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Friday 25 February 2011, 15:39

Keri Davies Keri Davies Web Producer, The Archers

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Arnold Peters (Jack Woolley)

When a show has been going as long as The Archers, inevitably some moments and stories stay in listeners' memories more than others. We thought it would be interesting to see what you thought might be the most potent Archers memory

We've selected a short list. Some are iconic scenes such as Sid and Jolene in the shower, and some are storylines that ran for several years - or are still running, like Jack Woolley's mental decline.

And we'd like you to make the final decision.

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer.

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    Comment number 1.

    What a privilege to be allowed to make the final decision about something on The Archers! Keri, you're a true gent.

    Seriously, I'm not sure. I tend to find the throwaway moments the most poignant. Personally I always thought the actor who playes Linda was a true comic genius, and for me some of my most poignant memories are of the moments when her brash veneer caved in and we saw the woman underneath. I suspect the woman who plays her has a deep knowledge of the character and all sorts of back stories. So I would have to suggest her emotional goodbye to the grandchild, followed by Robert's news of the surprise holiday. Very poignant.

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    Comment number 2.

    LOL But perhaps not POTENT which was what you actually asked. Unsurprisinlgy, I'm not inspired by Vanessa's choices. I know that 'Peggy' nursed someone in real life and advised on script, but I have to say Jack's illness was so NOT what I have seen with people I know and love, that I have never been totally convinced by it. As for the rest, I was rather hoping Ruth WOULD leave... I'll leave it to others to decide.

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    Comment number 3.

    Inevitably my most powerful memory of TA is Nigel's fall from the roof and the traumatic fall out among the ranks of listeners.

    As a D Tel cryptic addict (and I know that makes me an even more unsuitable listener), I was compelled to look up the meaning of the word 'potent' in Chambers...

    ..... pungent (a strong whiff of desperation about the storyline)

    ..... convincing, persuasive compelling (yes, all of those, towards the off button)

    ..... vigorous (what else can a fall from a great height be?)

    ..... commanding...(see compelling, above)

    ..... dominant (this fiasco will be my dominant memory)

    ..... influential (the powers that be are and I, a licence payer, am not)

    ..... overpowering (overpowering amazement at how little I feel the loss of TA so many weeks later),

    ..... puissant .... (now, now, in the back row) I'm looking for the poetic justice of the biter bit long term, perhaps?

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    Comment number 4.

    Congratulations Mr Davies!

    You have just destroyed Jack Wolley *"POP"*


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    Comment number 5.

    Isn't it a bit strange that all bar one of the clips that are available to vote upon are from VW's reign?

    The Archers had been running, very successfully, for 40 years before she became editor.

    Of those from which a choice can be made the death of Grace was probably the most poignant, but for raw emotion and brilliant acting I don't think that Kathy's confrontation of Sid when he returned from the LVA meeting (or Joleen's flat really) can be beaten.



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