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The Archers

A contemporary drama in a rural setting.

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  • 02.07.2020
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    02/07/2020

    Hungover Susan’s appalled that she ended up with Tracy on her quiz team, but happy that some of her revision questions came up. She also managed to get one over on Jennifer with some Latin phrasing. As she drinks a hangover cure made up of what she can remember of Clarrie’s recipe, she recalls her tongue running away with her last night, and is glad she was muted for some of it. She knows she made a mistake when she let slip about Tracy’s ex on the radio. When she’s asked later to fill in the drivetime slot on Radio Borsetshire she says no in favour of calling Tracy, to put things right with her sister.

    Tracy recalls Susan calling Jennifer a ‘snotty cow’ last night, and is proud she pitched in on her sister’s side; it’s the right thing to do. There’ll always be privilege in the village, and it makes it more important than ever for her to cling on to her status of cricket captain. Later Tracy recounts a phone call from Susan. They’ve had a long chat and put their heads together to come up with a text to Jennifer to smooth things over. Tracy recalls an incident over some shoes for Susan’s wedding years ago – she laughs that sisters give you grief, but you’ve got to love them. Susan also concludes she wouldn’t have Tracy any other way.

    Delighted Freddie’s had success with his plumbing repair, and has found some nostalgic objects along the way. He enjoyed the quiz last night even though his team bombed. Having spotted Lynda on screen at the quiz, he finally replies to her letter, telling her how much Lower Loxley means to him now. He signs off ‘Love Freddie’.

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  • 01.07.2020
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    01/07/2020

    Susan’s starting to panic about the upcoming quiz. She’s glad her team’s a family affair with Jennifer, and is looking forward to pitting her wits against Tracy’s cricket team. She relishes using her newly discovered rich vocabulary on her radio slot. But as evening approaches and her show comes to an end, the nerves kick in. She has a drink to calm herself, which only makes her more confused as she goes over her revision flashcards once more. Ed’s not looking forward to the quiz. The toss of a coin decided which team he’d join, and he’s landed with Tracy, to his mother-in-law’s annoyance. He’s tired after shearing and would rather just settle down with a beer and his wife. He thinks Emma is more of a Carter than a Horrobin. Tired of pussyfooting around Will, he’s lost his rag with him over parking on the yard and feels much better. They ended up laughing about it. He’s ducked out of the quiz and relaxes with a beer, watching his children play and being thankful for his clever, resourceful wife. Elizabeth has an online date – with Ifty. She frets a little over her greying hair, but applies lipstick and perfume and goes for it. The ‘date’ is boring and a let-down, but it does show her she’s ready to consider not being on her own forever.

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  • 30.06.2020
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    30/06/2020

    Freddie’s still wrestling with fixing the toilet, following some instructions from Reg. His mum wants it fixed before the quiz – she doesn’t like everyone traipsing into her en-suite. But Freddie notes she’s not even going to the quiz. What’s she up to? In the attic looking for parts, he discovers some old toy soldiers, a picture of what could be part of the Lower Loxley grounds near the ha-ha, and to his shock the picture of Lynda that was used for the Ghost Stories last Christmas. It reminds him of her letter, and he opens it. It’s an apology for her outburst when he went to visit her in hospital. Freddie pledges to reply. Susan and Tracy have been virtual scrapping. Emma doesn’t want to take sides, but perhaps she’ll support her mum. Meanwhile, Ed’s in Wales with Jazzer on a shearing job and feels he’s caught in a tug of war between Tracy and Susan. He can’t be on both of their pub quiz teams so he tosses a coin for it. Emma’s aware it’s down to her to get Eddie and Will to turn the hay so it can be brought in before the weather breaks. In the end, she decides to do the job herself, with George’s help hitching up the tedder to the tractor. Savouring her success, she can’t wait to tell Ed.

