Dark Mon£y (2019) s01e01 Episode Script

Episode 1

1 [LOUD MUSIC PLAYING] You're a joker, man.
What you going to do? Watch this.
Watch this.
I'm going to do a somersault.
I'll do a somersault.
- Which one do you want? - I don't know.
You're scared, man.
What do you mean I'm scared? Man, I'm not scared.
- Just watch, just watch.
- Be careful.
Be careful.
- That's cheating.
- Yeah, yeah.
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REPORT: Thousands speaking out about sexual harassment and of allegations of sex abuse.
MAN: I couldn't talk because you just keep on replaying it.
Did this really happen? About 130,000 payment to secure a non-disclosure agreement People enter into these agreements every single day.
If you sign a non-disclosure agreement and you were sexually assaulted, what are your rights? I know how close I came to losing it all.
You know no-one is ever going to believe you.
TANNOY: British Airways flight 512 has been delayed.
Whoo! Yo! Whoop-whoop! Wassup, man? I missed you, man.
You all right? - Yeah? - Yeah.
- Hey.
How are you? - Hi.
Hey, Isaac, did you say goodbye? - Goodbye.
- He's fine.
Listen, Isaac's been absolutely amazing.
Honestly, cast, director, everybody's just so impressed with him.
The producer says he's the best child actor he's ever worked with.
- Thank you.
- Thank you for giving us Isaac.
- See you.
- Hold up.
Wait up.
So you haven't told me how it went.
Yeah, it was fine.
No exciting stories? Juicy Hollywood gossip? I've been doing my bit with the teaser trailer, you know, get the numbers up.
I've watched it on my phone, my laptop, my work computer, your mum's laptop, even Jess's laptop.
[HE CHUCKLES] ON RADIO: [THE ONE AND ONLY BY CHESNEY HAWKES] Oh, tune! SINGING ALONG: I'm not the same as all the rest You are the one and only No place I'd rather be You are the one and only You can't take that away from me I'll tell you, this was a big tune back in the day, man.
[PHONE CHIMES] Oh, Dad just texted to say he's on his way.
OK, could you put the cake on the table for me, - please? - Yeah.
Hey.
Are you sure you're OK? Yeah, I'm just a bit tired, that's all.
- Sure? - I just wish you were there with me.
I've missed so much work already, you know.
I'll be there on the next one, yeah? I promise you.
Come on, superstar.
Your mum will be excited to see you.
Mum? Jess? ALL: Surprise! Hey! My baby's home.
God, I've missed you so much.
Look what I've made.
Cheers, Mum.
Welcome home, big head.
- I've missed you.
- Oh, sure you did.
Yeah, of course.
I had to do all the cleaning and washing up myself.
Hey! What's going on? You all right? - Wait! - Oi! - Now - God, here we go.
promise me, you won't let this new-found fame go to your coconut.
- I promise.
- Mm? Honour your father, and your mother and your grandmother, hey? Especially with the rising gas and electricity bills.
- Hey, Mum! - Look, give me a few years and you won't have to worry about any of that, I promise.
Amen! Hi, this will be my superstar brother from another mother, the same Papa.
Hey, give a little shout to my people, fam.
- Wagwan to the mandem.
- Yes! Welcome back.
I missed you, bruv.
Mr Hollywood.
Er Yeah, yeah.
What'd you bring me, fam? Er I got a rubber from duty free if you want it.
Oh, cool.
A rubber? Yeah.
Goes on the end of your pencil.
You're always looking out for man.
I'm going to go get a drink, yeah? Do you want anything? - No, I'm cool.
- All right.
Cool.
Emmanuel, I want to show Isaac's trailer.
Yeah, give me a minute.
Sam, you seen my laptop? [KNOCKING ON VIDEO] ON VIDEO: Yo, Isaac.
Just a minute.
[DOOR OPENING ON VIDEO] In my school nativity, I played Mary.
In my grandson's nativity, he played Joseph.
