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Graham Seed on playing, and leaving, Nigel Pargetter

Keri Davies Keri Davies | 19:14 PM, Monday, 3 January 2011

Graham Seed (Nigel Pargetter)


Dear Archers listeners,

I'd like to share with you all my official statement that has been released today:

'It is with huge sadness that I leave The Archers after 27 years. Nigel Pargetter was a joy and a privilege to play, from 'Mr Snowy' to proud father. His enthusiasm, charm and love of life helped make Ambridge a happier place.

'On a personal note, I will sorely miss working with so many old friends and colleagues, especially Alison Dowling who plays Nigel's Lizzie.

'May I take this opportunity to thank all those listeners who endlessly communicated their loyalty, appreciation and affection towards Nigel and me. I'll miss him!'

It would be wrong of me to pretend that I was other than shocked when Vanessa [Whitburn, Archers editor] phoned with the news on a damp November 5th. Fireworks night - rather apt I thought! The hardest thing has been to keep it under wraps, not just from friends and family, but colleagues too. Now at least all is out in the open...

It's too soon to highlight memories. They go back to heady days in the 80s. William Smethurst created a wonderfully affectionate, vulnerable over-privileged young man causing havoc to the Archer household in scenes that were such fun to play.

Scenes of course with Jack May (Nelson) and Mary Wimbush (Julia), laterly with Richard Atlee (Kenton). But always Ali...

There was something of the Peter Pan in Nigel. He never really grew up.

To play my death scene? Very odd, but much harder for everyone else, I think. I've never noticed those behind the scenes so emotionally charged before. I just concentrated on what I had to do and did it to the best of my ability, as I have always done.

But I am a working actor and life must go on.

Except for a short break when the part was played by Nigel Carrington, Graham Seed played Nigel Pargetter from the arrival of the character in 1983 to his death on 2 January 2011.

  • Picture shows Graham Seed (Nigel Pargetter)
  • Graham and Alison Dowling will be interviewed on BBC Breakfast tomorrow morning (Tuesday 4 Jan)
  • Graham appears in Accolade, at The Finborough Theatre, London, 1 to 26 February


Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    You are already being hugely missed!!

  • Comment number 2.

    Goodbye to Nigel and Graham. I have enjoyed the years I've spent with you on the Archers. You will be sorely missed.

  • Comment number 3.

    I worked with Graham on Crossroads when William Smethurst came over to ITV, he was a complete joy to work with and I'm truly sorry that I won't hear him again on The Archers. A strange story line I'm thinking, do the Archers really need this?

  • Comment number 4.

    What a waste! As a disabled person, to whatever degree, Nigel could have been a way to show the struggle for recovery, rehabilitation and everyday difficulties experienced by disabled people and/or wheelchair users.

    Oh well, perhaps Jill can move into Lower Loxley and help out with the running of the place, and the children.

  • Comment number 5.

    I have loved every moment that you were in the Archies. You were such a mischievious character - never unkind, rude or nasty. A rare thing on radio or television. I cannot believe that they 'killed' you character as you were one of the best on the Archers. Goodbye and thank you so much for so many happy memories.

  • Comment number 6.

    I'm a little aghast to learn that it wasn't (apparently) Graham's choice to leave The Archers, as I'd been assuming! Still, it was a brilliantly written and performed exit!And But many thanks to Graham (and Nigel) for all the fun they've provided over the years.

  • Comment number 7.

    I am really going to miss Nigel, he was one of my favourite characters,always genuine and kind hearted. I had my fingers crossed that he might have survived the fall.What will Lower Loxley be like without him? Wishing Graham much success in the future.

  • Comment number 8.

