The Gravy Train by James Shearer | Script Revolution

The Gravy Train

An elderly couple know every con in the book.



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Based on true events . . .

An elderly married couple, Eric and Daphne, travel to France in their old banger for a weeks touring. Within hours of arrival, their car is rear-ended by Ahmed, the driver of a sleek Mercedes.

As it's his fault, Ahmed persuades the couple to take his vehicle for the week, while he has theirs repaired. The couple reluctantly agree.

Good for his word, Ahmed has mechanics fix the vehicle and respray it. He also supervises the concealment of four kilos of heroin into the cars bodywork.

Holiday over, Eric and Daphne retrieve their vehicle a week later and set off home.

A fortnight later and whilst mowing his lawn at home in Surrey, Eric is approached by a man of middle eastern appearance. The stranger explains that the car sitting on the couples drive is exactly what his wife seeks. They agree an inflated fee and watch the stranger drive off.

Later that evening, the couple decide how to spend their profits from the illegal contraband.

Submitted: July 12, 2020
Last Updated: March 11, 2023

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The Writer: James Shearer

Hello all Thank you for visiting my profile. I am a former Scotland Yard Specialist Operations detective. During my career (and in addition to routine murder squads), I served on both the Central Drug Squad and the Regional Crime Squad. Whilst serving on the former, I was part of a team responsible for seizing the (then) largest illicit cocaine hydrochloride consignment to be landed in the UK — a tonne of coke tracked from Venezuela to London utilising a US DEA satellite. When on the latter squad, one notable success was the recovery of paintings belonging to the Beit collection: masterpieces stolen by both the IRA and later, an infamous Dublin criminal, Martin Cahill, known as The General... Go to bio

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