Please, Mum, let them watch the trailer.
His nativity, he played a sheep.
No, I played shepherd number two, the one that points out the star.
Best damn shepherd number two my primary had ever seen.
- Mum, the fridge isn't working.
- Eh? Nothing's cold.
Everything in the freezer's melted.
Oh Oh, my prince! I always knew he was destined for greatness from the moment I held him in my arms.
Mum, please let them hear the trailer! Cuz there's a guy outside asking for you.
Make this play again.
Again, again.
Hey! What are you doing, man? - Emmanuel Mensah? - Yeah.
I've been set by the council to recover payment for some vehicle contraventions.
- Yeah, I got this, man.
- You sure? Yeah.
I'm just inside, yeah.
Good luck.
Mate, please.
Look, I can get you 50, maybe 100 today, yeah? I need the full amount tonight.
Look, this bus lane wasn't even properly marked, yeah? - It's out of my hands.
- Hey, you all right? Hey, yeah.
I'll be in in a minute.
What's happened now? Parking fines.
Have you got the money? - Just give me a minute, yeah.
- I need to know what you're doing.
Can you help? I promise I'll pay you once I get paid.
All right.
OK.
How much is it? - How is he? - He's cool.
I mean, he's even got a bit of a tan.
- No, not Isaac, your other son.
- Oh, Tyrone.
Yeah, he's excited to see Isaac, you know? Well, tell Tyrone I'm outside.
Nah, you've got to come in.
- No.
- Oh, come on.
It's cool, look.
At least come and say hello to Isaac, yeah.
- I - Come on.
Don't be silly.
It's all right.
Come in.
- Are you sure? - It's all right.
- Is everything all right? - Yeah, yeah.
You all right, Jess? - Er, Mum - Hmm? - Oh! Sabrina.
- You all right, Maggie? Hi, Sabrina.
All right? Yeah.
Good, thanks.
You look good.
Thanks.
Tyrone.
Come and go get ready.
The fridge is broken.
I'm going to have to chuck things away before it all stinks.
Nah, let me have a look at it first.
OK, we're going to go now.
- All right.
Well, take care.
- Can't I just stay for a bit? Can you go and get your coat, please? Son, behave better in school and listen to your mum.
OK.
Where's Isaac? I just want to quickly say congrats.
Isn't he in there? No.
- I'll check his room.
- Give me a minute, yeah? [HE SIGHS] [GENTLE KNOCK] You OK? Yeah.
Sorry, I'm just tired.
That's all.
It's OK.
You stay in bed.
The guests will understand.
You just get some rest.
Yeah, man, get some rest.
I've got something for you.
Something for moi? Check the side zip pocket.
What's this? It's a script.
All the cast signed it.
I thought you wanted one.
It'll be worth a bit in the future.
I'm never selling this.
Oh! You've signed it as well.
Aw.
Thank you.
Oh, mate, you make us so proud.
- You all right? - Yeah.
I'm sorry.
Hey, what is this? TEARFULLY: I'm sorry.
[KNOCKING AT DOOR] Yo, Isaac.
Just a minute.
[DOOR OPENING] How are you doing, champ? Fine.
Just seen the dailies.
It looks great.
- Can I sit down? - Er Look, I don't want to.
I haven't asked you.
I don't I don't like it.
You're just helping me out.
I've helped you out, right? Please.
[BELT RATTLING] Hey.
It's OK, champ.
Just, er, give me your hand.
You see? It's not that bad.
[MAN PANTING] [BELT RATTLING] It's between you and me, right? You the man, Isaac.
- I'm sorry.
- It's OK.
It's OK.
It's OK.
It's OK, don't be sorry.
It's all right.
You're with us, OK? [MUFFLED PARTY SOUND] - You all right? - Huh? You OK? Yeah.
Yeah, no Isaac's, erm, tired.
I just Sorry, sorry, sorry, everyone, yeah, Isaac's tired.
