The Idiots Lantern
26 May 2006
Maureen Lipman (The Wire), Ron Cook (Mr. Magpie), Jamie Foreman (Eddie Connolly), Debra Gillett (Rita Connolly), Rory Jennings (Tommy Connolly), Margaret John (Grandma Connolly), Sam Cox (Detective Inspector Bishop), Ieuan Rhys (Crabtree), Jean Challis (Aunty Betty), Christopher Driscoll (Security Guard), Marie Lewis (Mrs Gallagher).
|Written by||Mark Gattis|
|Directed by||Euros Lyn|
|Produced by||Julie Garner and Phil Colinson|
It is late at night and a storm is brewing outside Mr Magpie’ electronics shop. He is sitting in the dark writing, whilst a television set stands in the corner, displaying a female newsreader addressing the camera.
As she signs off, announcing that programming is over for the day, her image is replaced by the broadcaster logo. Magpie leans away from his work, solemnly announcing he is two hundred pounds overdrawn, he needs a miracle.
He tears the page from his book and throws it away, as the national anthem rings out from the television set.