The Watchman

(PHONE RINGS)

Female voice: Dad, are you there? Please answer the phone, Dad, if you can hear me. Look, Mum's crying and we're all really, really worried about you.

(CALLER CHOKES BACK TEARS)

Just let us know you're OK. Please, Dad.

♪ A fine little girl She's waiting for me ♪
♪ To catch a ship across the sea ♪
♪ Sail that ship about, all alone ♪
♪ Never think how I make it home ♪
♪ Louie, Louie ♪
♪ Oh, oh, oh, no ♪
♪ We gotta go ♪
♪ Oh, no ♪
♪ Louie, Louie, oh, baby ♪
♪ We gotta go ♪

(Softer through headphones): ♪ Three nights and days, I sail the sea ♪
♪ Think of... ♪

Whisky 1.

Any handover from the day shift?

All right, Carl. Those lads on the Elms Estate have been causing some bother.

What, again?

Yeah, it's getting out of hand.

Can you keep an eye on them, mate?

Over and out.

(RADIO CHATTER)

(DISTANT SIREN WAILS)

Another night on the Elms, boys.

What are you lot up to?

Come on, you little scallywags, what's going on here?

(PHONE RINGS)

OK.

(PHONE BEEPS)

_: First new message.

Busy night in CCTV Towers, Carl?

Spin your camera round, mate. Cab rank, Leyton Street. I think you'll enjoy the view!

See you later.

Leyton Street...

Leyton Street, which one's that?

70...

Where are ya?

Got ya.

Oh, come on, lads. You're old enough to be her dad.

Lee Simpson. 6 Harlington Drive, Copley Wood.

Keep your eyes on the road.

(INAUDIBLE)

(WHISPERING): You knob.

Foul and abusive language is a breach of our public space protections order.

(HE LAUGHS)

Cheeky!

Here we go, here we go, here we go.

Oh, sh1t!

What's in the bag?

What's in the bag? Come on.

Whisky 1.

Whisky 1, go ahead.

Yeah, I'm watching a group of lads down on the Elms between Shawcross and Grosvenor Road.

OK.

They're definitely dealing drugs. It's blatant.

Shawcross and Grosvenor Road, I shall pass that on. Thank you.

Well, don't you want any more details?

I've got the car registration and everything.

Not now, no.

I said I'll pass it on.

When you say "pass it on", what does that actually mean?

It's Carl, isn't it?

Yeah.

Let me explain something, Carl.

We've got six bobbies and a sergeant on duty to cover everything... the entire town.

If you want, I can tell the skipper there's a bloke in CCTV...

(PHONE RINGS)

...who'd like him to drop everything now, see how that goes down.

No, I'm just trying to do me job.

Maybe you could do yours.

Excuse me, what did you just say?

I said maybe I could try and help you do yours.

Over.

Hello, love, you all right?

No, I'm not. Who was that?

Oh, just some woman who won't do her job properly.

What's going on, Kel?

Mum's being a right cow, Dad.

Come on, what's happened?

We're in the kitchen, yeah? Everything was fine, we were having a laugh for once and then she starts to serve dinner so I say, as a joke, "Can you not serve anything other than tuna pasta bake?"

But she just absolutely loses it. "Leave the table, go to your room."

I mean, I am 16, for God's sake!

Can you please speak to her, Dad?

Hang on, wait there... you want me to take your mum on?

Yeah, she's stressing me out. I've got an English mock this week.

What on? Shakespeare. It's so lame.

Taming of the Shrew, I hate it.

That's the one about the angry daughter, isn't it, Kellogg's?

Am I right? It is, isn't it?

(HE LAUGHS)

Funny, Dad.

Oh, come on, I'm only messing.

I called you for a reason.

Kelly, I'm not going to take sides.

We all know how that ends.

You and your mum, let's be honest, it's something different every week, innit?

Yeah, it is.

Do you want to know what she did last week?

And this was in front of my friends Aisha and Collette, right?

We were all just sitting here, having a nice time, just ready to go out bowling, but then she just walks in and she's like, "Kelly, I don't think you should go out bowling tonight because you've actually got lots of English revision to do."

Firstly, right, she has absolutely no idea that I've been revising all day at school and we've just been sharing revision notes before, but, secondly, right, this isn't what it's about at all, yeah?

She's just got it in for Aisha, right, cos Aisha's in the year above, but she just doesn't like...

