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OLIVER
MARTIN FREEMAN
PETER
EDDIE MARSAN

GARY
SIMON PEGG
ANDY
NICK FROST

STEVEN
PADDY CONSIDINE
SAM
ROSAMUND PIKE

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TWELVE PUBS

TWELVE PINTS
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We see a teenage OLIVER, a yuppie in training, with city
boy accessories and a brick of a mobile phone. The boys
try to distract him. He gives them the finger, mouths
Fuck off.

GARY (V.O.)(CONTD)
Pete was the baby of the group. We sort of took him
under our wing. Pete wasnt the kind of kid wed
usually hang out with but he was good for a laugh
and his dad was minted.

Diminutive PETER gets nudged in the corridor by a BURLY


KID. In Peters garden, Gary cannonballs into a swimming
pool, soaking an older man who is apparently Peters dad.

GARY (V.O.)(CONTD)
Steve was a cool guy, almost as cool as me. We
GARY (V.O) jammed together, formed a band, we chased the
Ever had one of those nights that starts like any girls. I think he kinda saw us as rivals. Sweet
other night but ends up being the best night of really.
your life? I did.
Young STEVEN is handsome. We see him smoking with Gary
INT./EXT. 1990 - DAY/NIGHT and jamming on guitars in the music room. Gary and Steven
watch the same PRETTY GIRL walk past them.
Over corridors, school children and falling A4 paper. The
images match the narration, warm with nostalgia. GARY (V.O.)(CONTD)
And Andy? Well what can I say? Andy was my wing
GARY (V.O.)(CONTD) man. The one guy I could rely on to back me up. I
It was June 22nd 1990, our final day of school. loved him and Im not being funny, he loved me too.
There were five of us. Oliver Chamberlain, Peter
Page, Steven Prince, Andy Knightley and me. They A young ANDY plays rugby, erupting from a scrum, cheered
called me The King. Because my names Gary King. on by Gary, who drinks beer on the sidelines. We see them
walk home from school, Andy gives Gary a piggyback.
We see a teenage GARY, the school cool cat with trendy
hair, black trench coat and irrepressible grin. GARY (V.O.)(CONTD)
Together we had seen school through from beginning
GARY (V.O.)(CONTD) to end but now it was time to leave the past
Me and the boys, we were inseparable: Ollie was behind.
funny, he fancied himself as a bit of a player
but really, he was all mouth. We called him O-Man Gary lets off a fire alarm and is caught by a COOL LOOKING
because he had a birthmark that looked like a six. TEACHER who shakes his head.
He loved it.

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GARY (V.O.)(CONTD)
There were a few people wed miss. Mr. Shepherd was
cool. I remember one time, he asked what I wanted
to do with my life.

MR. SHEPHERD sits across from Gary in a careers office.

GARY (V.O.)(CONTD)
I told him I just want to have a good time. He
thought that was funny. It wasnt meant to be.

We see their home town from above: A nondescript garden


city set out in symmetrical circles of grey and green.

GARY (V.O)(CONTD)
Newton Haven was our hometown. Our cradle, our
playground, our universe and that night it was the
site of an heroic quest. The aim? To conquer The
Golden Mile. Twelve pubs along a legendary path of
alcoholic indulgence, terminating at the alehouse Gary drives a MATT BLACK GRANADA MK2 dangerously fast.
that would herald our success: The Worlds End.
GARY (V.O.) (CONTD)
The aerial view merges into a TOURIST MAP of Newton And so, our attempt at The Golden Mile began. We
Haven. The boys crowd around it, charting the route with were off. We didnt waste any time. We hit pub one
blue markers. and we hit it hard.

GARY (V.O.) (CONTD) They enter The First Post. The boys sit at a table and
There was The First Post, The Old Familiar, The all down their pints together.
Famous Cock, The Cross Hands, The Good Companions,
The Trusty Servant, The Two Headed Dog, The GARY (V.O.) (CONTD)
Mermaid, The Beehive, The Kings Head, The Hole in Things got crazy fast. There was drinking, there
the Wall... was fun...

The old-fashioned pub signs flash past like tarot cards. The boys down pint after pint in successive pubs. Steven
chats with a GRIZZLED OLD DRINKER. The others laugh.
GARY (V.O.) (CONTD)
...all before reaching our destiny. GARY (V.O.) (CONTD)
...there was controversy...
The Worlds End appears, the most important pub of all.
A publican holds a red card up to Gary, who protests.
GARY (V.O.) (CONTD)
We took my car into town, I called it The Beast GARY (V.O.) (CONTD)
because she was pretty hairy. ...there were ladies...

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The boys down pint after pint
in successive pubs.

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sister in the next pub, we went into the disabled
toilets and I bumped into her again.

We see Gary with the same pretty girl he and Steven


checked out earlier. Gary winks at a jealous Steven.

GARY (V.O.) (CONTD)


Sam tagged along for a while but in the end I had
to let her go. I told her I had another date that
night and her name was Amber.

The boys clash pints. The boys have reached The Beehive.

GARY (V.O.) (CONTD)


Nine pints in and it was us against the world;
least it felt like it. Drinks are spilt, a brawl
starts. Andy is in the center.

GARY (V.O.) (CONTD)


They flirt with THREE ALLURING SCHOOLGIRLS, two with After the Beehive, we had to lay low and so we
blonde hair, one with red. repaired to the bowls club or as we liked to call
it: The Smokehouse. And thats when it all went
GARY (V.O.) (CONTD) fuck up.
...there was drama, and of course...
The boys approach a BOWLING GREEN CLUBHOUSE to smoke pot.
Gary in a pub toilet punching the wall in frustration.
GARY (V.O.) (CONTD)
GARY (V.O.) (CONTD) Everyone got para and Pete chucked a whitey so we
...there was drinking. had to bench him.

The boys raise a toast together in The Good Companions. We see them leave a comatose Peter on a park bench.

GARY (V.O.) (CONTD) GARY (V.O.) (CONTD)


After pub five we were feeling invincible and In the end, we blew off the last three pubs and
decided to procure some herbal refreshment from a headed for the hills.
man we knew as The Reverend Green.
Gary, Andy and Steven stagger along a dark street.
The boys buy hash from a SHIFTY LOOKING DEALER. Oliver,
too drunk to carry on, throws up and waves them away. GARY (V.O.) (CONTD)
We thought about taking The Beast but eventually
GARY (V.O.) (CONTD) decided against it.
Pint six put O-Man out of action, so we carried on
without him. Good thing, I bumped into his little The Beast crashes into a low wall, steam rising.

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GARY (V.O.) (CONTD)
Dont know how we got up there in the end. Maybe
Lady Luck was with us after all.

Gary, Andy and Steven sit on a hilltop and look out


across Newton Haven. A SHOOTING STAR streaks across the
sky. Andy puts an arm round Gary. It is the beautiful
idyll of youth.

GARY (V.O.) (CONTD)


I remember sitting up on top of that hill, blood
on my knuckles, beer down my shirt, sick on my
shoes, seeing the orange glow of a new dawn break
and knowing in my heart, life would never feel this
good again. And you know what?

INT. MEETING ROOM - NIGHT/DAY


PALE YOUNG MAN
We see Gary King, age 40. Lines of experience etched
That you didnt make it to The Worlds End?
across his face, but with the same broad smile.
Close on Gary. Yes. Yes. Yes.
GARY
It never did.
GARY
No.
A strangely self-satisfied Gary leans back in his chair.
Hes still thin, drawn even, with dyed black hair.
Gary zones out. We hear the following movie dialogue.
Gary is among a group of people, sitting in a circle. A
PASTOR (V.O.)
bemused silence settles as the people regard Gary and
Just what is it that you want to do?
each other. We hear the WELL SPOKEN VOICE of a male GROUP
LEADER.
PETER FONDA (V.O.)
We want to be free! We want to be free to do what
GROUP LEADER
we want to do! And we want to get loaded. And we
Thank you Gary. That was very enlightening. Would
want to have a good time. And thats what were
anyone like to add anything or maybe challenge
going to do. Were going to have a good time. Were
Gary?
going to have a party.
PALE YOUNG MAN
TITLE CARD - THE WORLDS END
Are you disappointed?
MONTAGE. VARIOUS SUBURBAN DOMESTIC & WORKPLACE LOCATIONS.
GARY
About what?
Primal Screams Loaded plays over a montage of

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Before Peter can take this in, Gary drops down behind a
hedge. Peter pulls out from his drive and finds no one.

INT. CAR SHOWROOM - MORNING

Peter sits behind his desk. On the shopfloor he sees a man


perusing a shiny new model. He puts on his sales face.

PETER
Shes a beauty.

GARY
Oh yes but shes no Beast. Hello Peter.

Peter jumps like hes seen a ghost.

PETER
Jesus! Gary?
domesticity. We see present day versions of the adult
PETER, OLIVER, STEVEN and ANDY getting ready for work. GARY
The once and future King.
PETER, older, still slight, sitting at the breakfast
table. He checks his watch, drinks his coffee and reads PETER
the paper amid the pandemonium of a family breakfast. Were you outside my house this morning?

STEVEN, older, well preserved. He is in sweats, working GARY


out with an attractive young female fitness instructor. No.

OLIVER, in a slick business suit, in line at a coffee PETER


shop, talks loudly on his bluetooth headset and annoys I could have sworn I saw you on my street earlier.
others.
GARY
ANDY, still robust, but with an air of executive power, Ive never been to Bishops Gardens.
steps into a fancy elevator, briefcase in hand.
Gary changes the subject with a friendly punch in the
EXT. PETERS HOUSE - MORNING arm.

A garage door opens. We see Peter at the wheel of a GARY (CONTD)


midpriced family car. As he pulls out of the garage he How you doing man?
sees-
PETER
Gary, back in his 1990 trench coat. Standing in the Im good. You?
street.

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GARY
Never better. How is-
PETER
PETER So what can I do for you Gary? Are you looking to
Vanessa? buy a car?

GARY GARY
No, no, no. Your wife? No Peter. The End Is Nigh.

PETER PETER
Vanessa. What?

GARY GARY
Yeah. Hows she? The Worlds End.

PETER PETER
Shes good. What do you mean?

GARY GARY
Have you had sex yet? You know what I mean. One night. Five guys. Twelve
pubs. Let battle commence.
PETER
We have two children. PETER
You want to try that again?
GARY
Ooh twice. Get you, fuck machine. GARY
(laughs at own joke) Isnt that something youve always wanted?
We havent changed have we?
PETER
An older, very concerned salesman approaches. Not really, no.

OLDER MAN GARY


What is he doing here? Pete, we didnt make it before but this time, well
see it through to the bitter end. Or lager end.
PETER
Its alright, Dad. Were fine. PETER
We?
GARY
Hello Mr. P. GARY
Yeah, the whole gang.
Peters dad glares at Gary and stalks off.
PETER
GARY (CONTD) Even Andy?
He looks well.

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PETER
So you and Andy are all straight?
GARY
Why wouldnt Andy be coming? GARY
Yeah. Can I ask you a favour?
PETER
I thought that after the accident- EXT. CITY BUILDING SITE - MORNING

GARY A modern building is under construction. Inside is


Not an issue. Hes in. Are you? Steven, now an architect, looking at plans with his head
builder. Hes smart casual, with hard hat and hi-vis
PETER vest.
Id have to check with Vanessa.
HEAD BUILDER
GARY Whos the helmet without the helmet?
Whos Vanessa?
STEVEN
PETER Thats Gary King.
My wife.
A hard-hatless Gary strolls blithely into the path of
GARY a large digger which comes to a sudden stop, showering
Since when do you have to check with your wife? the ground with rubble. Gary saunters on, oblivious. In
answer, Steven shakes his head forlornly. Gary taps on
PETER the door frame.
Since we got married?

GARY
Come on, dont you miss it? The laughter, the
camaraderie, the fights, the hangovers so fierce it
feels like your head is full of ants.

PETER
Maybe the first two.

GARY
It begins. Whats your new number?

PETER
Same one Ive had for ten years.

GARY
Yeah. Whats that one?

Peter reluctantly gives Gary his card.

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GARY STEVEN
Knock knock. Im not your bass player anymore.

STEVEN GARY
What are you doing here, Gary? No I meant Im getting the boys back together. We
can get the band back together as well if you like.
GARY
Youre supposed to say whos there. STEVEN
No we cant Gary. You sold my guitar to buy drugs.
STEVEN
I can see whos there. Gary changes the subject at lightning speed.

GARY GARY
I like what youve done with the place. Bit Ive always wondered, whats that thing above the
draughty. Hows Selina? door called?

STEVEN STEVEN
We divorced ten years ago. A lintel.

GARY GARY
Yeah, I wondered how she was. So, plan is, were going back to Newton Haven, to
do The Golden Mile and this time, were going to
STEVEN get to The Worlds End. Everyones in.
Shes very well... apparently.
STEVEN
GARY What, even Andy?
You got anyone on the go?
GARY
STEVEN You better believe it big balls.
I have as it happens. Shes a fitness instructor.
Twenty-six. STEVEN
Andy is going drinking? With you?
GARY
Paedo. Im kidding. Id love to meet her sometime. GARY
With us. Think about it, go back to the old town,
STEVEN sink a few pints-
No. Why are you here?
STEVEN
GARY Twelve pints.
Havent you heard? Were getting the band back
together. GARY
Yeah.

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STEVEN
Twelve pints is insane.

GARY
I know!

STEVEN
What is this all about, Gary?

INT. VERY NICE HOUSE - DAY

Gary is lying on a sofa with his feet up.

GARY
Its about closure. Why should getting older affect
something as important as friendship? A lots
changed since then Oliver. GARY
I mean Im back on the bike.
Gary talks to the older Oliver, dressed in a business
suit, holds a clipboard. He stares back at Gary. OLIVER
What is bike?
OLIVER
For some of us, yes. GARY
What do you mean?
GARY
This is a chance to take stock. OLIVER
What is bike slang for?
OLIVER
A stock take? You make it sound so much fun. GARY
Bicycle?
GARY
Come on O-Man. Isnt that something youd like? OLIVER
Im lost.
OLIVER
What Id really like is for you to take your DMs GARY
off that sofa. Dont be.

GARY OLIVER
Listen, if youre worried about me, dont be. Im Oh, alright then.
here to tell you, Gary King is back on the horse.
GARY
OLIVER Look, this is our chance to finally finish what we
Youre back on the horse? started. Cmon man, itll be fucking mental!

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YOUNG LADY (O.S.) OLIVER
Um... I think were all done. No.

We see a YOUNG COUPLE. They may have been here for a GARY
while. Oliver suddenly switches into estate agent mode. So, Friday, well go down together. Make a road
trip of it, Ill drive.
OLIVER
How do you like the property? OLIVER
Dont think I can. Im pretty sure I have a
YOUNG LADY doctors appointment.
Its really lovely. Its just-
GARY
YOUNG MAN Yeah you do. With Dr. Ink! Yknow, Dr. Ink? D-R-I
Its a little bit out of our price range.
OLIVER
GARY Yes Drink I get it.
Hell knock some off. How much is it?
GARY
YOUNG MAN You gotta come. It wouldnt be the same without the
One point two million. O-Man.

GARY OLIVER
Fuck me. Run! Jesus.

The young couple leave. Oliver turns to Gary. Not happy. GARY
Look, you can see the guys, see how theyre doing.
OLIVER Tell them how youre doing. Hey, you never know,
Gary, W.T.F.? you might make it to the end this time.

GARY OLIVER
Its good to see you too O-Man. And Andys definitely going?

OLIVER GARY
Gary, please dont call me O-Man. Yep.

GARY OLIVER
Sure. Hey, hows your sister? Andy Knightley?

OLIVER GARY
Shes fine. Totes.

GARY OLIVER
Does she ever talk about me? And you convinced him, how?

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INT. LAW OFFICES - MORNING

A brushed steel nameplate reads Beckingham, Davies &


Knightley LLB. A secretary pushes through a glass door
where we find Andy behind a desk in an impressive office
space.

SECRETARY
Mr. Knightley. You have a friend to see you.

Gary can be seen in the lobby, popping the top off an


aspirin bottle and necking a mouthful of pills. Andys
face falls.

ANDY
No, I dont.
ANDY
INT. ANDYS OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER Thats a joke, right?