    Ever since I met Graham at the Birmingham Rep a few years ago, commenting on his role in 'I, Claudius', I realised that Graham Seed is just as gentlemanly and gorgeous as his voice conveys in his role as Nigel. He is one of the main reasons that I listen to the Sunday omnibus. His voice is comforting, caring and his mischief is totally engaging. I just know that I would have joined in if I lived in Ambridge. I thank him for entertaining us and look forward to seeing and hearing him in many new roles in the future. If I was in the business, I would be making a bee-line for his door to sign him up before anyone recovers from this shock.

  • Comment number 9.

    Oh Nigel you were the one that kept the Archers from being so miserable! Gonna miss you xx

  • Comment number 10.

    Graham: All I could think of last night was how hard it must have been for you to leave after making such a mark in this iconic radio show. Good luck with all that you do and thank you for bringing some extraordinary adventures and personality to the Archers. Your performance has ranged from the downright silly to the poignant and moving. Hope you go into new and exciting ventures.

  • Comment number 11.

    Why does 'dramatic event' have to be synonymous with tragedy on the BBC? Isn't enough that everyone living in Walford must hate Christmas? Nigel was one of my favourite characters and so kind to everyone, The Archers won't be the same without him, there will be a big hole and a lot less fun and laughter.

  • Comment number 12.

    Totally gutted, why 'kill' off such a wonderful character. I assumed it was the actors 'choice'.. but above tells me no. So why do it, have we not had enough 'death and loss' this year in the series without yet another to 'celebrate' 60 years? Thank you Nigel (Graham) for bringing some positive spirit and cheer to the Archers... you will be much much missed.

  • Comment number 13.

    I feel that killing a lovely character like Nigel was totally unnecessary.Don't think I can ever feel the same about the Archers again!Hope Graham reads this as I send my thanks for the pleasure his character has brought to listeners, and the way he played Nigel was really great. Good luck for the future Graham!!

  • Comment number 14.

    Dear Graham/Nigel,
    Will miss you but hope future parts flood in and The Accolade sells out

  • Comment number 15.

    Well that's the end of one of the dearest and most lovable characters on the show - and poor David's life is ruined in addition to Lizzie's and the childrens. Horrible, nasty script writing, just awful. And that wretched whinging martyr Helen is still going to annoy me endlessly ... unless I decide to stop listening after so many years, which I may well do. I gave up TV soaps years ago because they pinned me down at a time in the evening when I have lots to do. I have enjoyed the Archers and other radio shows as I can get on with my life while listening. Phil and Sid have gone, and I was fond of them too. Why pick now, when we are all still missing them, to kill off one more of the 'good' men? Writers playing God I suppose. HUH! Bye Nigel, I'll miss you very much.

  • Comment number 16.

    Darling Nigel
    A heap of cyber garage carnations and teddybears are forming as I write. RIP and good luck in everything for the future, Graham

  • Comment number 17.

    Dear Graham, It is with huge sadness that we have heard you have been written out of The Archers! Nigel will be hugely missed, especially now we know this was not your choice.

    Best wishes for the future.

  • Comment number 18.

    There's a special thread from listeners on The Archers message board thanking Graham for the delight he and Nigel have given us over the years: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbarchers/NF2693940?thread=7970083

    Tayler

  • Comment number 19.

    Goodbye, Nigel and Graham. I will miss your irrepressible enthusiasm always, Nigel. Your absence will leave a big void in Ambridge. Best of luck with your future career, Graham.

  • Comment number 20.

    As I've just said on the discussion board, I've been listening for 30-odd years, & he's always been one of the only actors / characters who's sounded like the possessor of a genuinely good heart & kindness of spirit. The interim-non-Graham-Seed years always felt wrong, & I remember the joy when he reappeared.

    Unfortunately I think this time it genuinely is goodbye, rather than au revoir.

    RIP Nigel, all the best Graham.

  • Comment number 21.

    Your character will be missed. You delivered vitality, compassion and humour and I am afraid that The Archers will have to pull out all the stops to overcome the death of your character. Needless to say you were one of my favourites, wherever you went you bought an "upbeat" voice and optimism to the show. I hope that your loss does not mean that The Archers degenerate into mawkish introspection, so popular in other soaps.
    Thank you, Graham, for all the smiles you and your character have given me. Best wishes for the future.