Just cos she's a little bit older and she's like, "Aisha doesn't wear the right type of make-up, does she? Why are you wearing that? Is that cos Aisha wears that? I don't think you should be wearing that out, Kelly," and, you know what, whatever.

It's always just, "Aisha makes you wear this eyeliner, Aisha does..."

(LINE CLICKS)

Whisky 1.

Having a moan to your dad, are you?

Whisky 1, go ahead.

We've got another jumper.

Multi-storey car park, Station Road.

Again? OK, Roger that.

I'm sending the unit now.

Do you mind?

No, I don't mind. You know what, I've had enough of your attitude.

I'm the one with the attitude?

Yes, you are the one with the attitude.

I've just spent ages washing that.

I don't care.

You're just going to throw it on the floor?

I don't care.

It's my clothes, I can do what I want.

You can do what you want?

I can do what I want.

You can do whatever you want?

Yeah.

Look at the state of this room.

Hello? Hello, can you come away from there, please?

(BICKERING CONTINUES)

No, up here. Can you see the camera?

Jake, this isn't your argument.

Don't speak to your brother like that.

I'll speak to my brother how...

(DISCONNECTED TONE)

Tango 2-4 to Whisky 1.

Can we have a description of this jumper, please? Over.

Yeah, she's female. She's Asian, about 20-25.

She's got a green parka on. Look, mate, she's right on the edge.

I don't know what to do here.

We're en route. Three minutes away.

Oh, f*ck...

Love...?

Can you just come back off the wall, please?

Tango 2-4 to Whisky 1.

The lift's broken. We're using the stairs, over.

You're kidding me!

Look, mate, be careful when you get up there, OK?

She's right on the edge. Come on, mate, hurry up.

Love?

I... I wish I knew what to say.

I... I want to help.

Love?

Sometimes things just creep up on you, don't they, like a fog?

Eh?

And you want to talk to someone, but the words just won't come out, will they?

Look, I'm sure there are people who care about you, you know, people who love you.

Try and keep her talking.

Yeah, I am, I am. Look, mate, she's right on the edge.

Whisky 1, where is she?

Whisky 1?

Come in, Whisky 1.

Whisky 1.

One minute she was there, the next minute she was gone.

I don't know how that can happen. I don't get it.

I'm not trained for this.

I mean... how can you do something like that?

I don't know, Carl.

People get desperate and... they just can't see any other way.

Carl, don't stay there all night.

Get someone else to cover your shift.

No, I'm all right.

You'd rather stay? Don't get lost in there again, Carl.

Look, I've got stuff I've got to get on with. Remember to call Jake.

(SHE HANGS UP)

(FAINT RADIO CHATTER)

(FAINT RADIO CHATTER)

Whisky 1.

Whisky 1, go ahead.

Those lads on the Elms, they're still at it, you know.

I thought I told you, we will look into it.

You're not going to do anything about it?

It's not an emergency.

We don't have the manpower to act on that information tonight.

Pointless.

All I'm doing is watching. And watching.

He's unbelievable.

Talk about attitude.

I reckon he's one of those who wanted to be a copper but never made it.

He still gets to wear a uniform...

(HE SWITCHES SPEAKER OFF)

(DIALLING)

(DIALLING TONE)

All right, mate?

You busy?

Yeah, I'm eating.

Or did you know that already?

Look, mate.

I need you to help me with something.

Where are you? Where are you?

I'm just pulling in now.

OK, I can see you. Go on.

Are you sure about this?

Yeah. Yeah, I should have done it ages ago.

Oh, f*ck. OK.

Wait there, he's coming out of the house, wait.

sh1t. I've only got one camera.

sh1t.

Go on, it's OK, it's all right now, he's gone. He's gone.

Who proposed this, eh?

Keep your phone on. Yeah?

And don't worry, I've got your back, I'm watching you.

Hey, there's no bin.

Eh?

sh1t. There's no bin!

Where are you?

24! 24, I said, you tit!

You're on the wrong side of the road! Come on.

Which bin is it?

The black one, that one there.

It's a little black bag, he put it right at the bottom.

Damn.

b*st*rd.

I've got it.

Have you got it?

All right, come on, let's go, come on, hurry up. Go, go.

Let's go.

sh1t, he's there, he's there! Quick, hide it!

Hide it!

Hey, man.

All right.

You looking for what?

Hey?

You looking for weed?