A stern Andy observes Gary swiveling in a chair. GARY


Five guys. Twelve pubs. Fifty pints.
GARY
This is a bit grown up isnt it? ANDY
Sixty.
ANDY
Yup. GARY
Steady on, you fucking alky.
GARY
Saw the guys the other day. ANDY
I havent had a drink for sixteen years.
ANDY
Did you? GARY
You must be thirsty then.
GARY (off Andys glare)
O-Man, Stevie-Baby, the Petertron. Come on, we can catch up, chew the fat, itll be
just like it always was, except this time were
ANDY going to finish it once and for all.
Yes, I remember the names of our childhood friends.
ANDY
GARY You have a very selective memory, Gary.
We had ourselves a little idea. Were going back.
To Newton Haven- GARY
Thanks.

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glass. So is it a window or is it a door? I guess
ANDY its a windoor. You can have that.
You remember the Friday nights. I remember the
Monday mornings. ANDY
Please leave Gary.
GARY
Thats why were going back on a Friday. Gary nods, stands and puts an envelope on the desk.

ANDY GARY
Gary, why do you think none of us live in Newton Six hundred wasnt it? Oh, by the way...
Haven anymore? Because its a black hole. Its
boring and it always was and it always will be. ANDY
What?
GARY
Its only boring because were not there. GARY
Thought you should know. Mum died.
ANDY
Its pointless arguing with you. ANDY
When?
GARY
Exactly. So come. Im picking everyone up from High GARY
Wycombe station, Friday, 3 oclock sharp. Few weeks ago. The Big... Cancer.

ANDY ANDY
No, Gary. Im sorry.

GARY GARY
Dont tell me, you have to check with the missus? With Mum dying, Ive been thinking about the old
days. About that night. I love the boys like
ANDY brothers, Andy, but when alls said and done,
No, actually, I dont have to check with the youre the best friend I ever had. It was good to
missus. see you, mate.

Andy stands up. Points to the door. Gary extends a hand to say goodbye. Andy looks at it.

GARY INT. OVERLAND TRAIN STATION - DAY


What are you doing?
A train pulls up. Peter cautiously steps onto the
ANDY platform. Steven appears from the next carriage and walks
Showing you the door. over.

GARY STEVEN
Is that a door? It doesnt have a lintel. And its Peter?

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Peter and Steven greet Oliver.

OLIVER (CONTD)
Didnt we decide to stop calling him fearless
leader somewhere around 1992?

PETER
Old habits die hard.

STEVEN
Well be putting that on Garys tombstone.

OLIVER
No we wont. Garys going to outlive us all.

STEVEN
PETER Thatd be funny if it wasnt true.
Thank god. I had a horrible feeling I was going to
be the only one here. Peter notices Oliver looking quizzically at him and
Steven.
STEVEN
I reckon thats not the last horrible feeling PETER
youll have today. What?

PETER OLIVER
This cant be happening. Can it? Im just trying to figure out which of us is the
biggest idiot for coming.
STEVEN
You said it, mate. A whistle. They turn to see Andy standing on the next
platform. He wears the resigned look of a condemned man.
They share warm if awkward hugs and pleasantries.
EXT. OVERLAND TRAIN STATION - LATER
STEVEN (CONTD)
What the hell are we doing? The station clock reads 3.57. Andy, Oliver, Steven and
Peter sit on their bags. They check their watches.
OLIVER (O.S.)
What we always did. PETER
Maybe hes had an accident. Sorry Andy.
Oliver approaches, a mini-suitcase trailing behind him.
ANDY
OLIVER (CONTD) Its fine. Gary having an accident would actually be
Follow Gary King into almost certain oblivion. the best outcome for us all. Including Gary.

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EXT. OVERLAND TRAIN STATION - LATER

The station clock reads 3.57. Andy, Oliver, Steven and


Peter sit on their bags. They check their watches.
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Gary throws the bags into the boot of The Beast.

PETER
I cant believe you bought another Granada MK2.

GARY
What do you mean?

PETER
This looks exactly like the car I sold you in 1989.

WHAT SAY WE GET THIS GARY

?
ANTIQUE ON THE ROADSHOW
This is the car you sold me in 1989. Best 300 quid
I ever spent.

PETER
This is The Beast?

THE BEAST comes tearing in. Matt black. Belching fumes. GARY
Theres No Other Way by Blur blaring from the stereo. Pretty much. Shes had a bit of work done. New
Gary parks and bounds over to the others, excitedly. suspension, brakes, exhaust, seats, wheels,
panelling, carburettor, manifold - well, the whole
GARY engine really - other than that, its the same old
Oh yes! Look at these cunts. motor.

ANDY OLIVER
Youre late. One might say an antique.

GARY GARY
No Im not. Then what say we get this antique on the roadshow?

ANDY The clock chimes four times. Gary beams, oblivious.


Its almost 4, you said 3.
GARY (CONTD)
GARY Cmon you bellends. Were going to be late.
Yeah, 3 for 4.
INT. THE BEAST - MOMENTS LATER
ANDY
You know your problem Gary? Youre never wrong. The gang sit cramped in the car. Gary tries to start it.

GARY GARY
How is that a problem? And were back. The Five Musketeers.

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INT. THE BEAST

GARY
And were back. The Five Musketeers.

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STEVEN
Three Musketeers isnt it? STEVEN
This is the tape?
PETER
Four if you count DArtagnan. GARY
Yeah!
GARY
Well nobody really knows how many there were do STEVEN
they? Historys a sketchbook. Where did you find it?

OLIVER GARY
You know Three Musketeers is a fiction? Written by In the tape player.
Alexandre Dumas?
We see a sign saying SERVICES.
GARY
Well, a lot of people are saying that about the GARY (CONTD)
Bible now. Anyone hungry?

STEVEN They pass the safest point to exit for SERVICES, but
That it was written by Alexandre Dumas? then-

GARY GARY (CONTD)


Dont be daft, it was written by Jesus. Anyway, I need a piss actually.
five sounds better. They missed a trick only having
three. Two of them couldve died and youd still SCREECH. Gary swerves off the motorway at a hairy speed.
have three left.
EXT. MOTORWAY SERVICES - LATER
ANDY
Are we there yet? The others wait around. The atmosphere is stilted.

The engine finally roars to life. Gary hits the gas. STEVEN
This is a long piss.
EXT./INT. THE MOTORWAY/THE BEAST - AFTERNOON
OLIVER
The Beast roars along the M-Whatever. Im Free by The If it is a piss. Might be a little-
Soup Dragons blasts from the stereo. Gary sings along. (Mimes snorting line)

STEVEN PETER
Soup Dragons! Havent heard this in years. I put Poo?
this on a tape for you didnt I?
OLIVER
GARY How is that a poo?
Yeah. This is it.

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EXT. MOTORWAY SERVICES - LATER

STEVEN
This is a long piss.


OLIVER
If it is a piss. Might be a little-

(Mimes snorting line)

PETER
Poo?

OLIVER
How is that a poo?

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STEVEN
Still work for your old man, Pete?

PETER
Im a partner now. How about you?

STEVEN
Yeah, started my own firm in 98. Got bought out in
05. Im happier though. Its less stress. Olly?

OLIVER
Property. I co-manage a little boutique estate
agency in North London.

Oliver produces a number of business cards and hands


them to Andy, Peter and Steven who pocket them out of OLIVER
politeness. Oh really? He borrowed 200 from me.

OLIVER (CONTD) STEVE


Very competitive. And me.

PETER They all look at Peter. He sighs.


Is it family law youre in, Andy?
EXT./INT. THE MOTORWAY/THE BEAST - AFTERNOON
ANDY
Corporate. The gang are back on the road. Andy is furious.

PETER ANDY
Does anyone know what Garys doing? I cant believe youd do that! What am I saying? Of
course I can. Its just robbing Peter to pay Paul.
ANDY
Hes playing Need For Speed. Over there. GARY
I borrowed it from Peter to pay you. I still owe
Andy points towards an amusement arcade where Gary is Paul.
enthusiastically playing a driving game.
Andy glares at Gary. He is oblivious to their scorn.
PETER
He hasnt changed has he? INT. THE BEAST - LATER

ANDY Step On by The Happy Mondays blares as The Beast roars


I dont know. He did finally pay me back that 600. downhill past the Welcome to Newton Haven sign.

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GARY
Music too loud?

MOTORCYCLE COP
Your left brake light is faulty.

GARY
Argh. The old brake lights! So called because they
break all the time. Ill get it sorted officer.

MOTORCYCLE COP
Can I see your license, sir?

GARY
Yes. No. Wait. Its in my wallet. And I left that
in the bloody gym!

GARY MOTORCYCLE COP


Oh shit. Newton Haven. Any other form of identification?

We see a nondescript sprawl in the valley below. GARY


No, its all in my sports bag. Typical. Ill
GARY (CONTD) happily give you my name and address if you need to
Take a moment to look upon it in its original run me through the old system.
colours boys, for tonight we paint it red.
MOTORCYCLE COP
The Beast roars past a MOTORCYCLE COP. Immediately- Go on then.
POLICE SIRENS WHOOP. The Motorcycle Cop pulls them over.
GARY
GARY (CONTD) Its Peter Page. And its 48 Bishops Gardens,
Fuck-fuck-fuck-fuck-fuck-fuck. London, N2 T12.

Gary pats his pockets madly. The others look horrified. The Cop returns to his bike. The others furiously
whisper.
GARY (CONTD)
Oh no, wait, its alright. I did it all at the OLIVER
services. Jesus, Gary! W.T.F.?

KNOCK KNOCK. The Motorcycle Cop taps on the drivers PETER


window. Gary winds it down and turns off the stereo. Why did you give him my name?

MOTORCYCLE COP GARY


Know why I pulled you over, sir? Im not giving him my name am I?

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PETER EXT. THE B&B - DAY
What if I get done by the police?
The Beast is parked outside a modest Bed and Breakfast.
GARY Steven, Oliver and Peter walk towards the entrance with
You wont get done by the police. their bags. Andy, still fuming, retrieves his belongings.

ANDY ANDY
Gary, hell check the number-plate against his Do you know how much trouble you could get into?
name!
GARY
The Motorcycle Cop returns. They all shut up. Do you know how much trouble Im in?

MOTORCYCLE COP ANDY


So Mr. Page, what brings you to Newton Haven? Whats that supposed to mean? What the hell is
this, Gary? Why are we even here?
GARY
Were all from here. Back to see the sights. Have a GARY
crack at The Golden Mile. Might get messy. We are here to get annihilated.

MOTORCYCLE COP INT. THE B&B - DAY


Well, make sure you get that brake light fixed,
Peter and dont make too much mess. A kindly landlady watches as the boys fill in forms.

GARY LANDLADY
We wont! Do you have plans for dinner?

Gary drives off. Stunned silence. Gary takes a TOURIST MAP from a display, opens it out.

PETER GARY
I - I dont understand. Tonight, we will be partaking of a liquid repast as
we wend our way up The Golden Mile, commencing with
GARY an inaugural tankard at The First Post then onto
Its simple, Pete. The cars still registered to The Old Familiar, The Famous Cock, The Cross Hands,
you, has been since 89. The Good Companions, The Trusty Servant, The Two
Headed Dog, The Mermaid, The Beehive, The Kings
PETER Head and The Hole in the Wall for a measure of the
But Ive moved house three times since then. same, all before that last bitter sweet pint in
that most fateful terminus, The Worlds End. Leave
GARY a light on good lady, for though we may return
I know, I changed the log book, Ive done this with a twinkle in our eyes, we will, in truth be
loads of times. Where do you think all those points blind... drunk.
came from? Seriously. You guys need to relax.
The landlady stares at Gary.

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GARY
 Tonight, we will be partaking of a liquid repast as we
wend our way up The Golden Mile, commencing with an inaugural tankard at The First Post
then onto The Old Familiar, The Famous Cock, The Cross Hands, The Good Companions, The Trusty Servant,
The Two Headed Dog, The Mermaid, The Beehive, The Kings Head and The Hole in the Wall for a measure of
the same, all before that last bitter sweet pint in that most fateful terminus, The Worlds End. Leave a light
on good lady, for though we may return with a twinkle in our eyes, we will, in truth be blind... drunk.

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INT. B&B. BEDROOM 1 - DAY

Andy sits on his bed. We hear banging from another room.

INT. B&B. BEDROOM 2 - DAY

Steven flicks through the TV channels. More banging.

INT. B&B. BEDROOM 3 - DAY

Oliver is laying out some clothes onto the bed.

GARY (O.S.)
Oh come on!

INT. B&B. BEDROOM 4 - DAY

Peter frowns at the noises coming from Garys room. TEENAGE BOYS and see a reflection of their former selves.
Gary nods to them, as if they have something in common.
GARY (O.S.)
Fuck it! Gary rings someones doorbell and runs off, forcing the
others to do the same. Gary laughs, they dont.
INT. B&B. CORRIDOR - DAY
EXT. THE FIRST POST - MOMENTS LATER
All four peer out of their rooms. Gary emerges livid.
Gary poised, one foot up on a picnic table like a tour
GARY guide.
No mini-bar!
GARY
STEVEN Until 1840-
Arent we just about to drink twelve pints of beer?
ANDY
GARY For fucks sake.
Fuck me, hes keen. Lets boo-boo.
GARY
EXT. STREETS OF NEWTON HAVEN - DAY -this building was the site of Newton Havens first
Post Office. Then an enterprising business fellow
So Young by Suede plays as the group swagger along decided that, far from benefitting matters of the
in slowmo. VARIOUS PASSERSBY regard them with mild sending and receiving of mail, it was better suited
indifference. as a humble tap-room where one could get twatted.

Newton Haven in all its underwhelming glory: Floral Gary nods sagely and opens the door with a flourish to-
displays, ring roads, neat avenues. They walk past FIVE

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They walk to the bar. There are few patrons present. Gary
approaches PUBLICAN 1 with an expectant smile.

GARY
Good evening Raymondo. The prodigal sons return.

The publican doesnt seem to recognise Gary.

GARY (CONTD)
Whos on the guest list tonight?

PUBLICAN 1
Come again?

GARY
INT. THE FIRST POST - CONTINUOUS The guest ales. Were doing The Golden Mile and you
sir, have the honour of drawing first blood. What do
-the shittiest chain pub youve ever seen. Its you recommend?
completely without charm or atmosphere. Gary smiles.
PUBLICAN 1
GARY Theres one. Crowning Glory.
Its like dj vu.
GARY
PETER Rather fitting.
I dont remember this at all. Has it been
refurbished? PUBLICAN 1
Whys that?
STEVEN
Must have been bought by a chain. GARY
Im Gary King.
OLIVER
Yes, its part of that nationwide initiative to rob PUBLICAN 1
small, charming pubs of any discernible character. What?

STEVEN Gary continues, not phased.


Starbucking, man. Its happening everywhere.
GARY
GARY So tell me more.
Cant take away that smell though.
PUBLICAN 1
ANDY About what?
Im sure they tried.

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GARY
Crowning Glory. Is it hoppy? Is it nutty? Is it
foamy? Does it have a surprisingly fruity note that
lingers on the tongue?
YOU
PUBLICAN 1
Its beer.
FUCKING
GARY
WHAT?!
Mmmmmm, well have five of those then.

ANDY
Four. And one tap water.

GARY
You fucking what?!

INT. THE FIRST POST. TABLE - LATER


ANDY
Whats King Arthur got to with it?
The group sits at the same table from the prologue. Gary
looks at Andy sipping his water and shakes his head.
GARY
Do you think King Arthur would have come back
GARY
from the Battle Of Hastings, fucking rocked up at
I cant believe this, a man of your legendary
Arthurs Castle-
prowess drinking fucking rain. Its like seeing a
lion eating some hummus.
OLIVER
Camelot.
OLIVER
That doesnt make any sense.
GARY
- gone to the bar and ordered a tap water?
GARY
I know it doesnt make any sense.
STEVEN
No, because they wouldnt have had running water in
ANDY
Arthurian times.
You seriously have a problem with me not drinking,
after what happened?
GARY
Exactly. He would have ordered a mead. The King
GARY
Arthur of beers.
I dont but King Arthur does!
PETER
OLIVER
Meads a honey wine isnt it?
Ooh thisll be good.

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ANDY emigrated to Normandy. Never heard from her again.
And Im less of a man because I choose to drink She might have had a baby. Imagine that? A French
water? kid.

