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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Numeric Blue

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. Peter wakes up, looking excited.

  5. PETER (V.O.): It's Saturday morning, someone will come to fix my new TV set in my study. I like multi-tasking, creating my works while watching or listening to TV stories.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My old TV set died a week ago, and I feel like losing my connection with the world.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The TV set and its support frame were delivered days ago. I should get reconnected in hours.

  10. Peter gets out of bed.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me have a quick breakfast and wait for the technician.

  12. Act 2

  13. INT. STUDY - DAY

  14. Relaxing on a sofa, Peter sees a Youtube viewing suggestion and the image of an old MAN (70).

  15. PETER (V.O.): Who's he?

  16. Peter reads the small prints.

  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, he's Peter Noone. My teenage idol. He is just a few years older than me.

  18. Recalling.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was studying in London in 1986, I happened to listen to a radio interview of someone who marketed Peter Noone.

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He recalled that when Peter Noone came to him and said he wanted to sing the blues. His response was something like: "Do you like bread?"

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He was good to have recorded all the Herman's Hermit's numbers.

  24. Pausing.

  25. PETER (V.O.): I love most of the group's songs .

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I didn't see any of his live shows though, but my sister did. Let me share the link with her - to reciprocate her happy birthday wishes to me yesterday.

  28. Enjoying his screen time, Peter types and types.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the morning's gone but no one came to fix the TV set for me. I must chase.

  30. Peter makes a call.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The one doing the order me made a mistake. Young ones are like that. The technician is asked to come in the afternoon.

  32. A beat.

  33. In response to the door bell, Peter quickly opens the door to let a TECHNICIAN (40s) in. After doing some measurements with the help of a balance on a wall, the technician begins to unpack the frame and the TV set.

  34. TECHNICIAN: Oh, what you ordered was a G model. Here's a F model instead. Do you want to make enquiry?

  35. PETER : I can't tell the difference...

  36. PETER (V.O.): I've already waited for a week to have the TV set fixed.

  37. TECHNICIAN: The one here was made in 2018 rather than in 2019.

  38. PETER: I see. Never mind then.

  39. The technician continues his work and images soon appear on the TV screen. We see some handcuffed YOUNGSTERS.

  40. TECHNICIAN: I couldn't understand why they chose to be manipulated by others.

  41. PETER: They're young. Their minds are empty for whatever fanciful fillings.

  42. PETER (V.O.): One message I shared in my Quora answers earlier today was about that. I hope to fill empty minds with deep thoughts so that they can be uplifted.

  43. Pausing.

  44. Using a remote control, the technician presses a few buttons and YouTube images begin to appear on the screen.

  45. PETER (Cont'd): That's eye-opening. I only watch YouTube stuff on much smaller screens.

  46. PETER: How can I connect with Cable TV?

  47. TECHNICIAN: That's easy. Do you have a HDMI cable?

  48. PETER: A HDMI cable? No.

  49. The technician reconnects the old ones and judges the image quality.

  50. TECHNICIAN: They're very good. You should use HDMI ones.

  51. Peter nods.

  52. PETER (V.O.): I've watched images of such quality for over 10 years!

  53. After signing some papers, the technician leaves.

  54. Act 3


  56. Peter pays and gets a HDMI cable in a box.

  57. PETER (V.O.) : What is HDMI?

  58. Peter reads the small prints on the box.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's High Definition Multimedia Interface.

  60. INT. STUDY - DAY

  61. Having fixed the HDMI cable, Peter checks the TV images.

  62. PETER (V.O.): Well, it's a world of difference.

  63. Working behind his computer, Peter watches TV. We hear a man voice saying: Vaccine or no vaccine, we're back.

  64. PETER (V.O.): That can't be smart. It'll enhance the degree of transmission of the coronavirus. The number of death in US will continue to rise.

  65. Peter surfs the web and finds something interesting.

  66. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Vincent Van Gogh is right. There's no blue without yellow and without orange.

  67. Pausing.

  68. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And that's how humankind anywhere will have to learn by going through it or they won't get it.

  69. Peter presses a few buttons of the remote control and we see PETER NOONE in a blue suit appearing on the TV screen.

  70. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I like the colour blue too.


  72. Background music. Peter goes to bed.

  73. PETER (V.O.): I won't feel blue, not even a little bit of it.

  74. FADE OUT.

  75. THE END

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