iPlayer Radio What's New?

Nigel Pargetter - share your memories

Wednesday 12 January 2011, 15:11

Keri Davies Keri Davies Web Producer, The Archers

Jack Firth (Freddie), Graham Seed (Nigel) and Georgie Feller (Lily)

We're very aware of what the character of Nigel Pargetter meant to many listeners, and how much they will miss him.

Between 4pm and 8pm tomorrow (13 Jan), we'll be running an online event here on The Archers blog. This will coincide with the episode featuring Nigel's funeral. We'll be sharing moments from the character's history, and inviting listeners to contribute their own memories and tributes.

It will be a sort of online Book of Condolences, a permanent tribute to this much-loved character and to Graham Seed, the actor who played him.

It will take a similar form to the live online coverage of the 60th anniversary day, during which Radio 7 broadcast classic episodes, and interviews with current cast and production staff.

Do please join us as we say goodbye to Nigel.

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer.

Comments

Jump to comments pagination
 
  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 1.

    I will indeed say bye to Nigel as clearly Mr Seed is permanently out on his ear. No way to treat a colleague of 30 years.

    Thanks for making this facility available Keri - but any chance of directly addressing the issues being raised across the ether? That's what rankles you know.

    p.s. the image above. Mr Seed looks none too happy, Freddy looks nonplussed and Lily just looks very resigned...did they know Nigel's fate already during the photoshoot?

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 2.

    You Cannot be serious.

    Many ask questions, Answers are ther non.

    I agree with Root4me about the picture. Poor taste

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 3.

    >the image above. Mr Seed looks none too happy, Freddy looks nonplussed and Lily just looks very resigned...did they know Nigel's fate already during the photoshoot?

    No, this was taken earlier in the year. But given the general mood, I didn't think a jolly jolly picture was appropriate.

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 4.

    Are these the actors who play Lily and Freddie? Presumably for their own protection their names aren't given in who's who.
    Are they by any chance related to other cast or crew members? Especially Lily.

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 5.

    I will say it again - celebrating with a death is a cheap shot. So much more could have been done.

    We have recently had a young friend confined to a chair for the rest of her life - the obstacles she is having to cope with - both physical and emotional would have been so much more interesting. (She is a farmer's daughter, out doorsy girl, not dissimilar).

    I am not impressed either with the story line or the producers' reaction to listeners' comments.

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 6.

    How very tasteless....

    After the bizarre 'death for ratings' of the absurd 60th anniversary programme, you are now trying to mitigate Whitburn's crass decision with this sickly idea?

    The BBC made a serious error and has alienated thousands of loyal listeners. This proposed 'online event' is in very poor taste; why can you not simply admit the grevious error and resolve it properly? Starting with Whitburn's resignation.

    And yes, who would 'celebrate' the memory of a friend with such a glum photograph - can't you even get that right? It just shows how out of touch the BBC is with its audience....

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 7.

    Will there be another entry afterwards, where we can pay tributes and say our farewells to a programme that has sadly departed?

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 8.

    Oh for goodness sake. What we want is an apology for making such an appalling decision of killing off Nigel in the first place, an apology to Mr Seed for the way he has been treated, an acknowledgement that VW has made a mistake and to be aware that the majority of your listeners are not happy. Not all this ridiculous stuff about bereavement and condolence blogs.

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 9.

    Actually, on the picture front, I've changed my mind. As the idea is to remember Nigel as he was, I'm going to upload a happier one.

    Thanks, root4me.

    These are the actors, Our_Freda. There's no child protection issue here, although there would be if we were to reveal home addresses and similar information. They're just not in the Who's Who yet because we've still got some work to do in that area. It's been very busy with 60th anniversary stuff, as you can imagine.

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 10.

    I am completely speechless. I said yesterday that you had all gone mad. Now you have gone even madder. I am not listening to the funeral and I am certainly not coming anywhere near this page tomorrow afternoon/evening.. Keri - a man has been sacked by you - he is not dead - he is out of a job. What is all this about? Why are hiding behind this smokescreen and not answering the growing amount of complaints?

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 11.

    Yet another questionable decision, compounding the error of the facile and asinine storylines that so signally failed to "celebrate" the 60th anniversary of what used to be such a wonderful programme.

    Keri, your script-writing skills - and those of some of your colleagues - are not being done any favours by the profoundly crass SLs to which you are being shackled. You have my deepest sympathy: lions indeed, led by a ...

    This blog, this front page, does not need a superfluous further "tribute page" to Nigel, let alone to GS.

    A number of threads on the messageboard have already achieved this "tribute" status - and having originated from those most dedicated of listeners, those who are prepared to post: those threads are, surely, the real tribute.

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 12.

    Wot, no picture in the gorilla suit, or debagged by Tim Beauchamp outside the Mr Snowy van? It's what he would have wanted!

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 13.

    Unfortunately my happy memories of Nigel (in particular when Caroline's dog was opening doors and escaping at Grey Gables 'gosh how clever!') are now forever linked with his blood curdling scream during his execution, as someone on the other blog referred to it.

    A pleasant, amusing, kindly character who deserved much better.

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 14.

    Thanks Keri. A swift and direct response is genuinely appreciated. More of the same please?

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 15.

    I'd love to know why this page has been set up. You got it so wrong with the sixtieth anniversary edition and the death of the wonderful Nigel so is this to try to mitigate the damage you have done? I noticed that even the letters page of the Radio Times has three letters from disgruntled listeners and I have yet to find anyone who was happy with losing Nigel.

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 16.



    We are now witnessing the debacle of Whitburn's bad judgment and complete insensitivity to the nature of THe Archers. She has ruined it by turning it into a soap and now we have this ridiculous sop with Keri continuing to ignore the avalanche of criticism and just pick up peripheral points. I agree with this commnet"

    "The BBC made a serious error and has alienated thousands of loyal listeners. This proposed 'online event' is in very poor taste; why can you not simply admit the grevious error and resolve it properly? "

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 17.

    Couldn't you have used a photograph which included Nigel's beloved Lizzie?

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 18.

    Will there be a Listen Again and/or Podcast option for this?

    I live in Belgium and am an hour ahead of you in the UK, and the timing couldn't be worse for me from a family pov (dinner, extra-mural activities etc.)

    I'm especially interested in the "interviews with current cast" part.

    Thank you.

    Yours, a huge fan of David Archer, who feels very strongly that his character has been/is being comprehensively trashed just so that it can fit in with this implausible storyline.

    Katy

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 19.

    It's hilariously tacky--when you are in a hole stop digging---unless it's Nigel's grave obviously.

  • rate this
    0

    Comment number 20.

    P.S. I mean, of course, that I feel this way, not Tim Bentinck....

 

Page 1 of 12

This entry is now closed for comments

Share this page

More Posts

Previous
Childhood bereavement

Tuesday 11 January 2011, 10:08

Next
Goodbye Mr Snowy - Listener discussions to 9 Jan 2011

Wednesday 12 January 2011, 18:19

About this Blog

Backstage news and insight into The Archers. Curated by Keri Davies.

Blog Updates

Stay updated with the latest posts from the blog.

Subscribe using:

What are feeds?

The Archers tweets