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  1. Pet Shop Boys save Loxfest!

    Friday 22 August 2014, 18:14

    Andrew Smith Andrew Smith

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    Pet Shop Boys at Loxfest The Pet Shop Boys with Archers actors Ian Pepperell, Alison Dowling and Carole Boyd

    Pop legends Pet Shop Boys have saved the day for the residents of Ambridge by stepping in at the last minute to headline our inaugural music spectacular, Loxfest.

    Having sacked troubled Quaintance Smith, Elizabeth Pargetter was left wondering “what have I done to deserve this?” But now resourceful Roy Tucker has turned Loxfest “Electric” by securing the iconic Pet Shop Boys pop duo for the main stage on closing night.

    Neil Tenant and Chris Lowe – both long-term Archers fans - said: “It's a thrill for us to enter the world of The Archers, the UK's most famous radio drama.” 

    Their special guest appearance, which was recorded at the illustrious Maida Vale Studios in July, will air on Monday 25th August at 7:02pm.

    What will Neil and Chris make of Ambridge? Will Loxfest be a success – or a sin?... Listen to find out!

    Archers Editor Sean O’Connor said:  “Loxfest is the first time The Archers has mounted a summer music festival on this scale, so we’re completely thrilled to have secured an iconic British act- Pet Shop Boys- to headline for us. It’s been great fun putting the whole...

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  2. Loxfest is coming - and so is BBC Radio 6 Music!

    Tuesday 19 August 2014, 18:01

    Andrew Smith Andrew Smith

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    Steve Lamacq New and classic tracks from established artists, young groups and unsigned bands  

    What a coup for Loxfest – and The Archers.  Archers super-fan Steve Lamacq has invited a few Ambridge residents to appear on BBC Radio 6 Music’s Roundtable: Archers special this Thursday 21st August.

    Since Elizabeth Pargetter agreed to trust Roy Tucker's vision and stage Loxfest, Steve Lamacq and BBC Radio 6 Music have been keen to suggest a few acts to appear. Now Steve's also keen to pick the musical brains of a few of our stars.

     

    In a Roundtable Archers Special, Our very own Ed Grundy, Fallon Rogers and PC Harrison Burns (aka Barry Farrimond, Joanna Van Kampen and James Cartwright) will listen to a selection of music tracks and give their opinion, as well as a score, for each. Then they'll hear a few tracks from a new album and share their thoughts. Steve will also talk to the actors about their Archers roles and personal music tastes.

     

    Will any of the confirmed Loxfest acts be on Steve's list?

     

    The Midnight Walkers aren't the only act limbering up for a set at Loxfest (they're up on Friday - opening night). We’re delighted to have Slow Club onboard. Luke Sital-Singh is clearly...

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  3. "One drunken night of passion and he's besotted" – The Archers listener discussions to 13 August 2014

    Friday 15 August 2014, 17:11

    Tayler Cresswell Tayler Cresswell

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    Listeners think Roy’s obsessed and Freddie needs a father figure – anyone but Roy. There were cheers for Carol and boos for Fallon who can’t make up her mind.

    Should Mike and Vicky stay in Ambridge? And who will come out on top when it comes to Charlie vs Rob vs Jim?

    Here’s my pick of listener discussions between 7 and 13 August 2014

     

    "Besotted and obsessed.." Listeners think poor Roy is suffering

    #thearchers How good WAS she? One drunken night of passion and he's besotted and obsessed. (@DanzacRose on Twitter)

    True love hasn't just driven Roy mad #thearchers It's made him certifiable. #persecutingsmallchildren (@JasperBarry2 on Twitter)

    As much as I know these situations happen, I really don't think Roy would turn from being a happily married man to a selfish swine so quickly. Don't like this storyline, mostly because it doesn't ring true. (Wendy Cosby on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

    What? People find it odd that a man falls for rich, beautiful still young(ish) widow after spending hours in her company day after day? It is utterly tragic, of course - but totally believable. More so than a very quick fling under...

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  4. The Girl and the Puma

    Monday 11 August 2014, 17:55

    Adrian Flynn Adrian Flynn Scriptwriter, The Archers

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    Puma Puma

    When Carol Tregorran gave Elizabeth  a thank-you gift for arranging John’s wake,  she refers to the Argentine folk-tale The Girl and the Puma.  She was about to tell Elizabeth the full story, when Shula interrupted with some pressing horse-related matters and the moment was lost.

    We are luckier. As long as Shula doesn’t hack the blog with tempting discount offers on riding lessons, here is a complete, uninterrupted version of the popular legend.

