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The Archers

A contemporary drama in a rural setting.

Alle Folgen

  • 26.09.2022
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    Vince makes a surprising offer, and there’s a new venture in the pipeline at Grange Farm.

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  • 25.09.2022
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    Kenton confides to Jolene that he’s already missing Shula. He knows it’s silly. Jolene thinks it could be linked to the discovery of his old diary. He admits she might be right, and wonders where all his passion and principles have gone. Jolene asks if she can take a look at the diary. Kenton acquiesces, but she should know there’s lots about girls – and particularly Janet Adkin, his teen crush. Jolene’s soon engrossed – did Kenton manage to get close to Janet on their trip to the cinema? He explains Janet ran out halfway through the film. When Jolene asks what happened next, he becomes defensive and snatches the diary away. Ben’s slumped under his duvet on the pretext of a headache. He insists to Josh there’s nothing wrong between him and Beth, but further than that he won’t talk, and shouts at Josh to go away. Later Ben asks Chelsea to the Stables, and apologises for his panic reaction on Friday to her news. She goes over the events of the night of the rave, and Ben listens awkwardly. Whilst he admits he had sex with her willingly, he was hoping not to have to revisit that night ever again. He establishes Chelsea hasn’t made any decisions, and they discuss who knows about it. He offers Chelsea support, in any way he can. It dawns on him he’ll have to tell Beth. When Josh sees distraught Ben he insists on the truth. Ben tells him, and shocked Josh asks him what he’s going to do. Ben just doesn’t know.

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  • 23.09.2022
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    Writer, Tim Stimpson Director, Kim Greengrass Editor, Jeremy HoweJill Archer ….. Patricia Greene David Archer …… Timothy Bentinck Ben Archer ….. Ben Norris Josh Archer ….. Angus Imrie Kenton Archer ….. Richard Attlee Brian Aldridge ….. Charles Collingwood Lilian Bellamy ….. Sunny Ormonde Alice Carter ….. Hollie Chapman Chris Carter ….. Wilf Scolding Neil Carter ….. Brian Hewlett Beth Casey ….. Rebecca Fuller Shula Hebden Lloyd ….. Judy Bennett Brad Horrobin ….. Taylor Uttley Tracy Horrobin ….. Susie Riddell Alistair Lloyd ….. Michael Lumsden Jim Lloyd ….. John Rowe Jazzer McCreary ….. Ryan Kelly Elizabeth Pargetter ….. Alison Dowling Freddie Pargetter ….. Toby Laurence

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  • 22.09.2022
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    Alistair has some answers for Chelsea around the practicalities of the paternity of her baby. The father can’t have any influence over her decision whether or not to keep it, but he must support her if she does. Alistair can’t advise her on whether to tell the father or not; that’s for her to decide. Meanwhile at No.6 Tracy speculates fruitlessly to Jazzer about who the father is. It’s all she can think about. Brad divulges that he saw some research on Chelsea’s laptop about fathers’ rights. Tracy wonders if this means she’s keeping the baby, and to Brad’s horror she tackles Chelsea the minute she walks in the door. Cornered, Chelsea says she hasn’t made any decisions, and lets slip Alistair’s been helping her with her research. Furious Jazzer confronts Alistair, who insists that like everyone he’s just trying to do the right thing by bewildered Chelsea. Grudgingly Jazzer acknowledges this, but tells Alistair to keep his nose out in future. Meanwhile Tracy cradles upset Chelsea in her arms. Chelsea cries that she’s been an idiot; she wishes the baby just wasn’t there. Tracy reassures her. They’ll work it all out. Feeling a little better, Chelsea forgives Brad his indiscretion as they finally sit down to tea. There’s a small spat as Jazzer arrives home and admits he’s given Alistair an earful, but it’s put aside as they discuss the options for Chelsea, who’s still very conflicted. Tracy suggests letting the baby’s dad know what’s going on as a first step.