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  • 29.06.2020
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    29/06/2020

    Freddie struggles with some tricky bathroom plumbing. But a dodgy cistern isn’t the only thing he’s grappling with. He has a letter from Lynda which he is putting off dealing with. Out on his dad’s beloved Tree Top Walk, he wishes he’d brought it with him to read there. He daren’t tell Lily it was him who broke the toilet and now he can’t fix it. He resolves to ask Reg for his help. Tracy’s still unimpressed with her sister’s radio slot; Roman’s parents didn’t hear her own embarrassing story, but it’s still agony. She pulls herself together for her online team talk, reassuring everyone she’s not bitter about disloyal Susan poaching team members for the pub quiz. No wonder Emma chooses to seek the advice of her aunt rather than her own mum… Elizabeth’s doing one of Kate’s online yoga classes. She feels Kate and Jakob are an unlikely pairing, in a nice way. Ifty’s at the classes too. He’s looking good. Elizabeth receives a message from him. Later as she pores over Lower Loxley’s unhealthy books, she tells herself they’ll survive. Lily, Russ and Freddie have rallied round, and Ifty’s being kind and sending funny messages. What would Lily and Freddie think she got together with Ifty? When her phone pings and it’s Tracy asking about the pub quiz, Elizabeth realises she’s disappointed it wasn’t Ifty. She’ll say yes to his invitation to a video chat.

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  • 25.06.2020
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    25/06/2020

    Ben continues to search for Jill’s bees. He’s getting teased about it and he recounts going round to Tracy’s in his bee suit which Chelsea filmed and put on Instagram. Ben buys ingredients to make dinner – tonight is a second attempt in as many nights to make a Thai meal after hearing from Chloe that she’s been to Thailand. Josh hopes Jill’s cooking tonight’s dinner after Ben’s iffy meal last night. He hears from someone who’d like to buy something from his remaining machinery stock. Later Ben reports the bees were found in Josh’s baler. Josh got stung, which amuses Ben. He’s glad he got the swarm back, and Chloe enjoyed the story. He’s relieved his Gran cooked for tonight – the Thai cooking is hard work, and Chloe’s happy with pizza. Kirsty has a virtual hen night and struggles to interpret Pat’s charades over a poor internet connection. After resetting her wifi, the virtual hen is hilarious and Kirsty feels a lot happier for it. She enjoyed all the activities she was set and went through with Tracy’s dare - a prank call. She calls the last person that Philip called on his phone, Kenzie. Philip is annoyed, which puzzles Kirsty. But it leads to the two of them having a long chat. He’s agreed to try to relax more. Kirsty still loves him no matter what and can’t wait until they’re able to get married.

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  • 24.06.2020
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    24/06/2020

    Susan waits for Sabrina to take over from her in the shop so she can get home for her next stint on Radio Borsetshire. Meanwhile, Tracy nervously waits to meet Roman’s parents for the first time via a video call. Relieved Tracy sunbathes after her call with Roman’s parents went well. She calls to Chelsea to bring the radio out so she can hear Susan’s show. She doesn’t think Susan will last long on the radio station – people will lose interest. Tracy’s pleased with how many people are watching her cricket team talk posts. Susan encourages people to get in touch as she half-heartedly punts the “Susie’s Chatroom” idea thought up by producer Danny, and asks people for their ‘disappointing dates’ stories. She relishes telling a story about someone she knows accidentally squeezing the leg of the dad of their boyfriend. Angry Tracy recognises herself as the subject, and calls into Susan’s show but is quickly cut off for swearing. This riles Tracy further and she decides to get her own back on social media. But just as she’s about make a start Jill’s bees invade the garden. Tracy’s terrified of bees.

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  • 23.06.2020
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    23/06/2020

    Susan puts out an appeal on her Radio Borsetshire show on behalf of Ben and Jill about the missing swarm of bees. Not many people are calling in, but she disagrees with her producer Danny that people are losing interest; they’re just busy doing other things. Perhaps they’re waiting for her to talk about herself again… She tries to drum up interest with topics inspired by her fellow Ambridge residents. Kirsty mulls over what to do with the garden at Beechwood. Philip doesn’t come out to help her as he’s busy on the phone inside. Helen registers Kirsty’s low mood after giving her a call. She can appreciate why Kirsty isn’t happy at the moment. Meanwhile, Helen is feeling good with things looking up at Bridge Farm. Helen decides to organise a virtual hen party for Kirsty. Kirsty is looking forward to it. It even cheered up Philip when she told him about it. Helen’s pleased Kirsty will have a whole evening without worrying about Philip – it will be an absolute ball.