  • Comment number 22.

    I'll miss Nigel too. Many thanks to Graham for all the joy over the years; I fear your departure will be regretted on many fronts for years to come.

  • Comment number 23.

    Nigel (with his ice cream van) was the first Archers character who I actually noticed as a distinct person. I've been listening with varying degrees of interest for 40 years now, but back then I was a callow youth.
    I don't think this will 'shake Ambridge to the core', but it's sad to see him go.

  • Comment number 24.

    Graham, I always felt that in Nigel you had created the man I should have married. Always perceptive, generous and fun. So lovely to the family immediate and extended and just such a believable character.
    I really wish Nigel hadn't died and that you were still to be heard cheering us all up. Just think how grim it's going to be listeneing to David drearing on miserably for the next 6 months; Elizabeth going into frosty mode and Jill pouring oil...!
    Hope the future holds many exciting possibilities for you.

  • Comment number 25.

    Oh dear, I will miss you and Nigel tremendously! You and Ali always managed 'tender' without it becoming mawkish. I'm afraid you will leave a gaping hole and no doubt a blazing family feud. All the best for your future career.

  • Comment number 26.

    I am so upset that Nigel has been killed off. I really don't understand what the writers and producers are thinking about - Nigel had such excellent story lines and was so very likeable. Why not Brian, Kenton or Kate - all far more dispensible in my view. Thank you Graham for the hours of pleasure you have given to Archers fans over the years. You will be greatly missed!

  • Comment number 27.

    Thank you Graham. Farewell Nigel.

  • Comment number 28.

    Graham, I'd like to thank you for creating a wonderful, sweet, warm and human character in Nigel.I'll miss him - maybe not as much as poor Lizzie, Freddie & Lily - but still Ambridge will never be the same.It's quite rare to find a truly good man on a serial drama, but Mr Pargetter was one. Enjoy whatever you do next...and know that Nigel's scream as he fell to his death will haunt me for a very long time!

  • Comment number 29.

    As others have said, I am surprised at the implication that Nigel was pushed rather than jumped, so to speak. Perhaps Vanessa Whitburn would care to explain the reasons for that phone call to Graham on November 5th, or does she believe her listeners don't deserve explanations?

  • Comment number 30.

    I understand that the episode during which Nigel met his horrific end was billed as a celebration for the 60th Anniversary.
    From The Concise Oxford English Dictionary, 10th Edition, Revised :
    Celebrate (1) mark (a significant time or event) with an enjoyable activity > engage in festivities. I rest my case..............

    So sorry, Mr Seed, that you drew the short straw.

  • Comment number 31.

    Thanks for all the laughs Graham, you'll be missed. I hope they give you a good send off, I mean a good RL send off, we know the Archers one will be special. Who will do your eulogy I wonder? Kenton I hope.

  • Comment number 32.

    Thanks, Graham. Your portrayal of Nigel was a delight, and he lifted every episode he appeared in - too few, as it turned out. The programme will be flatter and duller now.

    VH

  • Comment number 33.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 34.

    Goodbye Nigel. You were my favourite character. And I've only been listening for less than a year.

  • Comment number 35.

    So sad about Nigel , he will be sadly missed xxxxxxx

  • Comment number 36.

    Thanks, Graham. RIP Nigel. I am very upset at your departure - you appeared shortly before my 'A'-levels and now I'm in my mid-40s, and you've been like the big, daft older brother I never had. I'm so sorry to learn that it wasn't your decision to go.

  • Comment number 37.

    Thanks, Keri, thanks, Tayler (there are some lovely messages on that messageboard thread), and most of all, thanks to Graham.

  • Comment number 38.

