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The Archers newsletter

Keri Davies Keri Davies | 10:10 AM, Wednesday, 1 August 2012

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From next Monday, we will be publishing a weekly Archers newsletter, which you can have delivered by email.

Among other treats, it will contain:

  • a summary of listener discussions
  • links to news about The Archers
  • a light-hearted digest of who's up and who's down in Ambridge
  • occasional audio highlights
  • a link to the latest episodes
  • and, as they say, much more.

It's free of charge, of course, and you can unsubscribe at any time. But if you'd like to give it a try, go to the newsletter sign-up page.

This newsletter replaces the very simple daily mail-out of The Archers synopsis. But the synopsis is still readily available. You can read it on this very site.

How to find The Archers episode synopses

  • A summary of each episode of The Archers appears on the relevant episode page the morning after the programme is broadcast.
  • Click on the Catch Up link in the top navigation bar. (This is also where you'd go to listen to recent episodes.)
  • Click on the date of the episode you are interested in.
  • That will take you to that day's episode page.
  • To make this easier, you can bookmark the Catch Up page so you can go straight there.
The daily synopsis of each show is published on the relevant episode page each morning, Monday (including the previous Friday and Sunday episodes) to Friday.

Please note sometimes the synopsis can take a while to appear on the page. We apologise for any delay.

Keri Davies is an Archers (and Ambridge Extra) scriptwriter and web producer.


  • Comment number 1.

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

  • Comment number 2.

    Why have you posted your bad-tempered and not very well-informed criticism of John Yorke here? This is a blog about the new Archers email newsletter, so you're off topic.

    The email newsletter sounds like a great idea, think I'll sign up!

  • Comment number 3.

    I'm sorry to see the end of the daily synopsis email and having received my first newsletter, for me it's a poor substitute. The email was great as it was quick and easy to keep up with events. The links take you to a listen again section, which I can't do at work...whereas reading a text email was a guilty pleasure I've now lost! I do hope that you can find an alternative way of keeping up to date with the storylines that doesn't involve having to visit the website

  • Comment number 4.

    I, too, am dismayed that the synopsis email has been dropped. The email I got explaining this said it was due to cutbacks - but the new email looks as though it should be more expensive to produce, not less!

    I find the synopsis much harder to find now (just look at how long the instructions above are!) and it appears later. This is all a great pity.

  • Comment number 5.

    I didn't use to receive the old newsletter, but having signed up for the new one, and received a message saying I'm successfully registered to receive it, I haven't received anything yet, whereas others have. Wonder if I should sign up again?

  • Comment number 6.

    Oops! Scrub message 5. Newsletter now found!

  • Comment number 7.

    I'm very synpathetic to the loss of the emailed synopsis. The cost saving is not in the compliation of the newsletter, but in the difference between a daily mail-out and a weekly one. It amouts to several thousand pounds a year.

  • Comment number 8.

    Or even *sym*pathetic.

  • Comment number 9.

    I never used to miss listenning to the Archers. In fact, I couldn't wait for it to begin in the evenings, and supper always had to wait until I had my 'fix'.
    Over the last few years, it has become progressively dumbed down and I'm sad to say, not very interesting any more. That said, I used to love to get the email synopsis, as I could at least pick out the bits that I thought were relevant to an everyday story of country folk.
    So, what has the BBC done now? Stopped the email synopsis in favour of a pathetic newsletter. Sadly, I will be an Archers fan no more, it's the end of an era for me, and I suspect for thousand of other devoted Archers fans around the world.
    It has always been a brilliant format, now spoiled by egotistical producers.
    Why does nothing stay the same?

  • Comment number 10.

    >It has always been a brilliant format, now spoiled by egotistical producers.

    I'm sorry that you feel that way. It's worth pointing out that Vanessa Whitburn has been editor for 21 years, during which presumably there have been lots of stories that you've enjoyed?



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