Er, no, I'm looking for... Camberley Place.

Nah, never heard of it.

All right.

Wait there, wait there, wait there.

Go on, go on, he's gone, go, go, go and get it, go and get it!

(HE LAUGHS)

Jesus Christ, f*ck me, it's like being back at school!

Knock-down ginger, remember?

(HE LAUGHS)

Go and have a look, have a look inside it.

What, here?!

Yeah, he's in the house, you're OK, you've got time.

Oh, my God, there must be about two grand here, maybe three!

There's no gear, though.

It's all right, it's still evidence. Right.

Just bring it back here as quick as you can and then I'll take it to the police station as soon as I finish my shift.

Nice one, lad, well done.

I owe you a pint.

(PHONE RINGS)

All right, mate.

Look, I've been thinking.

(HE CHUCKLES)

That's a first for you, isn't it?

Those lads, right, they can hardly report this as stolen, can they?

So basically, it's free money, then, isn't it?

I don't believe you!

No, think about it!

It doesn't actually belong to anyone.

Have you ever wondered why I do this job?

No.

Why I sit here on my own every night?

No.

Well, I'll tell you why, shall I?

It's because someone has to do the right thing.

Haha! You what?!

Carl, it's not stealing, mate.

Just... just think of it as recycling.

(PHONE RINGS)

Look, just bring it back here like I told you.

(BUZZING)

Don't get many visitors, then?

Well, I wasn't expecting anyone, was I?

I just needed to get out of the house.

I could hear Mum on the phone having a go at you as well.

A cheeseburger and a large fries for you.

Not there, Kel.

Chicken sandwich for me.

And I remembered your barbecue sauce.

I'll have mine in a bit.

Thanks, Kel.

Why are you filming their house, is there something going on?

There was, but I've dealt with it now.

Boring.

Drink?

Yeah.

Isn't there another guy who works up here with you, though?

No. Yeah, he went ages ago. Couldn't afford to keep him on.

Don't you get lonely up here on your own?

No. I've got plenty of company.

I'm being serious.

They're not real people, Dad.

Of course they are.

Yeah, but... you don't actually know them, they're strangers.

I feel like I know them.

Was it like that with that woman who jumped?

Sorry.

I was, erm...

...talking to my friend Aisha about you. About your job.

And you know what she said?

She said, "Your dad's like an angel."

Angels live up in the sky like you and try and protect people, too.

Well, then I have to make you a set of wings, Dad, would you like that?

Oh, my God, you can wear them to work, I'd love to see that!

Dad, what's going on?

Dad, what's the matter?

I'm sorry, love, you're going to have to go.

Are you on your bike?

Yeah.

Was it cos I mentioned that woman?

I was just trying to make you feel better.

No, no, not at all. Come on.

I'll give you a little call later, eh? Eh?

(HE DIALS NUMBER)

Oh, come on, Lee. Come on...

Where are you?

(PHONE RINGS)

Change your mind?

It's got to go back.

What?

The money, it's got to go back.

What are you talking about?

The little kid on the bike, they just gave him a proper kicking.

So?

They threw him in the boot of a car, they've driven off, they could do anything to him.

Call the cops, then!

Don't be stupid! Think about it.

"Show us the CCTV footage from earlier on tonight.

Who's the fella with the bag, Carl?

"Why didn't you report it, Carl?"

All right, look, I get it. Why's this kid our problem? Eh?

He's not.

He's mine.

Carl?

Carl, are you there?

Carl, mate, what's wrong?

(RADIO CHATTER)

(RADIO CHATTER)

(PHONE RINGS)

Hello?

Phone: Can't you see me?

Where are you?

Yeah, yeah, I've got you, I've got you.

I'm really sorry for getting you involved in this.

Look, I just want to get it done and go home.

Yeah, let's just give them the bag back and then it'll all be over.

I promise. OK?

Keep your phone on speaker.

(PHONE BEEPS)

And who the f*ck are you?

Don't look.

Now, what are you doing round here?

I've got this for you.

Let's go! f*cking go round the other side!

f*ck! f*ck!

Who the f*ck are you and where did you get that bag from?

Where the f*ck did you get that bag from?

Where the f*ck did you get that f*cking bag from?

Get up. Get up! Get up!!

sh1t!

"Who the f*ck is Carl?"

"Who the f*ck is Carl?"

Oh, f*ck.