    So sorry that Nigel has been killed off - he was one of my favourite characters - always cheerful, never gloomy - how he put up with Elizabeth, although it was clear that he adored her. Hope they give him a great send off. Everyone in Ambridge loved Nigel - he will be a tough act to follow.

  • Comment number 39.

    I want to say how VERY sad I am that Graham and Nigel will no longer be a part of The Archers. Everytime Nigel was on air, he brightened our world with his wonderful childlike love of life and those around him.

    I suppose it is a great tribute that killing off Nigel was bound to provoke such a strong reaction because he is so loved. Thats down to Graham's wonderful portrayl of him over all these years.

    However I must say this is one story line that the writers have got VERY VERY wrong. Am really upset about this completely unneccesary story.

    Thank you Graham, thank you Nigel!

  • Comment number 40.

    Just the most wonderful, lovable character, beautifully played, thank you for many happy moments. You are already sorely missed, I wept profusely during and after tonight's episode, extraordinary really; I love the shared experience and suspension of belief that radio drama shares with theatre. The pictures are definitely better, but only as good as the actors who help create them.

  • Comment number 41.

    Dear Graham,

    Not sure if you will ever read this but I truly believe that the ARCHERS SCRIPT WRITERS have made a terrible mistake, which in the long term will back fire!

    Can they sort of do a Dallas Bobby Ewing Shower scene?

    Finally: Please get rid of the annoying,whinging Helen- I just want to turn off when I hear her voice!

  • Comment number 42.

    I am sad to lose the lovely warm character of Nigel from the show and very sad to lose lovely Graham Seed especially in such a manner. I wish you well in all your future roles, Graham, and I think you will be a presence in Mustardland for a long time to come!

  • Comment number 43.

    I have listened to the Archers for over 50 years, but if "the" episode was suppose to celebrate 60 years - I am sorry it left me realising this would be my last episode. If the actor had wanted to leave, all well and good, but to write out one of the best characters in the cast was "careless". Thank you for over 50 years and with sadness goodbye.
    ClimbingRamblingRose

  • Comment number 44.

    Graham Seed said above "It would be wrong of me to pretend that I was other than shocked when Vanessa [Whitburn, Archers editor] phoned with the news on a damp November 5th. Fireworks night - rather apt I thought! The hardest thing has been to keep it under wraps, not just from friends and family, but colleagues too. Now at least all is out in the open..."
    Clearly even Graham Seed, a.k.a. Nigel, was surprised by her decision.

    Surely Vanessa Whitburn has shown she is out of touch with the Archers and its listeners (NOT VIEWERS) in so many ways. I think the DG should send for her at once and produce the tar and feathers to ceremoniously sack her from her post. She has tried to bring a TV style ploy to a wonderful radio programme and it was simply not needed. If left to continue the entire programme will become unrecognisable in 6 months time. Shame on you Ms Whitburn...go back to TV land where you belong. Let us see a new editor who understands the longterm values of the Archers storyline and does not need to create sick sensationalism to celebrate a 60th anniversary. I am surprised the rest of the cast did not walk out in protest at this ruination of the programme.

  • Comment number 45.

    Every manor house needs a ghost. Can't Nigel stick around? Please??

  • Comment number 46.

    I remember you from those heady days in the '80s of Mr Snowy and "Shulie"! You've been a great part of the Ambridge mix and I'm going to miss Nigel. I'm taking a least a short break from The Archers - because, to be quite honest, life seems quite grim enough without having to endure a Nigel-less Ambridge! Good luck for the future, Graham, and thank you for Nigel.

  • Comment number 47.

    Thank you Grahame Seed/Nigel we will really miss you, you were fun,very disappointed that Vanessa Whitburn and her team decided to end Nigel's storyline, and to inform the poor actor on November the 5th, you could'nt make it up. Good luck Graham.

  • Comment number 48.