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  • 21.09.2022
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    It’s the day of Martha’s naming ceremony, and as the family wait for Jennifer to be ready, Alice is the calmest person in the room. There’s an awkward moment when Brian expresses his surprise that Lilian hasn’t yet appointed a new manager for the Stables; she’s brave to take it on herself. Neil’s confides to Chris he’s dreading having to cross paths with Brian, but in the end the two make a good fist of polite civility. Alice admits to Chris she’s aware there was a time when this occasion couldn’t have happened, and she’s grateful. Shula confirms with Alice and Chris that both grandfathers will speak, and that Fallon will sing, and the ceremony gets underway. Afterwards it’s clear both grandmothers were moved to tears, and Alice misinterprets Susan’s squeezing of Tracy’s hand as the emotion of the occasion. She comments that Tracy must be relieved to have Chelsea back home, and asks about Blake. Tracy asserts Blake and Chelsea are just friends, nothing more. Shula mentions to Neil the delicate issue of their crossed wires last year; she hopes it doesn’t affect things with Susan. Neil insists it’s all forgotten about, and the two warmly acknowledge their mutual friendship. Neil reckons she’ll be brilliant in her new role. Lilian finally admits to Alice it was she who was reluctant to offer Alice the Stables job, not Justin. Alice understands and forgives Lilian, but thinks the Stables would be perfect for her. Lilian agrees. They’ll make a fresh start together.

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  • 20.09.2022
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    Shula’s struggling to decide on what clothes to pack for her trip, keen not to make the wrong impression. Dan advises her to be herself. He comes to her rescue and soon has the packing efficiently completed. Grateful Shula thinks he’s remarkable, and just like his father, who always travelled light and took just the right amount on their holidays together. Dan suggests a visit to Mark’s grave. As they chat quietly at St Stephen’s, Dan affirms his dad’s grave is important to him. Even though Alistair is his dad to all intents and purposes, he does wonder how things might have been – another possible life. Shula admits she’s wondered about her own life choices recently too. She’s concluded that if Mark was still around, she doesn’t know who she’d be. Dan thinks Mark would be proud of her, and will always be there in her heart. Jazzer tries in vain to catch up with Chelsea as she heads off for a walk; she’s still not keen to talk. Alistair finds her wandering and she confides in him. She has lots of questions and he offers to look into some answers for her. Chelsea’s grateful, but makes him promise not to divulge that she’s let slip the baby’s father’s from the village. Later Jazzer shares with Alistair his distress over Chelsea’s lack of communication. Guiltily Alistair tries to reassure Jazzer that whilst Chelsea’s not talking to him, it doesn’t mean her head’s in the sand. Jazzer thanks him for being straight with him; he’s a real mate.

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  • 19.09.2022
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    Shula and Dan chat in the stable yard, joined by Lilian who heartily approves of Dan’s surprise visit to see his mum off on her travels. Wistfully acknowledging Dan’s confidence and drive, Lilian moves on to business matters. She doubts they’ll recruit a Stables manager before Shula goes. They discuss Alice, who’s spoken to Justin about the role and must think his reluctance is due to her alcohol issues. Lilian emphasises it’s not Alice’s ability to handle the job that’s in question, but more the pressure she’d be under. Shula believes Alice has made huge progress recently; and Lilian would be there as a safety net if she struggled at any point. Lilian sticks to her guns – if she felt confident in Alice, she’d have offered her the job. Tracy tries to coax Chelsea into talking about her options, but Chelsea’s reluctant. She needs space and won’t be rushed. Bumping into Jim, Chelsea thanks him for passing on the message that she was safe last week. He’s sympathetic. He knows what it’s like to hide from problems, even though it doesn’t work. Chelsea agrees with him. Dan joins them, and there’s light hearted banter between him and Jim. Chelsea notes their closeness, and learns Dan’s adopted. She reckons Dan’s lucky to have Alistair and Jim. When she gets home Chelsea feels her mum’s still on her case, and that she wants her to have a termination. Tracy denies this, assuring Chelsea they’ll make it work, whatever she decides.

