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Thursday 24 February 2011, 17:25

Keri Davies Keri Davies Web Producer, The Archers

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Countryfile presenters with Charles Collingwood (Brian Aldridge) and Archers producer Julie Beckett


BBC One's Countryfile programme 'does' The Archers this Sunday (27 Feb).

Julia Bradbury and Ellie Harrison visit the Vale of Evesham in Worcestershire, an area that inspired - and still inspires - The Archers. They meet some 'real Archers' - people whose lives mirror aspects of the programme. Subjects include a family vegetable farm and a community running its own village shop.

Julia Bradbury meets Charles Collingwood (Brian Aldridge) and Ellie Harrison discovers agricultural sound effects with Archers producer Julie Beckett. And they take part in an Archers scene especially written for Countryfile.

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer

  • Picture shows Ellie Harrison (presenter), Charles Collingwood (Brian Aldridge), Julia Bradbury (presenter) and Julie Beckett (Archers producer)
  • Watch Countryfile this Sunday 27 Feb, 19.00, BBC One
  • Full details of the programme, or watch it on iPlayer (for seven days after transmission)

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    Comment number 1.

    BBC you spoil us Archers addicts - TWO doses - a feature on Countryfile and the Sunday night programme - at the SAME TIME!

    What a feat of programme planning!

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    Comment number 2.

    And how awful was that? A programme, supposedly about the countryside, being as cheesy as possible plugging another BBC programme with jolly, well scrubbed women popping up saying how they love the Archers. And we even got a bit more token hand wringing from Graham Harvey as we looked at the roof of the grand country house that supposedly provided the 'inspiration' for Nigel's fall. But quite frankly it could have been filmed anywhere.

    It strikes me that if TA simply concentrated on providing a well written, convincing programme rather than mixing sensationalist, headline grabbing, issue-driven pap whilst trying to get coverage on as many other BBC TV and radio programmes as possible we would be all the better for it

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    Comment number 3.

    Oh, be fair. It isn't as if Countryfile could have been placed at any time - that's where it is in the schedule. The same with The Archers. Both programmes have repeats (and The Archers also has the Omnibus), so it's perfectly possible to enjoy both of them.

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    Comment number 4.

    Well said, Squire. More time on the stories and writing and less on promotion is in order.

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    Comment number 5.

    After the recent 'performances' by the entire TA team, it ill becomes one of the more notable ones to start lecturing TA listeners of all people on what is and is not feasible.

 

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