GARY ANDY
Its a bit ooh ducky innit? Its pointless arguing with you.

PETER GARY
Thats not very PC, Gary. To kids. Wherever they may be.

GARY Gary toasts and drains his Bud.


Get out of the nineties mate.
GARY (CONTD)
ANDY Come on. Lets boo-boo.
Listen theres nothing ooh ducky about being
teetotal, about walking into a pub after a rubgy STEVEN
match and ordering a tap water at a bar packed with Boo-boo. What is that?
big ugly bastards wearing war paint. That Gary,
takes confidence. Im talking balls. GARY
You remember? Lets boo-boo. On the wall of Mr.
GARY Shepherds classroom, it used to say Exit, Pursued
You said it, poof. By Bear, yknow, from the Shakespeare play?

ANDY STEVEN
I dont know if youve noticed this but we are not A Winters Tale.
teenagers anymore. I mean, god forbid you ever have
children, because if- GARY
Yeah. What was it called?
GARY
I might have kids. STEVEN
A Winters Tale.
ANDY
Then you had better be ready to take responsibilty- GARY
Thats it. When we needed to make a quick getaway
GARY wed go Exit, Pursued By Bear then Exit, Pursued
No. I mean I might have kids. By Yogi Bear, then Lets Yogi and Boo-Boo, then
Lets Boo- Boo.
Andy and the others look lost.
STEVEN
GARY (CONTD) So youre saying we should go?
Remember Karen Eggerton who I...
(euphemistic gesture) GARY
... fucked? She was two weeks late when her family Yeah. Its shit here innit?

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EXT. THE OLD FAMILIAR - LATER

Gary leads the march to the next watering hole.

GARY
Ah. The Old Familiar. Now this is a pub.

INT. THE OLD FAMILIAR - MOMENTS LATER

They enter the second shittiest pub youve ever seen.


There is literally no difference between this and the
previous one.

OLIVER
Now I have dj vu.
ANDY
Gary walks off toward the bar and hails the publican. Its a shame, she was a good woman. I liked your
mum.
GARY
David my man, have you heard the news? Gary King is GARY
back in town. Yeah. Me too.

PUBLICAN 2 Oliver pipes up loudly and unprompted.


Whos he?
OLIVER
INT. THE OLD FAMILIAR - LATER STILL Hello.

Tick tock. The group sits around the table in SOLEMN GARY
SILENCE. Hello mate.

PETER OLIVER
How was the funeral, Gary? Are you here?

ANDY GARY
Your mums funeral? Ive been here for ages.

GARY Oliver shushes Gary. Indicates hes on his earpiece.


Its difficult to put into words. But if I had to
choose three, Id say really, really sad. Wait, OLIVER
thats two. How about really, very sad? Lot of You get lost on the ring-road again? This is Newton
people wearing black. Lot of hats. Like a wedding, Haven. What time are you meeting The Twins? Were
but where someones dead. all at The Old Familiar. Come by if you want.

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Oliver glances at Gary, whos listening intently. STEVEN
I told you I had a thing about Sam then you
OLIVER (CONTD) proceeded to try and get in her pants at every
Yeah, he is. Okay. See you soon. opportunity.

GARY OLIVER
Who was that, O-Man? Guys please-

OLIVER STEVEN
Dont call me O-Man, Gary and if you must know it You only liked her after you found out I liked her!
was Sam.
GARY
GARY & STEVEN Thats right, you did Cabaret at school because she
Sams here? was in it and she wore those fishnets tights and you
got a big old boner on stage.
OLIVER
Is there a fucking echo? Yes, Sams here. Shes OLIVER
down from Manchester. Were driving to Mums Jesus Christ-
tomorrow.
GARY
STEVEN Dont matter anyway, I think she had a massive wide
And Sams coming here now? on for Adrian Keane.

GARY STEVEN
Calm down Steve, I saw her first. I hate that prick.

OLIVER OLIVER
Oh for fucks sake, not this. Can we not talk about my sister in relation to a)
massive wide ons and b) Stevens erect penis?
STEVEN
Are you fucking kidding me? I saw her first. Wow, GARY
you really have a selective memory dont you? Of course. Is she still fit though?

GARY OLIVER
Someone else was saying that. Im not going to answer that.

ANDY GARY
Yeah, me. Is she though?

GARY SAM (O.S.)


No. I would have remembered. Am I what?

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SAM (CONTD)
Gary.

GARY
Wilkommen. Bienvenue. Welcome.

STEVEN
Sam. Would you like a drink?

GARY

IENVENUE.
Slow down! Shes only just here.

WILKOMMEN. BM
WELCO E.
Gary shakes his head at Steven. Then-

GARY (CONTD)
Sam. Would you like a drink?

SAM enters. Shes 38 and yes, shes still- SAM


Vodka tonic thanks Steven. Im just going to nip to
GARY the loo.
Fit.
She leaves. Gary chuckles then follows her to the
Steven stands up, like a gentleman. toilets.

STEVEN SAM (CONTD)


Hi Sam. What are you doing?

SAM
Steve? Youve grown havent you?

GARY
Yeah, sideways.

SAM
You look fantastic.

GARY
Steroids.

SAM
Hi Pete, Andy, wow long time. Alright big brother?

She ruffles Olivers hair. Her smile fades-

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GARY SAM
What are you doing? No shit.

SAM GARY
Im going to the toilet. So, dyou wanna?

GARY Sam slaps Gary. Very hard.


Well then, so am I.
INT. THE OLD FAMILIAR - MINUTES LATER
SAM
Gary! You are out of your mind! Gary is back at the table. Sam returns.

GARY SAM
What are you talking about? You gave me the sign. Oliver. Ill see you later.

SAM STEVEN
What sign? Youre going?

GARY OLIVER
You went to the toilet. I thought you werent meeting The Twins for another
half hour?
SAM
Are you serious? I havent seen you in twenty years SAM
and you think Im going to have sex with you in the Im not.
ladies toilet.
Sam puts a sign on the table in front of Gary.
GARY
Well the disableds is out of order. SAM (CONTD)
I believe this is yours.
SAM
Gary. What happened? Sam exits. Gary picks up the sign. OUT OF ORDER.

GARY GARY
I dont know, maybe one of them put too many paper Out of order. Its a private joke.
towels down the toilet. We dont really know what
they are thinking. Gary laughs it off and pockets the sign.

SAM OLIVER
No. What happened to you? I dont want to know.

GARY
Nothing. Nothing happened to me. Im the same old
Gary.

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EXT. STREETS OF NEWTON HAVEN - LATER

The guys walk to the next pub. They pass an obtrusive


BRONZE SCULPTURE in the centre of the park. Its a Henry
Moore-like humanoid figure but with long jagged limbs.

STEVEN
What the hell is that?

ANDY
Modern art.

PETER

MAD BASIL
Its a memorial isnt it?

OLIVER
Yeah. To modern art. Gary points to a GRIZZLED OLD DRINKER from the prologue.
He is at the bar, drinking his lager through a crazy
GARY straw.
Hey, what time is it?
ANDY
ANDY Basil.
Christ, its not even six.
GARY
GARY Mad Basil! Dyou remember? We used to sit in here
Wrong! Its high time we got onto The Cock! for hours and listen to his crazy stories about
UFOs and lizard people and underwater Nazis.
Gary runs on ahead to The Famous Cock. The others eye
roll. OLIVER
Didnt he spout some bullshit about the Bermuda
INT. THE FAMOUS COCK - MOMENTS LATER Triangle actually being a square?

Fools Gold by The Stone Roses is playing. The gang STEVEN


lingers at the bar. Gary is trying to get served. No, he said it was two Isosceles Triangles forming
a rhombus.
GARY
When youre ready, mate. GARY
He was your best mate wasnt he Steve?
PUBLICAN 3 serves another customer first.
STEVEN
GARY (CONTD) He wasnt my best mate. He was just a lonely, old
Oh shit. Look who it is. man and I felt sorry for him.

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GARY
Thats right.
shouts)
BASIL!

BASIL turns around. Gary waves and points at the group.


Basil either doesnt remember them or chooses not to.

ANDY
Maybe were not the local legends you think we are.

PUBLICAN 3 (O.S.)
Gary King?

GARY
Speak for yourself. OLIVER
Id say it was fairly fucked already.
PUBLICAN 3
Youre barred. They leave Gary behind. He spots three glasses of lager
on a picnic table, the sum of the dregs add up to a pint.
The Publican indicates a wall of shame. We see photos of We hear the Stone Roses singing Foooooools Gold.
angry drunks. Among them a smiling young Gary, thumbs
aloft. ANDY
How much more of this do we have to endure?
EXT. THE FAMOUS COCK - MOMENTS LATER
STEVEN
The group leaves, with Gary shouting back through the That was three. Theres nine more.
door.
OLIVER
GARY Oh good.
Cmon, this is fucking ridiculous.
ANDY
PETER Fuck this. I need to eat something.
Have two in the next one.
PETER
ANDY We could get something in the next pub.
He can have them all in the next one, for all I
care. STEVEN
As long as its reasonably healthy.
GARY
Weve got to have one in every pub or the whole OLIVER
things fucked. This is Newton Haven. Not exactly the heart of the
organic revolution.

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STEVEN
I doubt its the heart of anything? PETER
That was a great night.
ANDY
My wife wanted us to go organic, problem is, I like ANDY
eating shit. Didnt you manage to get off with Erica Leekes,
Peter?
Gary is suddenly back with them and running on ahead.
PETER
GARY I did. Something of a personal triumph, if I say so
The next pub does shit! Keep up! myself.

Angle on the picnic table, the three glasses, now empty. OLIVER
She of the Marmalade Sandwich fame?
INT. THE CROSS HANDS - EVENING
PETER
This pub is much busier and seems friendlier. The gang The very same.
sit sipping their drinks and eating chunky chips.
OLIVER
STEVEN Erika Leekes, Tracy Benson and Becky Salt. Two
I remember this one. blondes and a redhead in the middle.

GARY GARY
We had New Years here. 
The Marmalade Sandwich.

PETER ANDY
89 into 90. (in reverie)
Becky Salt. Fuck.
OLIVER
Wasnt that when you fell asleep on the pool table, PETER
Andy? Wonder what theyre doing now.

ANDY OLIVER
I believe it was. Why dont you ask them?

OLIVER ANDY
For six hours. What do you mean?

They all smile and laugh in recollection. Gary spots the OLIVER
same FIVE TEENAGE BOYS at the pool table. Well sitting at that table over there are two
blondes with a redhead in the middle.
GARY
Yeah and when you woke up, we told you it was 1991 GARY
and you got all freaked out and punched a clock. Shut the fuck up.

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GARY
Classic.

Gary again stands to call them over. Andy yanks him down.

ANDY
Sit the fuck down and leave the past where it

THE MARMALADE SANDWICH.


is. Its bad enough having to look at your old
mugs. Becky Salt? Ill stick with the 20th century

ALL GROWED UP.


version, thank you.

GARY
You make it sound like were ancient. We havent
changed that much. Sure, Steves let himself go but
Petes got the same haircut and O-Man still has his
Mark Of the-
Sitting with their backs to them are three women: Two (sees Olivers forehead)
with blonde hair, one with red. We cant see their faces. Oh no, he hasnt.

OLIVER OLIVER
Id say thats Erica Leekes on the left, Tracy Its called laser surgery, Gary. Its a small price
Benson on the right and by process of elimination, to pay for not being called fucking O-Man. Oh and I
Becky Salt in the middle. The Marmalade Sandwich. hear it works for Sisters Of Mercy tattoos too.
All growed up.
GARY
PETER I still like Sisters Of Mercy.
That is very spooky.
OLIVER
GARY Well, youd have to, wouldnt you? Otherwise youd
Lets get them over. never go swimming again.

Gary stands to go over, Andy pulls him back down. GARY


Im lost.
ANDY
No lets not get them over. I dont want to see OLIVER
an old Becky Salt. I have the younger model Dont be.
permanently stored up here for special occasions.
PETER
GARY Well, I for one, think its nice to see the old
Gym kit? faces.

ANDY VOICE (O.S.)


School uniform. Excuse me?

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A BURLY MAN (40s) approaches Peter and gestures to a not about the fact that he bullied me, that he made
chair. me miss more school days than chicken pox. Its not
that he forced me to spend entire lessons hiding in
BURLY MAN a toilet cubicle, or that he punched me so hard he
Is this chair taken? dislodged my eyeball. Its not even that he ruined
a large portion of my childhood.
Peters mouth hangs open. He doesnt reply.
Garys attention drifts to a table of teens, downing
GARY shots.
Have it mate.
PETER (CONTD)
BURLY MAN Its the fact that just then, he looked straight
Fanks. through me, like it all meant nothing. Probably
sounds weird doesnt it?
The burly man leaves with the chair. Peter watches him
go. GARY (O.S.)
SHOTS!
OLIVER
Wasnt that- Gary returns with five full shot glasses.

PETER GARY (CONTD)


Shane Hawkins. S-H-O-T-S. Shots.

STEVEN ANDY
Wait, didnt he- What are you doing, Gary?

PETER GARY
Yes he did. I thought it was obvious. Shots.

GARY ANDY
What happened with Shane Hawkins again? Firstly, Peter was talking about something that
clearly made him uncomfortable.
PETER
Id rather not dredge it all up again, if thats PETER
okay. Its alright, Andy.

GARY ANDY
Come on man, you can tell us. Bottling up past Its not alright, Peter. Secondly 12 pints is more
trauma can lead to inadequate coping strategies in than enough and thirdly, I DONT FUCKING DRINK!!
later life... apparently.
GARY
PETER Yeah, but shots dont count-
I dont know, its not even about the past. Its

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ANDY
Gary, you said you wanted to catch up and chew the GARY
fat. I think you just want to drink it. You dont Exactly, and this is only the fourth pub!
want us here as your friends. Were just your
fucking enablers. ANDY
What if its the twelfth? Whats the difference?
GARY Its not the same anymore Gary and it isnt that
Enablers. Thats a funny word. Gary King And The the towns changed, weve changed.
Enablers. Thats a good name for the new band,
Steve. Write that down. Gary checks the time on his phone. Puts it on the table.

STEVEN GARY
Dont do a Gary, Gary. The buses are finished.

GARY ANDY
Is that a thing? Then well go back to the B&B. You coming?

OLIVER PETER
Its always been a thing. Could use an early one actually.

ANDY OLIVER
You dont need us to get fucked up, youve done a I should go and find Sam.
perfectly good job so far.
STEVEN
For the first time, Gary has no comeback. Might see if theres a gym at the B&B. Work this
shit off.
ANDY (CONTD)
Im going to see if theres a bus going back to ANDY
London if anyone wants to come with me. Thats settled then.

GARY GARY
You cant go. Tonights special, its our You know what? I think youre jealous. You got your
anniversary, man. houses and cars and your wives and your kids and
your job security. But you dont have what I have.
OLIVER Freedom. Youre all slaves and Im free to do what
No its not. The first time we did this it was June. I want. Any old time.
Its October.
ANDY
GARY And this is what you want? You wanna grow up mate.
Well its the anniversary of the year isnt it. Join society.

OLIVER Gary tries to articulate himself. But can only manage-


Every year is the anniversary of a year!

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GARY
Its... its just.... Mum died...

ANDY
I know and were all sorry but now its time to go
home.

GARY
I thought we were home.

Gary, robbed of all vitality, stands and walks to the


toilet.

PETER
I cant help feeling sorry for him. GARY (CONTD)
You look like youre having a good night though.
BRRRRR BRRRRR. Garys mobile vibrates on the table.
The TEEN looks at him impassively.
ANDY
Dont. GARY (CONTD)
Im doing the Golden Mile. You guys want to tag
We see the caller ID on Garys phone. It reads MUM. along? Well be like the Six Musketeers.

INT. PUB TOILETS - CONTINUOUS The Teen doesnt answer. He walks to the wash basin.