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  • 18.09.2022
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    Beth’s not looking forward to a hen party trip to Magaluf. Josh reckons it won’t be as bad as she thinks, and Ben promises they can make up for it with a celebration for her birthday when she gets back. They agree a cosy night in will work. Unimpressed Josh raises a ‘no smooching’ house rule for the Stables, but Beth counters with a few household rules of her own, to both boys’ alarm. Shula and Beth compare notes on packing up to leave their respective abodes. Shula comments Beth’s better organised than she is, and Ben notes Josh is nowhere near ready either for their move into the Stables. Shula lists all the things she still has to sort out, including Martha’s naming ceremony, and getting Lilian up to speed with running the business until they find a manager. She’s adamant she doesn’t want a fuss when she leaves for Sunderland. She’s not planning a big send-off. David and Kenton meanwhile are pleased Shula’s being kept talking on Brookfield yard – they need to keep her there until a surprise guest arrives. They chat with Josh about their mutual disappointment in Russ, but when Shula comes in to say goodbye she notices they’re acting oddly. They keep her talking but need to stall her again when she makes to go. Kenton manages to stop her on the yard, and hidden Dan emerges from a horse box. Delighted Shula couldn’t hope for a better surprise than her son!

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  • 16.09.2022
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    Brad declares it’s not Chelsea’s fault that Russ and Lily have split up – it’s his. But at least it’s diverted gossip away from Chelsea . When Brad tentatively asks why Chelsea rang Jim and not him, Chelsea says she was worried he’d be angry. Chelsea tells Brad she thinks she now knows what she’s going to do about her pregnancy, but it makes her feel sad. Later Chelsea asks Tracy if she’d be disappointed if she had an abortion. But Tracy says it’s Chelsea’s decision and if that’s what Chelsea wants, then that’s what she should do. But later Chelsea’s not sure she can go through with it – maybe she would make a good mum. Tracy tells her although it’s scary, she’s going to have to decide one way or another as the clock’s ticking. Lily and Elizabeth prepare for the gallery exhibition and Lily wonders whether Russ will come. When he appears he tells Lily there’s a painting he’d like to sell as a late addition to the exhibition. It’s called ‘Prodosia’ – Greek for betrayal. He unveils the painting and it’s Lily’s portrait. He then says he’s resigning as Gallery Manager. Later Elizabeth says Russ really showed his true colours, but Lily says it’s complicated. She slept with Sol at the time when Russ was painting her portrait, and it was the painting that made her fall in love with Russ all over again. Elizabeth offers to buy the portrait if it gets Russ off Lily’s case. Lily agrees but doesn’t want to look at the painting ever again.

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  • 15.09.2022
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    Lilian’s surprised when Lynda turns up with Monty to see Justin. When Lilian explains it’s not a good time because Glenda Belcher from the BL Board is due any minute, Lynda says she knows – it’s all part of the plan. Lynda explains that as Glenda’s on the board at Berrow, Justin’s hoping to get her vote to get out of their contract with the meat processor so they can negotiate a better deal elsewhere. That’s why Monty’s here – Glenda loves dogs and Justin thinks she might also hand over some dosh for the dog shelter while she’s at it. Later Justin and Lynda congratulate each other over Glenda’s donation and her support for Justin’s vote. Lilian’s nonplussed and even more so when Justin invites Lynda and Robert for dinner in their new kitchen. At the Bull, David winds Kenton up about the discovery of his 1974 diary and its contents, particularly Kenton’s unrequited love for Janet Adkin. Kenton’s annoyed that David read his diary but admits he would’ve done the same thing. When David says it’s obvious from his diary that Shula’s Kenton’s favourite sibling, Kenton admits he’s dreading her leaving. David reminds him she’s only going for a year, but Kenton says it’s a twin thing. When Kenton asks what he’d written about Shula in his diary, David tells him that he’d said she was the best sister in the world. Talk then turns back to Janet Adkin and David asks if Kenton ever sealed his love with a kiss. Kenton replies that some things need to stay a secret.

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  • 14.09.2022
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    Tracy tells Kenton that Jolene’s been really great over Chelsea’s disappearance and that from now on she’s going to be totally reliable. Kenton knows she’ll be good, but asks if something comes up again, to let them know. Leonard chats to Tracy and afterwards asks Kenton whether he thinks Tracy’s alright. When Kenton says no, Leonard has an idea. Later he asks Tracy if it would help if he took over the cricket training until the Darrington match. Tracy says that would be great – she’s got a lot on and needs to keep an eye on Chelsea. Russ appears at Lower Loxley and tells Lily he just wants to collect his stuff and go. He’s going to find a new flat. When Lily asks what she can do to make it right, Russ reminds her that he gave up everything for her – his job, his relationship with his parents and on top of this Freddie hated his guts. When Lily mentions that Freddie didn’t believe the stuff about Chelsea, Russ questions why Lily didn’t have faith in him. Russ asks Lily when she slept with Sol and realises it was when he was painting her portrait. He tells Lily she can have the portrait because he doesn’t want it. He’s not sure about coming back to work either, or the exhibition opening on Friday. Lily really hurt him, and he hadn’t ever shown any interest in Chelsea. When Lily says she knows that now, Russ wants to know why she didn’t know that then and didn’t trust him when he promised it wasn’t true?

