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Brian's Island Dreams - exclusive audio

Keri Davies Keri Davies | 18:31 PM, Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Charles Collingwood (Brian Aldridge)

Discover what Brian got up to on holiday while Jennifer's back was turned.

For this short audio treat, we've hacked into Brian's confidential emails to a trusted friend. His roving eye is still active, and the sultry, tropical atmosphere of the Maldives is rich with feminine objects of admiration.

After a lifetime of philandering, has Brian learned his lesson? Or will the lure of suntanned flesh be too much?

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The piece is written by Archers scriptwriter Joanna Toye, and performed by Charles Collingwood (Brian). The editor is Vanessa Whitburn.

I directed the recording, which was great fun for me - and I think for Charles too. It's been eight years since I vacated my producer's chair for this rewarding double job, writing Archers scripts and providing content for the website. But the part I've always missed from my previous role was directing episodes in studio. So it was lovely to be working closely with an actor again, and creating a piece of audio.

I hope you enjoy it. Would you like to hear more extra snippets like this in the future?

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


  • Comment number 1.

    Brian's a cad and a bounder and doesn't deserve a wife like Jenny. I'd like to hear what Svetlana thought of the loathsome Mr A!

  • Comment number 2.

    No, not at all, if you are not allowing them to non UK IP addresses, most unfair

  • Comment number 3.

    Would you like to hear more extra snippets like this in the future?

    Watch out Keri, take it from one who knows! Writing a character's emails/journal can get very addictive. Thanks for the 'Paris' snork though, has the man learned nothing from past experience?

  • Comment number 4.

    Jane's right..you can't dangle Brian's dalliances before us, only for those of us who live abroad to find that WE CAN'T ACCESS THIS! After all, they were presumably outside the UK when this happened??!!

  • Comment number 5.

    Where was it that Brian went? Just asking! Searching the travel sites for a trip in January!!!!

  • Comment number 6.

    Wherever Brian went, it must have been absolutely top of the range, for he was apparently able to find "free-flowing local fire-water" on a boat trip. Which is quite an achievement in the Maldives, a Muslim country which, at least officially, doesn't produce alcohol or allow it to be consumed other than in resort hotels.

  • Comment number 7.

    I'm quite an open minded kind of girl but I was quite surprised during the listening of this - I assummed the "writer" (?) would have made it entertaining, fun or witty in some way, but all it amounts to is a summary of some rather lechy old man salivating over anything under 30. Yuk.

  • Comment number 8.

    Jane and American listener are in the same position as me here in Tuscany, Italy, I we are locked out for being abroad. Please make this available for download, we don't mind to see adverts before we watch/listen, I could think of a few sponsors that would be interested, Barbour, Harrods silk scarf dept......

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi all - the clip has been re-posted and you should be able to listen from outside the UK now. Please post here if you're still having problems hearing it. Thanks!

  • Comment number 10.

    Well, I'm sat here in San Francisco and being told that it's not available in my area. Bitter disappointment as you can imagine. Sitting in a provincial town on the edge of the known world where the only culture available is from the Beeb.

  • Comment number 11.

    @Curmudgeon. Down here in the Bay Area, all is well with the audio. Maybe try it again?

  • Comment number 12.

    'I hope you enjoy it. Would you like to hear more extra snippets like this in the future?' No, and no. It's just as Kazzy wrote in point 7. Oh, and the (in)accuracy re booze and Maldives (see point 6.) only destroys the good ol' suspension of disbelief that makes good drama. It's yet another dilution of the Archers product, and falls quickly under the 'silliness and japes' section of 'Let's get writing for The Archers.... oooh, any chance of some spin-offs? You see, I have a great idea, so rather than concentrate on in-depth, slow-burn and probable storylines, we'll act like a bunch of sixth-formers being creative.' Duh.

  • Comment number 13.

    What a cheek!
    This keeps getting trailed on Radio 4 so I decided to go and have a listen but when I click to play what happens - "Not available in your area". Just because I happen to be on the continent rather than in the UK doesn't mean I'm not interested. There's no problem listening to other programmes and audio clips either via iPlayer or embedded (such as with Today) so why is this blocked?
    Well I would like to enjoy it, and probably other snippets in the future, but despite Ms Tayler Creswell's posting (9) which I've just seen I still can't. Hopefully I will be able to catch up with it when I get over to London next week but just why are those of us outside the UK disenfranchised?

  • Comment number 14.

    Do we want more of this stuff? No Keri, please concentrate on the main programme - it needs your touch.

  • Comment number 15.

    Guy - it should be available to you. Other overseas listeners have been able to access it. Do try again.

  • Comment number 16.

    Thanks Keri, I have now listened to it but only after I got over to the UK for the festive season - when I first saw your post - I will be back shortly and will try it again and there and let you know if it plays for me there.

    One interesting(odd?) thing - the link/player in the blog above doesn't show. Have to listen to it via the link given. I do have everything enabled but wondered if it was something to do with my computer. However have tried on different machines in the UK and exactly the same, the player doesn't appear in the window above.

  • Comment number 17.

    I have been meaning to listen to this since before Christmas but have only just found the time, and have to say I was very disappointed :(

    Kazzie in point 7 is spot on, it wasn't witty or even entertaining, and really was just the (tame) fantasies of an almost elderly bloke. Pity!

  • Comment number 18.

    As a relative newbie to The Archers (going on 2 years now here in Toronto, Canada) I can only hope that whomever wrote this "diary" wants the audience to think of Brian as a "dirty old man". I'm a pretty liberal person but I found the piece to be somewhat offensive. There was no art here......only a sense of eavesdropping on a very unsavory man. My opinion, anyway.

  • Comment number 19.

    Yuk! All you listeners abroad who can't hear this needn't worry. All it did was confirm what a deceitful sneaky cheat Brian is. And we all knew that anyway...


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