    In the 1500s, when the Spanish were trying to conquer Argentina, a  group of the local Querandi people laid siege to one of their settlements...

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  5. The death of Grace Archer

    Monday 11 August 2014, 16:59

    Keri Davies Keri Davies Web Producer, The Archers

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    Ysanne Churchman and Norman Painting (Grace and Phil Archer) Ysanne Churchman and Norman Painting (Grace and Phil Archer)

    We remember one of the most notorious moments in The Archers long history.

    On 22 September 1955, Phil Archer had arranged a small dinner party at Grey Gables to celebrate the offer of a directorship by his employer and father-in-law George Fairbrother.

    The other guests were John Tregorran, Carol Grey (who was later to marry John), Reggie and Val Trentham, and Phil's young wife Grace. Phil and Grace had been married for six months. 

    At the party, Grace noticed that one of her earrings was missing and returned to the car to find...

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  6. “Is Ed Grundy cursed?” – The Archers listener discussions to 6 August 2014

    Monday 11 August 2014, 11:04

    Tayler Cresswell Tayler Cresswell

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    Listeners admitted sobbing after Monday’s touching service at St Stephen’s commemorating the First World War.

    Charlie Thomas has been the subject of much speculation this week – who threw the brick? And is there a murder afoot?

    It’s not been Ed Grundy’s week and many think it’s high time he got a break.

    And – hooray! Susan’s invited to Jennifer’s party – listeners are busy choosing what to wear...

    Here’s my pick of listener discussions between 31 July and 6 August 2014.

     

    Listeners found Monday’s service commemorating WW1...

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  7. Mike Tucker’s milk business

    Friday 8 August 2014, 08:02

    Keri Davies Keri Davies Web Producer, The Archers

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    mike-tucker-1024x576.jpg Mike Tucker (Terry Molloy)

    As he considers his future, we look back at the history of ‘Mike the milk’.

    Mike Tucker used to be a dairy farmer.  But, under-capitalised and with a herd devastated by TB, he went bankrupt in 1985. He took on a milk round with Borchester Dairies, which over the years he supplemented with other work, including forestry and running his own market garden.

    But by 2006 the round was under serious pressure, as more and more customers simply picked up their milk with their weekly supermarket shop. And who can blame them? The milk Mike supplied was no different,...

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  8. “I am a bit in love with Carol” – The Archers listener discussions to 30 July 2014

    Monday 4 August 2014, 13:12

    Tayler Cresswell Tayler Cresswell

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    There’s a warm welcome back for Carol Tregorran as she returned to Ambridge for her husband John's funeral. Listeners have speculated about Lynda’s find in Starley’s Copse as well as Roy’s poor job prospects.

    Many enjoyed Susan’s discomfort over her missing invitation to Jennifer’s forthcoming soiree. Plus there’s talk of bribery and knitting at the village fete.

    Here’s my pick of listener discussions between 24 and 30 July 2014.

     

    Carol Tregorran was welcomed back with open arms, and listeners were delighted – and curious.

    I'm loving...

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  9. Ambridge turns its lights out for World War 1 Centenary

    Friday 1 August 2014, 14:49

    Keri Davies Keri Davies Web Producer, The Archers

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    Kings School Worcester choir perform for The Archers 'Lights out' episode

     

    On Monday (4 August), The Archers is taking part in the nationwide LIGHTS OUT memorial to WW1.

    LIGHTS OUT is an invitation to everyone in the UK to turn out their lights on 4 August between 10pm-11pm, leaving a single one lit. This will mark the hour that Britain entered WW1, 100 years ago.

    It’s inspired by the then British foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey’s famous quote “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we will not see them lit again in our lifetime.

    In the ceremony at St Stephen’s, Jill Archer will read a poem by Wilfred Owen, and we’ll hear from Felpersham...

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  10. "You utter, utter swine!" – The Archers listener discussions to 23 July 2014

    Thursday 31 July 2014, 11:33

    Tayler Cresswell Tayler Cresswell

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    Listeners have been shouting at Roy Tucker after he put his family in second place, and debated whether Rob Titchener ever invited his parents to dinner.

    Many joined the Route B Ramble and shared memories of the Tregorrans. There’s been plenty of advice for Ed Grundy. And Kirstie Allsopp admited that she was thrilled to be opening the village fete.

    Here’s my pick of listener discussions between 17 and 23 July 2014.

     

    Roy Tucker had almost everyone shouting at the radio after he missed his daughter’s school show.

    You swine, Roy! You utter, utter...

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