Gary walks towards the urinal, slipping in some piss. In GARY (CONTD)
a rage, he goes to punch the wall, but stops, noticing an I said Im doing The Golden Mile.
existing crack in the tiles. He traces his finger along
it. The door opens. One of the FIVE TEENS joins at the The Teen still doesnt answer. He just washes his hands.
urinal.
GARY (CONTD)
GARY You think youre so cool dont you? But you know
Careful, the floors all pissy. Wasnt me. what? We were cooler. We owned this town. We paved
the way for you lot. Blazed a trail-
No reply. Gary points at the crack in the tiles.
The Teen ignores Gary and walks to the hand dryer.
GARY (CONTD)
That was me. Did that back in 90. 1990. Punched GARY (CONTD)
the shit out the wall. Cant remember why. Seemed Look at me when Im talking to you!
important at the time.
Gary shoves The Teen on the shoulder. The Teen turns and
No reply. stares at Gary with unnerving calm, his face blank.

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reflection, Gary sees the teen striding towards him. Gary
flings himself at the Teen in a graceless rugby tackle.
The pair stagger backwards, slipping in the piss and fall
against the back wall. The teen hits the tiles and-

HIS HEAD COMES CLEAN OFF!

The DECAPITATED HEAD bounces across the floor, spinning to


a stop, eyes staring at Gary. The dryer stops. There is
no blood, only an oily BLUE FLUID leaking from the neck.

Gary, shocked beyond reason clutches the headless body


like a lover. The severed head stares back. It BLINKS.
Then-

ANDY (O.S.)
TEEN YOU NEED TO EXPLAIN THIS NOW!
Please dont.
A furious Andy bursts in, brandishing Garys phone.
GARY
Dont what. GARY
But he...
Gary childishly shoves the Teen again.
Andy is so focused on Gary he fails to see the whole
TEEN scene.
You dont want to do that.

GARY
Oh dont I?

Gary goes to shove a third time. The Teen swats the hand
away and in one fluid moment, hits the button on the hand
dryer and GRABS GARY BY THE FACE.

The ROAR of the air masks the noise of the struggle.

A shocked Gary twists free, more in panic than with poise


and pushes the Teen against the wall.

The Teen recovers with alarming speed, grabs Gary and


hurls him across the toilets, with surprising strength.

Gary smashes a mirror with his face. In the cracked

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ANDY
Dont change the subject!

GARY
I cant...

Steven, Peter and Oliver burst in to break up the


fight. They see the HEADLESS BODY immediately and are
dumbfounded.

ANDY
You know who I just spoke to? Your mum! And not
from the afterlife. From fucking Bournemouth.

STEVEN
Andy-

ANDY
She says she hasnt spoken to you for eight months.

GARY
But, his head-

ANDY
No Gary, you cant wriggle out of this one-

The headless body JERKS INTO LIFE. Gary screams like a


girl, jumps up and throws the body down. He kicks the
decapitated head back into the corner. Then-

The HEADLESS TEEN SLOWLY STANDS UP and faces the group,


more blue fluid leaking out all over the floor.

OLIVER
W.T.F!

The door behind opens. The FOUR OTHER TEENAGE BOYS come
in.

Gary and the gang look at the BLANK FACES of the boys.
Then-

TEEN 2 hits the hand dryer. Again, the roar signals-

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INT. PUB TOILETS - CONTINUOUS

The HEADLESS TEEN SLOWLY STANDS UP and faces the group,


more blue fluid leaking out all over the floor.

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ATTACK! TEEN 3 pounces on Steve, trying to GRAB HIS FACE.
Peter is knocked back into a urinal in the mle.

TEENS 2, 4 & 5 ATTACK Andy, Gary and Oliver, trying to


grab their faces. They are relentless, with dead eyed
expressions.

The HEADLESS TEEN 1 also grabs Andy from behind.

As Steve and Andy struggle, Oliver is knocked back


against the wall. He flails against the DEATH GRIP of his
attacker with such force that he ends up climbing the
wall, trying to get purchase against the ROBOTIC TEEN 2.

Gary meanwhile RIPS THE ARM OFF the teen attacking him Soon the floor of the bathroom is LITTERED WITH SEVERED
(TEEN 4). It pops out of its socket like an action figure. LIMBS, smashed heads and blue fluid leaking everywhere.
The DISMEMBERED LIMB continues to flail, still alive.
The dryer turns off. The five men hyperventilate in a
Steve knocks his combatant (TEEN 3) into a urinal, symphony of wheezing. They speak in hoarse staccato
breaking it and the teens pelvis. The urinal collapses, whispers.
knocking Peter over. Blue fluid mixes with the urine on
the floor. Steven skids around tussling with his opponent. OLIVER (CONTD)

W.T.F. Gary. W.T.F...
Andy keeps his opponents at bay. His anger builds
until he breaks out some wrestling moves against the GARY
automatons. He kicks TEEN 5 into a sink and breaks it 
What the fuck does W.T.F. mean?
into two broken pieces, then smashes the HEADLESS TEEN 1
back into the wall behind, before BREAKING ITS BACK over PETER
his knee. He throws the now broken teen through the doors 
This cant be happening. Can it?
of the toilet cubicle.
STEVEN
Oliver has now flipped over his attacker and brought him You said it mate.
to the floor. Andy drops an elbow on the TEEN 2, SMASHING
HIS HEAD INTO PIECES. It is hollow, breaking like a ANDY
bauble. 
I cant believe it... I cant believe you lied
about your mum!
Gary fights the ARMLESS TEEN 4: Beating it with its own
missing limb. He knocks the teen to the floor, stamps on GARY
its chest and breaks off the second arm. He then wails 
It was a white lie!
on its head with the severed limbs. The HEAD BREAKS INTO
PIECES. ANDY

How is that a white lie?

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GARY

Because shes not dead is she? ANDY

Well theres a surprise.
Andy flails at Gary in an exhausted assault. Steven and
Oliver break it up and all four collapse in a heap. Peter PETER
runs to the bathroom door. Before he can open it- 
I cant get through.

GARY (CONTD) STEVEN



Wait! Pete, where are you going? Can you get hold of Sam?

PETER OLIVER

To get help. 
I have full bars and Im not getting through.

GARY Oliver holds up his phone, we hear a WELL SPOKEN VOICE.



Dont do that!
THE VOICE
PETER Im sorry your call cannot be connected at this

Dont get help? time.

Gary stands and paces. Looks at the DISMEMBERED TEENS. ANDY



Must be the network.
GARY

Lets just think a second. We dont know how far Gary looks at the bodies on the floor.
this goes.
GARY
On this, everyone immediately produces their phones. 
Holy shit. This is all connected.

GARY (CONTD) Gary whirls around, energised.



Hang on, who are you calling?
GARY (CONTD)
PETER 
This explains why everythings gone fuck up.

My wife. Everyones been replaced by these things. Thats
why no-one recognised me, Basil, Dave, Raymondo. I
GARY thought it was weird.

Why?
PETER
PETER 
Shane Hawkins.

Because shes my wife.
GARY
ANDY 
Exactly. Its not us thats changed, its the town.

You just said we dont know how far this goes. Im right arent I? Andy? Arent I right?

GARY

I was just thinking about the pub.

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ANDY STEVEN
Youre never wrong. HOWS IT
LOOKING?
STEVEN

Whatever the fucks going on, we cant stay in GARY
the gents forever. Ten people have entered this NORMAL.
toilet in the last five minutes and not a single
one has come back out again. Thats going to look
I DONT LIKE IT.
suspicious.

GARY

Gay sex.

PETER

And thats worse than five dead bodies?

OLIVER GARY (CONTD)



This is Newton Haven. 
Okay, lets neck these and get the fuck out of
here.
EXT./INT. PUB TOILETS/LOUNGE BAR - MOMENTS LATER
STEVEN
The toilet door creaks open and Gary peeks into the bar. 
To London?
We see the publican, a few customers. Everything seems
fine. GARY

To The Trusty Servant.
STEVEN

Hows it looking? OLIVER

Are you fucking kidding?
GARY

Normal. I dont like it. Gary whips out his TOURIST MAP.

OLIVER GARY

What do we do? 
Oh yeah, The Good Companions is next. I always mix
those two up.
GARY

We finish our drinks. PETER

Youre saying we go to the next pub?
Gary hangs the OUT OF ORDER sign on the door. He then
leads his shell-shocked companions back to their table. STEVEN
We should get in The Beast and drive back to
They converse conspiratorially, covering their mouths. London!

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GARY
My brake lights broken.

STEVEN

So dont use the brakes!

GARY

Im way over the limit.

OLIVER

When has that ever stopped you?

GARY WEVE GOT INK ON OUR HAN



I dont want to put any more points on Petes
license.
DS
STEVEN
GARY

Andy can drive, hes teetotal!
Whuh?
All eyes go to Andy, just as he polishes off THE LAST OF
MOTORCYCLE COP
THE FIVE SHOTS. He smacks his lips with grim resignation.
What are you, five pubs in?
ANDY
PETER
What?
Four.
GARY
MOTORCYCLE COP

Thats settled then. The last thing we need is to
Not even halfway? Plenty of fun to be had. Enjoy
get pulled over. A) were all drunk. B) the cops
your night Peter.
might be in on it and C) weve got blood on our
hands.
PETER
Thanks.
Gary holds up his blue stained palms.
The Motorcycle Cop looks suspiciously at Peter.
PETER

Its more like ink.
GARY
Thanks.
GARY

Weve got ink on our hands.
The Motorcycle Cop walks over to the bar and talks to
the publican. The gang is freaked out, but Gary remains
MALE VOICE (O.S.)
stoic.
So, has it got messy yet?
GARY (CONTD)
Its THE MOTORCYCLE COP from earlier. Gary hides his

The way I see it, we told everyone we were doing
palms.

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The Golden Mile tonight. If we suddenly get in the As they drink, they look at the blank faced patrons.
Beast and head for the hills, theyll know we know They look normal. They look harmless. They look deeply
but if we keep doing what were doing and going sinister.
where were going, they wont know.
GARY
PETER Drinking.

Know what?
OLIVER
GARY Ahhh.

That we know. I say we do what we came here to do
and quietly slip away in the morning. STEVEN
Beer.
OLIVER

Wait. Youre really suggesting- ANDY
Pubs.
ANDY (O.S.)
We finish The Golden Mile. PETER
Drinking.
All look to Andy again. He gulps the dregs of Peters
pint. GARY
Shall we?
ANDY (CONTD)
Its pointless arguing with him. Lets boo-boo. EXT. STREETS OF NEWTON HAVEN - NIGHT

EXT. STREETS OF NEWTON HAVEN - DUSK Its dark now and the gang stumbles toward the next pub.

A blood-red sunset hangs over Newton Haven as the five PETER


lads walk down the street to Alabama Song by The Doors. I feel a little uncomfortable drinking this much.

GARY GARY
Were five friends. On a night out. Having a great Its Dutch courage isnt it? Like when English
time. soldiers used to drink Dutch gin before battle to
give them super strength.
The friends march onward with painted smiles. The same
VARIOUS PASSERSBY from earlier look at the gang, failing OLIVER
in their attempt to appear inconspicuous. I thought it was to dull the sense of impending
doom.
INT. THE GOOD COMPANIONS - MOMENTS LATER
GARY
The gang approach the bar. Gary holds up five fingers. We Exactly. Five friends. On a night out. Having a
see them simultaneously down their five pints. good time.

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The gang approach the bar. Gary holds up
five fingers. We see them simultaneously
down their five pints.

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INT. THE TRUSTY SERVANT - MOMENTS LATER PETER
Yeah, our families could be in danger for all we
The gang are in pub number six, downing pints. They finish know.
at different times, with varying degrees of difficulty.
GARY
OLIVER I know, my mum could be dead. For reals this time.
I need the toilet.
Andys glass shatters in his hand.
GARY
Go on. Youve earned it. GARY (CONTD)
Look, why dont I just ask someone whats going on?
OLIVER
What? STEVEN
Who?
GARY
Youre doing a great job. Gary points to a familiar face; the SHIFTY LOOKING DEALER
from the prologue. Older, better dressed, his hair
Oliver stumbles to the toilet. Gary smiles proudly. greying.

GARY (CONTD) GARY


He didnt make it this far last time. Im proud of The Reverend Green.
him.
Gary starts to walk over. Andy stops him.
ANDY
Youre enjoying this arent you? ANDY
What the fuck are you doing?
GARY
Yeah, like I said, five friends, on a night out. GARY
Having a good time. I am going to have a little chat with the
Reverend Green.
ANDY
Pretending to have a good time. ANDY
Youre going to buy drugs?
GARY
Are you pretending? GARY
I am going to subtly check whether or not that is
ANDY The Reverend and if it is, we can find out whats
If we make it out of here alive, Im going to kill going on... and possibly buy some drugs.
you.
STEVEN
STEVEN But what if hes one of them.
Were still in the dark, Gary.

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GARY
You had a proper office before.

THE REVEREND
That was the mens toilet.

GARY
Nothing wrong with doing your business in the
toilet.

THE REVEREND
Things have changed since you left.

GARY
GARY I know.
Me and The Reverend had a highly sophisticated code
when discussing the purchase of narcotics. If he THE REVEREND
doesnt understand, it means hes one of them and I How much do you know?
will walk away.
GARY
Gary sidles up next to The Reverend Green and performs an A little.
elaborate sequence of knocks on the bar.
THE REVEREND
GARY (CONTD) How much is a little?
Have you got any drugs?
GARY
THE REVEREND The town has been taken over by robots full of blue
I dont do that anymore Gary. stuff.

GARY The Reverend looks around in a panic and hushes Gary.


Do what?
THE REVEREND
THE REVEREND Keep your voice down, you have no idea what youre
That. talking about.

GARY GARY
That why youre in a suit? Drug dealing not good Tell us then.
enough for you?
THE REVEREND
THE REVEREND Theyre not robots. Do you even know what robot
There are no dealers anymore. I have a proper job means?
in a proper office.

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GARY
Yeah course, like...
(robot voice)
Hello, I am a robot.

THE REVEREND
It means slave and believe me, they are not
slaves.
HELLO, I AM A ROBOT.
GARY
Are you being held prisoner?

THE REVEREND
No, I am very happy.

GARY
Tell your face. A second person turns and whispers harshly.

Andy and Steven join in to whisper conspiratorially. COLLABORATOR 2


Yeah, put a cork in it Trevor.
ANDY
Whats going on? THE REVEREND
Im trying to help.
GARY
Theres been an invasion by robots who arent COLLABORATOR 2
robots and The Revs their prisoner. Its not your place to help.

THE REVEREND COLLABORATOR 1


I am not. They will have everything in hand.

STEVEN GARY
Were leaving first thing. We can get you out of Are you guys robots??
here.
COLLABORATOR 1
THE REVEREND Well the term robot actually comes from an old
Im not going. This is not what you think. This is Czech word-
all for our benefit.
COLLABORATOR 2
The person next to them at the bar turns and whispers. Robotnik.

COLLABORATOR 1 COLLABORATOR 1
Youve said too much, Trevor. -meaning slave-

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VOICE (O.S.)
Hello Trevor...

REVEREND
Yes sir... but... I understand.

The Reverend hands the receiver back to the Publican and


throws a forlorn look at Gary and company.

REVEREND (CONTD)
Thanks a bunch.

The Reverend dejectedly walks off and disappears into the


COLLABORATOR 2 mens toilet, just as a refreshed Oliver emerges.
-and we are not slaves.
OLIVER
COLLABORATOR 1 What did I miss?
We are very, very happy.
COLLABORATOR 1
COLLABORATOR 2 Your friends trying to help.
And not robots.
COLLABORATOR 2
Peter joins the bar. We dont need help.
PETER ANDY
Oh my god, are these guys robots? Well what should we do?
THE REVEREND COLLABORATOR 1
Can we shut up about robots! I suggest you get on your way.
COLLABORATOR 1 GARY
I say we shut up about everything! I think we should do what they say.
A GREEN ROTARY PHONE RINGS behind the bar. The Publican COLLABORATOR 2
picks up, listens without speaking and hands it to The I think you should do what we say.
Reverend.
GARY
PUBLICAN 6 I said that.
Trevor, its your supervisor.
OLIVER
The Reverends shoulders sag. He takes the call. We Okay.
briefly hear a WELL SPOKEN VOICE on the other end of the
line.

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EXT. STREETS OF NEWTON HAVEN - EVENING

The gang move through the dark streets. A gleeful Gary


striding at the front, the others stumbling behind.

GARY
Come on!