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  • 13.09.2022
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    Josh is upset when David asks him to sort through his things from the loft. When Josh wonders why it can’t all be left in his bedroom, David says they’re planning to turn his and Ben’s bedroom into B and B accommodation. Josh is hurt that they’re thinking of doing B and B so soon. David says that although he’ll miss them, it’s long overdue for Josh. Josh says that’s because David and Ruth are such good parents. Later they accidentally knock a bit of skirting board off in Josh’s room and find an old tobacco tin, a magazine and Kenton’s 1974 diary. They can’t help reading Kenton’s teenage thoughts, including his crush on Janet Adkin. When Lily asks Freddie’s advice about Russ, Freddie reminds Lily that she accused Russ of getting Chelsea pregnant. Russ will contact Lily if he wants to talk. And if the baby was Russ’s, he would own up to it. Lily can’t believe that last week they had a bright future and now it’s all in ruins. They’re interrupted by Chelsea who tells them her pregnancy is nothing to do with Russ and it’s obvious that Russ was mad on Lily. Lily thanks Chelsea for coming and Chelsea asks them not to tell anyone she’s pregnant. After she goes, Lily’s desperate to contact Russ. When Freddie reminds her that Russ loves her, Lily admits Russ knows about Sol. Russ might not believe her if she tells him she loves him, like Lily didn’t believe Russ about Chelsea.

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  • 12.09.2022
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    Jazzer tells Blake he’s a hero for looking after Chelsea and bringing her home and it’s brilliant to see him looking so well. Having heard that Blake’s at Tracy’s, Lynda calls round. Blake tells her he’s now working at an animal sanctuary and apologises for running away from Lynda’s, when both she and Robert had been so kind. Lynda’s understanding – he’d been through so much. He also mentions that he’s having counselling and now realises that Philip Moss manipulated him. When Lynda offers to give Blake a lift home, he accepts.Tracy and Chelsea go for a walk and Tracy admits she’s worried she’ll say the wrong thing and then Chelsea will run away again. Chelsea reassures her that she won’t do that again. When Tracy asks if it was her fault, Chelsea says no, explaining that she ran away because she needed to put the whole situation on pause. She went to Blake’s because he was outside of everything and not judgemental. When Chelsea says that it was Blake who persuaded Chelsea to ring Jim, Tracy wonders why Chelsea didn’t ring her. Chelsea doesn’t have an answer. Tracy brings up the subject of Chelsea’s options saying whatever she decides, they’ll face it together. Chelsea needs to get this right for herself, nobody else. She suggests it might help her decide, if Chelsea talks to Russ because he’s the baby’s father. Horrified Chelsea says he isn’t. Tracy’s really embarrassed about accusing Russ and Chelsea despairs.

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  • 11.09.2022
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    Lynda and Lilian reminisce about where they were on the day of the Queen’s coronation. There is a book of condolence at St Stephen’s for the death of the Queen and the two women become emotional when Lynda shares what she wrote.Chelsea’s at Blake’s flat where he kindly tells her it’s been really nice having her to stay, but Chelsea needs to go home where she has a lovely family worrying about her. Blake offers to hitch back to Ambridge with her. When Tracy opens the door to Chelsea and Blake she’s overjoyed. Chelsea quickly explains that Blake’s not the dad and Tracy says she didn’t think he was. She thanks Blake for bringing Chelsea back. When Chelsea worries about people knowing about the reason for her running away, Tracy makes it clear that no-one knows about the pregnancy and Chelsea doesn’t need to explain anything to anyone. Tracy invites Blake to stay the night with them and he accepts. With that sorted Tracy asks Blake what he’d like for tea.Lilian’s desperate to get home to her new kitchen but has difficulty getting Justin to leave Ambridge Hall, while he’s in the middle of yet another interesting debate with Lynda. When Lynda mentions fundraising for Monty’s old dog shelter, Justin’s happy to help. Back at the Dower House, Lilian’s keen to use her new kitchen, but Justin suggests having a takeaway. Undeterred, Lilian says she’s making a meal. Justin asks whether they can invite Lynda and Robert over to eat with them, as thanks for their stay at Ambridge Hall. As Lilian’s pointing out that they did pay them for it, Justin’s already on the phone and Lynda accepts his invitation for her and Robert.