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  • 22.06.2020
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    22/06/2020

    Kirsty’s disappointed that Brookfield will be giving priority to wedding bookings when they re-open, which means her and Philip’s ‘engagement’ party is way down the list. It’s so ironic that theirs is secretly a wedding reception. She’d have liked to give Philip some cheerier news; he’s so depressed and grouchy. She wishes later that she hadn’t told him. She thought he might be ok with it, but it upset him, and he had to apologise to her for snapping. She hadn’t realised how important their wedding was to him; it was the only thing getting him through the fallout from the Grey Gables explosion. Josh films himself talking about how not to buy farm machinery, hoping it will help him sell his remaining stock. He needs the money to rebuild his egg business – he’s getting more requests than he can fulfil with his current number of hens. Scornful Ben laughs at his brother’s efforts. He reckons Josh’s online video was his idea in the first place. But Josh won’t take any advice from him on where or how to film it. Ben goes to add a super to one of Jill’s hives and finds the bees have swarmed. He loses them while distracted by a call from Chloe. He goes in search of the swarm, buoyed by the prospect of making dinner for Chloe sometime, but equally nervous of what Jill will say if he doesn’t find the bees.

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  • 18.06.2020
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    18/06/2020

    Has Lilian’s plan backfired? Justin seems to be having way too good a time with his new found family contacts. The irony of this does not escape her. She feels a little jealousy creeping in. One distant female relative in particular is taking up a lot of Justin’s time. Justin spots Lilian’s green eyed monster and is amused. In reality he’s helping his long lost relative with her cake business. But he resolves to keep the mystery going a while longer and make Lilian squirm. He’s loving talking business again. It’s what makes him tick. Meanwhile Lilian’s enlisted Kate’s help in once again distracting Justin, this time away from the family tree research and his phone. Kate’s solution is to present Justin with a computer golf game she’s discovered unused at the Lodge. However, to Lilian’s dismay this proves to be just as much a stealer of Justin’s attention. She admits defeat; she’s been hoisted on her own petard. She curls up with the television and an early night. At least Justin is now wearing the ‘purple’ outfit – much the most comfortable attire for golf!

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  • 17.06.2020
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    17/06/2020

    Lilian’s happy Justin’s attention is being held by the family tree record book given to him by James. He’s busy in the study researching parish records, finding amusement in the bankruptcy of a cousin. It gives Lilian a chance to go and see to the horses, and just as importantly keeps Justin out of the kitchen. Whilst lunging Aziz she ponders on how well her nieces and nephews are keeping in touch with her – unlike her son James, who she hasn’t had a proper conversation with in ages. She’s flattered that Kate has confided her news, and gratified she’s been able to offer the benefit of her wisdom. Kate’s discovered she’s begun the approach to menopause. Shocked and saddened, she agonises over whether to tell Jakob. He was so thrilled when he thought he might become a father. What if he leaves her? But Jakob accepts her news with his scientist’s pragmatism. He’s relieved it’s nothing serious. It makes no difference to his feelings for her; he loves Kate. After some of the useless advice and comments from her female relatives, his advice to accept the process and go with nature is like gold for Kate. He’s got it so right. She decides her next project will be yoga for the menopause!

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  • 04.06.2020
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    04/06/2020

    Emma has made sure Keira’s VE Day school project will be finished in time. Keira hadn’t said anything about the project to her because she would have asked Joe about his wartime memories but he’s no longer here. Emma can’t believe how relaxed Helen is about not getting Henry’s VE Day school project done.

    Ed was grouchy this morning. He’s lost his shearing bet with Jazzer and walked into the coffee table. Emma thinks about where the coffee table is best placed. It has extra importance because Ed saved it when they didn’t get their Beechwood home.

    Susan is on the radio again and she reads out Robert’s story of his dad being given the Military Medal. Susan mentions that on the village website are some pictures done by Keira that go with Jill Archer’s wartime memories that were read out earlier in the week. Susan also makes an apology to her family. Emma hears it and is grateful. Before the end of her show, Susan describes what she loves about Ambridge landscape and people.

