Far-Side-Of-The-Moore, Radio Play.pdf - Far Side Of The Moore By Sean Grundy CHARACTERS PATRICK MOORE(early 30s.eccentric amateur astronomer PAUL

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Far Side Of The MooreBy Sean Grundy CHARACTERS PATRICK MOORE (early 30s)...eccentric amateur astronomer PAUL JOHNSTONE (mid 30s)...BBC science producer DR HENRY KING (40s) ...soon-to-be head of the BAA PERCY WILKINS (60s) ...Moore’s mentor EILEEN WILKINS (early 20s) ...Percy’s daughterARTHUR C CLARKE (late 30s)...Moore’s friendGERTRUDE MOORE (60s)...Moore’s motherLEONARD MIALL (40s)...BBC Head of Talks ANNOUNCER; STUDIO FM; TRANSMISSION CONTROL; HENRY KING’S SECRETARY; NEWS REPORTER; GEORGE ADAMSKI; BAA PRESIDENT Set in mid-1950s at BBC TV, BAA meeting room and Patrick’s home, East Grinstead. (Draft 4 - 27/01/15)
1SCENE 1.INTRO. SFX SPACEY FX/MUSIC ANNOUNCER The following drama is based on the true story of Patrick Moore and the making of ‘The Sky At Night’.PATRICK MOORE (OLDER) All true, even the stuff I exaggerated to jolly up the proceedings. However, I do apologise for my restraint on more colourful opinions: PC-brigade, female producers, Europhiles and all that. Damn irritating.. (FADE) SFX SPACEY MUSIC MIX TO RADIO DIAL REWINDING BACK IN TIME TO: SCENE 2.INT. BBC STUDIO. 1957 ARCHIVE (OR MOCK-UP) CYRIL STAPLETON’S PARADEMUSIC PLAYS PAUL JOHNSTONE ..Countdown to live in 90..Ident, please.. STUDIO FM (ON TALKBACK) Sky At Night. Programme 1. 24/4/57. 10.30pm. Transmission, do you have a feed? TRANSMISSION CONTROL (ON TALKBACK) Hello, studio. Rolling credits on ‘Cyril Stapleton Parade’. I see your slate: (READS) Producer, Paul Johnstone. Host, Patrick Meere.STUDIO FM (ON TALKBACK) Moore. TRANSMISSION CONTROL Correction, ‘Moore. STUDIO FM (ON TALKBACK) Live in 60. PAUL JOHNSTONE Good luck, studio. Good luck,
2Patrick. PATRICK MOORE (34 yrs)(FROM STUDIO) My entire life depends on what I do in the next fifteen minutes, Paul. ..Longer than it took to create the universe. PAUL This is slightly more important, Patrick. PATRICK (FROM STUDIO) In 55 years’ time,on the planet Gliese 163c, they’ll just be receiving the first ever ‘Sky At Night’ broadcast. Beta Cassiopeiae are only 45 light years away. They’ll already know whether it was a success or not.. PAUL Let’s not disappoint our viewers on Beta Cassiopeiae. PATRICK Of course. Even though they certainly don’t pay their television licence. STUDIO FM (ON TALKBACK) Live in 30..29, 28, 27, 26 (UNDER) MUSIC "REQUIEM FOR SOPRANO, MEZZO-SOPRANO, 2 MIXED CHOIRS AND ORCHESTRA” –GYÖRGY LIGETI (from ‘2001’)PATRICK (NARRATION) ‘The Sky At Nightall began in earnest well, anger in the Summer of 56. Just as Comet Arend-Roland came blustering into our solar system spitting fire and ice, I was also propelling my own elemental energy across the breakfast table..in the form of hot tea. SCENE 3.INT. THE MOORE HOUSE. 1955.
3PATRICK (CHOKING) What the- GERTRUDE Don’t gulp, dear.SFX SHAKING JOURNAL/NEWSPAPER PATRICK (SPLUTTERING) I can’t breathe.GERTRUDE Undo your tie.. And please do stop with the amateur dramatics, Patrick..at least until after breakfast.

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