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  • 09.09.2022
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    Tracy’s appreciative of Fallon covering her shifts at the Bull. Susan thinks Jolene and Fallon should get a medal constantly rallying people and coming up with new ideas. Fallon says it’s the least they can do. Chelsea’s absence affects Jolene too and she tells Fallon she will never take her for granted. Later Tracy tells Susan she can’t do this anymore and breaks down in tears as Jazzer arrives home. He tells Tracy how much he loves her.At Jim and Alistair’s, Jazzer explains that any leads about Chelsea have dried up, but the police are still busy behind the scenes. Tracy’s a wreck and he doesn’t know how much longer they can cope with it. The police also think yesterday’s text might be from a scammer. Jim reckons if they could work out why Chelsea left, they could work out where she is. Jazzer hesitates before telling him Chelsea’s pregnant. When Jazzer thinks Russ knows more than he’s letting on, Jim counsels focussing on being there for Tracy, not flinging around accusations. Jim can see it’s all taking its toll on Jazzer and tells him he’s welcome at Greenacres for respite any time.Later Jim sends another text to Chelsea. He’s already sent a few messages in the hope she turns on her phone and sees them. She might contact a neutral person. Suddenly Jim’s phone rings and it’s Chelsea. She asks Jim to tell Tracy she’s ok, but she can’t come home. She’s safe and staying with someone, but she has to go. Chelsea then hangs up.

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  • 08.09.2022
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    Jolene tells Jim and Alistair she’s got a lead from the Chelsea social media campaign. Someone who looks like Chelsea has been spotted working at a soft play centre, and they need a volunteer with a car. Jim’s keen to go with Alistair. When they arrive it turns out that she’s just a doppelganger. But Alistair says they will find Chelsea. Jim agrees, because the alternative is unbearable.Oliver notices Tracy’s looking tired. She admits she’s barely slept all week and won’t feel better until Chelsea’s home. They’re interrupted by a text from an unsaved number. It’s Chelsea saying she’s fine and not to worry about her. When Oliver expresses his relief, Tracy worries who’s sent it and why it’s not from Chelsea’s phone. And when she rings the number the phone’s turned off. Oliver suggests passing it on to the police. Brad accepts when Oliver offers to take him his dad Den’s to double check whether Chelsea’s there. Den is a dead-end on the Chelsea front. However when he hears that Oliver used to own a hotel, he suddenly becomes interested in visiting Brad. He just needs a couple of hundred pounds to fix his car first. Oliver declines and suggests they leave. Later Brad admits to Oliver that he’s missing Chelsea. When Oliver says he’s sure she’s missing him too, Brad asks why hasn’t she come home then? And there’s no proof the text came from her. What if she’s gone off with someone who won’t let her go?

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  • 07.09.2022
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    Tracy keeps trying Chelsea’s phone to no avail and no-one’s seen or heard from her. Tracy checks Chelsea’s room once more to see if she’s missed any clues. When Brad goes up to investigate, he stops Tracy in her tracks when he says he may know something that might help; he thinks Chelsea had a crush on Russ. Tracy surprises Lily and Russ when she turns up unexpectedly at Lower Loxley. She accuses Russ of taking advantage of a teenager with a crush on him. He must’ve won Chelsea’s trust when he tutored her and then made his move at the rave. She wonders if Chelsea told Russ she was pregnant. As Russ tries to deny it Tracy leaves, saying she’s going to the police. Lily’s unsettled and later admits to Freddie that she wonders if Russ could actually have done it – Freddie used to call him a cradle snatcher. When Russ gets back from the police station Lily asks if there was anything going on between him and Chelsea. Is this what he does – gets bored and seduces teenagers? Russ tells her he’s had enough, but stops when Lily says she had felt so guilty after… Russ fills the gap and guesses that Lily slept with someone. Lily admits it was a stupid one-off with Sol. When Russ asks when it was, Lily retorts when did he get a 17-year-old girl pregnant? As Lily goes, Freddie appears and offers to talk to Lily. Russ says it’s too late to do anything. He’s done with Lily. It’s over.