He's jet-lagged.
So, thanks.
Thanks all for coming.
We really appreciate it.
- You sure you're good? - Yeah, all good, man.
- I'll fix that fridge tomorrow.
- Please.
Thank you, yeah.
Manny, I want to say goodnight to my little prince.
Tomorrow, I'll ring you tomorrow.
- You call me tomorrow.
- I'll call you tomorrow.
Cool.
All right.
Bye-bye.
All right.
Goodnight, goodnight.
Yeah, thanks.
[FOOTSTEPS] [BATHROOM DOOR CLOSES] Isaac get drunk last night or something? What? No, he was He was telling us about all the fun he had on set and then we fell asleep.
Cool.
- You can go back to sleep.
- I'm all right.
What are you doing? I'm going to school.
Nah, nah, you don't have to.
- Hey, come on.
- I want to.
About the, erm video and everything is it OK if we could just keep it between us? Yeah.
- I don't want anyone else to know.
- OK.
Not even Jess.
OK.
You didn't do anything wrong.
Nothing.
Some people I won't let him get away with it.
I promise you.
I promise you.
Seen my school tie? Yeah, I think it's in the basket in the kitchen.
Ryan reckons it might be fixable, but he'll let me know when he can pop round.
I've called in sick, so I'm going to watch Isaac today.
- There's no need.
- Huh? No, what? Look, he really wants to go.
- Do you? - Yes.
You think this is a good idea? Look, Mum, I'll be fine.
I promise.
OK.
But if it gets too much or you can't hack it, - you just call me, OK? - OK.
I love you.
I love you too.
Bye, Dad.
Bye.
[DOOR CLOSES] He'll be fine.
That's what you said when he went to America on his own.
He wasn't on his own.
Did he say anything else this morning? Only that he didn't want anyone else to know.
Not even Jess.
So what are we going to do? I don't know what we can do if he doesn't want anyone else to know.
So we just forget about it, yeah? Just continue as normal, as if nothing happened? That's not what I'm saying.
I'm going to work.
She sells seashells on the seashore.
She sells seashells on the seashore.
She sells - Hi, wagwan! - My days! - How are you doing, fam? - I'm cool, man, I'm cool.
- What you saying? - What you saying? Don't get your crumbs all over me.
- Oh, sorry, Idris.
- Idris? - Give me that.
- Fam, that's bullying.
When did you come back, anyways? - Yesterday.
- How is America, man? - It was calm.
- Calm? Shut up, fam.
Look, I'm just working life, innit? And when you lot are old, you'll know all about that.
All right.
Sure.
- Mate - All right.
And then you dash at me.
You owe me a quid.
- And 50p interest! - 50p interest? What are you going to buy with that? Chicken and chips, obviously.
[SCHOOL BELL RINGS] Year 9s, you know that the gates close at 8.
45.
Is that clear? OK.
Now we're going to talk about something else just a little bit more exciting.
- Isaac, where are you? - He's here.
Oh, great.
I would like to invite you to come up and tell us about your experiences in Hollywood.
Come on.
So here is someone who has married his big dreams with hard work, and I want you all to pay attention to Isaac's story, because then you can learn what it takes to achieve.
So how was Hollywood? Um Fine.
Now, there's no need to be modest.
We are all so proud of you here, aren't we? PUPILS: Yes.
So, what was it like the first day that you walked out on set with all those stars? Well, they're people just like us, but more talented.
[LAUGHTER] Well, actually, I was kind of surprised by the amount of assistants some people had.
There was one actor, who shall remain nameless, who had a make-up assistant, a wardrobe assistant, a chef, a barber, Somebody who looked after his social media account and someone looked after his Chihuahuas, or "babies", as he called them.
I only had one assistant.
I was thinking everyone was looking at me - weird cos of that.
- Wow.
So you had a personal assistant? Yeah, my iPhone, innit? [LAUGHTER] [SCHOOL BELL RINGS] [HE RETCHES] [PHONE RINGS] Hey.
