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The Archers

A contemporary drama in a rural setting.

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  • 04.03.2021
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    04/03/2021

    Clarrie’s going over her Mystery Plays script, trying to find her ‘inner king’. She feels she needs some help, and from someone more king-like than Eddie. Meanwhile Eddie announces he’s become a double agent, having secured a role in the production of the Mysteries which the Darrington Dramatists are also working on. Lynda’s plan is for him to infiltrate their camp and check out the competition from the inside. Clarrie doesn’t think this is a good idea. Later she enlists the help of posh Sabrina Thwaite as her voice coach. Clarrie needs to go all out to show Lynda, and Susan, what she’s capable of. Kate and Adam surprise Alice with a baby shower, complete with animal onesies and non-alcoholic booze – for her. But they’re drinking proper bubbly, and Alice rings Chris in desperation. With him out working she has no escape and is worried she’ll crack. Just as Alice is forced to decline Kate’s offer of a sneaky glass of champers, Kate gets a message: they have to go, Peggy’s had a fall. Chris has rigged this decoy, and is very grateful to Peggy, who’s in on it. Peggy feels that perhaps it’s time to tell the family about Alice’s battle, but Chris doesn’t want to, for Alice’s sake. He promises Alice is doing ok. And he doesn’t want Peggy to say anything either. Peggy gives her word, and assures him she’s there if they need help. The baby comes first.

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  • 03.03.2021
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    03/03/2021

    Things are still tense at Greenacres, but Jim and Alistair agree that Jade’s dreadful, and not suited to Jazzer. They’re also agreed they’ll need to keep that opinion to themselves. Jim reckons Jazzer’s right, he’s a snob – if he was less judgemental maybe Alistair and Shula’s marriage might have had more of a chance. Alistair reassures his dad. He’s done absolutely nothing wrong on either count. They’ll just have to be there to catch Jazzer if the need arises. Ian’s worried about money. Adam assures him it will all work out. But Ian’s concerned about Adam’s hours, which will go up even more when Alice goes on maternity leave. They might have to consider childcare for Xander – more expense. Adam detects Ian’s low mood. Ian confesses he’s worried about Grey Gables, and his own confidence has taken a dip. Sympathetic Adam tries to reassure him. Brian fills in Ruairi on how the Home Farm partnership meetings work. He’s concerned he won’t be able to cover as many lambing shifts as he used to. Perhaps they should get out of sheep. Ruairi laughs that Ruth’s been hinting at that too. He suggests a swap: Brookfield rents Home Farm land for their sheep, so Home Farm can still reap the benefits to the soil that sheep provide. Hesitant Adam agrees to consider it. But Brian’s determined to back it at Friday’s meeting. Adam’s aghast that Brian could support such a scheme wholesale. When Brian offers to help Adam out with his bills, he refuses in a huff.

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  • 02.03.2021
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    02/03/2021

    Phoebe’s cracking the whip with Rex, who she feels is too preoccupied with his own affairs and should be focusing on the rewilding and their meeting with Brian. Brian mentions Peggy’s concern over Pip’s withdrawal from the project, which irritates Phoebe. He also raises the fact that the rewilders’ camping idea could impact on Spiritual Home. Phoebe feels patronised when her granddad offers his expertise in advising the project on cattle. To her dismay Rex agrees with Brian, and accepts Brian on board with enthusiasm. Jim and Alistair have pulled out the stops for tonight’s dinner with Jazzer and his guest Jade. However when she arrives her directness throws Jim, and even Jazzer has cause to pull her up on her comments. Her protestations that she’s just joking are a bit thin for Jazzer; these are his friends. Really – they’re making him old before his time, remarks Jade. Jim’s unable to hold back and lets it be known he’s aware Jade thinks he’s cramping Jazzer’s style. When Jazzer leaves the room the comments get out of hand and he returns to find insults being hurled both ways. Jade leaves in disgust. Jazzer knew this dinner was a bad idea. Jim insists he only objected when Jade was insulting Jazzer himself. Jazzer retorts that he and Jade joke around, that’s what they’re about. He’s disappointed; he thought they were a team at Greenacres. But he doesn’t need their approval.