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  • 06.09.2022
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    Susan and Freddie help with the search for Chelsea by printing missing posters for volunteers to distribute. Susan’s really worried as there hasn’t even been a text from Chelsea; Tracy’s beside herself. When Freddie wonders why she’s gone, Susan’s lips are sealed. Tracy thanks Harrison for getting the ball rolling so quickly last night. He says just because Chelsea hasn’t been in touch, it doesn’t mean that she’s not safe. The most likely scenario is that she’s with a friend. When Tracy worries about whether she’s injured or lost, Harrison says Chelsea has her head screwed on. He’ll contact Chelsea’s dad, Den, in case he knows anything. Tracy tells Susan she’d give anything to hear Brad and Chelsea bickering again like normal. She’s really scared; every day Chelsea’s away makes it less likely she’ll be found. Freddie and Lily discuss missing Chelsea. Lily thinks maybe Chelsea’s got a secret boyfriend. She’s sure she’ll turn up later today wondering what all the fuss was about. When Lily admits to being nervous about her university induction, Freddie’s says he’s glad she’s going back, she’s too good to get stuck selling kitchens. Lily admits that last time her heart wasn’t in it, but this time she’s excited. Later Russ apologises to Lily for postponing a back to university celebratory drink with Freddie. Instead Lily and Russ are in Borchester handing out missing Chelsea flyers. Russ admits it’s horrible to think of her out there and Lily comments he was always really sweet to Chelsea. She’s glad they’re doing their bit.

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  • 05.09.2022
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    Oliver and Harrison chat about the upcoming Flower and Produce show. Clarrie’s making chutney and Oliver will be burying underpants for the ‘soiled pants’ competition. When Harrison comments that Oliver’s not the first person he’s caught doing that today, Oliver explains that everyone who’s taking part has to bury a pair of new cotton pants between nine and midday today. Later Harrison and Fallon have to cancel a romantic meal out so that Fallon can cover Tracy’s evening shift because she can’t make it. Jolene doesn’t think Tracy would let them down without good reason. Anxious Tracy goes up to Chelsea’s room to wake her. When she’s gone Brad admits to Jazzer that he heard them chatting last night and he knows that Chelsea’s pregnant. He thinks Bert might have overheard too. They’re interrupted by Tracy rushing in; Chelsea’s not in her room. Jazzer’s reassuring but when Tracy rings her it goes straight to voicemail. Later Tracy notices that all Chelsea’s things have gone including her rucksack. Jazzer thinks that might be a good sign; she’s probably staying with a friend. But Tracy’s messaged all the friends she knows, and no-one’s seen Chelsea. Tracy’s worried she’s run away because she made Chelsea feel really rubbish about herself. She contacts Harrison who takes all the details, including the fact that Chelsea’s pregnant. He tells Tracy she’s right to report it and is keen to get things moving. Jolene offers her support and tells Tracy if Chelsea’s not back by morning, she’ll get everyone in the village on the case.

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  • 04.09.2022
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    Lily and Russ chat about the ‘soiled pants’ competition for the Flower and Produce show. Lily’s taking part, but Russ declines. Russ reluctantly agrees to go to Lily’s leaving barbeque for Felpersham Kitchens. Whilst there, Lily’s delighted when Russ suggests buying the flat they saw yesterday in Felpersham. She wants to settle down with Russ and she couldn’t be happier. Tracy worries to Jazzer about Chelsea’s pregnancy and how she’s going to deal with it all. When Chelsea appears, Tracy encourages her to open up. Chelsea admits she took the morning-after pill and thought that would sort it out. When she found out she was pregnant, she didn’t tell Tracy because she thought Tracy would go mad. When Tracy asks Chelsea what she’s going to do and who the father is, Chelsea makes a swift exit saying she has a hair appointment with Harrison. Later Tracy broaches the subject of options available to Chelsea but she won’t engage. Chelsea admits that she knows who the father is, but when Tracy starts digging further, things escalate. Tracy ends up telling Chelsea she was stupid to get pregnant. Upset Chelsea says she knew she shouldn’t have told Tracy and storms out. Later Tracy tells Jazzer that she feels really guilty and has made things worse; Chelsea’s in her room and won’t come out. When Tracy thinks she should go and say sorry, Jazzer advises leaving it until the morning – Chelsea knows Tracy’s there for her. Tracy hopes so, because she’s really worried Chelsea’s avoiding making the biggest decision of her life.