(PHONE RINGS)

Hello?

(On phone): You forgot.

Eh? Forgot what?

You forgot Jake.

He's just been stood here waiting for you, waiting for you to call him. Thank God I even reminded you this time, Carl.

Do you know what time it is? He should've been in bed by now.

Look, I'm sorry, love, I've just got a lot of stuff going on.

Yeah, well, there's stuff going on here too.

Can I just call him tomorrow? Eh?

Hello?

Hello, Jake. Sorry, son.

Why didn't you remember?

I just keep getting things wrong, don't I?

Sometimes. Not always though, Dad.

I'm not doing too well tonight.

What do you mean?

(PHONE BEEPS)

Are you OK?

Can I call you tomorrow?

I love you, son. Goodnight.

All right, Lee?

No, it's not Lee.

Eh?

Yeah, yeah, we've got Lee, he's here with us.

Speak on the phone.

Speak on the f*cking phone.

They want to know how we got the money.

The f*cking phone back.

Yeah, Carl, we wanna know how you got the money, kiddo.

You've got it back now, it's all there, isn't it? We didn't take none.

Yeah, but you've made a big mistake, mate. You've f*cked up, haven't you?

I'm watching you.

Right now. I'm watching all of you.

You what?

What the f*ck? He says he can see us.

Yeah, you'd better let him go.

No, no, mate, you're bluffing.

You've got a furry hat on.

There's no-one here, bruv.

What?

Yeah, you've just touched it.

OK, I've got you.

CCTV man, yeah.

It's clever the way you're up there all nice and cosy, while your boy down here is taking all the risks.

Yeah, nice work, Carl. So what have you f*cking filmed?

I just, I just saw you drop the bag in the bin, that was it, honest.

I-I-I... But it was by accident.

So, why did you bring it back, then?

Because of the little lad.

The kid on the bike. He was getting the blame.

OK, OK, so you like to be the big hero, do you?

No.

"Do it. Do it. Do it." Do what? Do what?

What are you going to do? What are you doing?

I'm sorry, Lee. f*ck.

(PHONE BEEPS)

(PHONE RINGS)

Lee: They're not going to let us go.

Tell him to come down, Lee.

They've been... They're asking me questions about you.

About Sandy and the kids, where they live.

I'm sorry, mate. (HE SOBS)

Lee, f*cking tell him to come down!

Please don't tell them about the kids and Sandy.

Please don't tell them about the kids and Sandy.

They want you down here, mate.

I'm scared.

All right, give me the phone, give me the phone.

I'm scared.

You're a f*cking grown man.

Things are only going to get worse, Carl. Yeah?

Want to do the right thing, don't you?

This is your time, Carl.

It's time to step up.

(HE SOBS)

(PHONE RINGS)

Sandy: Hi.

Look, I don't want to fight.

I'm sorry about earlier.

It's just Jake. He misses you, you know?

He needs his dad sometimes.

I know.

I'm sorry.

Don't worry.

It's all right, he'll be fine.

He'll be all right in the morning. You know Jake, eh?

It's not that.

Sand...

Can I ask you something?

Yeah, of course you can.

Remember when you said...

...you don't recognise me any more?

Look, it's late.

You've had a really rough day.

When did I change?

I don't want to do this now, Carl.

I can see you.

What?

Are you outside?

Carl...

Carl.

I watch you, you know.

When we talk.

I watch you.

Are you filming me?

Carl?

Carl, are you filming me?

Are you watching me?

Are you spying on me?

Carl?

Carl.

Carl, answer me, please!

Carl, say something!

Carl!

Are you spying on me?

Are you spying on all of us?

Are you sat there at work just watching us all?

It's all right, it's Carl. It's fine.

Is he ever going to stop calling?

I can see everything from up here.

It's like I know what's going to happen next.

(PHONE RINGS)

Jake: Dad, are you there?

(HE SNIFFS)

Please answer the phone, Dad, if you can hear me.

Mum's crying. We're all really, really worried about you.

Just let us know you're OK.

(DEEP BREATHING)

Carl...

Shut the f*ck up and don't speak to him.

Get in the car, CCTV man.

I said get in the f*cking car.

Get in the f*cking car now! Get in the f*cking car now!

Get in there.

Get in!

We know a lot about you now, Lee.

Be clever, yeah?

(MUSIC: God Song by Evangelist)

(MUSIC ENDS ABRUPTLY)