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  • 01.03.2021
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    01/03/2021

    Susan offers her commiserations to the Grundys on their news that Mia’s a vegan. She’s surprised to learn Clarrie and Eddie are both cast in the Mystery Plays. In her disappointment she offends Clarrie and the two have an awkward morning. Things worsen when Susan discovers the role of Mary has been given to Mia. She feels Kirsty thinks she’s tainted goods after the Echo article. It seems that all the roles are taken…until it occurs to Susan that she’d make an excellent Jesus. Mia’s coming to stay at Grange Farm for the duration of rehearsals. This is a mixed blessing for Eddie, who’s dismayed at the upcoming change of menu. He perks up when Mia offers to make two birthday cakes for him – only one vegan version – phew! Meanwhile Kirsty’s trying to persuade Harrison to accept her offer of the part of Jesus. Darrington are putting on a rival production, and Ambridge’s offer will be the stronger with him in the role. But Harrison thinks he should put more time into concentrating on his job. He feels he could have spotted more clues about Philip Moss had he not been so distracted by extracurricular activities. Kirsty assures him that situation was neither of their faults; they shouldn’t let Philip ruin things for them. Harrison later relents and takes the part. He also informs Kirsty Philip’s pleading guilty. Kirsty takes this in; maybe Philip has a conscience after all. Perhaps now she can finally move on.

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  • 25.02.2021
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    25/02/2021

    Jazzer gets impatient in the shop while Jim and Johnny discuss car maintenance. Jade is outside and he doesn’t want to keep her waiting. Jazzer thought they could accompany Jim home so he can meet Jade. Back at Greenacres, Jade does her ‘firing pasta out of her nose’ party trick. She continually calls Jim ‘Jimmy’ and ‘Jimbo’ despite being corrected. When Jade is ready to head off on another night out Jim shows concern for Jazzer looking tired. Jazzer tries to suggest a night in to Jade but there’s no way she’s staying in. Later, Johnny collects a pump for his car from Jim and they express their reservations about Jade. Kirsty visits Philip in prison. He insists he’s the same person that Kirsty fell in love with. She cuts him off by asking about Victoria. Philip’s shocked at Kirsty’s knowledge. She tells him she’s visited Gavin. Philip thinks Gavin has had a breakdown and can’t be relied upon for information. Kirsty implores Philip to cooperate with the police and plead guilty. Philip begs Kirsty to give him another chance; he still loves her and he hasn’t done anything wrong. Kirsty takes off her wedding ring as she leaves. It’s going in the first bin she finds; their marriage was already over when she got there.

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  • 24.02.2021
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    24/02/2021

    Ruth and David return to their discussion about no longer farming sheep at Brookfield. Ruth is worried about the negative impact Brexit will have on sheep prices. David worries that Ruth and Pip will squeeze him out of decision making. Ruth reassures him that’s not the case. David is offered a part in The Mystery Plays which he thinks he should take to placate Lynda about refusing her use of their barn. Later Ruth is also offered a part, which panics her. She decides to agree to Lynda using the Brookfield Barn as long as she can turn down the role. While Alice and Chris are babysitting Xander for the day, Chris gets a message from Harrison. Chris is reluctant to leave but Alice pushes him to go to meet Harrison for a chat. Harrison reveals he’s been asked to play Jesus in The Mystery Plays. Chris encourages him to accept the role. Harrison probes Chris about Alice since her spell in detox. Chris is sure Alice has beaten her addiction but Harrison warns that Alice might not be fixed entirely. This makes Chris lash out and Harrison backs off. On his return, Alice tells Chris she knows he’s talked to Harrison about her detox. Chris is full of apology and Alice is understanding, much to his relief. She’s so grateful for Chris’s support and she thanks him for not giving up on her.

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  • 23.02.2021
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    23/02/2021

    Ben tells Ruairi about the disagreements at Brookfield over the farm’s future direction. Ben doesn’t want to lose the sheep. Ruairi’s got his first Home Farm partnership meeting next week and Ben’s given him an idea of something to say. Meanwhile, they visit the old caravan that they held an anti-Valentine’s party in a few years ago. Ben explains he and Evie are struggling to find somewhere private to be together so he wants to do up the caravan. Ruairi thinks it’s a lost cause but Ben persuades him it could be useful once properly done up. Kirsty won’t give anything away about The Mystery Plays to Helen. Lynda’s keeping her busy which is helping take her mind off the fate of the lads that Philip sold. Kirsty reveals she has a visiting order for Philip and wonders about going to see him in prison. Helen doesn’t think it’s wise. Helen jokes with Lee that Henry has him down as a soft touch but Lee doesn’t find it funny. He’s still cut up about momentarily losing Henry last week. Later Helen tells him she’s realised how comfortable she is with having Lee in her life and she asks him if he’ll make a new home with her and her boys. He’s over the moon.

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  • 22.02.2021
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    22/02/2021

    Jazzer watches Johnny continue work on his new car and then asks him for payment in advance for his next batch of home brew – Jazzer needs cash to pay for a weekend away with Jade. Jazzer insists his fling with Tracy is well and truly over. Johnny advises him not to mess it up with Jade this time around. Jazzer sees himself and Jade as kindred spirits whereas things would never have worked out with Tracy – he’s had a lucky escape. While lambing, Ruth and David discuss their differing views for the future of Brookfield. David is outraged at Ruth’s suggestion that they give up their sheep flock. He feels like Ruth and Pip are excluding him. As their discussion gets more heated, Kirsty interrupts. She’s there on Lynda’s behalf about The Mystery Plays. She’d like part of the performance to take place in the Brookfield Barn. David is inclined to consider it but Ruth is dead against it.

