might go to Knowsley Safari Park.

GEOFF:

(LOOKS UP) What?

ROSE:

Knowsley Safari Park. For our drive out.

GEOFF:

Knowsley Safari Park?

ROSE:

It’s near Liverpool. I believe it’s ever so good.

GEOFF:

A bit far isn’t it?

ROSE:
Liverpool? It’s only an hour. It will be a nice run out. We could take a picnic.

GEOFF STARTS READING THE PAPER AGAIN.

ROSE:

Well?

GEOFF:

(LOOKS UP) Well what?

ROSE:

Knowsley Safari Park? Are we going or aren’t we?

GEOFF:

Well we shall have to see, shan’t we. (RETURNS TO THE NEWSPAPER).

ROSE:

Only Janet was saying how good it was. As you drive through looking at all the animals monkeys tap on your window.

GEOFF:

(LOOKS UP SHARPLY) Monkeys?

ROSE:

Yes they climb up onto your bonnet and tap on your window.

GEOFF:

Onto the bonnet? Yes well you can forget that for a game of soldiers.

ROSE:

What? Why?

GEOFF:

Monkeys on the bonnet of the Zephyr Zodiac?

ROSE:

They won’t do it any harm.

GEOFF:

I know they won’t, they won’t be getting the chance.

ROSE:

Them and me both.

GEOFF:

What?

ROSE:

Monkeys can’t sit on it and I can’t sit in it.

GEOFF:

What do you mean you can’t sit in it?

ROSE:

Well I haven’t managed it yet.

GEOFF:

We’ve only had it for a couple of weeks, Rose. I’ve hardly been in it myself.

ROSE:

Well now’s your chance. This afternoon. You’ve nothing else to do.

GEOFF

I was thinking of doing a bit in the back garden.

ROSE:

(FIRMLY) Geoff, I would like to go for a drive out.

GEOFF:

I’m not going to that Knowsley Safari Park place.

 ROSE:

We don’t have to go to Knowsley Safari Park. We can go anywhere you like.

FADE

HJA 437 Scenes 5-9

5.   INT.   THE HORSEFIELD’S LIVING ROOM.   DAY.


GEOFF IS STANDING AT THE WINDOW LOOKING OUT AT HIS PRIZED POSSESSION. ROSE, ARMED WITH A FEATHER DUSTER, COMES IN, SEES WHAT GEOFF IS DOING AND GRIMACES. GEOFF TURNS TO HER.

GEOFF:

Just look at it Rose. Shining like a nail in a black’s arse.

ROSE:

Well it should be all the polishing it’s had.

GEOFF:

Well I wanted to get a good coating of protective wax worked in, it’s done now.

ROSE STARTS DUSTING THE FURNITURE.

ROSE:

I thought you would have been going to work in it.

GEOFF:

You see it’s well protected it from the elements now.

 ROSE:

I said I thought you would have been going to work in it.

GEOFF:

(LOST IN THE CAR) What?

ROSE:

The car. I thought you would have been going to work in it.

GEOFF:

Well I did think of doing. But I’ve always gone on the bus. Anyway it’s only a cock stride, it’s hardly worth getting it out of the garage for.

ROSE:

But the bus stop’s miles away. What about when it rains? You were like a drowned rat when you got home on Wednesday.

GEOFF:

I soon dried off.

ROSE:

Perhaps you could wax yourself?

GEOFF DOESN’T QUITE KNOW HOW TO TAKE THIS SO CONTENTS HIMSELF WITH RAISING AN EYEBROW.

ROSE:

(CONTINUING) I was thinking we could go for a drive out this afternoon.

GEOFF:

This afternoon?

ROSE:

Geoff I haven’t been in the car yet and we’ve had it three weeks.

GEOFF:

Well whose fault is that? I offered to take you out in it.

ROSE:

To Halfords? Why would I want to go to Halfords?

GEOFF:

It was a trip out.

ROSE:

Blackpool is a trip out Geoff. The Derbyshire Dales is a trip out. Looking at beautiful scenery and lambs, not rows and rows of car accessories.

GEOFF:

Anyway the weather’s hardly been fit, has it.

ROSE:

Not here, no, but it could have been fit where we were going to.

