As a part of the Professional Writing unit of BA (Hons) Communication and Media, I was assigned to write a television script. The script is an introduction to the first episode of a series, which I proposed would be suitable for a BBC One weekly show BBC One at around 22:30. We were asked to focus on the writing and using the correct format (which doesn’t show here) rather than the production technicality.
1 EXT. LONDON TRAIN STATION – DAY 1. 17:49
Autumn. From above – busy train station.
Slowly zoom in to platform. A young woman, OLIVIA KING, and a small boy, REECE EDWARDS sitting on a bench. REECE is clutching a toy aeroplane and a backpack. On the floor next to the bench are three large suitcases stacked on top of each other.
The silence of both characters, and OLIVIA’s distanced look, contrasts to the busyness, bustle and chatter surrounding them.
The toy aeroplane slips out of REECE’s hand. Startled, he looks at his mother.
Be careful with that, you don’t want to lose it do you? Just make sure you keep hold of all your things Reece, okay? –
REECE looks up at his mother and nods.
The train now approaching platform four is the 10:51 service to Manchester Piccadilly –
The tannoy voice is drowned out by the fairly sudden, and extremely loud, sound of the train approaching the platform.
OLIVIA stands and awkwardly picks up the suitcases amongst the mad rush of people heading towards the edge of the platform.
This is our train, come on Reece, quickly
They enter the crowd, the camera loses them as they get on the train.
Camera looks on from the platform as the train leaves. We notice OLIVIA looking out of the window as it goes past and the camera follows.
Fade into next scene.