We've got an appointment with a solicitor.
- Sam! - We need to explore our options.
- It's today at 5.
30.
- Yeah, but I'm at work.
- And what about Isaac? - I've already said yes, so do whatever you can to make it.
We have to speak to someone.
I'll text you the details.
I love you.
I love you too.
[SCHOOL BELL RINGS] Isaac! How was your day? Erm It was fine.
Excuse me.
Are you Isaac's mum? Hi, I'm Sally, Millie's mum.
I just wanted to congratulate your son for breaking into Hollywood.
I just wanted to quickly ask how Isaac got involved in acting.
I mean, if you have any tips.
Millie's done loads of plays when she was in primary school, and now she's keen on getting some professional work, aren't you? Yeah.
Did Isaac go to a drama school? Just at the weekend and the odd evening.
Oh.
Is it all right if I get the details? I'm really sorry.
I've got an appointment and I can't be late.
It was nice to meet you, though.
Nice to meet you too.
[PHONE RINGS] Dominic Nadesan speaking.
I I have a story.
- Hello? - Yeah, yeah, I'm here.
What's the story about, please? It's about a producer.
What kind of producer? Of Hollywood films.
Hollywood? - Sorry, can I take your name, please? - My name? It's Emmanuel.
Manny.
Manny Mensah.
But we can't have our name in the paper.
OK.
Well, thank you for calling, Manny.
Is the number you've called me on the best number to reach you? Yeah.
Excellent.
And what's this producer's name? [KNOCK ON DOOR] - HE WHISPERS: I'm busy.
- Your son's here.
I'll call you back.
Thanks, Farah.
What are you doing here? Mum said if I get another detention, not to bother going home again.
You got another detention? It wasn't even my fault.
RE teacher keeps hitting on me, man.
I don't have time for this, man.
Don't get comfortable.
I'm taking you home.
What? Are you being serious? Come on.
I'm dropping you at your mum's.
Oh, my God, man.
Sorry, something came up with Tyrone.
- Samantha Mensah? - Yes.
Please - I'm so sorry we're late.
- It's not a problem.
Ah, you must be Emmanuel.
- It's a pleasure to meet you, sir.
- Call me Malcolm.
Please, take a seat.
So, in your inquiry, you want to know what your options are in regards to your son and an allegation he has against a film producer.
Yes.
And to clarify, this incident took place in America? Yes.
With regret, I have to inform you that if you're looking to pursue any legal claim against this producer, there's nothing that can be done here in the UK.
What do you mean? Because the alleged offence took place in the US, British police have no jurisdiction, so will not be able to formally investigate.
So, what, that's it? What about a civil case? I've read about them online.
Indeed.
But that would have to be in America, through the US courts.
Fine.
We'll do that.
I should warn you, there is no legal aid in America.
You would be responsible for the legal fees in order to sue, and they're expensive.
All right, say we could raise the money and go to America, then what? The American legal system is very aggressive.
I don't care about that.
But they will care about you and your wife, your wider family, close friends.
Your family's credibility will be targeted whether you pursue a criminal or civil case.
They will dig up all manner of dirt on everyone you love.
Why's my family got anything to do with what happened to Isaac? The aim of the defence team will be to make Isaac feel like HE's the one on trial, not this producer.
He'll have to sit in court day after day and essentially be accused of lying.
Does anyone else know what happened to Isaac? No.
We think it's best to keep things private.
He doesn't want anyone to know.
You should know that in the US, contempt of court only fetters people from publishing material about the case in the jurisdiction in which the trial is happening.
It does not protect against people publishing details of your son here in the UK, or even social media.
I'm going to contact that pathetic excuse of a chaperone.
I want to hear what she has to say.
Let's go.
JESS: You still haven't told me about America.
What do you mean? Did you behave herself? Of course.
Are you sure? I know all about Hollywood and the parties.