    Oh, Nigel... How could the writers kill off such a lovely character. I agree with Eljayesse above, why couldn't Nigel have helped disabled people, at least we would still have heard his voice. After my husband died in August 2009 I've empathised with Jill's portrayal and the way she has coped, crying each time she appeared; also with Jolene's loss (although Sid went voluntarily - or did he?) I don't think I shall be able to handle Lizzie's loss, it's making me feel so sad. You may have lost an Archer's Addict. Only time will tell.

  • Comment number 49.

    I've always loved Nigel for his ability to cheer me up. He'll be missed as a character, I had presumed that you had requestd to leave tthe programme, whch seems to me to have been the only valid reason for such gratuitous sensationalism. If VW felt that it needed a death (why not just a celebration ?) for the 60th anniversary, there are plenty of other characters I'd have beeen happy to lose.
    .

  • Comment number 50.

    Graham,
    Horrible plot, embarrassingly clunky scriptwriting yesterday and a really stupid management decision to write Nigel out. It was not the ending that you - or Nigel - deserved but well done for behaving professionally given the situation you were presented with and thank you for giving us some of the funniest and happiest moments in The Archers in recent times.
    I hope you are given masses of offers of work from now on by directors, producers and management teams who know what they are doing.

  • Comment number 51.

    Nigel was such a great character and some of the story lines between Nigel and Lizzie have been the most powerful / emotional on radio.

    For the 60th anniversary and in taking the decision to write Nigel out just for the ratings / big headline I think will be a huge loss in the future to the series and a calculated risk that may backfire with the audience.

  • Comment number 52.

    Dear Graham, Nigel's death was no way to 'celebrate' 60 years of the Archers. Thank you for the joy you have brought me over the years. You are already sadly missed. A bad day for a wonderful programme.

  • Comment number 53.

    There was a spark of hope from this rather unbelievable event that Nigel had survived. What a shame! He could have been a brilliant character to deal with sudden and traumatic disability. I hope you do read this Graham and get some comfort from the fact that so many of us are devastated by the loss of you and Nigel. Wishing you success in all you do.

  • Comment number 54.

    Graham, many many thanks for giving us years of enjoyment - almost all my adult life, in fact! You will be sadly missed.

    Keri, I'm afraid courtesy forbids me from expressing my true feelings about this in public, but a large number of listeners feel manipulated and betrayed.

    Keep well,

    Alex

  • Comment number 55.

    Farewell Nigel.I will miss your character and am dreading the possible aftermaths in the coming archers episodes. Not sure if I can bring myself to listen anymore.

  • Comment number 56.

    What a shock!!
    Didn't realise it would end so ...
    Nigel, you kept me sane & were such fun.
    Graham, I wish you all the best for any doings that you have in line.
    Thankyou :-)
    Gonna miss you!

  • Comment number 57.

    A truly sad decision and a wholly unnecessary one. Why Nigel? Why another death at the end of the day.
    I agree with previous posts that this development showed complete disregard for the values that have made this programme so special to so many.
    Terribly sad to have to say goodbye to the kindest, most caring and cheerful character in TA.
    Graham, we will miss you very very much!
    All the best in everything you do from now on!
    xxx

  • Comment number 58.

    Any chance of the SWs doing a Dallas - David fell into a drunken stupor (he'd already started on the wine, Ruth said, the grasser) and dreamed the whole thing? I am really quite shocked and uneasy. This seems so gratuitous. I was fond of you Nigel/Graham. Ambridge will not be the same without you.

  • Comment number 59.

    Dear Mr Seed,

    Thanks for providing a character full of the joy of life, funny, and happy. As you say, he was a Peter Pan who never really grew up. The Archers is lessened by your character's demise. Not your fault that your last episode was not the best in terms of plot or writing... those who made the decision to get rid of Nigel are the ones who have lost said plot. Whatever roles your acting brings you in the future, I wish you all the best and may your best be yet to come.

  • Comment number 60.

