Essex Boys - Detailed Storyline
Last Update: 31 March 2000
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Billy Reynolds (Charlie Creed-Miles) is an
Essex "wide-boy". Young, good-looking (or handsome
enough to get by), he's willing to make money however he can
- although driving for the local mini-cab firm will never make
him rich. He's done some jobs before for John Dyke (Tom Wilkinson)
- a local well-to-do gentleman with a dubious past - mainly delivering
parcels with no questions asked. He's only too delighted to help
Dyke for a couple of days driving one of the most famous local
villains, Jason Locke (Sean Bean), who's just got out of prison.
He soon realises that will be no ordinary
driving job when Locke immediately visits one of his erstwhile
"colleagues" to settle an old score. In a rabidly violent
attack Locke beats the man to the ground and throws acid in his
face, before abducting him and leaving him in the middle of nowhere.
Still, at least Jason likes Billy! Billy's girlfriend Nicole
isn't so sure about his new employer, and warns him about being
sucked into the glamorous world of violence and organised crime.
It is not only the unfortunate with the new
face with whom Locke is angry. He believes that he took the "rap"
for his friends, and they have got rich while he did time. Encouraged
by his beautiful wife Lisa (Alex Kingston), Locke seeks some
compensation from his "work mates" - Chase (Michael
McKell) and Lovell (Larry Lamb). They have both prospered in
the meantime through a "security business", or, more
to the point, they control the security men on the doors of the
local night-clubs. Not only do they get paid for this, but it
also allows them to run their own exclusive drug operation within
the premises - effectively excluding any other dealers. When
a club is in the control of one of their competitors, they simply
take it by force.
Locke is impressed by the £5000 his
mates have given him, but Lisa claims it is derisory - a thousand
pounds for each year in prison. Lisa wants more.
Billy's driving skills, and his ability to
keep his mouth shut, earn him a regular job with Locke. But the
unconventional hours, and the unconventional duties, leave Nicole
sorely unimpressed - even if he is earning more in a night than
he used to earn in a month.
On Lisa's advice, Locke goes to visit Dyke
at his faux country mansion (where he lives with his handyman
Hobbs). Dyke owes Jason a favour from prison, and now it's time
to call in that debt. Dyke is unwilling to go into business with
Locke, mainly because he is currently shipping drugs into the
country for Locke's main competitor Perry Elley. However, to
repay the debt he finally agrees to arrange a shipment.
Chase throws a party for Jason's "coming
out". The mock Tudor, mock splendour, mock congeniality
... all paid for by Jason's prison term, infuriates Lisa. She
doesn't get on with any of the gaggle of wives and girlfriends
she is forced by convention to mingle with. The whole event angers
her, but at least she gets to speak to Christou, the equivalent
of the local bank manager for the criminal fraternity. With a
typical mixture of ambition and business sense, she all but promises
herself as collateral for a loan to Jason.
And how is she rewarded? At a party attended
by everyone she hates, she discovers her husband having sex at
the bottom of the garden with Suzy - a beautiful 18 year old
friend of Billy's (Billy has already warned her to stay away
from Locke, but to no avail). Infuriated by the ignominy she
attacks Locke and they have a bitter, vitriolic and very public
fight. Filled with rage, Lisa returns home to pack her belongings
Thanks to the loan from Christou and Dyke's
contacts, Locke takes delivery of a huge stock of ecstasy tablets
that will gain him a £250,000 clear profit. Once they have
delivered the drugs to the clubs controlled by his firm, Locke
also takes delivery of Suzy and they drive to Billy's beach house
- popping some of the tablets as they go. But something is not
quite right with these pills. Suzy begins to panic at Locke's
irrational behaviour, but because of the effect of the "Es"
Billy can do nothing to help her.
Billy wakes in the morning, to find Suzy throttled
to death. Jason is right out of it. Suddenly the doorbell rings.
Nicole and her daughter have turned up, but of course Billy cannot
let them in. His girlfriend immediately suspects that there is
another woman in the house and departs, never to see him again.
Chase and Lovell show with the news that the
tabs were all rogue. There's 20 kids in the hospital and their
reputation is in tatters. No one but Billy seems concerned about
Suzy; they are more interested in why Dyke has apparently double-crossed
Billy is given the job of disposing of Suzy's
body. He is helped by Dyke, who tries to console the young driver.
Billy now realises that he is in far, far too deep. He wants
out, but Jason has no intention of letting Billy go.
Locke, Chase and Lovell pay a visit to Dyke,
shooting his beloved gun dogs and threatening both him and Hobbs
at gunpoint. They want their money back, plus the profit they
were going to make ... or else. To make matters worse for Dyke,
Perry Elley has heard that he did a shipment for Locke and has
cut him out of their business arrangement.
Unbeknownst to Jason, Dyke and Lisa meet up
regularly in a sleazy hotel for illicit sex sessions.
Facing up to his situation, Dyke offers to
double-cross Elley and provide Locke's team with details of a
million pound airlift of cocaine. Locke and the boys make arrangements
to meet the shipment, kill the couriers and make off with the
booty. They also secretly plan to kill both Dyke and Billy, to
leave no loose ends. But at the supposed rendezvous, Dyke and
his handyman, Henry Hobbs, ambush the gangsters and shoot them
The police are obviously suspicious. But as
only Dyke, Billy and Hobbs know what happened they feel safe.
Dyke asks Billy to work for him - driving Lisa (who he still
lusts after, but cannot have until a suitable "mouming"
period has been observed) and maybe helping him with a shipment
due soon. In the meantime Lisa spends her energies taking over
the business, and some nights later she seduces Billy.
As the young driver lies in Lisa's arms he
gets a call from Dyke ordering him to drive to a deserted farm
to collect a new shipment. Unbeknown to Billy, Dyke is actually
ringing from just outside the motel. Angered at what he sees
as a sexual betrayal, Dyke tries to ambush Billy. But, although
shot in the shoulder, Billy manages to escape with the drugs.
Without another friend in the world he calls Lisa and they arrange
to meet back at the motel.
Lisa puts Billy into the bath and then goes
out to clean his clothes and get some disinfectant for his wound.
Later Lisa's mobile telephone rings in the other room. Billy
answers the phone to hear Lisa say "Good-bye" and ring
off. A figure suddenly darts behind a hedge outside. Billy panics
and screams out for Dyke not to kill him.
It is a great relief to find the police, not
Dyke, hiding in the bushes. Lisa has tied up all the knots: Billy
is caught with a bag load of drugs, and the only knowledge he
can trade with the authorities is that of the Range Rover murderers.
Thus Dyke and Hobbs are put out of the way too, leaving Lisa
top of the criminal pile in the county - the Essex Girl who beat
all the Essex Boys!
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