Describing The Bureau of Magical Things Season 2
Audio description scripts for selected episodes of The Bureau of Magical Things, Season 2
by Brett Coulstock. .
In 2023 I was invited by indie audio describer Kyle Warwick-Mathieu to co-write descriptions for Season 2 of the Australian drama series The Bureau of Magical Things.
I wound up writing 5 out of the 20 episodes and script-editing the rest; Kyle in turn was a fresh pair of eyes for my scripts, and made some necessary edits, for which I thank him. The scripts provided below are older versions, prior to edits, as the editing process removed the time-codes which I wish to preserve.
It was a hugely fun and, above all, valuable experience. I wrote a little about my experiences for script-editing Episode 01, but there were many further challenges and points of interest, such as a future/past episode (Episode 5), a musical (Episode 8), and an episode set in in Singapore.
It was also interesting to see how scripts could vary in length. The episodes are about 20 minutes, and I can see that the number of cues fell in the range of about 90 to 165.
This is independent audio-description: that is the scripts are unofficial and not commissioned by any corporation. I believe in cultural competency, inclusion and equality, and have attempted to describe the characters and situations fairly, without prejudice and without intent to offend. All information in the scripts are believed to be correct at the time of writing, but they have not passed through a quality control process, and the accuracy or correctness of this content cannot be guaranteed.
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Copyright and Licensing
Linked audio-description scripts copyright © Brett Coulstock.
Licence for all formats: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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Season 2, Episode 2 "A Dangerous Secret"
Kyra and Darra join forces to retrieve the key to a mysterious temple.
Season 2, Episode 5 "Welcome to the Jungle"
Darra and Kyra discover the location of the second key in Vietnam.
Season 2, Episode 7 "Testing Times"
Trapped in the library when he should be doing a maths test, Peter unleashes a terrible force.
Season 2, Episode 9 "The Key to the Past"
Attempting to locate the final key, Kyra and Darra ventura into the year .
Season 2, Episode 11 "The Enchanted Wood"
Needing enchanted wood to repair Ladder, the Bureau return to the story-book world of the Forbidden Forest.