Review Thriller -S06e06- A Midsummer Nightmare

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    In an English wood, a summer day, after the rain, a tree with lovers initials carved on it.
    Annabel loves......the other name is missing. Someone holding a knife with a wooden handle has removed the other name. Suddenly a young blonde girl comes into view, a teenager carrying something close to her chest, cuddling it, a smile on her face, the object is a book.
    The knife man stops his attack on the tree carving, and hides behind another tree as the girl moves closer.
    The tree that had the carving also had a strange pattern carved into it, a brick wall pattern. Vertical and horizontal lines in a brick arrangement. Nearby stands a notice, a warning about the dangers of forest fires. The girl crouches down in front of the tree, doing something? She looks disappointingly at the lovers carving, the boy's name removed, then spins round and screams! The knife plunges into her, dead instantly.
    But that was five years ago, the wood is peaceful now, the warning sign, the tree with its wall/brick carvings are still there, faintly visible as is the carving ' Annabel loves.......' More.
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    In the London office of J.Baxter detective agency, Johnny Baxter is rushing around, in a hurry, a plane to catch, his American wife Jody is there, pretty in her twenties.
    John " please Jody come to Rome with me, it'll be fun"
    Jody " fun! You'll be working on a case, and I'll have nothing to do"
    Jn " only for a few days, after that we can see the sights. Anyway you can be useful, there's notes to take.."
    Jy " notes to take! Johnny I want to be my own person"
    Jn " you're my wife"
    Jy " well I guess that ain't enough"
    Jn " I still love you Jody, and you love me. This trial separation nonsense..."
    Jy " three months we agreed"
    Jn " look I can't discuss it now, I must catch that plane. Come on."
    They leave the office, Johnny runs down the stairs, Jody slowly follows. Passing her is a man, in his fifties with a walking cane, he stops outside the agency door.
    Jy " can I help you?'
    Tully. " my name is Arnold Tully, I'm looking for J Baxter, private detective. Came highly recommended"
    Jody has a delicious thought.
    Jy " yep, that's me, J Baxter, can I help"
    Tu " you! A woman, oh why not, the world is changing, I need your services. It's about a murder"
    Jy " murder! Oh erm..the police can handle that"
    Tu " this murder happened five years ago. The police have failed, that's why I've turned to private help. I know who commited the crime, I want you to prove it.. er."
    Jy " Jody...er Miss Baxter"
    Jody better not let on about being only the wife of the detective and suggests going to Tully's home to discuss the case, as Johnny has locked the office up.
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    In Tully's home, he hands Jody a framed photo of his niece Annabel, the girl in the woods.
    Tu " my niece Annabel, murdered five years ago , almost to the very day. I never married, I was regarded as the misogynist of the family, truth is women scared me, then my brother and his wife died and I was left to bring up a woman of my own. A child woman, not someone to be frightened of, but to mould, to see blossom, I want him behind bars, I want him to pay for what he did"
    Jy " who Mr Tully?"
    Tu " Peter Ingrams"
    Later Jody and Tully are sitting in her car in the town centre, opposite a man comes out of a newsagents, tall, fifties, white hair.
    Tu " that's him"
    A woman passer-by sees Ingrams and spits on the pavement.
    Tu " you see, everyone knows what he did. There's barely anyone who'll talk to him. The young men occasionally beat him up"
    Jy " why doesn't he leave?"
    Tu " bravado. A killer walking the streets"
    Jody visits the police station, there she talks to Sgt George Briggs ( Brian Blessed) and Sgt Charlie Spencer.
    Br " Tully is right , Ingrams definitely did it, we had enough evidence to take it to court. But not enough for a conviction. One day though we'll nab him, he'll do something to incriminate himself and then we'll get him"
    Jy " like doing it again?"
    Br " possibly"
    Jy " what evidence did you have?"