    Ed has asked Emma if they can have a chat later which sets Emma’s mind wondering about what he wants to discuss. Is he not enjoying being back together with her? On Ed’s return home, he tells Emma that he hates the coffee table and she is relieved that’s all that was on his mind.

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  • 03.06.2020
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    03/06/2020

    Embarrassed by what she said on the radio yesterday, Susan worries about the gossip it will cause and how it’ll impact on Neil. Emma is still in a mood with Susan and Jazzer has won the shearing bet because Ed was thrown by hearing Susan’s revelations. Susan isn’t answering Tracy’s calls. Susan admits she can’t stand people talking about her. She recounts leaving prison and trying to go back to life in Ambridge. Neil shows Susan all the comments online about her divulging her chilli recipe. They are positive about Susan’s frankness about sex in later life. Radio Borsetshire want Susan to do a regular slot and she’s trending on Twitter. Susan regains her confidence and celebrates with some more honey rum. Ed and Jazzer are shearing at Brookfield; Ben is a catcher for them. Ben recounts laughing with Jill at hearing Susan talking about her chilli recipe. Ben recognises he gets on really well with Jill and he saw how much having her wartime stories read out on the radio meant to her. Ben remembers Chloe is a junior doctor and decides to send her a text. He’s amazed she replies and seems pleased to hear from him. He asks Susan for her chilli recipe in the hope he can make it for Chloe one day.

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  • 02.06.2020
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    02/06/2020

    Susan prepares for her first show on Radio Borsetshire with breathing exercises that Roman told her about. Susan thinks her qualities naturally lend themselves to radio. On her show, Jill’s wartime memories are read out by Danny from Radio Borsetshire and then Susan describes her role at the village shop. She pays tribute to all the essential workers before being reined in by Danny.

    Ed kicks himself for agreeing to the shearing bet with Jazzer – there’s 10 pints riding on it – Ed thinks Jazzer knows Ed's the better shearer. Ed looks forward to The Bull re-opening as he wants to properly celebrate getting back together with Emma. He hopes Emma doesn’t mind if he falls straight asleep tonight.

    To calm her nerves Susan sips some honey rum. She’s doing a phone-in about community and extolls her community-minded virtues as well as Neil’s high standing in Ambridge. She then launches into a story about how she keeps Neil happy. Prompted to listen by Emma, Susan’s revelations stun Ed and he gets behind in his and Jazzer’s shearing competition. Tomorrow is their third day shearing and he hopes he can do enough to make it a draw.

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  • 01.06.2020
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    01/06/2020

    Ben doesn’t think much of Radio Borsetshire’s competition to find a new DJ to present from home. He really hopes it’s not his dad. He’s typing up Jill’s hand-written notes of her wartime memories to submit to the radio station. Ruairi is doing the same for Peggy.

    Emma makes cakes in an empty Tearoom for the village shop and the Bridge Farm shop. Emma’s finding it hard to keep Keira and George both cheerful and doing their school work. She doesn’t want George to miss out on the chances that she did when at school. Meanwhile, Ed’s preoccupied with a shearing bet he has with Jazzer.

    Ben wonders what the future holds for him as the coronavirus lockdown has meant he hasn’t done his A-Levels. He was hoping to do very little but is sent on an egg delivery mission to Emma. On his way home he reads Jill’s notes about living through the Second World War. Ben muses on Jill’s childhood and what it must have been like to lose both parents and then go to live with Daphne and her family.

    Emma gets a text from Helen about a VE Day school project Henry and Keira’s class are meant to be doing. It’s the first Emma’s heard of it and she worries how she’ll manage. Helen in comparison seems to do so well with two kids and running her own business. Emma always feels two steps behind. Then, Emma gets a text from Susan saying “Hi Emma, you’ll never guess what I’ve just won!”