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  • 19.02.2021
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    18/02/2021

    Lee offers to take Henry to the playground obstacle course event on his own so that Helen can get her work finished. At the playground, Emma asks Lee if he and Henry will be entering the final challenge. But when Lee looks for Henry he can’t find him and quickly panics. Emma tries to keep Lee calm and after a while Henry returns with George and some friends. Helen tries to reassure Lee about not being able to find Henry earlier. Once Henry had returned Lee had bought him an ice-cream – a novel approach to discipline laughs Helen. But Lee remains serious. He wants to have a proper talk about how each of them interacts with the other’s children. Kirsty visits Gavin in prison. She stops him when he starts to talk about not wanting her to get hurt. She just wants information on what happened to the lads. Gavin assures her he’s told the police everything he knows. He describes their meeting with Victoria and reveals that after he left Beechwood he slept rough over Christmas. He wants Kirsty to know that it’s changed him. He understands the desperation of people like Blake, Jordan and Kenzie. Kirsty appreciates his honesty and offers to visit him again. Gavin plans to keep his head down and be a better man by the time he’s released. Kirsty believes him, which means the world to him.

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  • 17.02.2021
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    17/02/2021

    Helen apologises to Kirsty for calling her an idiot in her search for Philip’s men. She also reports that Tony’s 70th birthday tea went well; Tony seemed very touched by it all. Kirsty reveals she’s going to visit Gavin in prison. She admits she’s not emotionally ready to do so but she must do what she can to track down Blake, Kenzie and Jordan. Mia and Clarrie discuss her and Eddie’s plan to renew their vows. Mia urges Clarrie to be sure their confetti is environmentally-friendly. Mia agrees to be a bridesmaid as long as she doesn’t have to wear a big dress. Clarrie flippantly refers to Mia’s interest in saving the planet and Mia is quick to say that it isn’t a phase she’s going through. Clarrie reports to Eddie that Mia is now vegan. This doesn’t compute with Eddie: rearing animals is in the Grundy blood. Later, Mia and Eddie discuss their different outlooks. Mia apologises for being rude about Eddie’s lunchtime ham sandwiches. Eddie insists they’re actually on the same side and he gently challenges the information Mia uses for her argument. Lynda catches up with Kirsty who ends up helping out with building the obstacle courses for tomorrow’s anti-slavery charity fundraiser. Despite Kirsty’s continued refusal, Lynda says she won’t give up with her gentle persuasion to recruit Kirsty to her Mystery Plays production. Even when Lynda changes tack and expresses her passion for the magical project, it’s still a no from Kirsty.

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  • 16.02.2021
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    16/02/2021

    Emma recruits Rex to help her construct the obstacle course for adults for the event she’s organising to relaunch the playground by raising money for an anti-slavery charity. As Rex runs through ideas, Emma identifies where they can get what they need. When she suggests Brookfield, Rex explains things aren’t great between him and the Brookfield Archers at the moment. He’s applying for a Council Farm but he doesn’t fancy his chances. Emma encourages him to follow his dreams.Tom wishes his dad a happy 70th birthday. Tony’s having a great day so far, particularly as Lilian and Justin have bought him a model railway engine. Tom’s hoping Tony’s changed his mind about Peggy not coming to his birthday tea but he most definitely hasn’t. After a frantic call from Tom, Lilian visits Tony. She tries to get Tony to see things from Peggy’s perspective – life was hard for her when Tony was born. Lilian feels that Jennifer was the golden girl of the family and neither she nor Tony measured up to her. What’s more their mother is 96 years old so she’s unlikely to change. Can Tony just let her come this afternoon, and have a happy day with the family?

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  • 15.02.2021
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    15/02/2021

    Tom apologises to Kirsty for not helping her in her search for Blake, Jordan and Kenzie. Kirsty’s not bothered, she’s grateful for the support she’s had from Natasha. Lynda talks to Alan about what can be done to cleanse Ambridge after the slavery revelations. Based on her previous Art Project suggestion, she pitches that Alan should wash everyone’s feet to help the village feel better. With a less than enthusiastic response from Alan, Lynda returns later with another idea. She wants to put on a new version of The Mystery Plays and she wants the church’s blessing. Lynda goes straight to Kirsty to ask her to be the show’s producer but Kirsty flat out refuses. Tom comes clean to Tony about Peggy’s birthday message to him and lets him watch it so he can decide if he wants it played on his birthday. Tony is hurt and tells Tom Peggy’s video won’t be played tomorrow and Peggy is uninvited from his 70th celebrations. He’s not taking any more negativity from his mother.