    I am really sorry that The Archers chose to follow other (in my opinion) less intelligent soaps with their anniversary show and have yet another disaster storyline. I know that life is full of tragedy, but having had more than my share of personal tragedy this year I would prefer some good news in my chosen entertainment. The difficult issues in life cannot be avoided and The Archers writers and actors should be applauded for the excellent way in which they deal with many of these issues. But this cliché' anniversary tragedy was needless ... there is so much to celebrate in 60years of The Archers, why couldn't the writers bucked the trend by making its anniversary show a really happy one......

  • Comment number 61.

    wouldn't it have been more powerful if he'd been paralysed instead?

  • Comment number 62.

    So! It was murder, then. But what was the motive? It can't have been for the story line. It wasn't even much of a surprise. You could see something was coming with all the "one man woman" stuff earlier in the week. Bad show!

  • Comment number 63.

    Thank you, Graham, for all the life and fun you projected thru the character of Nigel. Such a professional, absorbing and delightful portrayal - a part of my heart will be yours forever. Have a sloppy Mustardland MWAH.

    Genuine and heartfelt good wishes for your future career.

    Jane L. Thomas-Cooper

  • Comment number 64.

    Unforced own-goal by Vanessa W. She will regret it

  • Comment number 65.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 66.

    Dear Graham - your role as Nigel has been much admired and appreciated over the years and will be greatly missed. (My wife calls Nigel "the ideal husband"!) Thank you for sharing your statement and we wish you all the very best in your career. 'The Archers' has lost a dimension...

    Chris & Jen

  • Comment number 67.

    Literally sadly misguided plot decision to "celebrate" 60 years.
    You may have gained some extra short-term attention, but you will lose faithful listeners of old.

    Having taken comfort from being able to relate to much of the daily, largely realistic, goings-on of Ambridge for many years (I don't do TV) , I am deeply unimpressed that the decision has been taken to kill Nigel, when Graham had not decided to leave the cast of his own volition.

    He was at the FOREFRONT OF PHILANTHROPIC AND GREEN INITIATIVES - very important for general public awareness ..and was - if a little naieve and even occasionally irritatingly and even implausibly posh (!) - a GENUINELY GOOD-HEARTED AND GOOD NATURED character. There is LITTLE ENOUGH of this on the airwaves these days.

    With so much for the nation to worry about this new year .. why on earth stoop to the TV soap sensationalism of unnecessary tragedy like this?

    We sadly lost Norman Painting, so losing Phil was both unavoidable and beautifully portrayed ..and then Sid was gone too. This has all been well and sensitively played out, with ENOUGH ONGOING GRIEF FOR EVERYONE TO DEAL WITH - characters and listeners alike.

    THE THOUGHT OF LISTENING TO DAVID'S AND EVERYONE ELSE'S PAIN IN THE ENSUING MONTHS, MAKES ME SERIOUSLY CONSIDER NO LONGER LISTENING, AS IT WILL JUST BE TOO UPSETTING AND DEPRESSING FOR TOO LONG.

    What a waste of a good, sympathetic pivotal character.

    Good luck Graham x

  • Comment number 68.

    I am so sad that this character has been written out. Why would such a man who adores his wife and children and has emmense respect for the world around him be dispensable...shame on you!!

  • Comment number 69.

    Nigel was one of the few decent characters, I thought - well acted and charming. Like many other listeners, I'm rather upset to learn the manner of Graham's leaving.

  • Comment number 70.

    Nigel Only the good die young. Just think of Joe.

  • Comment number 71.

    Very sorry about the way you have been written out. Not a popular decision at all. You will be missed. Good luck with your future career.

  • Comment number 72.

    Yes I agree. I assumed when I went to Graham's statement that he would explain why he wanted to leave; to hear that it was not his choice made me both very upset and very angry. I, as others, would ask the BBC to question Vanessa Whitburn's future. I was fairly concerned at her performance on 'Today' this morning when she said "a birth and a death" then said she had said "potential death", she didn't and I carefully listened again when the clip was repeated at lunchtime. The subtle approach to story and character building in the Archers clearly are beyond her, please send her back to whatever television soap she came from.