STEVEN
Lets get in and out of here yeah? No more making
HES OBVIOUSLY
new friends. ONE OF THEM.
INT. THE TWO HEADED DOG - EVENING

PUBLICAN 7
Ah gentlemen! The prodigal sons return! What will
PUBLICAN 7 (CONTD)
it be, one of our guest ales perchance?
Then youll already know that its a rare treat
for rogues, reverends, royalty and all good folks
GARY
between.
Uhhhh...
OLIVER
PUBLICAN 7
Mmmmm, five of those, please.
Might I recommend five pints of Crowning Glory?
Rather fitting, wouldnt you say, Gary?
PUBLICAN 7
Welcome home boys.
GARY
What?
AT THEIR TABLE, the drunk, confused gang stare at
Publican 7.
The gang stare back at the Publican, bemused.
GARY
PUBLICAN 7
Dont remember him being that friendly.
Its a delightful brew: hoppy, nutty, foamy.
STEVEN
ANDY
Hes obviously one of them.
Does it have a surprisingly fruity note that
lingers on the tongue?
GARY
How can he be? He remembered me.
PUBLICAN 7
Ah, youre obviously a connoisseur.
ANDY
We dont know what they remember.
Andy barks a laugh. If he were sober, it wouldnt be
funny.
OLIVER
Maybe they have selective memories.

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GARY GARY
Yeah, like me. Did I?

ANDY ANDY
Maybe hes one of the others. Like The Reverend. Yeah. It is a pronoun.

OLIVER GARY
It really is hard to tell, isnt it. What is?

GARY ANDY
Is he one of them or one of them? It.

PETER GARY
Wait, which ones are the thems? Is it?

GARY Andy takes a giant swig of his drink.


Theyre both thems. But theres two different ways
of saying it. Is he one of them or one of them? STEVEN
Look, we just need a word to identify whos who.
ANDY Hes a blank, shes a blank, those two people are
We need different terms. One for the people who definitely blanks.
arent robots and one for the robots who arent
robots. As Steven says this, Sam walks in with THE TWINS.

STEVEN GARY/STEVE
Alright, we need to be able to differentiate Sam.
between them, them and us.
The sight of Sam brings Steven to his feet, but just as
PETER he is about to approach her, Gary pushes him back down.
Yeah, I think the pronouns are really confusing.
GARY
GARY I got this, Steve.
I agree. I dont even know what a pronoun is.
Gary leaves the table and sidles up to Sam at the bar.
OLIVER
Its a word that can function by itself as a noun GARY (CONTD)
that refers to something else in the discourse. Alright Sam?

GARY SAM
I dont get it. Oh Jesus!

ANDY GARY
You just used one. Hows your night going?

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INT. THE DISABLED TOILET - CONTINUOUS

Gary slams the door behind them. Sam is incredulous.

SAM
Fucks sake Gary, take a hint.

GARY
Its alright, Im not trying to have sex with you.

METHING RIGHT NOSEW, SAM


 I NEED TO TELL YOU SO
ALLY WA NT TO HA VE X, Why are we in the disabled toilets then?
UNLESS YOU DO ACTU YO U AF TE RWAR DS .
IN WHICH CASE I CAN TELL GARY
I need to tell you something right now, unless you
do actually want to have sex, in which case I can
tell you afterwards.
SAM
SAM
Good. Sort of.
Tell me right now.
GARY
GARY
Sort of?
Did you notice anything creepy about The Twins
apart from the fact that theyre twins?
SAM
I dont know. Its weird isnt it? You come
SAM
back and everythings the same. But sort of...
Just because theyre twins doesnt automatically
different.
make them creepy.
GARY
GARY
Different how?
Does a little bit.
SAM
SAM
Just weird.
You had sex with them.
GARY
GARY
How weird?
No I didnt. How did you know that?
SAM
SAM
What are you getting at Gary?
Its a small town Gary and Im not stupid and well,
they told me.
Gary suddenly bundles Sam off towards the disabled
toilets.

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GARY ANDY
Okay, I did once, but I was wasted, which did make Dont worry, hes probably just trying to fuck
it creepy, because it was like there was four of Olivers sister.
them. I am not proud. I am a bit.
OLIVER
SAM (chuckles)
This is what you wanted to tell me? Oh Andy.

GARY EXT. THE BEER GARDEN - MOMENTS LATER


No, this is....
Sam and The Twins sit at a picnic table. Sam sparks up.
INT. THE TWO HEADED DOG - MOMENTS LATER
SAM
We hear a SMACK. Sam emerges from the toilet without My god that man is full of shit. I know thats not
Gary. a surprise to you.

THE TWINS THE TWINS


Are you okay, Sam? What did he say?

SAM SAM
I need a cigarette. He said Newton Haven has been taken over by robots
full of blue stuff and if we dont do what they
Sam walks out to the beer garden. The Twins follow. say, they will make us their prisoners.

BACK AT THE TABLE: The gang is deep in conversation. THE TWINS


Did you believe him?
PETER
Nobots? SAM
Of course not.
ANDY
How about Fauxbots? THE TWINS
Did you believe him?
OLIVER
I think we should get away from the whole robots The Twins stare. Sams smile fades. They look creepy.
thing.
BAM! Gary knocks The Twins over with a flying tackle.
PETER
Steven? SAM
Oh crumbs!
Steven sees a furtive Gary emerge from the ladies.
One twin falls flat on her back, the other goes with Gary
STEVEN into a nearby hedge. Sam sees him tussle with the flailing
Whats he up to? Twin. He pushes her head down and POPS IT OFF. Sam yelps.

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GARY
See?

Sam stands in shock as Gary holds the head aloft. Then,


the DECAPITATED HEAD in his hand intones calmly.

DECAPITATED TWIN HEAD


Come on Sam, you know better than to believe Gary
King.

Gary SMASHES THE HEAD on the ground into a million


pieces. Before Sam can react, the other Twin grabs her
hair and SMACKS HER HEAD on the picnic table. She then
YANKS HER HAIR BACK, flipping Sam hard onto the grass.

The Twin then runs toward Gary and POUNCES ON HIM. Gary
wrestles with the Twins, one with a head, attacking, one
Gary walks over to Sam and seemingly extends a hand to
headless and convulsing.
her.
GARY
GARY (CONTD)
Get off me you creepy bitches.
Chuck us a ciggie.
Gary extricates himself from the mle and shoulder
Dazed, Sam hands Gary a cigarette.
charges one Twin into the other, sending them both
crashing through the hedge, through a fence and down an
SAM
embankment.
Gary, whats happening?

GARY
I told you in the disableds.

SAM
Yes, you did.

He hauls her up. They are covered in grass stains and


twigs.

GARY
We should get inside, people will wonder what the
hells going on.

STEVEN (O.S.)
What the hells going on?

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GARY
I got this, Steve.

SAM
Got what?

They both turn to see an emotional STEVEN. Gary and Sam


look at each other, unsure where to start.

STEVEN



Sam, hes not good enough for you.

GARY & SAM


VERY CREEPY INDEED
What?

STEVEN legs instead of two arms and looks very creepy indeed.
Weve been through some crazy shit tonight and
its really put things in perspective for me and Steven backs up shocked and falls over. The TWINBOT bears
if its all as fucked up as it seems, then theres down, reaching out with its new legs to strike when-
something I need to tell you and you might think
this is because Ive drunk seven pints of lager, Gary reappears and LEAPS onto the creature, a split
but its not. Im in love with you Sam, I always second later Sam joins him, PUMMELLING it with a picnic
have been and it breaks my heart to see you waste umbrella.
your affections on Gary King.
STEVEN
GARY Get your feet off her!
Thats a bit harsh.
Steven regains his composure and joins the mle, using
SAM a picnic bench to LAUNCH himself onto the Twins. Their
Oh no, youve got it all wrong. combined efforts topple the opponent to the ground.

STEVEN The three humans tussle with a chaos of flailing limbs.


And since Im being honest, just to lay it out,
I am currently seeing a fitness instructor but I GARY
- shes 26- years-old - but I would drop her in a Pop its head off! Like an aspirin bottle.
heartbeat, if I thought I had one last chance with
you. Steven emits an orgasmic yelp as he twists something out
of sight, we hear two pops then A LOUD CRACK.
SAM
Theres nothing between me and Gary. INT. THE TWO HEADED DOG - MOMENTS LATER

WHAM! Gary and Sam are thrust apart by THE TWINBOT: An PETER
amalgam of the twins in one single body. It possesses two Blue-bloods?

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ANDY SAM
Nothing suggested in the last three minutes is What? Wait!
better than Smashy- Smashy Egg Men. Nothing.
EXT. STREETS OF NEWTON HAVEN - NIGHT
Gary, Sam and Steve re-enter, all sweaty and grass
stained. Gary forges ahead like a drunken Gandalf, the others
stumbling behind in his wake. Sam shouts after them.
OLIVER
What the hells going on? SAM
Guys! I have a better idea. Im parked right around
GARY here somewhere, lets just go! Steven, tell them!
Did you guys think of a name for the robots who
arent robots? STEVEN
Gary says theyll get us if we try and leave now.
PETER
Im afraid weve drawn a blank. OLIVER
Were way past leaving now. Come on.
GARY
Well we just had a barney with two blanks in the They arrive at The Mermaid. A chalk sign outside reads
beer garden. SCHOOL DAZE: 80S, 90S. Gary charges right on in.

SAM INT. THE MERMAID - CONTINUOUS


We have to leave now!
Loud music. Bright lights. Oppressive bass. Step Back
GARY in Time by Kylie Minogue blares in this pub disco. The
Agreed. Lets hit The Mermaid. place is packed with adults dancing in SCHOOL UNIFORM.

Gary heads off, Oliver and Peter follow without question. PETER
This is a bit mad innit?
SAM
Wait? What! OLIVER
 This is perfect. We can hide out in here. Ill get
Andy speaks up. He is now very, very drunk. the drinks in.

ANDY GARY
Gary thinks we should keep on with the crawl, Good plan O-Man.
because they know what were doing but they dont
know that we know what theyre doing. And basically OLIVER
no one has a better idea so fuck it. Keep an eye out for blanks.

Andy crashes through the door, leaving Steven and Sam The gang scans the dancing crowd. Gary quickly begins to
behind. bob his head to the beat. Sam shouts into Stevens ear.

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INT. THE CLOAKROOM - CONTINUOUS

Steven is bundled into the dark cloakroom filled with


coats, by a MYSTERIOUS FIGURE wearing a BALACLAVA.

STEVEN
Please! I have so much to live for!

The mysterious figure whips off his balaclava.

BASIL
Its me you numpty.

ITS ME YOU NUMPTY. STEVEN


Basil!

BASIL
I knew seeing your faces again would spell trouble.
SAM
Why did you never say anything? STEVEN
How do I know its really you?
STEVEN
About what? BASIL
Because Im the only one whos going to tell you
SAM the truth about Newton Haven.
About what you said in the garden. (clears throat)
Now, do you recall the events of the evening of
STEVEN June the 22nd, 1990?
I wanted to, Sam. It just never seemed like the
right moment. Something always got in the way. STEVEN
No but I know a man who does.
OLIVER (O.S.)
Here you go, get these down you. INT. THE MERMAID - CONTINUOUS

Oliver appears behind Sam, laden with drinks. Sam knocks Gary nods his head to S-Xpress, ogling faux schoolgirls.
into him causing a spill. At this precise moment- Andy and Peter nod along also. Oliver brings them their
drinks.
Steven is dragged through a doorway, out of sight by an
unseen pair of hands. Sam turns back. Steven is gone. OLIVER
See anyone we know?
SAM
Steven? The crowd parts. Dancing like sirens before them are-

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GARY/ANDY/PETER
The Marmalade Sandwich.

They look 17 not 40, as they appeared in the prologue.

GARY
They look... young.

PETER
Its the lights.

ANDY
Its the drink.
 THE MARMALADE SANDWICH
GARY
Who cares what it is? SAM
I cant find Steven. Where are the others?
The gang drift onto the dance floor. Behind, Sam looks
for- OLIVER
Theyre blending in.
SAM
Steven? SAM
Oh crumbs.
INT. THE CLOAKROOM - CONTINUOUS
INT. THE CLOAKROOM - CONTINUOUS
BASIL
That was the night they arrived. Remember the BASIL
shooting star? That was them. Nothing happened Its not like the replacements were evil, far from
at first. They were getting ready, burrowing in it. People got a lot friendlier. Thats how they do
underground, preparing. Not long after you lot it.
left, people started to change. One or two at first,
then more. They replaced people of influence, taking INT. THE MERMAID - CONTINUOUS
over the institutions, remaking, remodelling,
refurbishing. Doing everything they could to make Gary, Andy and Peter, drunk with lust, as the girls
us join them. work them like puppets. Sam shakes her head, but Oliver
smiles.
INT. THE MERMAID - CONTINUOUS
BASIL (O.S.)
Join Our Club by St. Etienne plays. Gary, Andy and Its not an invasion, its a merger. They dont

Peter approach the Three Alluring Girls who draw them want to get rid of us, not if they can help it.
into close, hypnotic dancing. Oliver watches, smiling. They want us to be another link in their chain.
Sam grabs him. Which is fine unless you say no.

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INT. THE CLOAKROOM - CONTINUOUS BASIL
The empties? Dont ask me what happens to them.
BASIL
Thats when you get replaced. Once they get your STEVEN
DNA theyve got you. Why, what happens to the empties?

STEVEN BASIL
How do they do that? I told you not to ask me that! Go! Get out, before
its too late!
INT. THE MERMAID - CONTINUOUS
CREAK! The cloakroom door opens. Steven and Basil turn to
Gary, Andy & Peter are worked by the Marmalade Sandwich. see a coat thrown in and the door just as quickly shut.
Erica Leeks licks Peters neck, Gary snogs Tracy Benson.
When Steven looks back, Basil is gone...
BASIL (O.S.)
Any way they like, blood tests, the nit nurse,
 STEVEN
sweat, kissing, saliva on the rim of a glass- Basil?

INT. THE CLOAKROOM - CONTINUOUS Basil appears from underneath the coat.

Basil produces his curly straw. BASIL


I said go!
BASIL
Why do you think I drink with this crazy straw, not INT. THE MERMAID - CONTINUOUS
so crazy now is it? If youre not on their side
theyll create a version that is. SAM
This cant be good.
INT. THE MERMAID - CONTINUOUS
Sam, aghast as the Marmalade Sandwich tempt our heroes.
Andy does his best to resist Beckys kisses. He shows her
his wedding ring, she sucks it off his finger and swallows OLIVER
it. Sam, who was that boy you liked in sixth form?
Adrian?
BASIL (O.S.)
They can bring you back exactly the same or even
 SAM
make you young again. It looks like you, even has Adrian Keane. Why?
your memories but really its just a vessel to
spread their message. People you know, trust, love, OLIVER
respect, desire, replaced in the name of progress. Hes over there.

INT. THE CLOAKROOM - CONTINUOUS Sam sees a HANDSOME YOUNG MAN in school uniform, standing
in a dark corner. He sees her, smiles and approaches.
STEVEN
What happens to the people who get replaced?

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ADRIAN KEANE
Hey Sam. Hows life?

Sams own glass slips from her hand to smash on the floor.
Horrified, Sam turns to run and SLAMS right into-

STEVEN & SAM


We have to get out of here!

STEVEN
Where are the others?

SAM
Theyre blending in.

Steven sees his friends being seduced on the dance floor.

STEVEN SAM
Fuck! Adrian Keane was in that bar.

Sam and Steven attempt to separate the couples. OLIVER


I thought you liked Adrian Keane.
GARY
Just to the end of the song. STEVEN
Prick.
STEVEN
Gary, shes a blank! SAM
Adrian Keane is dead.

GARY
Dont be so judgmental. STEVEN
Sorry.
EXT. THE MERMAID - MOMENTS LATER
SAM
The gang bursts from The Mermaid. Oliver stops them. Adrian Keane died in a motorbike accident in Italy
eight years ago.
OLIVER
Hold up. Where are you all going? OLIVER
Did he?
SAM & STEVEN
Were leaving! STEVEN
They must have had his DNA on file. Thats how they
OLIVER were able to replicate him. They know how to get to
What happened? us. Jesus, they know everything.

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SAM SAM
They didnt know Adrian was dead. Stevens right. We should go.

STEVEN OLIVER
They know enough to tempt us. They knew these three Were going to The Beehive. Garys plan is still
would fall for 17- year-olds in school uniform. the best we have.