    Br " circumstantial mostly. Opportunity, motive, they worked together on some amateur theatrical production, and he fancied her. Yeah, he did it, there was no other suspect. Look Miss Baxter, we don't mind getting help. Perhaps you'll show us where we went wrong. Tell you what, you can take away the files , and look through them. Anything you need to know, ask me, I was on the case"
    Jy " thank you Sgt,you've been most helpful"
    After Jody leaves Briggs turns to Charlie , " well what do you think?"
    Ch " she might turn something up"
    Br " Nah, didn't mean that ,nothing left to turn up is there, I meant her, what do you think of her. I saw your eyes popping out on stalks Charlie"
    Ch " goodnight George, give my regards to the wife and kid"
    Br " Oh low blow Charlie"
    Ch " you told her wrong George. Ingrams the only suspect? What about that uncle of hers , Tully, now there was an unhealthy relationship!"
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    Jody goes to the woods, the scene of the crime. She notices the tree with its enigmatic brick wall carving and the ' Annabel loves...' incomplete carving.
    A voice behind her,
    " can I help you?"
    It is Ingrams, tall , menacing, Jody thinks quick.
    Jy " erm , that branch the thin one with the leaves, I was hoping to get it"
    Ing " allow me"
    Ingrams takes out his knife and cuts the branch down, it's quite small and low hanging.
    Jy " thanks. Mr ..."
    Ing " Ingrams, Peter Ingrams"
    Jy " I'm a teacher back home, the flora of a foreign country you know"
    Ing " I'd have thought they had birch trees in the States"
    Jy " oh yes we have,...did you know we import London fog in cans and Scottish water, besides the kids will love this"
    Ing " I wish I had a teacher that looked like you ,how about another English custom, afternoon tea, my cottage is nearby, if you'd care to"
    Ingrams lives at the edge of the wood in a secluded cottage. Inside Jody sees the decor and pictures on the wall giving away Ingrams passion.
    Jy " are you an actor?"
    Ing " was, gave it up years ago. I realised Laurence Olivier I was not, so now I write. Theatre criticism for newspapers, magazines etc, I'm an authority on bad actors having been one myself, well I used to do that until... until they found someone else "
    Suddenly a brick comes through the window smashing glass everywhere.
    Jody rushes to the window.
    Ing " leave it, they'll be gone by now. They usually are. You'd think they'd be tired of it by now."
    Jy " this has happened before?"
    Ing " yes, I had some trouble with this town some time ago"
    Jy " what did you do?"
    Ing " it's what they think I did. Lets forget it. If you're going to be around for bit perhaps I can take you to dinner sometime?"
    Jody politely leaves taking her branch with her, that she dumps as soon as out of Ingrams sight, and heads for her car. There's a noise, footsteps crunching dead twigs, someone is following her.
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    Jody reaches her car, and a hand grabs her shoulder. It is Sgt. Briggs.
    Jy " someone was following me"
    Br " yes, me, I knew this would be the first place you'd come. Well you didn't expect I'd let you go into a killer's home without police protection"
    Jy " someone threw a brick through his window. Was it you?"
    Br " no it damn well wasn't. But if I had seen anything I'd have done nothing. Anything that rubs Ingrams nose in the dirt is fine by me"
    Later back at Tully's Jody goes into Annabel's room. It has been left exactly as it was, for five years now. Inside is the cleaning lady Mrs Fitch.
    Fch " you're that detective aren't you. Come to get Ingrams, I hope you get him"
    Jy " you were the last person to see Annabel alive?"
    Fch " yes, last but one that is. So happy that day she was, running in to see me, auntie Fitch it's such a lovely day, she said, I'm not really her auntie, but she called me that"
    Jy " lovely day, but hadn't it been raining?"
    Fch " well it was lovely to her. She didn't know she'd have a knife stuck in her ribs. Poor little thing. Hanging is too good for Ingrams, they don't even do that now"
    Jy " so she was particularly happy that day?"
    Fch " yes, something to do with that book she had, cuddling it she was. (pointing to bookshelf) One of those books there, yeah one exactly like those."
    Fitch leaves, Jody looks at books on shelf. The complete works of William Shakespeare.
