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Sunday 2 January 2011, 19:58

Keri Davies Keri Davies Web Producer, The Archers

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If you can bear to hear it again, here is that awful moment when Nigel fell from the roof.

Discussion on The Archers Message Board and Twitter ran rife. There were over 10,000 tweets during the half hour episode, collected by our special graphic. While a team in London ran that, Archers editor Vanessa Whitburn and I tried to keep abreast of the flood and send the odd tweet ourselves.

Of course, we don't actually know what was the outcome of Nigel's fall, or how little Henry - or Helen - will progress after the dramatic birth. As ever with The Archers, the only way to find out is to keep listening.

The original version of this blog post incorrectly named the baby as Harry. Please accept my apologies for any confusion.

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer.

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    Comment number 1.

    is there a therapist in Ambridge for David to see?
    BTW what's the BBC action line number? we've been affected!!!!!!!

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    Comment number 2.

    I have listened to the Archers for about 50 years and I was filled with foreboding when I heard Nigel and Kenton going up on the roof. I think it has been a big mistake to kill off Nigel. Nigel has been such a wonderful exuberant character, an asset to the programme and it will be the poorer without him.
    I absolutely hate the idea of a huge family split which looks likely and it is simply not the way to go.

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    Comment number 3.

    Isn't he little Henry?

    Calling him Harry comes close to being a spoiler.

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    Comment number 4.

    From Banbury to Birmingham, from Durham to Nigeria, from The Netherlands to Romania, I've listened to The Archers for forty years. You could have indulged me this evening with a half-hour of Joe and Peggy (or Jill) talking about times past......Now it's time for my cocoa, hot water bottle and bed.

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    Comment number 5.

    Can you really see Alan allowing a parishioner to be buried in a gorilla suit?

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    Comment number 6.

    That was a genius stroke - I'm so traumatised cos I love Nigel but that's how it should be. Brilliant addictive listening. How can we possibly wait til tomorrow?

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    Comment number 7.

    Stop trying to pull the wool over. Read the message boards. Hundreds of people are saying it was utter pants, an insult to regular listeners and that Vanessa Whitburn should go.

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    Comment number 8.

    I have been listening to the Archers for 59½ years. I was never an admirer of Nigel - he sounded too much like Prince Charles for my liking - but I remember his early days, not least as Mr Snowy. It is sad when an old acquaintance meets a sorry end.

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    Comment number 9.

    Pathetic. Heads should roll. Not the scriptwriters. That was just a bad day at the office. Happens all the time. Just a written warning would do. "Do not rehash ideas from Eastenders" (didn't both Nick Cotton and Bradley Branning fall from a height?).

    The heads that should roll are those belonging to the licence-fee funded BBC executives who for weeks have been gloating and boasting, hugging themselves with self-congratulatory glee, all about the earth-shattering events we were going to witness.

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    Comment number 10.

    Oh dear, was that “it”

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    Comment number 11.

    Should have been Tony, as a result of his erratic driving on the way to the hospital, through a red light, crash, Fire Crews cut them from the wreckage, Paramedics save the baby & Helen, airlifted to hospital, however not poor Tony, he took the brunt of the crash, died at the scene.

    We need a Nigel, for a little light heartedness through the dreary story lines.

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    Comment number 12.

    I was out till 8.30pm and when I got home went to the Archers webpage. I tried not to see anything but what did I see before I'd even got as far as starting the Listen to the last episode? 'List of characters - Henry Archer' So I knew straight away that would be the baby. Thanks a bunch. And then 'can you bear to listen again to the thrilling moment when Nigel fell off the roof?' So no surprises at all for me. That was thoughtless at best and gutting at worst. As I say, thanks for spoiling it for me, webpage people. If you're going to give things away that blatantly, why bother with a 'listen again' feature?

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    Comment number 13.

    why was it Nigle who had to die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! couldnt someone from Ambridge, mr Pullen (who we never hear from )be the one .Wet eyes, ok so Helen huas Henry, but Lizzy such a loss. what next.??

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    Comment number 14.

    I echo a previous comment.. wake up and smell the coffee. The message boards are full of people commenting about how bad they felt this episode was, both in terms of the plot line and the quality of writing.

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    Comment number 15.

    After listening all my life to The Archers (57 years) I was very disappointed with the 60th Anniversary broadcast especially as it seems to be Nigel and not the awful winging Helen who has been killed off.

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    Comment number 16.

    No, it wasn't exciting at all. It was obvious at least one of them was going to fall off the roof, and if you read the programme message board, you'll see there's a lot of unhappy regulars. It really didn't SATTC: sorry, but it didn't match the hype being put out about it. Shame really.

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    Comment number 17.

    I love the archers,im 62. When i was a little girl i listened to it with my blind grandad it was the hilight of his day.I was sucked in & have listened to it for the rest of my life.This plot could develop with David looseing Brookfeild? but i loved Nigel he was always so entheusiastic about life.

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    Comment number 18.

    I refuse to believe that Nigel is no more.
    I'm sure he landed in a bush and has cuts and bruises.
    He's not dead - he's just asleep.

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    Comment number 19.

    Loopy falls off roof....can't believe how dull that was.

    Still hoping the ghastly Helen doesn't come out of hospital and can we have less fawning from her terrified family. Is it realistic that a control freak like the cheese queen wouldn't be up on every possible complication of pregnancy?

    So disappointed...a truly damp squib of an episode.

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    Comment number 20.

    Well that was an anticlimax. Compare it to John's death, which was similarly hyped up, but thanks to sensitive writing and superb acting fully lived up to the hype. Tonight we had just a cynical attempt to build up tension by throwing us red herrings and then signalling the dénouement (literally) way in advance.

    I look forward to a sensitive treatment of disability (if that's where the storyline is going), and not just using it as an excuse to present more and more family rows.

 

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