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23/09/2017
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    Next week is Archers Week

    Head of Interactive, Radio 3

    It's a rather benign coup. The fascinating and varied people of Ambridge are taking over. For five days only you'll be able to read about every aspect of the creation of The Archers here on the Radio 4 blog. Blog posts from behind the scenes at The Archers - by the cast, producers, engineers, writers, the programme's editor Vanessa Whitburn and even the boss, Mark Damazer - will appear here between Monday 23 and Friday 27 November.

    There will be blog posts, photographs, audio and, inevitably, some tweets. On Monday and Tuesday I'll be 'live blogging' from the Birmingham studio (not far from Ambridge). Various actors and producers will be helping me and throughout the week I'll want to hear from you. Send me your questions and comments: leave them here on the blog. If you're on Twitter, use the hashtag #archersweek.

    And Sunday evening's episode is a very important one. It's the last of thousands of episodes recorded by Norman Painting, who played patriarch Phil Archer for almost 60 years, before he died on 29 October. I wouldn't miss it for the world and I expect that Archers Week will be, at least in part, a tribute to Norman.

    Steve Bowbrick is editor of the Radio 4 blog

    • The Archers messageboard is one of the busiest at bbc.co.uk. Host (and Archers script writer) Keri Davies has just announced that a new host has been appointed.
    • Archers Addicts is the official Archers fan club. To mark Norman's final episode, they're observing the traditions of 'Stir-up Sunday' this weekend. Read the recipe and join in.
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