Sebastian A. Tan, Sunseeker boat owner
Christina Da Santa, B.B.C. reporter
Joe Carpenter, B.B.C. cameraman
Setting: Poole Marina and Poole Harbour
Joe: Which berth is it?
Christina: He just said look for the largest boat; we should recognise him from that photo in Dorset Life.
Joe: Yes, he looks very distinguished.
Christina: Pity more men his age don’t look after themselves so well.
Joe: (chuckling) Maybe you’ll be in with a chance, quite fancy him myself.
Christina: I’m very happy being single now, anyway, I thought you didn’t fancy older men.
Joe: Exception that proves the rule, he’s a gay icon apparently.
Christina: Oh, talk of the devil, there he is; what do you reckon Joe, straight or gay?
Joe: He looks all man to me!
Sebastian: (Calling out) Good afternoon, welcome to the ‘Hidden Depth’. Allow me, it’s tricky if you are not used to boats.
Christina: (flustered) This is Christina Da Santa at Poole Marina, on board Sunseekers’ newest and biggest boat. I’m here to interview Sandbank’s newest resident. Mr Sebastian A. Tan has agreed to an exclusive interview. Good afternoon Mr. Tan.
Sebastian: Please, call me Nick, all my friends do and I’m sure we shall be friends Miss, Ms, Mrs.? Da Santa.
Christina: Call me Christina, please; are you settling in, have you met the neighbours?
Nick: I love the area, but the neighbours are a little ‘standoffish’, that’s what you get with ‘new money’, no class.
Christina: Have you always loved boats?
Nick: Yes, I love the freedom, do you fancy a quick spin?
Christina: If Joe can hold the camera steady, I’m up for it.
Nick: I’m sure a strapping young man like Joe has a steady hand, he can film you in the wheelhouse.
Christina: (breathless) This is fantastic; if viewers fancy skimming over the waves at these speeds, a boat like this will cost you more than a house.
We’ve weighed anchor now, with a lovely view of Studland Beach; no other boats nearby, time to have an in depth chat with Seb… Nick.
What is your new house like?
Nick: Magnificent, worth every million.
Christina: So are you officially retired now?
Nick: I hope not, but business has been quiet; or rather business has been so good, my influence is hardly needed, I feel quite redundant; a feeling you will be familiar with soon!
Christina: (tersely) I wouldn’t believe what you read in the papers.
Nick: I sympathise entirely; if you think you feel discarded in your fifties, imagine what I feel like in my millions. Still, mustn’t grumble, it’s even worse for HIM. People these days just don’t believe in what he has to offer, don’t believe in HIM at all. Now my package, they have taken up whole heartedly, I should be pleased, but somehow I’m bored, no challenge.
Christina: Does this mean you are able to spend more time with your family?
Nick: (snorts) I’m no family man, over rated business; marriage wouldn’t suit my busy social life.
Christina: Would you describe yourself as a ‘Ladies’Man’?
Nick: (winks) Not just ladies, had a bit of an eye for the ‘Greek Gods’ in my time, still got an eye for young cameramen.
Christina: (taken aback) Well, we’re all open minded these days, would you describe yourself as bi-sexual?
Nick: (proudly) Omnisexual. My dear, I haven’t offered you a glass of wine; it should be nicely chilled by now, you’re looking a bit hot and flustered. I’ll go down below and fetch the glasses.
Joe: Wow, what do you think.
Christina: He has the most amazing piercing blue eyes!
Joe: He sends shivers down my spine.
Nick: Cheers, here’s to a successful documentary.
Christina: (embarrassed) It’s only a little slot in News South.
Nick: Surely I’m worth an hour, you are coming to film at my home as well, I assumed you were both coming to dinner.
Christina: Oh… er …this wine is divine.
Nick: Very good vintage.
Christina: We went so fast just now, we couldn’t film; Nick is just tying up at his private mooring. There’s a bit of drama going on, the lifeboat is just going out to rescue some teenagers in their kayaks, they weren’t prepared for the wake from our boat, Nick said they shouldn’t have been in that part of the harbour.
Here we are inside Nick’s beautiful home.
Nick: (chuckles) Yes, one would never guess that only a few months ago, all that was here was an old bungalow belonging to a couple of pensioners.
Christina: Do you like to cook?
Nick: I love hot food.
Christina: Viewers, I have to say, this is the most delicious food I have ever tasted; if only we had ‘teletaste’. No more wine for me or Joe, we are working.
Nick: (suavely) Perhaps it’s time you both went off duty.
Christina: Well… first tell the viewers what this fantastic recipe is, the meat is rather like pork.
Nick: Secret recipe my dear.
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