Pre-titles sequence. Sandy Forbes, in khaki tee and slacks is brushing teeth, humming ‘Johnny Cope’, opening bedroom curtains to beginnings of a winter sunrise reflected from the forth river and bridge. Visible in the foreground is Inverlour Whitesands beach where Helen Birrell is walking Sapper while Karen Laidlaw and Jay Slater huddle on the promenade wall.
HELEN BIRRELL is wrestling with SAPPER the dog who has retrieved a dead gull. In foreground KAREN LAIDLAW, white, thin faced, JAY SLATER, mixed race huddle, while LILY SLATER, mixed race 6 year old collects shells while singing loudly.
Don’t! Helen and Doug have had him forever. He's as much a regular as any of the old guys propping up the hotel bar.
Speaking of propping up bars, and opportunities for us to do so, Mum'll be over about five..
HELEN runs off up street, leaving SANDY perplexed. Cue TITLES as he drives off, MONTAGE through FIFE countryside, over FORTH ROAD BRIDGE, as he approaches, then drives into EDINBURGH CASTLE via SENTRY POST.