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  • 11.02.2021
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    11/02/2021

    Emma goes to visit Chris at his forge. She wants to make amends and be there for him with parenthood imminent for both him and Alice. She’s thought they’ve always got on well as siblings and she runs her idea to cleanse the playground past him. He gives it the thumbs up. Chris isn’t sure about Emma also clearing the air with Alice but later Alice visits Emma at the Tearoom. Alice and Emma make up after Alice’s previous drunken behaviour. Alice impresses on Emma that she is prioritising the baby every way she can. Emma says she can see that. They compare their pregnancy experiences and Alice asks Emma about birth. They both get teary as Emma says how extraordinary it is to meet your baby for the first time. Kirsty tells Shula she’s no longer a person of interest to the police. She discovers that Shula has visited Philip in prison which Shula now sees as a mistake. But Kirsty presses her to visit him again. She could gain his trust and find out what happened to the lads he was using as slaves. Shula is shocked that Kirsty is asking her to use her clerical training to trick Philip into divulging information. Shula firmly tells Kirsty she cannot pursue this – it’s a job for the police. According to Shula, Kirsty needs to concentrate on her own life. They both apologise. Now Kirsty sees she has to find out the truth herself.

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  • 10.02.2021
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    10/02/2021

    Peggy asks Emma how her mum and dad are doing in the wake of the interview they gave to the Borchester Echo. Emma mentions how the playground has hardly been used since the slavery revelations and Peggy suggests Emma could think of a way to put that right. Peggy also asks Emma about Chris following his hand injury. Emma was unaware it had happened and admits she’s not had much contact with her brother or Alice recently. When Peggy says she thinks of Alice and Chris and wishes them well, Emma is prompted to ask what she means. Peggy explains she intends to be there for them as they’ll no doubt need support when the baby arrives. She sees Chris as part of her family. Emma ties herself in knots when she hurriedly adds that Chris also has his own family too. Unable to track down Alan, Neil seeks out Shula to resign as church warden following all of the nasty comments about his and Susan’s interview with the Echo. Shula begs him to reconsider. In turn she admits that she went to visit Philip in prison as his request and now, realising that was a mistake, she’s wondering about halting her ordination studies. Neil says Shula should apply her own advice to him to move on positively in her own situation. Shula tells Neil he’s a good person and an asset to Ambridge while Neil calls Shula brave. They agree that neither of them will give up the roles they were thinking of quitting.

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  • 09.02.2021
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    09/02/2021

    Justin calls on Tony as instructed by Lilian. He tries to make it as brief as possible but ends up admiring the miniature railway Tony has built himself in his workshop. It’s the recreation of Hollerton junction as Tony remembers it from his childhood. But Justin isn’t about to join Tony in model railway enthusiasm. But still he wonders if he needs something else in his life. Tony counsels Justin based on what Lilian revealed on their shopping trip. Justin realises what he and Lilian need to reinvigorate things is a new joint business venture.Tracy visits Susan and Neil after Susan gets cover for her shift at the village shop. Once Neil has left for work Susan reveals it’s not just their interview that’s bothering her it’s the comments it’s received. Some are really nasty threats and Susan is feeling scared. She refuses to tell Neil though as he has enough to deal with at Berrow Farm. So, Tracy visits Neil as he leaves work and tells Neil for Susan. Susan even told Radio Borsetshire she definitely doesn’t want to present again. Neil feels terrible and vows not to let Susan bear the weight of all this on her own.

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  • 08.02.2021
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    08/02/2021

    Brian’s dismayed to find Alice is thinking of taking a year’s maternity leave. She’s been invaluable in the office, and fun. He presents her with a cheque to help out her and Chris with baby expenses. Alice is touched. She calls Chris to tell him about the money, and admits her first thought was that it could go towards paying off the credit card debt run up by her detox. She feels awful that it’ll be spent on something no-one even knows about. Chris tells her not to worry. They’re discussing this evening’s visit to Peggy when Chris traps his hand in the van door. Alice rushes to his side. Her thoughts had run away with her and she admits she was worried he’d done something really serious. Chris is everything to her and keeps her on track. Full of mutual love, they cancel their planned trip to The Lodge.Susan’s looking forward to the article she and Neil were interviewed for appearing in The Borchester Echo. She might even get her radio show back. Neil’s shocked when Brian calls him to haul him over the coals – Brian can’t believe what Neil’s said in his interview which has been published online. Neil insists his words have been twisted but Brian’s implacable. Neil apologises; they only wanted to raise awareness. But Martyn Gibson’s ready to strangle him and Brian’s got to try and defend him. It’s not looking good for Neil’s job. Tearful Susan blames herself; Neil tries to reassure her it’s not all her fault.

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  • 12.11.2020
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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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