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  • 28.05.2020
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    28/05/2020

    Josh has hesitated before telling his dad he won’t be taking the offer at Home Farm, or getting the spraying licence. He wasn’t sure he’d understand. He doesn’t want to be a hired hand for the rest of his life. At least he neatly fulfilled his task to get the harvester mended, courtesy of his contact Miserable Mick. And telling David about his decision was so much easier after that – even if he did have to put up with his dreadful taste in music, and his bad guitar playing. No, ‘Disco Dave’ can prance around all he likes as long as Josh can expand his egg business. It was great to find out about the history of his name: the initials JM coming out of his baby name ‘Junior Me’. So he is kind of named for his dad, after all. David’s happy about the silage. He marvels at how Josh managed to get the forage harvester mended. He doesn’t know how his son does it. He observes Josh is an odd mix: cocky but only up to a point. He’s relieved Josh didn’t laugh at his guitar playing. He feels Josh’s plans for upsizing the egg business make sense. Even though Josh gives him a lot of headaches, just as he must have done to his own father, it doesn’t stop him praying his children’s dreams will come true.

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  • 27.05.2020
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    27/05/2020

    Josh has some decisions to make. Who to vote for in the cricket captaincy battle? Tracy’s great fun, and Harrison might be well organised and up for picking him for the team, but his style is boring and predictable. Josh knows who his dad would favour. At least the discussion had got them off the topic of the forage harvester. As he drills linseed, Josh wonders whether he should consider getting the spraying certificates Brian’s recommending. He’ll get more work from Adam; his dad thinks it’s a no brainer. But does he really want to be known just as an agricultural contractor. The lure of ‘rural entrepreneur’ could be a little stronger. This could be the best time to start a business… Tracy’s canvassing like crazy right up to the closure of the captaincy vote. Her killer blow is that she’s secured team sponsorship from Vince Casey. All he wants in return is his logo on the kit. Hopeful of persuading several of the team, her last call, to Chris Carter, proves one too far, and he pledges his support for Harrison. Harrison discovers Tracy’s hardline campaign tactics from Jolene. He ups his game and makes some calls. But it’s to no avail, and he loses by one vote. Probably his mum in law Jolene. Ah well. Tracy doesn’t know what she’s let herself in for. He raises a glass to her, wishing her luck. She’s going to need it.

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  • 26.05.2020
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    26/05/2020

    Tracy’s making a video – Brad reckons she should call it a vlog, but she doesn’t want to look a prat does she? Not when she’s delivering the first of ‘Tracy’s team talks’. Congratulating herself on her part in Emma and Ed’s reunion, Tracy feels it’s this sort of straight talking that the cricket team needs at its helm. They need to be practising in their gardens and discussing tactics until they can play together again. And nice guys don’t get you to the top of the league. They need her as their captain, not Harrison. She launches her campaign manifesto. Harrison reads it with horror. It’s clearly a cut and paste job, and full of well used quotes, but Tracy’s getting some good responses to her campaign. Five members are supporting her nomination. He needs to do something. Tracy’s a gutsy player but she’s not skipper material. He begins work on a statement of his own, but has trouble striking the right tone. Eventually he’s happy with his work, and posts his counter attack.

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  • 25.05.2020
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    25/05/2020

    David’s at the top of Lakey Hill, clearing his head. As he looks down on Ambridge he observes how life in the village has changed in recent times. Brookfield’s new business with their barn venue has gone on hold. Both Kirsty and Philip’s engagement party and Stephanie Casey’s wedding have been postponed. While a lot of things have changed, the larks and the ewes still provide their bucolic backdrop. He tries not to stress about getting the silage in; the forage harvester broke while Josh was driving it. He compares his relationship with Josh to that between him and his own dad, Phil. David finds Josh the hardest of his three kids to read – Pip’s getting on and keeping busy on the farm, Ben’s keen to get to university and is never much bother. But Josh… just as he gets your hopes up, he lets you down again. More prosaically, David agonises over tonight’s lasagne.

    While he collects a good haul of eggs from his hens, Josh puts his side of the argument. Josh is adamant the forage harvester’s malfunction wasn’t his fault. It just went kaput while he was driving it. He appreciates how his parents dealt with his arrest but he feels like they treat him differently from Pip and Ben. He can see family links with both of their names but none with his own, Joshua Matthew. Josh is emboldened after an offer of more work from Adam. He can’t wait to tell his dad – though he saves this news for now. He’s just happy someone has confidence in him.

    David vows to keep battling on, and see if he can get anywhere with his son this week.

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  • 09.12.2019
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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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