Accusations have made, in the previous posts comments thread but one, that no thought was made of putting puppets in Green Wing. In fact I did a 'puppet recap' scene for Series 2, which, bewilderingly, was never used. So I thought I'd put it up here instead.
UPDATE: Actually, now I read them again, it's not that surprising they weren't used.
JAMES 5/07/04 BOYCE’S PUPPET RECAP
INT. PUPPET BOOTH - DAY
Puppets of MAC, MARTIN and GUY hanging out of the back of a cardboard ambulance.
But Mac, I don’t want to die!
Don’t worry Martin, I’m sure this will all work out fine!
Oh no! I ‘kissed’ my own mum!
Ambulance teeters a bit then crashes below the level of the booth. An unseen hand flings blue confetti up in the air. Then silence.
Suddenly, ten finger puppet BROWNIES appear over the top of the booth.
(squeaky) Look! Bodies in the water! Come on everyone! Remember the Brownie code.
They disappear, and the limp puppet bodies of MAC PUPPET and GUY PUPPET flop over the top of the booth.
Oh no! Where’s Guy?
We looked everywhere, but we could not see him.*
Mac is not very well. We should take him to a hospital.
We’ll take you!
(feebly) Don’t.... tell....
Don’t tell anyone about this part? All right Mac, I promise.
MAC PUPPET droops limply again. BOYCE puppet pops up.
What’s this, what’s this?
Oh Doctor Boyce! Guy ‘kissed’ his own mum, then drove into the sea, and now he’s gone, and we were rescued by Brownies!
Well don’t worry, Martin, because I’m going to make everything all right now!
NURSE PUPPET pops up, showering BOYCE PUPPET with kisses.
Oh Doctor Boyce, you’re the handsomest doctor in the whole world! Mmmm kissy kissy!
BROWNIES pop up again.
And that’s what happened!
BOYCE stands up and takes a bow. Pull back to see a sign saying ‘Edinburgh Fringe’, and a small group of tourists, all applauding wildly. BOYCE grins, then looks alarmed as a hand reaches out, and NURSE PUPPET hauls him back behind the booth.
Oh and there was a bit about Doctor Mancoo as well:
JAMES 7/07/04 BOYCE - PUPPET MANCOO
INT. PUPPET BOOTH - DAY
Carboard car careering wildly out of control.
Brrrrm Brrrrrm! Ah! My brakes!
Car hits a model tree, then paper flames rise up and engulf the car.
Finally a bandaged MANCOO PUPPET rises into view, hooked up to a model IV machine.
Beep... beeep.... beeep....
BOYCE PUPPET appears next to the MANCOO PUPPET
(to audience) So Dr. Mancoo ended up in his own hospital, and no-one ever found out who cut his brakes.
A school assembly full of children.
Kids applaud wildly. BOYCE stands up and takes a bow. One or two teachers start clapping, rather uncertainly. Suddenly the NURSE PUPPET drags BOYCE back into the booth, which starts shaking violently. Teachers start ushering the kids out, rather speedily.
* This was to do with the original plan for Guy, where he washed up back in Switzerland (?), where he went feral and was befriended by a pack of wolves (we spent ages on this). This was then down-graded to living out of a box near the hospital, and then dropped altogether.
Some of the alternative endings are fun, but obviously I won't put them up until the special has gone out (January 4th)