GARY GARY
Who wouldnt? Am I right guys? You know what? The 1990 model Oliver was out of
commission by this point in the evening.
STEVEN
We have to get out of town, get beyond it, before OLIVER
its too late. What are you saying?

OLIVER GARY
Whos given you these ideas? I like the new you.

STEVEN They walk off. Andy remains behind.


Basil.
GARY (CONTD)
OLIVER Andy, come on.
Oh Mad Basil? He of the Bermuda Rhombus and the
Aqua Nazis? Andy sways, staring at his ringless finger.

GARY GARY (O.S.) (CONTD)


Another good name for the band, Steve. ANDY!

OLIVER EXT. THE BEEHIVE - NIGHT


Youre going to put our lives in the hands of a
crazy old man? The gang approaches, running on alcohol and adrenalin.
Peter, drunkenly dancing down the street. Oliver leads
STEVEN the charge.
Hes not crazy!
OLIVER
OLIVER Here we go. Pub number nine.
Maybe hes not. Maybe hes a blank trying to lure
us to the edge of town, onto those dark country PETER
roads where they can deal with us. Fuck yes!

PETER GARY
Yeah, we could end up dead in a field. I hate fields. Thats the spirit, Pete!

Sam is aware of the VARIOUS PASSERSBY watching them OLIVER


argue. Spirits! We should get chasers.

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INT. THE BEEHIVE - CONTINUOUS

This pub is very busy, completely crowded with customers.

OLIVER
Now. Whose round is it?

A VOICE (O.S.)
Its mine.

At an empty table, surrounded by six vacant seats, sits


their favourite teacher, MR. SHEPHERD, older but still
cool looking. He awaits them with five beers and a vodka
tonic.

GARY/PETER/STEVEN
Mr. Shepherd!
GARY
Who is this guy? SAM
Is it Mr. Shepherd?
Sam and Steven approach The Beehive with more
apprehension. MR. SHEPHERD
Why dont you boys join me? Looks like you could do
SAM with a drink.
This is a mistake isnt it?
The gang sit down, both comforted and unnerved by him.
STEVEN
Just stick with me. MR. SHEPHERD (CONTD)
Now, lets have a little chat about your future.
Steven takes her hand. They enter. Andy lags behind.
GARY
OLIVER Mr. Shepherd?
Come on Andy! It cant start without you.
MR. SHEPHERD
ANDY Please, call me Guy.
Whuh?
GARY
OLIVER Alright. Guy...
We cant start without you.
Peter sniggers, Gary giggles but regains composure.
Oliver goes in. The door closes. Andy catches his own
reflection in the glass and stares. Somethings not right. GARY (CONTD)
...are you a robot?

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MR. SHEPHERD help, kids. To straighten us out and prepare us
Does anyone know what robot means? for the big league. Theyve seen something in
us, a potential, like the promise I saw in you.
Garys hand shoots into the air. Theres a vast community of worlds up there, living
peacefully, cooperatively together. A network of
GARY unity and consistency and guess what? They want us
Ooh, me! along for the ride. Pretty cool, eh gang?

MR. SHEPHERD The gang struggle to concentrate. Peter is now asleep.


Yes, Gary.
OLIVER
GARY So, theyre not here to harm us?
It means slave.
MR SHEPHERD
MR SHEPHERD Far from it O-Man, theyre here to help. Im not
Very good Gary. saying theyre afraid to get tough. Ive had
to straighten you all out in my time. What one
Gary is pleased with himself. among you wouldnt thank me for it? Theyre much
like teachers in a way. Stern, yes; frightening,
PETER sometimes. But its all for our betterment. So,
So, are you a robot, sir? what do you say? Why dont we go somewhere and talk
about this properly.
MR. SHEPHERD
No Peter, Im not a robot. GARY
Kings Head?
Steven puts his hand up.
STEVEN
MR SHEPHERD Hang on, that wasnt properly?
Yes, Steven.
OLIVER
STEVEN Well it seems pretty clear to me, guys. What Mr
Youre on their side though? Shepherd is saying, is that we -

MR SHEPHERD BANG! Andy has smashed Olivers head right off with a bar
This isnt about sides, Steven. Its not shirts stool. It flips back, attached by a bio-mechanical tendon.
versus skins. Its about working together as one
team. SAM
Andy! What the fuck?
The gang listen intently but are too drunk to take it in.
They shuffle and mutter comments as if they are in class. Olivers head flips back up. Face missing. Only his mouth
remains. It speaks.
MR SHEPHERD (CONTD)
I know it seems weird and a bit scary but believe OLIVER
me, its quite the opposite. Theyre here to Yes Andy. What the fuck?

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ANDY (CONTD)
You want some? Ill smash your fucking heads in! I
fucking hate this town!

ALL THE BLANKS ATTACK. The brawl is fast, brutal and


insane.

Gary swipes at the blanks with his stool, taking swigs of


beer between each blow, still trying to down his pint.

Steve and Sam fight side by side, SMASHING BLANKS with

YES ANDY. WHAT THE FUCK?


their chairs. Wood splinters, heads and limbs break.

Andy has turned into a rugby-boy brawler again, as he


cuts a swathe through the blanks. Peter watches him in
awe. He tries to ape him, but is immediately KNOCKED DOWN
GARY and surrounded.
W.T.F?!
Andy smashes Peters attacker out of the way and wrestles
Sam yells and kicks Olivers stool over, knocking him with him. Gary shouts from the touchline.
down.
GARY
Mr. Shepherd leaps up and smashes a FIRE ALARM. AS IT Twist the melon, man!
RINGS HIS MOUTH BECOMES A CONDUIT FOR A BLINDING WHITE
LIGHT. Andy does so. The blanks head POPS CLEAN OFF. He uses
the DETACHED HEAD to smash another blank in the face.
All other patrons turn to the gang, THEIR EYES AND MOUTHS
ALIGHT. They talk as one, in a WELL SPOKEN VOICE.

MR. SHEPHERD & PATRONS


HUMANS, YOU LEAVE US NO RECOURSE. IF YOU WILL NOT
JOIN US WILLINGLY, WE WILL BE FORCED TO USE OTHER
MEANS OF PERSUASION. NOW PLEASE -

Andy grabs Mr. Shepherds tie, pulls him into a VICIOUS


HEADBUTT that completely smashes his head into pieces.

ANDY
Fuck you, Guy!

Andy rips his shirt off, picks up two bar stools as blunt
weapons and roars at the blanks like the FUCKING HULK.

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Meanwhile, Sam is suddenly attacked by her PARTIALLY up and breaks out in a wide smile.
HEADLESS BROTHER. Steven sees this and GRABS OLIVERS
ARM. MR. SHEPHERD
Yes. What say we try this again? How about another
OLIVERS ARM POPS OUT OF ITS SOCKET. Oliver then punches round?
Steve with his remaining limb and sends him reeling
through a table and onto the ground with a crash. Gary finishes his drink and smashes the glass to the
ground.
Oliver turns back to Sam and flatly intones.
GARY
OLIVER Nah, were done here.
Sam, this is no way for a family to behave.
MR. SHEPHERD
Sam is roughly pushed aside. Gary, with drink in hand, Yes Gary, that would appear to be the case.
attacks Oliver, swinging his stool into a devastating
uppercut. He takes another swig as Oliver crashes down. The blanks swarm, separating the gang from each other.

Andy meanwhile RIPS ARMS and STOMPS ON FALLEN BLANKS. He ANDY


is such a whirlwind of anger that he splits the room, Lets go! Meet at the smokehouse.
leaving Gary and Sam fighting blanks with stools on one
side. Steven and Peter are trapped on the other. GARY
The smokehouse?
The pub doors swing open. And MR SHEPHERD walks in.
ANDY
MR. SHEPHERD Just do it!
Okay. Break it up.
Andy lifts a bench and THROWS IT THROUGH THE WINDOW.
Mr. Shepherd is miraculously intact again and walks back
to his table. Steven sees Gary grab Sams hand and pull her away. She
throws Steven a helpless look as they disappear upstairs.
MR SHEPHERD
It doesnt have to be like this. If only youd see INT. THE BEEHIVE. RESIDENTIAL QUARTERS - CONTINUOUS
the light.
The fire alarm still rings as Gary and Sam race upstairs
Andy and the others turn to see a smiling Oliver, and burst into a living room, where an ELDERLY COUPLE
standing up and reattaching his own arm. Masses of blanks sit.
flank him.
The couple advance, THEIR EYES AND MOUTH ILLUMINATED.
OLIVER
Its not about conflict. Its about togetherness. ELDERLY COUPLE
HUMANS, YOU LEAVE US NO RECOURSE...

Mr. Shepherd sits down at the same table (next to the
previous Shepherds decapitated body). He puts his feet Gary grabs the OLD LADY BLANK, flips her upside down and

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GARY (CONTD)
Okay, go.

SAM
Wait. What about everybody else?

GARY
Leave em with me. I got this.

SAM
Are you sure?

.
 CLIMB DOWN THE DRAINPIPE GARY
I always come up smiling.

SAM
I dont know if thats true, Gary.
uses her as a battering ram to SMASH THE WINDOW. He then
throws the old ladys body back at her husband. GARY
Just go.
EXT. THE BEEHIVE. ROOF - NIGHT
SAM
They get on the roof. The fire alarm appears to be ringing Will you find out what happened to my brother?
throughout the entire town. Gary is out of ideas.
GARY
GARY Of course, and Ill look after Stevie for you, eh?
Come on!
Off Sams bashful acknowledgement.
SAM
Ooh look, theres my car! Lets climb down the GARY (CONTD)
drainpipe. Hes a good guy, better than me.

GARY SAM
Ive got a better idea. Gary, youre not a bad person, youre just not
boyfriend material. The whole free spirit, quick
Gary jumps and lands on the roof of Sams car, severely one in the disabled toilets thing is kinda cool
denting it and blowing out the windscreen. when youre seventeen but not so much when youre
facing forty. There comes a time when you have to
GARY (CONTD) go forwards and not backwards.
Climb down the drainpipe.
GARY
A minute later, Sam gets into the car. Gary shuts her Maybe if I hadnt left you behind that night, it
door. would have been different.

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SAM
Its not all about that night yknow.

GARY
Isnt it?

SAM
It doesnt have to be.

GARY
Well always have the disableds though eh?

SAM
Yes, well always have the disableds.

Sam smiles and fondly kisses him on the cheek.


STEVEN/PETER
She drives off, her damaged car RATTLING LOUDLY. Gary You did what?!
gets up, his knees cracking. He groans, feeling his age.
GARY
This attracts the attention of a BLANK who appears at Put her in a car, told her to leave.
the mouth of the alley, its eyes ILLUMINATING INTO
SEARCHLIGHTS. ANDY
You just sent away the only one of us sober enough
Gary disappears out of shot. We hear a jump and a crash. to drive?!
The blank turns its searchlights to see that Gary
has failed to vault a fence. He gets embarrassed and GARY
disappears again. Yeah.

Gary hightails it to a local park, past a sign saying STEVEN


KEEP OFF THE GRASS and towards the deserted bowling You just couldnt stand the fact that she might
clubhouse. prefer me to you.

INT. THE BOWLS CLUB - CONTINUOUS GARY


Thats not true.
Gary bursts in. Andy, Peter and Steven spin around.
STEVEN
STEVEN It is true Gary! I was getting somewhere. We held
Wheres Sam? hands.

GARY GARY
I put her in her car. Oh cmon! I was trying to help!

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STEVEN STEVEN
Trying to help yourself more like! Wait, how do we know you put her in her car? How do
we know youre you.
GARY
Jesus, I do something right for a change and you GARY
all get on my case. Of course Im me!

ANDY ANDY
Wow, thats the first time Ive ever heard you admit Yes but who the fuck are you, Gary?
being wrong.
GARY
GARY Im Gary King. Theres only one Gary King. How do I
I said I did something right! know youre you?

STEVEN ANDY
Yeah for a change. Weve been together the whole time.

GARY GARY
So? You might all not be you. How did you know that
O-Man wasnt O-Man?
ANDY
Meaning the rest of the time youre wrong. ANDY
His birthmark was back.
GARY
Not necessarily. GARY
What does that prove?
ANDY & STEVEN
Arrrgghhhhh! STEVEN
Because of what Basil said. They make a copy from
GARY your DNA. Thats why he had his birthmark. He was
I just thought it would be best to get her out of new, like a baby.
harms way.
ANDY
PETER Like a man-baby.
And what about us Gary? Arent we in harms way?
PETER
GARY A maybe.
Were alright Pete. Were The Five Musketeers.
STEVEN
PETER Oliver with none of the shit that had happened to
Four Musketeers. the real Oliver.

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ANDY drove you to hospital, four times over the limit
The laser surgery! and ended up rolling the car and almost severing my
femoral artery at which point you made a miraculous
GARY recovery and ran off into the night leaving me to
So the blanks really are blank? get arrested, after the twelve hours of life saving
surgery?
ANDY
No wear and tear, no scars. GARY
Either one of those will do.
GARY
Steven, in 1987 we were playing cricket and I Andy gives Gary the finger, revealing a distinct scar.
accidentally pushed you onto a broken bottle that
nearly went up your bum. GARY (CONTD)
Thank you.
STEVEN
So? STEVEN
What about you?
GARY
So show us your arse. Gary proudly reveals his Sisters of Mercy tattoo.

Steven drops his trousers and bends over. He shows off an STEVEN (CONTD)
area of scar tissue just beneath his right buttock. That could be drawn on.

GARY (CONTD) PETER


Very nice. Peter, when you got that 50CC Suzuki in Arent all tattoos drawn on?
1988, you let me have a go and I ran over your leg.

Peter gingerly pulls up the leg of his trousers,


revealing a perfectly intact limb. The others gasp in
horror.

PETER
Oh wait its my other one.

Peter pulls up the other leg to reveal knotted scar


tissue.

GARY
Andy, in 1986, we re-enacted the Knife Game out of
Aliens and I stabbed you in the middle finger.

ANDY
Or how about December 1997, when you ODd and I

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GARY PETER
Yeah. (laughs)
King Gay.
ANDY
Show us your arm. ANDY
That means fuck all anyway. Mr. Shepherd remembered
GARY stuff, so did Olly. Selective memory, remember?
What? We havent seen you for years and you brought us
here. You better come up with some hard evidence
ANDY that youre human or were going to find out for
Show us your arm. ourselves.

GARY GARY
No. Oh you want proof?

ANDY Gary head-butts a support beam holding up the roof. BANG!


You came off your skateboard in fifth year and
dislocated your elbow. Youve got a scar where they GARY (CONTD)
put that metal plate in. There! That proves Im human!

GARY He does it again several times. BANG! BANG! BANG!


I dont have to show you nothing. I know Im me. If
Im not me how would I know that carved into that STEVEN
beam above your head are the words KING GARY? It proves youre stupid.

ANDY GARY
It doesnt say KING GARY. Exactly! OW!

GARY ANDY, PETER & STEVEN


Yes it does. Doesnt it? Its Gary.

ANDY FOOTSTEPS OUTSIDE. They look through a window to


It says KING GAY. see a BLANK PATROL, all using their BRIGHT EYES as
searchlights.
GARY
Some cunt scrubbed out the R! ANDY
Whole towns out looking for us.
STEVEN
That was me. GARY
Thats a good thing. If everyones outside, that
GARY means nobodys inside. Come on!
Why?!
Gary runs out heroically, leaving the others confused.

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ANDY Shane holds out a hand to a stunned, confused Peter.
Wait, Gary, fuck!
SHANE HAWKINS (CONTD)
EXT. THE PARK - NIGHT Let me make it up to you Peter, please.

Gary sprints through a shadowy avenue of trees. The Up ahead, Andy and Steven catch up with Gary.
others stumble along behind.
STEVEN
ANDY Youre out of your mind!
Gary, Gary! What do you mean nobodys inside?
GARY
GARY Weve come too far, Steve.
I mean we can still do this!
ANDY
STEVEN Its fucking suicide.
Still do what?
Gary stops and turns to them with a grin.
ANDY
Were still on the crawl. GARY
Im going to get to The Worlds End if it kills
Peter lags behind, blind drunk. He trips and steadies me... wheres Pete?
himself on a tree. He catches his breath, then sniggers.
They all look back and see that Peter is sat astride
PETER Shane Hawkins, PUMMELLING HIS FACE WITH HIS FISTS.
King Gay.
PETER
A VOICE (O.S.) YOU FUCKING BASTARD! I HATE YOU!
Peter?
Horrified, the others call out in loud whispers.
SHANE HAWKINS steps out from behind a tree, smiling
benignly. ANDY
Peter! Leave it!