Did you drink out there? No.
Is that a no, you didn't drink out there, or a no, you're not going to tell me? No, I didn't drink out there.
All right.
Good.
Cos if you did, I would have slapped you up so hard.
- [HE SCOFFS] - Sure! What about girls? Did you get off with anyone? No.
Is that a no, you didn't get off with anyone or a no, you're not telling me? Tell me! Did you kiss someone? They're American and you really love them and you really miss them and Oh, my gosh! Is that why you've been so sad, - because you just want to see them? - Shut your mouth! - Oi - You shut your mouth! Hey! What's going on? I didn't even do anything.
[DOOR SLAMS] When's the fridge getting fixed? What? It's a serious question.
Hey What happened? What did Jess say? What did she do? - Nothing.
- You sure? Yes! I want to help you, darling.
I can't help you if you don't talk to me.
- Darling, you've got to - Just go away! Nah, cuz, you've got to be honest, man.
What did you do? Nothing.
It was Sam that told me about it, so you should ask her.
Yeah? What's this? There was a pipe that was hanging down.
I was trying to reinforce the water flow to help.
Come on, I did that after, after it was broken.
- OK, after! - You all right, Ryan? Oh, greetings, Jess.
Have you seen what your dad's done back here? Oi! - Do you want some tea? - Yeah.
OK.
Do you know what? I'm all right.
I'm going to have a shower.
[DOORBELL RINGS] Jess! - Get the door, please.
- I said I'm in the shower.
Hello, Manny.
Come in.
Thanks.
In all my years of working at Yonder Starr and directly with Jotham, I've never witnessed anything untoward.
I'm being 100% with you.
I've looked after many young actors over the years.
Anyone who's given off even a whiff of potential danger, I've been there to nip it in the bud.
None of them have lasted.
Who? The kids? No.
No, I mean anyone who might have wanted to take advantage of my young actors.
What I don't understand is why Isaac never mentioned it to me while we were shooting.
What do you expect him to do? He's 13 and scared.
[MAN GRUNTS] [CONVERSATION CONTINUES NEXT DOOR] [HE HUMS A TUNE] What exactly did Isaac say? I mean, did he say he was raped? No.
Did he say he was touched inappropriately? Yeah.
Well No, he he didn't touch Isaac.
He made Isaac touch him.
But exactly what? Manny you know, I'm here to help, but it's really important that I understand exactly what it is Isaac is saying Jotham did to him, and that Isaac is being 100% honest.
Are you calling my son a liar? No, but these things can easily descend into Isaac's word against Jotham's especially when there's no proof.
We do have proof.
[KNOCK ON DOOR] Hey.
I didn't want anyone else to know.
I know.
She might be able to help.
We can't let him get away with this.
Is it possible if you could explain to Cheryl what happened with? It's no worries, OK? It's OK.
It's OK.
I'll sort it.
Dad you can show her.
You can show her, but I don't want anyone else to know.
VIDEO: How are you doing, champ? - Fine.
- I've just see the dailies.
It looks great.
- Can I sit down? - Er Look, I don't want to.
I haven't asked you.
I don't I don't like it.
You're just helping me out.
I've helped you out, right? Please.
[BELT RATTLING] [SHE SOBS] I'm so sorry.
I'm so sorry! You promised me you'd look after Isaac.
I didn't know.
[PHONE CHIMES] [PHONE CHIMES] [PHONE RINGS] - Hello, Farah? - Hey, boss.
Tyrone's here again.
I'm on my way.
[THUNDER RUMBLES] Have you got your key? [TYRONE SIGHS] Mum's here.
What do you want? - I'm sorry.
- That's not what I asked.
Come on, Sabrina.
No, Manny.
He can't keep taking liberties with his teachers and with me.
He's been warned.
- Come on, what do you expect him to do? - To behave.
- He said he's sorry.
- You can't keep bringing him back and expecting everything to be OK.
I've had enough.
