Monday 13 August 2012, 11:12
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Friday 10 August 2012, 12:28
Having spent time in South Africa and on the road in the Lake District, our spin-off series Ambridge Extra now visits its furthest-flung destination yet. Between now and the end of the series on 6 September, we follow Kenton and Jolene on their trip to New Zealand.
As well as Kenton...
Wednesday 1 August 2012, 11:10
From next Monday, we will be publishing a weekly Archers newsletter, which you can have delivered by email.
Among other treats, it will contain:
Tuesday 24 July 2012, 10:43
Lynda's cosy chat with Vicky about "relations" and the menopause divided listeners with some jamming their fingers in their ears and shouting "la-la-la!" Others applauded the airing of a subject that isn't often discussed in the media.
Ruairi's quest to buy one of Eddie's statues had many hoping...
Friday 20 July 2012, 15:58
As Ambridge prepares for its first ever Community Games, we asked the national Community Games Ambassador, David Moorcroft OBE (pictured, right), to write about the programme of similar events across the UK.
Community Games provide great opportunity to bring communities together to take part in...
Wednesday 11 July 2012, 13:24
The Archers website will shortly be undergoing some significant changes, to bring it in line with many other BBC programme sites.
Before I explain the changes, let me emphasise that they do not affect this blog or the message board, which will look and work just the same. You will also still be...
Monday 2 July 2012, 14:26
The next series of The Archers' spin-off Ambridge Extra starts on Tuesday 3 July. And this time it will take listeners a long, long way from Ambridge.
The first bit is set in South Africa, where Phoebe Aldridge has spent the best part of a year living with her mother Kate. Phoebe's had a pretty...
Friday 15 June 2012, 15:00
This week's scripts are written by a newcomer to the team, the award-winning drama writer Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti. She writes about joining this intimidating institution.
Before I embarked on writing my trial script for The Archers last year, I studied the show as if it were a science, I took notes...
Friday 20 April 2012, 12:57
The Ambridge church bells ring out for St George's day today. (Incidentally this is Phil Archer's birthday and that of the actor who played him, Norman Painting.) We asked Libby Alexander of the RInging for England campaign to put the local campanology in the national context
At 6pm on Monday 23...
Thursday 5 April 2012, 15:29
James and Leonie caused great excitement with their flight over Ambridge, but in Easter Monday's episode we only heard the before, during and after from the ground.
This exclusive online-only scene takes us into the helicopter itself. Decide for yourself whether Leonie was justifed in calling James...
Tuesday 3 April 2012, 20:10
As Ambridge bids to have a plot of land dedicated for village use, Helen Griffiths of Fields in Trust (the current operating name of the National Playing Fields Association) fills in the national picture.
Activities to mark the diamond jubilee in Ambridge are on the agenda as the parish council...
Monday 2 April 2012, 20:10
This week's scriptwriter is Adrian Flynn. He writes about the book that Tony mentioned tonight.
As he continues to recover from his heart attack, Tony sometimes escapes from the stresses and strains of life at Bridge Farm by taking down an old favourite from the bookshelf. Currently he's re-reading...
Thursday 29 March 2012, 23:26
I recently had the great pleasure of talking to June Spencer, who plays Peggy Woolley, for an exclusive video interview (below).
June is 92 but has the vitality of a woman 20 or even 30 years younger. She was in the very first episode of The Archers in 1951 and is still doing wonderful work on...
Thursday 29 March 2012, 13:17
You might be aware that our colleagues in BBC Radio 3 are in the middle of a Schubert marathon at the moment. We thought it would be fun to get involved, so in this evening's episode (Thursday 29 March, and the repeat the following day) you'll hear Robert Snell listening to some Schubert.
Thursday 15 March 2012, 14:37
Tony Archer should retire for the sake of his health, according to Archers listeners who voted last week - by a ten per cent margin.
To the question 'Should Tony retire for the sake of his health?', 55.1 per cent said yes, to 44.9 per cent who disagreed.
What do you think?
This week's vote is...
Thursday 8 March 2012, 12:46
Nancy Banks-Smith takes her regular survey of events in Ambridge, in a piece replete with literary references.
This month, she recruits not just A A Milne, but Sellers and Yeatman to her cause. Guess who's 'right but repulsive'. (Clue: it's not Tony.)
Keri Davies is an Archers (and Ambridge Extra...
Tuesday 6 March 2012, 10:57
'...Brian, of course, has been in trouble with the rest of the family for weeks over his mega-dairy unit but Brian is always in trouble one way or the other. It's what he's there for...'
Veteran radio writer Gillian Reynolds reports on recent events in Ambridge.
Keri Davies is an Archers (and...
Wednesday 29 February 2012, 12:23
Archers editor Vanessa Whitburn is about to take a few months' long service leave.
While she's away, she'll be handing over the editorial reins to John Yorke, who is currently BBC Vision's controller of drama production and new talent. Among other things, this means John oversees four famous long...
Tuesday 7 February 2012, 16:02
Today an oak sapling is planted in St Stephen's churchyard to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee. This is part of a nationwide project by the Woodland Trust. Rhiannon Bates of the Trust explains the background to the scheme.
Royalty is once again coming to the village of Ambridge, with residents...
Friday 6 January 2012, 14:50
We've updated The Archers Timeline with the main events from 2011. It's been a busy year, beginning with Nigel's death - and of course Henry's birth - and closing with the emotional upheaval caused by the discovery of John's son Rich.
Along the way Ambridge was visited by royalty and by a rather...
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