    Annabel had every play, each in an individual book, beautifully bound in blue hardback cover, gold coloured embossed titling. One of the books Jody picks up has an inscription on the flyleaf, ' to the best Rosalind I've ever seen from the worst Oberon ever ', she takes the book to Williams bookshop in town.
    Williams " yes I sell a lot of these, always a welcome gift for a student"
    Williams checks his stock records and someone bought the book with Oberon in it, A Midsummer Nights Dream, the day before Annabel died.
    Going back to see Tully who is a theatre buff, as was Annabel,
    Tully " yes she loved the theatre, got that from me, I've always preferred the wonder of the theatre to the mundane world that reality has to offer"
    Jy " did Annabel act?"
    Tu " in local productions only, but she was very good. We did talk about sending her to drama school"
    Jy " what did you think of her Rosalind , in As You Like It?"
    Tu " superb"
    Jy " the best you'd ever seen?"
    Jody shows Tully the flyleaf inscription.
    Jy " did you give her that book?"
    Tu " no"
    Jy " someone did, and the day before she died I think Annabel bought a copy of ' The Dream' to give to someone, Oberon..I think Oberon murdered your neice.
    Tu " my God, Ingrams was an actor"
    Jody starts dialling phone number, then..
    Jy " Mr Ingrams, Jody Baxter, is that dinner invite still open?"
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    At the police station, Sgt. Charlie Spencer relieved of duty by George Briggs.
    Br " Charlie, mind coming in a bit early this evening? My birthday, the wife's expecting to be taken out"
    Spencer " I'll do what I can George"
    Meantime Jody that evening enters Ingrams cottage. The place is in near darkness.
    Ingrams is hiding behind the door as she enters. Once in,
    Ing " A DETECTIVE! A ROTTEN STINKING DETECTIVE A PROFESSIONAL SNOOP"
    He punches her in the face, Jody falls back, grabs a heavy cigarette lighter from the table, and smashes it down on Ingrams head, he bleeds.
    Ever the actor Ingrams runs to the mirror, " oh my god I'm bleeding to death", he gets out a handkerchief and dabs his wound,." get me a drink"
    He gulps it down, calmer now.
    Ing " I'm sorry truly, what more can I say or do? I've told the police all I know. Why can't you all just leave me alone"
    Jy " who told you I was a detective?"
    Ing " Williams at the bookshop, I still have some friends"
    Jody changes tack, totally flummoxing Ingrams.
    Jy " did you ever do Midsummer Nights Dream?"
    Ing " eh?"
    Jyn" The Dream, did you do it?"
    Ing " yes"
    Jy " did you ever play Oberon?"
    Ing " once or twice, why?"
    Jy " how were you? Good, bad, indifferent?"
    Ing " I was okay I suppose"
    Jy " but you weren't the worst Oberon ever?"
    Ing " what is all this?"
    Jy " nothing , goodbye Mr Ingrams"
    Jody leaves, Ingrams deeply puzzled by this line of questioning.
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    At Tully's place , he is dabbing her bruised eye with cotton wool and disinfectant.
    Jy " I shouldn't have gone there alone"
    Tu " I'm sorry I had to call the police"
    Mrs Fitch enters , " Sgt Briggs sir"
    Briggs enters, looks at Jody's face,
    Br " Ingrams, had a go at you did he?, well , we'll bring him in, see what develops"
    Jy " I'm not complaining, really I'm not, I'm not pressing charges"
    Br (angry) " Not complaining! This is what we've waited for, whose side are you on? What do you want?"
    Jy " to find Annabel 's killer, that's what I want"
    Briggs storms out in a huff.
    Jy " Mr Tully, you paid me a retainer, I want to pay it back. For a number of reasons, but mainly because I'm a fraud. You hired the wrong J Baxter, my husband is the detective not me"
    Tu " I know"
    Jy " you know?"
    Tu " I told you J Baxter came highly recommended, when I found out it was you, naturally I checked back"
    Jy " ( yawning) I'm sorry"
    Tu " don't be, I want you on the case. You've done well, nothing concrete yet, but Ingrams is rattled. Perhaps what was always needed was a woman's eye. Something.....something, he must have made one mistake"
    But Jody isn't listening, she is fast asleep on the settee.