SHANE HAWKINS
Peter, I thought that was you. Are you okay? Shane Hawkins reasons with Peter, as his head is smashed
in.
PETER
What? Am I what? SHANE HAWKINS
Why are you doing this Peter? We dont want to hurt
SHANE HAWKINS you...
Look Peter, I know we didnt see eye to eye at
school. Goodness knows I regret that. I wanted STEVEN
to say something back at the pub but I felt so Come on mate! Its not worth it!

terribly ashamed by what Id done.

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ANDY
Ill punch their lights out.

STEVEN
Theres too many of them Andy.

The GLOWING EYED BLANKS envelop Peter, transforming their


limbs into restraints around his arms and neck.

The Motorcycle Cop grabs Peters face and his hand begins
to glow. Peter convulses, the life draining from his
face.

He is beyond saving. Andys fight ebbs away. Steven and


Peter puts a fist through Shane Hawkins head, SHOUTS Gary pull him into the shadows and out of sight.
BACK.
GARY
PETER We have to go.
Yes, it fucking is!!!
STEVEN
Peter runs off and quickly returns with AN ENORMOUS Garys right.
BRANCH.
GARY
ANDY We have to get to The Kings Head.
Oh shit.
STEVEN
Peter bludgeons Shane Hawkins with the branch, but hears- Exactly. What?

MOTORCYCLE COP (O.S.) ANDY


I must say, Im very disappointed in you Peter. (furious)
Were not going to The Kings Head Gary. Were
The MOTORCYCLE COP steps from the shadows, shakes his done. Were going to do what we should have done
head. in the first place, get The Beast and get out of
here, were fucking leaving and NEVER coming back.
Peter drops the branch, freaked out. A MASS OF BLANKS, Now, you can come with us willingly or I will knock
stepping out from the trees and approaching from all you the fuck out and carry you there myself. Your
sides. choice.

The eyes of the blanks GLOW IN THE DARK. Peter looks GARY
around him. The blanks close in relentlessly and swallow Okay. Just think about what youre saying. Because,
him up. Andy wants to help but is dragged back by Steven you know, you have been drinking.
and Gary.

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WHAM. Andy knocks Gary the fuck out.

EXT. STREETS OF NEWTON HAVEN - MOMENTS LATER

Andy runs, an unconscious Gary over his shoulder. Steven


follows. A BLANK PATROL forces them to hide in a car
park. The blanks eyes are spotlights sweeping the
streets.

On the other side, we see another patrol step into the


light. Its the FIVE TEENS from earlier. Now perfectly
intact again.

ANDY
Not them again. ANDY
Well have to go through.
Then from behind them, a strange and loud CLANKING OF
METAL. STEVEN
Through where?
STEVEN
What the hell is that? Andy looks up at the nearest building and shakes his
head.
ANDY
Its modern art. ANDY
I dont fucking believe this.
They look up to the bizarre sight of THE BRONZE SCULPTURE
towering over them and walking through the town. Its Above them, swings the sign for The Kings Head.
whole head is a large powerful spotlight searching for
humans. INT. THE KINGS HEAD - MOMENTS LATER

STEVEN Andy and Steve kick the door open. Its deserted.
Were trapped. Wheres The Beast?
Andy lays Gary unconscious on the bar, leaving the map on
Andy whips out the TOURIST MAP from Garys pocket. his chest. Andy and Steven make their way to the back and
see-
ANDY
Uh, were here, so The Beast is only in the next THE BEAST in the car park of the guest house next door.
street. Blank Patrols run here and there, with growing frequency.

STEVEN ANDY
How the hell do we get to it? Right, we wait for an opening, then leg it to The
Beast.

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STEVEN GARY
We need the keys. So close.

Andy and Steve look back to Gary. Their jaws drop. Gary takes out a blue marker and crosses Pub 10 from the
map.
Gary is awake again and standing behind the bar, pulling
himself a pint. Despite a black eye, his mood seems calm. He then sinks his pint in one. He smacks his lips, fire in
his eyes. He looks at Andy, who knows what hes about to
ANDY do.
Gary, what are you doing?
ANDY
GARY No.
Just a little toast.
Gary throws Andy his car keys, then pockets the map.
Gary raises a full pint. Andy edges forward.
ANDY (CONTD)
ANDY Gary!
Gary, put the pint down.
Gary LEAPS OVER the bar and runs out through the open
GARY door.
To Oliver, Peter. And, you know what? Ten pubs
isnt bad. STEVEN
Let him go. He left you man.
ANDY
Its not but were calling time. ANDY
I cant.

Andy throws the car keys to Steven and takes off after
Gary.

STEVEN
ANDY!

Andy leaves a shocked Steven, who looks out at The Beast.

EXT. STREETS OF NEWTON HAVEN - CONTINUOUS

Gary runs down the middle of the street towards the next
pub. GLOWING EYED blanks give chase. A huge spotlight
illuminates Gary, the sound of the BRONZE SCULPTURE
growing closer.

Andy too is on Garys tail, screaming at him.

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ANDY
Come back you stupid bastard!

Gary barges aside blanks, intent on reaching his goal.

We see familiar faces from earlier among the blanks: The


same VARIOUS PASSERSBY, all THE PUBLICANS theyve met.

He rips the arm off PUBLICAN 1 and knocks the head off
PUBLICAN 3 with the severed limb.

As he nears the eleventh pub, he runs over a picnic


table, and kicks the MOTORCYCLE COP in the face on the
way down.
Andy makes toward Gary but hears the ROAR OF AN ENGINE.
Andy knocks aside attackers with the same ferocity. He
sees Gary up ahead, ducking into The Hole in the Wall. THE BEAST SMASHES THROUGH THE WALL. Steven is at the
wheel. We see SWARMS OF BLANKS approaching the new hole
We follow Andy as he makes his way towards the pub, in the wall.
DODGING AND FIGHTING BLANKS of all apparent ages and
sizes. STEVEN
Gary, Andy, get the fuck in!
The BRONZE SCULPTURE suddenly stands in Andys path. He
skids underneath the legs without breaking his run. GARY
You heard him, Andy.
Andy then rips the arms from two of THE TEENS and smashes
another two with the same dismembered limbs. Gary finishes his pint, crosses 11 off his map and runs
for a back window. He DIVES THROUGH THE GLASS, smashing
INT. THE HOLE IN THE WALL - CONTINUOUS it.

Andy enters The Hole in the Wall at such speed, the door STEVEN
flies off its hinges. Gary is already behind the bar, We dont have much-
raising a pint to his lips, he sees Andy and knows he
must act fast. BANG. TEEN 1 jumps onto the Beasts roof. Like Andy it
has adopted the dismembered limbs as clubs. It flips down
GARY to the ground to face Steven as another blank rips the
Andy look out! car door off.

TWO BLANKS pounce on Andy from behind. He barely turns A jagged shape smashes through the back window. The
to swiftly and furiously dispatch them with the severed BRONZE SCULPTURE pulls the Beast back outside with its
limbs. limbs.

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ANDY
Steven! Andy plunges his fist into Beckys stomach. His hand
emerges covered in blue stuff, wedding ring between finger
The Beast is overwhelmed with blanks. The Teen jumps and thumb.
down to menace Andy as the Bronze Sculpture shatters the
windscreen. He places it back on his finger and runs off.

STEVEN (O.S.) ANDY (CONTD)


Andy! Go! Now! Cheers.

Andy has no option but to follow Gary through the window. INT. THE WORLDS END - NIGHT

EXT. THE STREETS OF NEWTON HAVEN - CONTINUOUS A single full pint stands alone on a table. Behind it,
the door bursts open to reveal Gary, mad, panting. He
Andy lands and rolls on the tarmac. Up ahead he sees: approaches the drink as though it were the holy grail.

Gary, sprinting uphill towards THE WORLDS END. Andy An eerie silence in the bar, as though the world has been
follows. reduced to just Gary and the pint. He raises it to his
lips.
The wind whips against Gary. The TOURIST MAP blows out of
his jacket and flies into the air landing in Andys face. SMACK! Its Andy. He slaps the glass from Garys hand.

As he casts it aside, Andy sees the Marmalade Sandwich ANDY


approaching fast. He barges into Tracy Benson, knocking Youve had enough!
her flying. He shoulder charges Erica Leekes then sees -
GARY
Becky Salt. No glowing eyes. Looking absolutely perfect. This is it, Andy! This is The Worlds End!

BECKY SALT ANDY


I want you inside me Andy. I know!

ANDY Furious, Gary runs towards the bar. Andy tries to stop
Im sorry. him. An angry fight ensues.

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ANDY (CONTD) an empty house? She took the kids to her mums
Stop! This! Now! three weeks ago. Said Im not present enough. You
think I gave up? No, Im trying to win her back.
Andy throws Gary through a table to stop him. God knows, Im losing but Im gonna keep fighting
Gary, because thats how we survive. For fucks
GARY sake, I just punched my wedding ring out of a
Leave me alone! What do you care? robots tummy.
ANDY GARY
Of course I fucking care. Theres a reason Im Exactly! You keep fighting for whats important.
angry at you, you idiot!
ANDY
GARY Whats so important about The Golden Mile?
I KNOW why youre angry but its not MY fault you
crashed and its not even MY fault that I ran off, GARY
that was the fucking drugs. Its all Ive got!

ANDY Gary scrambles over the bar. Andy grabs the belt on
I dont care about that. Its not the point. I got the back of his trench and it rips off. Andy tumbles
better. You didnt. You let me down man. Thats why backwards.
Im angry. You were Gary King. Gary fucking King. I
believed in you. I would have followed you to the Gary gets behind the bar and grabs a glass. Hes about
fucking end. Jesus, I have! to pull himself a pint when Andy grabs him and pulls him
away by the coat.
GARY
Then stop following me! Gary desperately wriggles out of his trench-coat and
throws a punch. Andy catches it. Garys sleeve drops,
Gary pushes Andy away and runs for the bar. Andy grabs revealing a bandaged wrist.
Garys trenchcoat and they scrabble on the floor.
ANDY
GARY (CONTD) You need help Gary.
Whats it like to be happy, Andy?
Andy grabs the other hand, revealing not only another
ANDY bandage but a hospital ID bracelet. Realisation dawns.
What are you talking about?
Gary pushes a shocked Andy onto the ground.
GARY
Youve got everything you want. Your perfect job, GARY
your perfect house, your perfect wife. I got help. You know what help was? Help was a lot
of people, sitting in a circle talking about how
ANDY bad things had got. That is not my idea of a good
You think its all perfect? She left me Gary. Do time.
you honestly believe Id be here if I didnt have

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GARY
Yes, I do.

He pulls the pump. CLICK. No liquid emerges but -

The Worlds End itself begins to RUMBLE AND SHAKE. The


foundations vibrate, the glasses rattling furiously.

Gary looks at Andy like a naughty schoolboy. Oh shit.

Suddenly the entire bar and pub floor and bar sinks into
the ground. Its as if the pub has become an elevator,
going down into the darkest depths of the Earth. Then
with a BOOM -
ANDY
And this is? It cant all be a good time, things The elevator hits the bottom. Behind the bar, hide Gary
have to be bad sometimes, otherwise youll never and
know how good really feels. Andy who look out to see-

GARY INT. THE CATACOMBS - NIGHT


They told me when to go to bed, Andy.
A section of the pub sits in a dark chamber underneath
ANDY Newton Haven. Cables and pipes line the walls, evidence
Gary, mate, you cant get drunk unless youre of the active network. Only the shaft of light from the
sober. Worlds End above lights the sunken pub floor below.

GARY There is a DEEP HUM. Gary and Andy peer into the darkness
I DONT WANT TO BE SOBER! of the surrounding chamber. Around them, on two higher
ledges of the chamber, stand a SHADOWY CIRCLE OF BLANKS
Gary stands and takes a second glass from the shelf. looking down. Gary lifts up the bar to investigate.

GARY (CONTD) ANDY


It never got better, Andy. It never got better than Gary, dont go out there-
that night. It was supposed to be the beginning of
my life. All that promise and fucking optimism. As soon as Gary steps out, a THUNDERING VOICE BOOMS.
That feeling that we could take on the whole
universe. It was a big lie. NOTHING HAPPENED! THE VOICE
Gary King.
With determination Gary places the glass under the tap.
It is the WELL SPOKEN VOICE, amplified to a GODLIKE
ANDY SURROUND.
You dont need to do this Gary.

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GARY OLIVER steps out, head intact, speaking with the same
Yeah? WELL SPOKEN VOICE.

Suddenly the blanks EYES ILLUMINATE and they OLIVER


collectively project an ENORMOUS COLUMN OF BLINDING LIGHT From there, we create simulants to spread our
in the centre of the chamber. It hums and pulsates. Gary ideologies through peaceful indoctrination.
squints upwards.
We see a graphic of Earth. Points appear across the
THE LIGHT globe with concentric circles growing outwards to show
Gary King, of the humans. coverage.

GARY Mr. Shepherd steps out to talk in the same VOICE.


Yeah. What do you want?
MR. SHEPHERD
THE LIGHT Our objective is simple, to ready the population
We want to help you Gary. for participation in our galactic community.

GARY PETER
Do you now? This method requires a small sacrifice.

The LIGHT takes the form of an all-seeing, incandescent OLIVER


eye, transforming in time with the sound of its own But the fewer replacements we make, the more
voice. successful we consider our operation.

THE LIGHT The Reverend, steps forward, now speaking with the VOICE.
We are here to enable your full potential as we
have with countless worlds across the galaxy. THE REVEREND
Of course we welcome those who volunteer
The Light becomes a powerpoint demonstration of the themselves.
galaxy. Many planets are highlighted; the furthest out is
Earth. And now Shane Hawkins appears too. Head intact again.

GARY SHANE HAWKINS


Oh yeah? Howd you manage that then? We can offer attractive incentives to those who
willingly combine.
Peter steps out from the shadowy circle, now a smiling
blank who speaks in the same WELL SPOKEN VOICE. The Marmalade Sandwich step out and talk in unison.

PETER THE MARMALADE SANDWICH


We appropriate a small percentage of the population The chance to be young again and yet retain
at two thousand or so penetration points across the selected memories.
planet to ensure maximum coverage.

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INT. THE CATACOMBS - NIGHT

Suddenly the blanks EYES ILLUMINATE and they collectively


project an ENORMOUS COLUMN OF BLINDING LIGHT in the centre
of the chamber. It hums and pulsates. Gary squints upwards.

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GARY
Nah.

WITH SUDDEN VIOLENCE GARY POPS OFF YOUNG GARYS HEAD.

GARY (CONTD)
Theres only one Gary King.

He drop kicks the head and it splats against the chamber


wall. The Light intensifies, the hum growing in volume.

THE LIGHT
Then you have made your choice Gary, King of the
Humans.

OLIVER Gary puffs out his chest. He is King Of The Humans, a


Isnt that something youd like? drunk representative speaking for Earth.

PETER GARY
Something youve always wanted? Yeah I have. Because frankly, who the fuck are you
to come down here and tell us what to do?
Now stepping out of the shadowy circle are FIVE
INDIVIDUALS: The 18-YEAR-OLD VERSIONS of PETER, OLIVER, THE LIGHT
STEVEN, ANDY and GARY. They are exactly as we saw them in We are The Network and we are here for your
the prologue. betterment. In the last twenty-three years, have
you not marvelled as information technology has
GARY surged forward?
Oh my god! Im so cute! Id fuck me.

YOUNG GARY steps down onto the floor and approaches Gary,
opening his arms to his older counterpart.

YOUNG GARY
The beauty of our system is that we all win. There
are no losers.

Gary is seemingly enthralled. Young Gary smiles.

YOUNG GARY (CONTD)


Allow me to carry your legend forward. Let the man
you have become be the boy you were. IM SO CUTE! ID FUCK ME.
Gary places his hands on the shoulders of Young Gary.

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THE LIGHT
GARY But he is a detriment to himself, just as Earth is
No. a detriment to the galaxy.

