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BoyScoutKevin
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« Reply #45 on: November 02, 2014, 03:45:20 PM »

The American TV version under the title "Grace point" is already playing on American TV, and I might watch it, when I have the time, and if I can find it on the world wide web. But, so far the changes between this American version and the British version make for a better written TV series for American TV.

Murder method
Broad church: strangling
Grace point: bludgeoning

The problem with strangling is that it immediately ruled out one very viable suspect, because their hands were too small.


Murder motive
Broad church: He wanted a "hug."
Grace point: Unknown at this time.

I still don't know why the writer for the British version gave this motive to the murderer. Unless he wanted to make the murderer a "better" person. If so, the only thing it did was create a character that was not credible, unrealistic, and ridiculous. Because we know what that type of person wants, and it is not a "hug."


Overheard conversation
Broad church: unfriendly argument with local mailman.
Grace point: friendly conversation with non-local hiker.

That argument made the mailman a  "person of interest," because the victim died less than 24 hours later. Yet when there was a conflict between what the mailman said, and the witness to the argument said, instead of taking the mailman down to the police station and getting the conflict straightened out, the mailman is allowed to walk away and even set up an alibi, true or false, with his friends for the time the victim was murdered.

Next time: changes I would have made in the original plot.
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« Reply #46 on: November 12, 2014, 03:53:30 PM »

Of course, I was not asked to adapt the script of the original British TV version for the American TV version, but if I had been . . . This is what I would have done.

(1st) If all possible keep the victim alive to the end of the show, as a missing child is always better than a dead child, and if that was not possible, then keep the child's fate secret to the beginning of the 2nd episode with the dreaded phone call coming at the end of the 1st episode. Good ending to 1st episode. Good beginning to 2nd episode. Otherwise, the child's fate is revealed too early in the 1st episode.

(2nd) Change the method of murder. The method of murder used in the British version eliminates a viable suspect, because the suspect's hands are too small to have strangled the victim.

(3rd) Some child molesters learn how to control their impulses, so when they get out of jail, they do not molest again. Thus, change who one suspect molests from girls to boys, because by molesting girls we lose a 2nd viable suspect, as most child molesters molest either boys or girls. Only the minority of child molesters molest both boys and girls.

(4th) The psychic is a needless character, as he adds nothing really to the story, but if one has a psychic in the story let him create conflict not with one of the police, as in the British version, but with the victim's parents. And to make it less of a stereotypical situation, let it be the father who believes everything the psychic says, and the mother who believes nothing that the psychic says, increasing the conflict between the victim's parents.

(5th) The policeman's failure in his last case, should have been brought up from the start of the British version, as in another British mystery, or it should have been eliminated entirely, because bringing it up, when the British version does, is not as effective as the two alternatives.

Next time: how I would have written the story
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« Reply #47 on: November 18, 2014, 04:17:11 PM »

This is how I would have written the story, but, understand, it is no more than a bare bones outline, including some information about the victim, the suspects, and how the murder scene would play out.
First up, the victim.

Age: 15
The original does this better, as the victim is only 11, and while an 11-year-old may not be as innocent as a 15-year-old, it gives the appearance of innocence, and that is what you want in a victim--innocence, but my version only works if the victim is older than the one in original.

The Good
the altar boy
the golden boy
the newspaper boy
the sea scout
the triathlete
the sea scout

Neither Bad nor Good
the bisexual

The Bad
the drug mule
the poser for nude photos
the sexual whore

The Ugly
the blackmailer
who would make a better blackmailer than someone who has secrets of their own.

The Motive
What does almost every soon to be 16-year-boy want. What but a cool car. And as his father cannot afford to buy the victim the car he wants, he is doing everything he can to get the money, so he can buy the car he wants.


Next time: the suspects




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« Reply #48 on: November 24, 2014, 05:59:28 PM »

The suspects

The homophobic, racist father, who is not a blackmail victim.

The older sister, who is a lesbian.

The older sister's half breed female lover.

The BF, who got roped into becoming a drug mule, and then was cheated out of his share of the proceeds from the drug deliveries.

The BF's physically challenged father, who is having an affair, he does not want his son nor his wife to know about.

The BF's mother, who has a sexual fondness for underage boys.

The closeted gay man, who works for the boy's father, but he needs a job, and jobs are scarce in that area.

The photographer who likes to take nude photos of underage boys for his own enjoyment.

The policewoman who turns a blind eye to the drugs that are passing through her town.

The priest who is having an affair with one of his female parishioner.

And the parolee, the local sea scout leader, who has not since transgressed, but earlier served time for sexually molesting two of the boys in his sea scout troop of which no one in town knows about.

Ten towns people. Ten towns people with secrets who are vulnerable to a boy who is desperate to get the money he needs to buy the car he wants.

Next time: the murder


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