    Tu " you can't drive back to your hotel tonight, you can .....have....have..Annabel 's room tonight"
    In the middle of the night, Jody is asleep in Annabel 's room, the door opens, Tully looks in, puzzled at something wrong. He creeps in, picks up a toy teddy bear that has fallen on the floor. He places it next to Jody's head and leaves.
    Tully is odd to say the least, possessive perhaps, of Annabel too.....maybe!
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    The next morning Jody looking worse for wear enters the kitchen, to find Briggs sitting there with Tully.
    Br " well Miss Baxter good morning, that's a beaut of a black eye you've got. I like my women with a bit of imperfection perhaps I should send them all over to Ingrams. Still not pressing charges?"
    Jy " no"
    Br " okay perhaps I'll press a couple against you. Like withholding evidence, ( holding Shakespeare book with inscription), this book for example"
    Jy " come on please!, that book has been in Annabel 's room for five years for anyone to find. Besides it isn't evidence of anything"
    Br " Ingrams is an actor"
    Jy " but not necessarily a bad one, the worst Oberon ever"
    Br " okay, what about fraud, telling Mr Tully that you're a detective"
    Jy " Mr Tully knows, I even offered to give back my retainer"
    Tu " that's true sergeant"
    Br "now listen young lady you're playing with fire, you might end up burnt......to a crisp, good day Mr Tully"
    Briggs leaves, Tully is apologetic.
    Tu " I'm sorry, he came here unexpectedly, maybe I said too much"
    The phone rings ,Mrs Fitch answers it in the living room and enters the kitchen.
    Fch " it's for Miss Baxter, from him...Ingrams"
    Ingrams in his cottage into phone; " Miss Baxter, just wanted to thank you for not saying anything about last night....well no ones been here...thanks....no don't hang up..you said last night something about the worst Oberon ever..was that important.....it's just that I've heard that expression before and I've remembered where...Williams at the book shop....he runs the amateur theatrical group has done for years , he'd have seen some bad Oberons.....but you can't today it's Sunday it's closed......hello..hello..Miss Baxter.."
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    Jody enters Williams bookshop, the door suspiciously open, there is no sign of Williams. Behind the counter is a door leading to stairs up to the upstairs flat.
    Jody opens it, and recoils in horror. Williams is at the bottom of it, eyes staring open, obviously dead. Jody backs away...and into Sgt. Briggs. He examines the body,
    Br " dead, broken neck, I didn't like him, but I wouldn't wish that accident on anybody"
    Jy " if it was an accident. Anyway what are you doing here?
    Br " following you again Miss Baxter, it's called police work"
    Charlie Spencer comes in,
    Ch " George what's going on?"
    Br " what brings you here Charlie?"
    Ch " saw the patrol car outside"
    Br " Williams is dead, fell down the stairs and broke his neck"
    Ch " poor Williams"
    Br " poor Williams!? Do me a favour Charlie you hated him as much as anyone. You felt the back of his hand on many occasions. Remember school, he always gave you lowest marks for everything"
    Ch " who found him?"
    Br " little Miss Sherlock Holmes here"
    Jy "I wanted to talk to him, he might have known who Oberon was"
    Br " what, that stuff in the book?"
    Jy " why not? , he ran the theatre group, he'd have seen some bad Oberons"
    Br " who told you that?, Ingrams!, hey, perhaps it wasn't an accident. I'm sorry for him, but he was mean and vicious, made sense he was the one of the few still talking to Ingrams, two of a kind"
    Ch " okay Miss Baxter you can go, we'll be in touch if we need you"
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    At Tully's it's late evening, Tully is sitting by an open fire, Jody now staying here until her investigations are over, curled up on the settee.
    Tu " I've been thinking, I've incubated hate for so long, wanted revenge , it's like a sore, keep picking at it and it never heals. There comes a time when one must move on, must forget, I don't want you to think I'm ungrateful..."