THE LIGHT ANDY


Earth has grown smaller yet greater as connectivity What did you say?
has grown. This is our doing and it is just the
beginning. THE LIGHT
You act out the same cycles of self destruction
GARY again and again. At this point your planet is the
Oh fuck off, you big lamp. least civilized in the entire galaxy.

THE LIGHT GARY


You are children and you require guidance. There What did he say?
is no room for imperfection if Earth is to be a
successful member of our society. ANDY
Hes saying were a bunch of fuck ups.
GARY
Hey, Earth aint perfect, humans arent perfect and GARY
guess what? I aint perfect. Hey, its our basic human right to be fuck ups.
This civilisation is founded on fuck ups and you
THE LIGHT know what? That makes me proud.
And therein lies the necessity for this
intervention. Must the galaxy be subjected to an ANDY
entire planet of people like you? And me!

Andy steps into the arena as Garys drunk lawyer. GARY


What is it they say, to err is...?
ANDY
Whoa whoa whoa, who put you in charge? Who are you ANDY
to criticize anyone? Gary might be a bit of a cock To err is human.
and in fact he is a bit of a cock but hes my cock.
GARY
GARY They say to err is human, so errr-
Thanks mate.
THE LIGHT
ANDY We do not believe you speak for all humanity. You
Now Im not going to lie and say this man is some are but two men. Two drunk men.
sort of shining example, far from it. And Im not
saying that its wrong to ask for help, its not. STEVEN (O.S.)
But help must be asked for, otherwise its just Three drunk men!
control.

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Steven abseils down from the Worlds End on a piece of GARY
bunting. Hes bloodied and battered but very much alive. Come on, we dont have to stand for this shit?
Whos with us?
ANDY
Stevie-baby! Silence.

Gary and Andy cheer as Steven lands on the floor. GARY (CONTD)
Anybody?
THE LIGHT
Enough, humans! ANDY
Wait, you said youre not here to conquer, can I
GARY just ask, out of interest, how many people did you
Oh, youre in trouble now. Its only the fucking have to replace in Newton Haven?
Three Musketeers.
THE LIGHT
THE LIGHT That is irrelevant.
You are revolting against the wisdom of countless
solar systems. ANDY
Is it? Hands up who here is human.
GARY
Yeah we are revolting! Mumbling from the circle. One hand goes up.

STEVEN COLLABORATOR 1
You said it, mate. Im human.

Gary appeals to the surrounding throng. GARY


One!

COLLABORATOR 2
And me.

GARY
Thats two.

Another voice pipes up from across the room.

BASIL
I am but dont know for how long.

Gary, Andy and Steven are delighted to see Basil and


cheer.

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GARY/ANDY/STEVEN STEVEN
BASIL!!! You mean the few hundred thousand turned to fucking
compost?
STEVEN
So whats that? Three? ANDY
And what about the other places? The penetration
ANDY points.
You had to replace an entire town?
Gary sniggers and makes a euphemistic hand gesture.
THE LIGHT
Not the whole town. ANDY (CONTD)
Are they as successful as Newton Haven? Because
GARY Im guessing were not the only glitch in your
Everyone except old nutball and the shifty twins. system.

STEVEN THE LIGHT


Thats a good name for the band Gary. You should It is true, The Network has been experiencing some
write that down. difficulties...

GARY STEVEN
I will. You better believe it big balls.

ANDY THE LIGHT


What happened to the ones you replaced? Like Oliver ... and we hope to resolve these as soon as is
and Pete? conveniently possible.

BASIL (O.S.) GARY


I told you not to ask that! I think youve bitten off more than you can chew
with Earth, mate.
THE LIGHT
Redundant vessels are recycled, mulched and ANDY
converted into fertilizer whereupon they are Because we are more belligerent, more stubborn,
returned to the earth to promote verdancy and more idiotic than you can possibly imagine and Im
growth. It is a highly efficient means of organic not just talking about Gary.
renewal.
GARY
The Light presents cheery graphics of the recycling. Theres more than one Gary King.

GARY THE LIGHT


Mulched!? But you said...

THE LIGHT GARY


It is a relative few in light of our long term I fucking know what I fucking said!
plan.

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THE LIGHT
Your reliance on profanity is a measure of your
immaturity as a man and a species.

GARY
Oh why dont you just get back in your rocket and
fuck off to Legoland you cunts!

STEVEN
Yeah, stop Starbucking us man.
YEAH, STOP
THE LIGHT
It is our duty to challenge you.
STARBUCKING US MAN.
ANDY
Just eff off. THE LIGHT
If youd only-
GARY
Yeah, eff the fuck off. GARY
Face it, were the human race and we dont like
THE LIGHT being told what to do.
We cannot permit the human race to continue
unsupervised. A pause. The Light collects itself. Then asks.

ANDY THE LIGHT


Were not asking your permission. Just what is it that you want to do?

GARY GARY
Yeah, leave us to our own devices you intergalactic We wanna be free. We wanna be free, to do what we
arseholes. want to do and we want to get loaded and we wanna
have a good time. And thats what were gonna do.
THE LIGHT
You misunderstand- A long pause.

GARY THE LIGHT


Oh shut up. It is pointless arguing with you. You will be
left... to your own devices.
THE LIGHT
We are trying- GARY
Really?
GARY
Nobodys listening! And with that... THE LIGHT SUDDENLY SWITCHES OFF.
Blackness.

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We hear the sound of an OLD FASHIONED DIAL TONE, that starting everywhere, the sky turning an ominous red.
develops into a LOUD RUMBLE as the catacombs start to
shake. The few remaining humans climb out and run away fast.

GARY (CONTD) COLLABORATOR 1


They fucked off. Result! Well done.

Gary, Andy and Steve cheer and celebrate. They look to COLLABORATOR 2
see that the blanks in the circle are inert and dead Thanks a bunch!
eyed.
COLLABORATOR 1
The blanks power down and some keel backwards like You had to go and spoil it!
dominos.
COLLABORATOR 2
BANG! Sparks fizz from the cables like fireworks. Andy and Yeah, happy now?
Stevens smiles fade as the pipes glow a dangerous red.
Basil appears last.
STEVEN
Andy, perhaps we should- STEVEN
Basil, what do we do now?
ANDY
Gary, lets boo-boo. BASIL
Same as before. Go!
BANG! A huge electrical explosion erupts behind Gary.

GARY
Yeah, its shit here innit?

A pipe falls from the ceiling, narrowly missing Gary and


crushing the static Oliver instead.

The catacombs are now lit only by a growing blaze. The


gang, followed by Basil and the Collaborators make a
break for it, escaping up a ladder at the side of the
chamber.

EXT. THE STREETS OF NEWTON HAVEN - NIGHT

As they emerge from the Worlds End, Gary looks up to


see The Worlds End sign on fire. Beyond, the pub itself
throbs from inside with a powerful red light.

They look around to see Newton Haven: Smoke-filled, fires

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Basil disappears into the smoke, leaving our Three Gary gets to his feet and limps over to Sams car.
Musketeers, lost amidst the gathering apocalypse.
GARY
GARY Hi Sam, could you give us a lift to London please?
Wheres The Beast.
SAM
STEVEN Did you find out what happened to my brother?
The Beast is dead, mate.
GARY
ANDY Uh... well tell you on the way.
You know whats really annoying?
They get in the car and hastily buckle up.
STEVEN
What? SAM
Do excuse the mess. Ive been meaning to clear that
ANDY up.
I promised myself I wouldnt die in this town.
STEVE
Gary hears a familiar RATTLING approach through the We forgive you. Lets go.
smoke.
SAM
GARY Which way?
Youre not going to.
A FIERY FLASH and OMINOUS BOOM explodes from the Worlds
HEADLIGHTS. Gary runs towards them, waving his arms. End. A HUGE WAVE OF RED PLASMA detonates outward towards
the car.
GARY (CONTD)
Our luck just changed. GARY
BACKWARDS!
BOOM. The car runs into Gary, knocking him violently
down. The ENERGY WAVE gains on them, shattering all the nearby
windows, causing destruction and chaos.
SAM (O.S.)
Oh crumbs! Sorry! Sam reverses fast, pulls a spectacular J-turn and speeds
out of Newton Haven.
Sam pulls up, visible through her broken windscreen.
In the slipstream of Sams car, Garys tourist map
STEVEN is whipped into the air where it bursts into flames,
Sam? You came back for us! enveloped by the plasma wave.

SAM EXT. THE OUTSKIRTS OF NEWTON HAVEN - CONTINUOUS


Yes. Yes I did. Well, I got lost on the ring-road.
But yes. Sam approaches the same roundabout she got lost on.

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BLACKNESS.

We hear coughing. We see the car through a cloud of


acrid smoke, blackened but intact. Sam turns the key.
It is dead. The gang exits the car and start to walk.
Gary leads them, stumbling toward an orange light in
the distance. Andy follows, Steven and Sam behind him,
holding hands.

The smoke clears and Gary gazes upon the same panorama he
saw in 1990. The valley bathed in orange light. However,
it is not the dawn, its the town and surrounding fields
on fire. The flaming hedgerows make a fiery grid as far as
they can see. A nearby pylon blazes, showering sparks.
They sit down on the brow of the hill looking out across
SAM the scene.
Which way now?
Gary turns to Andy.
STEVEN
Straight over! GARY (CONTD)
Im sorry.
Sam floors it, speeding right OVER THE ROUNDABOUT and away
from the town on a winding country lane. ANDY
I know.
GARY
We can make it. Andy puts his arm around Gary. They sit regarding
Armageddon.
The plasma wave gains inexorably, igniting the hedgerows
as the car struggles to outrun its fate. Sam drives to
escape the burning countryside, a RAPIDLY GAINING TUNNEL
OF FIRE.

GARY (CONTD)
Were gonna make it.

Sams car is just ahead of the gaining fire as it shoots


past the sign saying THANKS FOR VISITING NEWTON HAVEN.

GARY (CONTD)
We made it!

Not quite. The flames of the hedgerows overtake the car.


The passengers are engulfed in a BLINDING RED GLOW. Then-

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connected like they used to be. Everyone got cut
off.

We see Andy on his property with his wife and kids,


tending an area of arable land, surrounded by a chain
link fence.

ANDY (V.O.) (CONTD)


Some people say it was better when they were
here. I can see that. It isnt easy now but it is
simpler. Im back with the wife which is something.
We decided our problems didnt seem as bad in the
grand scheme. We live off the land, provide for
the family. We all had to go organic in a big way,
but if Im honest, Im hard pressed to recall any
processed foods I miss.
FADE TO:
A MINT CORNETTO WRAPPER flutters onto the fence and then
INT./EXT. VARIOUS LOCATIONS flies away. Andys slavering chops betray him.

An older Andy talks to a group of younger people around ANDY (V.O.) (CONTD)
a fire. He is dressed in a medieval looking mish-mash of As for the blanks, well a funny thing happened
contemporary clothing. The look and feel of these scenes there. They woke up. A week or so after The
are post apocalyptic and neo-gothic, with much swirling Network pulled out, they just sort of rebooted by
smoke. themselves.

ANDY We see blackened figures in the burnt out catacombs come


That morning gave new meaning to the word to life. The blanks awake. Peter blinks. Oliver sits
hangover. We decided to walk it off, all the way up to discover that his head is missing once again. He
back to London, but the headache didnt end there frowns.
- it just went on and on. When The Network went
down, it triggered a pulse that wiped out all our ANDY (V.O.) (CONTD)
technology and sent us here, back to the Dark Ages. They seemed lost at first, children cut off from
their parents. I felt a bit sorry for them to be
We see the Earth reflected in Andys glasses, we see pulse honest.
waves spread out all over the globe and then... black
out. The blanks stumble through society. Some are pelted with
tomatoes. Some reunite with tearful relatives. Oliver
ANDY (V.O.) (CONTD) passes graffiti reading WE ARE NOT ROBOTS. He gets dirty
There were casualties of course. I knew a few. Some looks from passersby. He gives them the finger, mouths
guy at work, my cousin, Garys mum. Nobody could fuck off.
be sure how many we lost, because we never heard
from the rest of the world again. Things arent

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ANDY
We all had to go organic in a big way,
but if Im honest, Im hard pressed to
recall any processed foods I miss.

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ANDY (V.O.) (CONTD)
The Network was right about one thing. We dont
play nice with others. The Network was right about
a few things to be fair. Oliver went back to being
an estate agent. People still need a roof over
their heads and the old Olly always had a gift for
the gab. I guess the new one has too.

Oliver, now wearing half a football in place of his


missing head, shows a young couple into a rough dwelling. STEVEN AND SAM GOT TOGETH
He attempts to follow them but bumps into the door jamb. IN THE END. DIDNT SEE THAT ER
COMING.
ANDY (V.O.) (CONTD)
I hear the Petertron went home. He remembered
enough to know where Bishops Gardens was. I
suppose he just picked up where he left off. Andy looks ruefully into the distance as he remembers his
old friend, almost forgetting he is addressing the group.
We see Peter approach his now overgrown and half-
shuttered house in Bishops Gardens. ANDY (CONTD)
I dont know what happened to Gary. We got
ANDY (V.O.) (CONTD) separated and I never saw him again. Some say he
Im not sure his wife noticed. Maybe she chose not went back to Newton Haven. I dont know why, I
to. Hes a pretty good dad by all accounts. think his business there was done.

We see Peter sat round the breakfast table with his kids EXT. NEW ANGLIA - DAY
in a burnt out kitchen. He takes off his hand and lets
it scuttle round the table. Everyone laughs. His wife We see Gary, striding out of the smoke, still dressed in
enters, Peter quickly reattaches his hand and winks at his trench coat, which seems somehow more befitting in
his children. these surroundings. He carries a broadsword on his back.

ANDY (V.O.) (CONTD) ANDY (V.O.)


Steven and Sam got together in the end. Didnt see Wherever he is, I hope hes happy. Its funny but I
that coming. They shacked up just outside London. miss him. I wonder if he misses me.
Its a pretty nice shack too.
Striding behind him, the BLANK TEENAGE VERSIONS OF ANDY,
Sam and Steven appear on the doorstep of an impressive STEVEN, OLIVER AND PETER. They are somewhat blackened,
looking shack. Sam kisses Steven who slings a shotgun with modifications to their garb. They too carry medieval
over his shoulder and strides off, presumably to go weapons.
hunting.
Gary leads them to a pub that stands alone in the smoky
ANDY (V.O.) (CONTD) apocalyptic wasteland: THE RISING SUN
As for Gary?
He brings them to a halt at the door of the pub and

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need of refreshment, you sir have the honour of
drawing first blood. So Ill ask you again, for the
last time.

Tension rises. The patrons seem ready to attack.

GARY (CONTD)
Five. Waters. Please.

The Publican reaches for a weapon. So does every patron


in the bar. With lightning speed, Gary draws his sword
and his wingmen fall into combat formation behind him.

PUBLICAN 13
Who the hell do you think you are?
regards the sign made out of number plates. It reads N0
BL4 NKS. GARY
Me?
INT. THE RISING SUN - DAY
Behind Gary, the eyes of his blank posse switch on and
The sign clatters across the pub floor drawing looks from GLOW BRIGHTLY, backlighting Garys final, badass line.
the group of armed, rough-looking and very human patrons.
GARY (CONTD)
HUMAN PATRON 1 They call me The King.
Blank bastards.
Gary charges at the camera. Things are about to get
HUMAN PATRON 2 messy.
Fucking robots.

Gary and his gang of blanks approach the bar and a


publican who eyes them with absolute disdain.

GARY
Five waters please.

PUBLICAN 13
You can have one but Im not serving this scum.

Gary notes the air of tension in the room and smiles.

GARY
Well Im afraid its all for one and one for all.
You see my friends and I are on an adventure, a
quest if you will and since we find ourselves in

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SIMON PEGG NICK FROST EDGAR WRIGHT
GARY KING ANDY DIRECTOR

MARTIN FREEMAN EDDIE MARSAN PADDY CONSIDINE


OLIVER PETE STEVEN

ROSAMUND PIKE NIRA PARK ERIC FELLNER


SAM PRODUCER PRODUCER

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FEATURETTE: FEATURETTE:
THE WORLDS END FRIENDS REUINTED

FEATURETTE: THEATRICAL TRAILER


JUMPING FENCES

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