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  • 02.09.2022
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    Tracy’s nervous for her first shift at the Bull, but grateful it isn’t the chicken factory. Brad and Chelsea assure her she’ll be fine. They wish her luck and she departs leaving them bickering in her wake. Tracy’s settling in behind the bar, and David’s milking the benefit of freebies from her rusty pint pulling technique. Kenton’s unimpressed and there’s brotherly banter. Kenton’s still keen to do something to mark Shula’s departure from Ambridge, but David’s suggestions fall on stony ground. Tracy’s on a high from her first shift. Kenton’s very impressed with her, she’s smiley and great with the customers. She admits she’s loved every minute. Tipsy David offers more outlandish suggestions for Shula’s goodbye, mainly involving the soiled pants scheme – but in doing so he gives Kenton a bright idea. As Chelsea becomes more argumentative Brad finally lets rip at her, accusing her of selfishness. She shouldn’t have attitude – it’s her fault their mum lost her job. Deflated Chelsea caves. Brad’s right, it’s all her fault and there’s nothing she can do. On hearing why her mum kept the job loss from them, and more importantly why she decided to confess, Chelsea’s full of remorse. Tracy comforts her. She doesn’t want her feeling bad or worried; things are slowly getting better. As Chelsea cries quietly, Tracy jokes Chelsea can tell her what’s wrong, as long as she’s not pregnant. There’s a pause. Chelsea’s really sorry.

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  • 01.09.2022
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    Alice chats to a rather distant Susan about a venue for Martha’s naming ceremony. Alice would like somewhere informal, where Martha can be outdoors without any restrictions. Susan says if she thinks of anywhere she’ll tell Chris. Alice suggests she could text her, and they could look together. Later Alice tells Susan she’s thought of somewhere – the garden at Ambridge View would be perfect. Susan’s delighted, but cautions it might not be an idyllic coming together of the two families. Neil’s still sore at Brian for things he said to him recently. Alice understands; she’s sorry. The ice thaws between the two women. Tracy explains to Oliver she’d rather have a job secured before admitting her plight to her family. She rues that nothing gets handed to her on a plate, but experiencing the food bank makes her want to give something back, from the first wage she gets. Then she spots the Bull needs bar staff – Oliver thinks she should go straight to Kenton and talk to him. Tracy does a big selling job, but Kenton’s happy to take her on. Tracy can’t believe it! Now she can go home and tell the truth. At a city hotel, Julianne’s happy Ruairi’s going along with what she wants. Ruairi bumps into Justin, and covers that he’s attending the same convention. When Julianne joins them later Justin realises he knows of her in a business capacity, but is unfazed. He congratulates mortified Ruairi on his taste, declaring he too has learned a lot from smart women in his time.

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    Beth offers to help Josh pack eggs. Josh agrees grudgingly, and Beth presses on, steadfastly friendly. Josh assures her she’s no need to be polite – they’re good. Beth can tell this is disingenuous and cuts to the chase – Josh doesn’t think she and Ben should have got back together. Beth explains her side of the incident with Steph, finishing with the sincere affirmation that she loves Ben. In that case, declares Josh, it really is all good. Maybe it’s not such a bad idea for Beth to move in to the Stables. Alice and Shula look through old pony club photos, and Shula gives Alice one of herself at her first pony club event. Shula comments that now she’s got Ben and Josh as house-sitters she needs to find a replacement for her at the Stables. She asks Alice how she’d feel about managing things there in her absence. Alice is hesitant but cautiously excited; she’ll give it some thought. Kenton and David are casting about for ideas for Shula’s farewell gift. After some brotherly banter Kenton admits he doesn’t want her to go. David asserts that Shula’s strong, talented and determined, and needs to do this. They can visit. Kenton points out they all have jobs they can’t easily leave. Shula joins her brothers for lunch, insisting she doesn’t want a present. When Kenton counters that she deserves a special send off, Shula points out she’ll be taking the memories of the people she loves. He will always be her brother. Kenton sighs; he’s going to miss her.