  • Comment number 73.

    An undeserved and totally unncecessary end. Nigel was one of the few characters left who was inevitably cheerful - and much needed for that. The world is all the poorer for the loss.

  • Comment number 74.

    This is more than a tragedy for the charcter and you, Graham. My wife is already theatening to stop listening, based on the injustice of the decision to exit Nigel from our ritual listening.

    Best wishes for the future Graham.

  • Comment number 75.

    Thanks Graham for so many years of dear, sweet Nigel. I remember the Mr Snowy days with affection too. So sorry it was not your decision to go but best wishes for the future.

    Such a sad and unnecessary way to mark the anniversary.

  • Comment number 76.

    I'm so sorry to see Nigel go - don't you think that LL needs a ghost?

  • Comment number 77.

    What a waste of a fun character. I've been an avid fan for a couple of years but I'm not sure I'll continue listening now. Many thanks to Mr. Seed for bringing so much fun to the show as Nigel, one of the only truly nice characters in Ambridge...

  • Comment number 78.

    Oh Graham, I really will miss hearing your gorgeous voice on The Archers, and sorely miss Nigel as a character. I think it was a serious error of judgement on the part of the editor, but what can we mere listeners do about it? The very best of luck to you. I hope to see much more of you on the television and hear much more of you on the radio in the very near future.

  • Comment number 79.

    Bad decision to write out Nigel, as obviously it was not Graham's decision to leave. Nigel was a lovely character, humourous and caring. I hope the Archers is not going down the road of all the TV soaps with dramatic storylines every few months. The Archers is not like this, it is slower, and gentler than TV with strong storylines that move a long, taking the listeners with it. DO NOT GO DOWN THE Eastenders route. Vanessa Whitburn should be taken to task over this decision

  • Comment number 80.

    Sorry to see you go this way, GS. It's like the producers decided to celebrate the 60th anniversary by taking a huge dump on the programme, the cast and the listenership.

    A windswept, icy roof indeed.

  • Comment number 81.

    Why couldn't they have written out the Beetle instead? Ridiculous decision, Nigel was a great character, played superbly by Graham Seed. Having been a listener for at least 45 years, this is the last straw for me and I shall stop listening.

  • Comment number 82.

    I'm shocked to learn that it wasn't a case of an actor wanting to leave, as had rather thought, and wonder why on earth such a likeable and harmless character was chosen to go? And yes, it would have made a far better storyline if Nigel had been left disabled rather than dead. They keep other actors on into their 80s, so why get rid of someone relatively young? Good luck for the future, Graham.

  • Comment number 83.

    Nigel you will be sadly missed.

    Having been a fan for 35 years, and I am not quite 50, this is the straw that broke the camel’s back! I've just returned to listening to The Archers after the Grundy boys farcical story line and feel my absence will now be permanent.

  • Comment number 84.

    I can't believe it! Loving decent honest caring - obviously not personality traits to be encouraged!! So sorry to see you leave. You and 'Lizzie' brightened up my day. Will really really miss you.

  • Comment number 85.

    We'll miss you Nigel Pargetter, we'll miss you.

  • Comment number 86.

    Thank you, Graham, for the lovely Nigel P. The happy days of Mr Snowy seem like yesterday. So sad such a wonderful character was done away with in such a fashion.

    Good luck for the future and I look forward to hearing your lovely voice (and seeing your lovely face!) in the very near future.

    Thanks again.

  • Comment number 87.

    You shall be missed - they shall be a lack of colour n The Archers from now on.

  • Comment number 88.

    As I said on the message board, Nigel could always be relied upon to provide light relief and pleasant good humour; much needed to balance what can sometimes be rather stodgy, heavy storylines. I have listened since he spiced up Shula's life (and how I wish he [or someone])still did)!