GEOFF:

Yes and by the time we’d got there the Zephyr Zodiac would have been all mucked up.

ROSE:

Well you could clean it. You do that anyway.

THEY STAND LOOKING AT EACH OTHER FOR A SECOND OR TWO.

ROSE:

So can we then?

GEOFF:

What’s the weather like?

HE TURNS TO LOOK OUT OF THE WINDOW.

GEOFF’S POV. A MUDDYFOOTBALL SMASHES INTO THE CAR.

GEOFF:

What the…….! (HE PUSHES HIS NOSE UP TO THE WINDOW, THE BETTER TO SEE OUT) Bloody kids!

HE MAKES FOR THE DOOR, ROLLING UP HIS SLEEVES.

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6.   EXT.   OUTSIDE THE HORSEFIELD’S HOUSE.   DAY.


FOUR BOYS, AGED ABOUT TEN, HAVE BEEN PLAYING FOOTBALL IN THE STREET. THERE IS A MUDDY MARK LEFT BY THE FOOTBALL ON THE BONNET OF THE CAR. AS GEOFF COMES CHARGING OUT OF THE HOUSE ONE OF THE BOYS, GARY, PICKS UP THE FOOTBALL FROM WHERE IT HAS COME TO REST AFTER HITTING THE CAR, AND BOOTS IT BACK TO HIS MATES. HE MAKES TO FOLLOW IT BUT IS STOPPED BY GEOFF’S SHOUT.

GEOFF:

Hey, you! What do you think you’re playing at?

GARY:

What?

GEOFF GRABS HIM BY THE ARM.

GEOFF:

Don’t ‘what’ me. I said what do you think you’re playing at hitting my car with that football? This is a Zephyr Zodiac this. Well?

GARY IS DUMBSTRUCK. GEOFF TAKES HIM BY THE SHOULDERS AND SHAKES HIM.

GEOFF:
Well?

GARY:

We never hit it.

GEOFF:

Never hit it? (DRAGS GARY OVER TO THE MARK ON THE BONNET) What do you think that is, a Scotch Mist?

GARY:

We didn’t mean it Mister, honest.

GEOFF:

Didn’t mean it? You’re bound to hit it playing football in the street aren’t you. Who do you think you are, Bobby Charlton?

GARY:

(POINTS TO ANOTHER OF THE BOYS) No, he’s Bobby Charlton. I’m Denis Law.

GEOFF:

(SEETHES FOR A MOMENT THEN LETS GO OF GARY) Go and play in front of your own bloody house!

GARY:

I am doing, I only live there. (POINTS DOWN THE ROAD A LITTLE)

GEOFF:

Yes but you’re(I> kicking the ball in front ofmy house aren’t you. Where my Zephyr bloody Zodiac is. So clear off!

STEVE: (OOV)

You can’t stop us playing here.

ANOTHER ANGLE. ANOTHER OF THE BOYS, STEVE, KICKS THE BALL TO OF THE OTHER  BOYS.

STEVE:

So there!

GEOFF:

You cheeky…….I’ll show you whether I can stop you or not!

GEOFF ADVANCES ON THE BOYS. GARY JOINS THE OTHER BOYS AND THEY KICK IT TO EACH OTHER TO KEEP IT FRFOM GEOFF. GEOFF HAS SEVERAL TRIES AT GRABBING HOLD OF THE BALL BUT IS UNSUCCESSFUL, MUCH TO THE AMUSEMENT OF THE BOYS. EVENTUALLY HE GRABS IT AND KICKS IT WAY DOWN THE ROAD AS FAR AS HE CAN.

GEOFF:

There! Sod off down there and play with it!

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7.   INT.   THE HORSEFIELD’S LIVING ROOM.   DAY.


ROSE IS AT THE WINDOW HAVING FOLLOWED THE CONTRETEMPT. GEOFF OPENS THE DOOR.

GEOFF:

They only hit the Zephyr Zodiac with their football!

ROSE:

So I gathered. Janet was saying that Knowsley Safari Park is….

BUT GEOFF HAS GONE.

ROSE:

Geoff?

SHE STANDS FOR A MOMENT THEN MAKES FOR THE DOOR.

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8.   INT.   THE HORSEFIELD’S HALL.   DAY.