    Jy " do you want me to leave Mr Tully?"
    Tu " mmm"
    Jy " okay....tomorrow, I'll leave tomorrow"
    The next day Jody is in the kitchen with Mrs Fitch.
    Fch " I told him they'd be heartache at the end, I told him, not right a Batchelor bringing up a young girl, not right at all. I remember that last day, ( sighs) asked me for a bag she did, last thing she said to me"
    Jy " a bag?"
    Fch " yes a plastic one, like a freezer bag"
    In the police station the phone rings, Sgt Spencer picks it up,
    Ch " yes Sgt Spencer.....yes Miss Baxter....yes there was...dirt was found under the nails of both hands....mmm..well yes but that was yesterday....why do you ask?...Miss Baxter ...hello are you still there..."
    Charlie puts phone down looking concerned, George Briggs notices it.
    Br " what did she say Charlie?"
    Ch" er..nothing..didn't make sense.....see ya George I'll be back later"
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    Jody runs excitedly in to see Tully.
    Jy " Mr Tully I think I'm about to earn that fee, and all because of a plastic bag"
    Tu " a bag?"
    Jy " Annabel bought a book to give to Oberon, and she put it in a plastic bag, but why not a paper one with a ribbon? Because she wanted to hide it, bury it! In a place known only to herself and Oberon. Believe me a young girl in love would do something like that"
    Tu " in love?! She was a child"
    Jy " she was seventeen Mr Tully"
    Tu " she'd have told me"
    Jy " how would you have reacted ? With anger ? protectiveness? jealousy? That's okay Mr Tully, it would have been a normal father's reaction. Now I bet that book is still there, with her inscription on the flyleaf and the killer's name. I'm going to find it"
    Tu " but that wood is two miles wide, it could be anywhere"
    Jyn" No Mr Tully, it can only be in one place, ' this cast , this stone, this rough place doth show', oh Mr Tully for someone who is a theatre buff you don't know much about Shakespeare, I'm talking about the wall. The wall! ' through which the lovers do whisper often and in secret' "
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    Jody is at the tree with the wall carving faintly still visible, the nearby fire warning sign enabling relatively easy locating of the tree. Trowel in hand she starts digging, after a couple of minutes, success. She pulls out of the earth a blue book in plastic wrapper. Behind her a voice,
    " you're clever, very clever"
    She turns to see Sgt Briggs.
    Br " I often wondered about that dirt under her nails"
    Jody opens the book at the flyleaf,
    Jy " YOU! the worst Oberon"
    Br " ever, don't forget the ever, Williams never did. Ten years old I was and he leaned on me hard. He shouldn't have told her though"
    Briggs takes out a knife with its wooden handle
    Br " I was married you see, with a child, and if it all came out it would have ruined my chances of promotion. She knew that too....precocious little bitch!!....sorry about this"
    Briggs moves menacingly towards Jody, when Sgt Spencer steps into view.
    Ch " George...put the knife down George....you're big George but remember at school....big as you were I always took you apart, you never won"
    Briggs is a broken man, he tosses the knife away.
    Ch " sit down George ( leading him to a tree stump)...you can't ask me a question like that Miss Baxter and not expect to arouse my curiosity....when was his birthday...I've been following him ever since..was that book his birthday present?"
    Jody shows Spencer the flyleaf, Spencer gives her a ' rolling up eyes look' then a smile. Poor George gave himself away needlessly. Water had seeped into the book over the years, the flyleaf , a mess of runny ink, quite illegible.

    Johnny has returned from Rome, staring dumbfounded at the cheque written out to Jody from Tully.
    Jn " it's incredible,unbelievable"
    Jy " I did a good job Johnny"
    Jn " obviously.....what do I do with this?"
    Jy " cash it , and cash in on me I'm useful. What d'you say Johnny an equal partnership"
    Jn " you here with me , together in the agency...okay why not ...partners again"
    The phone rings Jody picks it up , " hello Baxter and Baxter"

    Jody uncovers the buried book;
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