    Well done, Graham Seed, for your excellent portrayal of a lovely, slightly dippy, gentle man. Thank you. All the very best for your future.

    Ms Whitburn, if you read this, you need to rethink your strategy for the programme. This has been a travesty.

    MD

  • Comment number 89.

    Something of a mistake I think. A disabled character would have added a whole extra dimention to the programme. What's more the potential antagonism within the family because David persuaded Nigel onto he roof would have added more. A good actor lost to a bit of Eastenders spectacularism. Shame really.

  • Comment number 90.

    Oh Nigel, I love love love you! You were my favorite character! So full of curiosity, joy, and hope! And such a romantic! And a fantastic father! You were a breath of fresh air amongst the gloomy oh poor me feel sorry for myself I am the center of the universe characters in Ambridge.

    All the best to you Graham.

  • Comment number 91.

    PS I should have added - GOODBYE ARCHERS X

  • Comment number 92.

    Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! What on earth do the BBC think they have acheived? Merely pushed a superb actor out of a job that he and obviously all of us loved. I do not want to listen to the misery that is in all the soaps I dont watch. I live in a village, tragedy happens but not that often, maybe the scrpt writers should try living outside a city. I will now stop listening as I don't want to hear weeks of misery and more whinging from Helen. Can't someone throw her off the roof as soon as possible, anyway I am a lost listener and I know that there are many others.

  • Comment number 93.

    Furthermore, and echoing what others have written, what a brilliant opportunity lost to develop this character coping with disability. Vanessa W thought this through, but neither deeply nor sensitively enough. The Archers will be shallower for this blunder, and the repercussions will be felt for at least 10 years

  • Comment number 94.

    Dear Mr. Seed,

    Thank you for entertaining us all as Nigel. I am very saddened by your enforced departure, you and Nigel will be greatly missed. I wish you well for the future and look forward to hearing you on the radio soon as fortunately we do not own and want a television because the pictures are much better on the radio.

  • Comment number 95.

    A debacle ! Not a happy bunny with the BBC - letting this happen.. Surely it didnt take long to realise what mistake this could be ??? In the words of TMS... Nigel "my dear old thing" how could they let this happen ... To YOU x

  • Comment number 96.

    I'm really upset by this. Nigel has been a joy as long as I can remember, including the Mr Snowy years. Can't say any more -- too upset.

  • Comment number 97.

    So sorry to have it confirmed this evening that Nigel has indeed died - and now shocked and saddened to learn that Graham did not choose to leave, but that he was written out to "celebrate" the show's 60th anniversary.

    I wish Graham the very best for the future and wonder exactly where the show is now headed - a Nigel-less Ambridge is a very gloomy prospect indeed.



  • Comment number 98.

    I've listened to the Archers for over 30 years and this travesty has caused me to register and sound off. If Graham had wanted to leave fair enough, but to write a popular character out for the sake of a 'sensational' plot line is plain stupid. 'Whitburn' should be changed to 'Witless'. Why didn't they have Nigel and Elizabeth learn to cope with a disability? It would have generated a good storyline and highlighted disability issues and how people cope.

    With Phil, Nigel and Sid being killed off within 12 months there'll soon be no one left.

  • Comment number 99.

    THE SCARY THING IS THERE ARE BBC EXEC'S WHO WILL CONSIDER ALL THESE MESSAGES A SIGN OF THE 'SUCCESS' OF THE 'CONTROVERSIAL' PLOT. CAN THEY BE SACKED PLEASE?

  • Comment number 100.

    Vanessa must be out of her mind to kill YOU, of all people. Each time you said 'Mummy' or 'I say' or any other adorable and quirky things, you made me smile and I loved everyting about you. You were unique and this was due to the part but also to your amazingly brilliant acting. I cannot believe that we will no longer hear your enthusiasm and joie de vivre. Good luck with your future. I wished I could go and see you in your next play. You are the best. XXX

 

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