- So where's he going to go? - With you! You need to take some responsibility, Manny.
Go get your stuff.
Go on.
[DOOR CLOSES] - Hey.
- Hi.
Hello, Tyrone.
Hiya.
Things are a bit difficult at home, so Why don't you go upstairs to Isaac's room? I'll bring the air bed.
We don't need this now.
It's just for tonight.
[PHONE RINGS] - Hello.
- Hi, Sam.
So, Jotham's team would like to meet with you and Manny first thing tomorrow to discuss the next step.
We're thinking nine o'clock at our offices.
Is that doable? Yeah.
We'll be there.
[SHE SIGHS] We're sorry to ask again.
Is he going to be there? To be honest, I don't know.
But hopefully, they'll help us.
And he WILL pay.
I promise.
[PHONE VIBRATES] Thank you.
I love you.
- Good morning.
- Morning.
We're here to see Cheryl Denon, Yonder Starr.
OK.
If you'd just like to sign in for me.
And if you take the lift to the 25th floor and someone will be there to meet you.
Mr and Mrs Mensah? Hi, I'm Monica.
Would you like to any tea or coffee? - No, thanks.
- OK, well, we're just through here.
There's water on the table, should you need any, and anything else, just give me a shout.
Hey, good morning.
Lovely to meet you both.
Hi.
Please take a seat.
Mr Starr's legal counsel.
Is Cheryl coming up? She won't be joining us.
She informed me that you showed her a video of the alleged abuse by my client.
Can we see this video? VIDEO: How are you doing, champ? ISAAC: Fine.
I've just seen the dailies.
It looks great.
[VIDEO CONTINUES TO PLAY] I don't want to.
I haven't asked you.
Mm-hm.
Here.
[BELT RATTLING] Hey.
It's OK, champ.
[MUFFLED CONVERSATION] Sit down.
[CONVERSATION CONTINUES] They can see you.
You can come back in now.
Can you confirm the individuals that are aware of this complaint? - Just us.
- Please be specific.
- Just myself, my husband and Cheryl.
- No-one else? No-one else.
No-one else.
Hundreds of individuals, including your son, have poured their heart and soul into the making of Valiant And Son, and we owe it to them to ensure their hard work isn't tarnished.
The fact is, this video shows nothing.
What? We see Jotham entering the trailer, we see the ceiling of the trailer, and then later we see Isaac ending the video.
You can hear what's going on.
What happens next should not be construed as an admission of guilt, but intended to avoid litigation and bring about peace.
Is that understood? This is a non-disclosure agreement.
You may be familiar with elements of it from what Isaac signed before filming.
This one pertains to this video and my client's alleged actions.
No.
No, you're not going to silence us, mate.
We, too, will sign an agreement to ensure that the complaint brought to our attention will not have an adverse effect on Isaac - featuring in any future movies.
- We don't care about future movies.
We want to know what you're going to do about your boss! We'll also amend Isaac's promo obligations, meaning he'll no longer be contractually committed Hey! Are you hearing me? He's not even listening to me! plans around the UK premiere, so as not to arouse suspicion from the media.
We'll also ensure that Isaac and my client's paths will never cross again.
And finally, we hope that this will in some way help bring closure for Isaac.
You'll also need to provide certification that Isaac has permanently deleted or destroyed any electronic or physical materials pertaining to the alleged event.
The sum offered is available only for the next five minutes.
And note, if you breach your non-disclosure agreement, you will be sued, not just to recoup the money paid, but for substantial damages.
It's a lovely house.
I'm glad something good came out of the situation.
Something good? We must all try to move on.
- Can you lend me some money? - You're unbelievable.
You're acting like it's your money.
NADESAN: People are breaking their silence.
You're not alone.
Please make him feel welcome, it's Isaac Mensah! CHERYL: This will be unwelcome news.
Jotham Starr will be at the premiere.
You promised he wouldn't get away with it.
- And he's getting away with it.
- Jotham!