ROSE COMES OUT OF THE LIVING ROOM. AS SHE DOES GEOFF COMES OUT OF THE KITCHEN CARRYING THE TIN OF WAX POLISH AND A DUSTER. HE GOES OUT THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR. ROSE WATCHES HIM GO OUT THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR

.

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9.   EXT.  OUTSIDE THE HORSEFIELD’S HOUSE.   DAY. v

GEOFF IS POLISHING OUT THE MUDDY MARK LEFT BY THE FOOTBALL.

WIDEN THE SHOT TO SEE ROSE LOOKING OUT OF THE WINDOW AT HIM. SHE SHAKES HER HEAD THEN TURNS AWAY.

FADE

HJA 437 Scenes 2-4

2.   INT.   THE HORSEFIELD’S LIVING ROOM.   DAY

ROSE IS LOOKING OUT THROUGH THE WINDOW. FROM HER POV WE SEE GEOFF AT THE ROADSIDE ENTHUSIASTICALLY POLISHING THE ZEPHYR ZODIAC WITH THE HELP OF YELLOW DUSTERS AND A LARGE TIN OF WAX. HE STOPS FOR A MOMENT TO WIPE HIS BROW AND TO ADMIRE HIS HANDIWORK. ROSE CATCHES HIS EYE. HE SMILES AND WAVES HIS YELLOW DUSTER AT HER. SHE WAVES BACK, WITH A FAUX SMILE WHICH SHE WIPES OFF IMMEDIATELY THE MOMENT GEOFF TURNS HIS ATTENTION BACK TO THE CAR, THEN TURNS AWAY.

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3.   EXT.   OUTSIDE THE HORSEFIELD’S HOUSE.   DAY.

THE HOUSE IS A MODEST BRICK-BUILT SEMI-DETACHED IN THE SUBURBS OF MANCHESTER. A SMALL GARDEN AT THE FRONT AND A GARAGE AT THE SIDE. THE FRONT DOOR IS IMMEDIATELY NEXT TO THE FRONT DOOR OF THE ADJOINING SEMI.

GEOFF SETS TO POLISHING THE CAR AGAIN.JANET, THE HORSEFIELD’S NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOUR, COMES OUT OF HER FRONT DOOR. SHE IS AGED ABOUT THIRTY AND IS HEAVILY PREGNANT. SHE SEES GEOFF AND CALLS OUT.

JANET:

Morning Geoff.

GEOFF:

(LOOKS UP AND ACKNOWLEDGES HER) Janet.

JANET:

Lovely car.

GEOFF:

It’s a Zephyr Zodiac.

JANET

Well it’s very nice. Is Rose in?

GEOFF:

She was. The door’s open.

JANET:

See you then.

JANET PUSHES THE HORSEFIELD’S FRONT DOOR OPEN.

JANET:

(STEPPING IN) It’s only me, Rose.

GEOFF DISCOVERS A MINUTE PAINT CHIPPING ON THE BONNET OF THE CAR AND FURIOUSLY TRIES TO POLISHES IT OUT.

PETER, A NEAR NEIGHBOUR, SAUNTERS UP. HE LOOKS ADMIRINGLY AT THE CAR.

PETER:

So this is it.

GEOFF:

Oh, hiya Pete. Yes, this is the Zephyr Zodiac. (HE STOPS POLISHING AND STEPS BACK TO ADMIRE THE CAR ALONG WITH PETER)

PETER:
Very nice. Very nice.

GEOFF:

Like new isn’t it.

PETER LOOKS IN THROUGH THE WINDOWS.

PETER:

Oh I like the upholstery.

GEOFF:

It took the skins of three leopards to make that.

PETER:

Go on.

GEOFF:

Three leopards.

PETER EXAMINES THE UPHOLSTERY MORE CLOSELY.

PETER:

You can’t see where they’ve sewn the holes up can you.

GEOFF:

What?

PETER:

Their arseholes, the leopards’ arseholes. You can’t see where they’ve sewn them up.

FOR A MOMENT GEOFF THINKS PETER IS BEING SERIOUS UNTIL PETER’S GRIN TELLS GEOFF THAT HE IS WINDING HIM UP.

