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Stone, Scissors, Paper


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The season of Screen Two dramas continues with this love story, written by Richard Cameron - winner of the BBC's Dennis Potter Film of the Year Award, and starring Juliet Stevenson, Ken Stott

Seeking refuge from a violent husband, Jean secretly moves into the riverside cottage that belonged to her mother to clear out her possessions. Here, she meets a married stonemason - Redfern - with whom she gradually forms an intimate relationship. Both experience feelings of guilt for their in admissible love for one another, and it isn't long before the couple's quiet affair of the heart is violently and tragically shattered.
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More than words can say: pg 22

Can this be love? Juliet Stevenson and Ken Stott find out in Stone, Scissors, Paper

Stone, Scissors, Paper 9.35pm BBC2
Juliet Stevenson and Ken Stott star in an unusual love story which has reached the screen as the winner of the first Dennis Potter Film of the Year Award. Richard Cameron's Screen Two drama explores the feelings of two people who recognise each other as kindred spirits, but whose relationship threatens the pattern of their and others' lives.
Stevenson plays against type as the repressed Jean, who moves into her mother's old house to escape her bleak home life. Ken Stott's monumental mason, Redfern, re-discovers himself through their meetings, but suspicion surrounds their friendship.
Unusual for TV, the story unfolds at its own pace, taking its significance from what is left unsaid and what does not take place. It is a drama as concerned with inner life as it is with external events.

Find out how the story came to the screen on page 22.


Writer: Richard Cameron
Producer: Laurence Bowen
Producer: Sally French
Director: Stephen Whittaker
Jean: Juliet Stevenson
Redfern: Ken Stott
Mary: Melanie Kilburn
Frank: John Bowler
Brian: Ian Redford
Pete: Ian Dunn
Fran: Katherine Dow Blyton
Hannah: Hazel Douglas
Shaun: David Kay
Piano Player: Keith Humphries
Young Couple: Joanna Knowles
Young Couple: Justin Ellery
Elderly Lady: Hope Johnstone

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