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    Oliver discovers Tracy hasn’t been as good as her word; her family still don’t know she’s lost her job at the chicken factory. Jazzer remarks it’s good to see Tracy happier; he’s pleased she and Oliver are getting on again. Jazzer’s eager to give Chelsea and Brad a big celebration and Alistair has to remind him that it’s in fact his party. He quizzes Alistair on plans for music food and decorations. Later, Jazzer calls a busy Alistair at work with a few suggestions of how to make the party more appealing, Alistair struggles to keep his cool.Josh is helping Shula with her move. Shula susses that Josh is avoiding David, who also needed a hand back at Brookfield but is a harsher taskmaster. Josh is confident that good boy Ben will help their dad. Shula’s impressed that despite the teasing Josh has been there for Ben recently. She unexpectedly offers Josh first refusal on her house while she’s away – and Ben too if he wants. Both are overwhelmed and excited. Josh is less than impressed when Ben mentions how good it will be with Beth staying over too. She’s still not Josh’s favourite person. He tells Shula they’d love to move in. She’s delighted to think of her nephews in the house; it’s been a while since the place has had the energy of young voices in it. Later Ben tries to persuade Josh to let Beth move in – it would help with the rent. But Josh is having none of it.

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  • 29.08.2022
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    29/08/2022

    Tracy’s not keen on the idea of Chelsea and Brad sharing Alistair’s party, and is even more discomfited to learn Jazzer’s made it clear to the Greenacres household that their finances are tight. She leaves the house as Jazzer tries in vain to reassure her. Brad and Chelsea bicker, and Jazzer advises Brad not to bait Chelsea. Later their row continues and Brad wants to know what’s eating Chelsea. Jazzer tells him it’s not been easy for anyone lately, and tries to distract him with a game. Oliver finds Tracy in a park in Borchester, and wonders why she’s there. Tracy makes a valiant effort to hold it together but finally caves and tells him everything. She’s lost her job, can’t afford essentials for her family and can’t find another post. She feels invisible and a failure. Oliver takes her to a food bank. As appalled Tracy hovers at the door, a kind helper invites her in, filling a food bag for her efficiently and without fuss. Tearful Tracy thanks Shelly for making everything more bearable. Oliver gives Tracy a lift home, assuring her that her bright, sensible children won’t have any trouble dealing with the truth of her situation. Tracy agrees; Oliver’s right. She’ll tell them as soon as she gets home.

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  • 28.08.2022
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    Alistair’s not keen on a party for his birthday, but Jim’s determined and Jazzer’s on board. He remarks that Chelsea similarly doesn’t want a fuss for her upcoming eighteenth. Money’s tight, so she won’t be lucky enough to get a big do. Alistair suggests kindly that she shares his party, and that Brad could come too to celebrate his exam results. Jazzer thanks him for his generosity. Alistair reckons both kids deserve it. Shula suggests to Justin that Alice might make a suitable replacement for her to manage the Stables. She’s spent all her life around horses. Justin agrees but questions Alice’s business experience. Shula reckons she has the necessary skills. Justin also points out Lilian’s reservations – she’d be worried the responsibility might hamper Alice’s rehabilitation progress. Shula’s confident Alice’s skills outweigh the risks, and offers to sound her out. Ben laments the loss of the old Ruairi, but Beth points out it’s important to allow people to change a little and still have room for them. She can’t see what Ben has against Ruairi’s girlfriend when he hasn’t even met her, but Ben remains stubborn. They’re distracted by Bess, who’s dug up some pants in the field. To their surprise Jill admits they’re hers. It’s part of a soil health monitoring initiative – you bury cotton pants and see how well they rot down. Jill comments it’s nice to see Ben and Beth walking the fields. Beth reminds her of herself, a townie with a good country boy who cares deeply for her. Beth assures Jill the feeling’s mutual.

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    Making Mince Pies with Jill Archer

    Join Jill in the kitchen at Brookfield as she makes a batch of her much loved mince pies

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