 GEOFF:

(SMILES) Bloody idiot.

EVEN SO GEOFF LOOKS IN THROUGH THE WINDOWS, CHECKING THE UPHOLSTERY FOR HOLES.

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4.   INT.   THE HORSEFIELD’S KITCHEN.   DAY.

ROSE LEADS JANET INTO THE KITCHEN.

 JANET:

I thought I saw Geoff polishing your new car yesterday?

ROSE:

You did. He polished it the day before too, the day we got it.

JANET SITS DOWN AT THE KITCHEN TABLE WHILE ROSE PREPARES COFFEE.

ROSE:

(CONTINUING) So how long have you got now, Janet? About four weeks isn’t it?

JANET:

(TOUCHES HER LUMP) Yes. The twenty first of next month. Unless I go over, then it will be a Gemini. I hope not because our Beryl’s Colin is a Gemini and he’s a little sod.

ROSE:
Oh I don’t think you’ll go over Janet, you look big enough now.

JANET:

Just think Rose, you’ll be able to go all over the place now.

ROSE:

What?

JANET:

In your new car.

ROSE:

Oh. Yes.

JANET:

It’s ever so posh. Have you had a ride in it yet?

ROSE:

No, not yet.

JANET:

You have that to look forward too then. Geoff will have been out in it?

ROSE:

Only has far as Halfords for another tin of polish.

JANET:

Perhaps he’ll take you somewhere in it this weekend. Where do you fancy going?

ROSE:

I don’t know. I shall have to think.

JANET:

You don’t seem to go out a lot together? You and Geoff.

ROSE:

We never go out together, Janet. It must be five years. And we used to. A lot. The pictures, museums, stately homes, walks in the country. Especially walks in the country. Get the bus to somewhere. No, we seem to have got out of the habit of going out, somewhere along the line. (IT OCCURS TO HER) We seem to have got out of the habit of doing a lot of things.

JANET:

Well he hasn’t bought the car for nothing, has he. He’s probably planning to take you somewhere this weekend.

ROSE:

Well he could be I suppose.

JANET:

If it was me I’d ask him to take me that safari park thing that opened not long back. Knowsley Safari Park. Kath went the other week, Kath Hibbert. She was saying how good it was. Apparently while you’re driving through monkeys jump up onto the bonnet of your car and tap on the window and get up to all sorts.

ROSE:

They wouldn’t stay long on the bonnet of our car once they saw the upholstery, they’d be back up the trees before you could say Jack Robinson.

JANET:

Or anywhere else you fancy. I mean now you’ve got a car the world is your oyster.

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HJA 437 Scene 1

Refer to the Feb 5 post before reading this. 

1.   EXT.   SECOND HAND CAR SALES OUTLET.   DAY  

IT IS 1972. WE ARE LOOKING AT THE FORECOURT OF A SECOND HAND CAR SALES SHOWROOMS IN MANCHESTER. GEOFF HORSFIELD, AGED ABOUT FIFTY, IS GIVING ONE OF THE CARS FOR SALE THE ONCE OVER. HE IS OBVIOUSLY IN LOVE WITH THE CAR, WHICH IS A BLACK 1966 FORD ZEPHYR ZODIAC IN MINT CONDITION, REGISTRATION NUMBER HJA 437. WRITTEN ON THE CAR’S WINDSCREEN IN WHITE IS ‘1966 LOW MILEAGE. ONE OWNER. £899 ONLY. HP ARRANGED’. GEOFF’S WIFE ROSE, THE SAME AGE AS HER HUSBAND, TRAIPSES BEHIND HIM, NOT ENTIRELY UNINTERESTED, AS HE CIRCLES THE CAR, LOOKING AT IT FROM ALL ANGLES, BENDING TO LOOK UNDERNEATH IT AS BEST HE CAN A COUPLE OF TIMES. WHEN THEY HAVE CIRCUMNAVIGATED IT ROSE STOPS WHILE GEOFF CARRIES ON.

GEOFF:

(TURNING TO HER) It’s very……. (HE SEES THAT SHE IS NO LONGER FOLLOWING HIM. THIS ANNOYS HIM) Try to show an interest Rose.

ROSE:   

I’ve been round twice, Geoff.

