ENVIRONMENTAL Festival 1st Scene Reading; WATCHLIST, by Alex Vickery-Howe

Logline: A young man falls in love with an ecoterrorist only to discover their pasts are entwined.

Synopsis: Basil Pepper is not ‘the man’, he’s not a doer, or a fighter…or even much of a thinker. World events pass him by, ideology makes him sleepy, and the Prime Minister’s name eludes him. Delia Dengel is determined to take a stand, to succeed where generations have failed, and be the change she wants to see, even if she’ll always be hunted. Basil is smitten. It isn’t long before he begins to see the world through Delia’s eyes…
And that’s when the storm begins.

How far would you go to save the world?

Writer Statement
This is based on a successful play I wrote and released in 2021. I wanted to tell a sexy mystery story that would capture young people’s interest in the climate emergency, and highlight the social changes needed to save the planet.

The television adaptation is significantly reimagined and rewritten, based on the work of dramatist Dennis Potter who broke the fourth wall and used popular songs to underpin his work. A more contemporary example of this writing style would be the UK series ‘The Landscapers’ by Ed Sinclair, starring Olivia Coleman and David Thewlis.

The story is told over a series of interrogations as characters paint different pictures of the mysterious climate activist Delia Dengel and what she may be planning. Only in the final episode are Delia’s true colours revealed.


Narration: Val Cole
Delia: Kyana Teresa
Bolton: Geoff Mays

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