GEOFF:

Well I don’t want to miss anything, do I. You can’t be too careful when you’re buying a second hand car. I think we’ll be all right with this though. (HE GIVES THE CAR ANOTHER ADMIRING LOOK) Very clean isn’t it.

ROSE:

I should hope it is for that price.

GEOFF SHIELDS HIS EYES TO PEER IN THROUGH ONE OF THE WINDOWS. WE LOOK IN WITH HIM. THE UPHOLSTERY IS LEOPARD SKIN.

GEOFF:

It’s absolutely spotless inside.

ROSE:

(INCREDULOUS) Spotless? It’s nothing but spots.

 

GEOFF:

What? (REALISES) Oh, you mean the leopard skin upholstery. Classy that.

ROSE:

Well that’s one word for it I suppose. Not the one I’d have chosen.

GEOFF CONTINUES WITH HIS INSPECTION. A SALESMAN HOVES INTO VIEW GIVING A FAIR IMITATION OF A VULTURE DESCENDING ON ITS PREY. AS PART OF HIS INSPECTION GEOFF GIVES ONE OF THE TYRES A GOOD KICK. THE SALESMAN WINCES.

SALESMAN:

Nice motor isn’t she.

GEOFF:

(TURNS TO HIM) Ah. Yes, very nice.

THE SALESMAN UNLOCKS THE DRIVER’S DOOR AND OPENS IT WIDE.

SALESMAN:

Take a look inside if you like. Only one owner as you can see.

ROSE:
Who was it, Jungle Jim?

SALESMAN:

What?

ROSE INDICATES THE SEATS.

SALESMAN:

Oh, the upholstery you mean. Class that. It takes the skins of three leopards for every car.

GEOFF:
(IMPRESSED) Go on.

SALESMAN:
Or so I am reliably informed by the Ford Motor Company.

GEOFF:

Hear that Rose? It takes the skin of three leopards to make the seats.

ROSE:
Am I supposed to be impressed?


GEOFF:

I thought you liked animals?

ROSE:

I do when they’re walking about. Not when they’re chair covers. It’ll be like living in a zoo

SALESMAN:
(TO GEOFF, WHO HAS IS HEAD IN THE CAR LOOKING AT THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER ) So what do you think then?

GEOFF:

(TURNS TO THE SALESMAN) Is this mileage ……?

ROSE:

It’ll be like living in a zoo.

GEOFF GIVES ROSE A DIRTY LOOK THEN TURNS HIS ATTENTION BACK TO THE SALESMAN.

GEOFF:
Is this mileage genuine? 22,000?


SALESMAN:

Can’t be anything Squire, you can’t turn the clock back on a Zodiac, it’s part of the in-car security arrangements.

GEOFF:
(CLEARLY IMPRESSED BY THIS BLATANT LIE) Well that just about settles it then.

SALESMAN:

(STETCHES OUT AN ARM IN THE DIRECTION OF THE OFFICE) Shall we get the paperwork over and done with then?

THE SALESMAN TURNS TO GO, GEOFF MAKES TO FOLLOW HIM.

ROSE:

Geoff? (GEOFF TURNS TO HER) You are sure about this are you?

GEOFF:

You’re not going to be awkward about this are you? What have we been saving up for for the last three years for?

ROSE:

I know all about that, but……

GEOFF:

(CUTTING IN) Well then. You know I’ve always wanted a car.

ROSE:
It’s such a lot of money, all at one go. Couldn’t we buy something a bit cheaper?

GEOFF:
No. It has to be this one. I’ve always wanted a Zephyr Zodiac ever since I first set eyes on one when they first came out in 1962. And you don’t see too many of them for sale, they don’t make them anymore, they only made them for four years.

ROSE:

Well they probably ran out of leopards.

GEOFF:

And stop going on about leopards will you, you’re liked a bloody gramophone record. (TO THE SALESMAN) Lead on, Macduff.

THEY HEAD FOR THE OFFICE. ROSE SHRUGS HER SHOULDERS AND STARTS TO FOLLOW THEM, BUT WITHOUT MUCH ENTHUSIASM.

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2.   INT.   THE HORSEFIELD’S LIVING ROOM.   DAY


 

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