One of the lovely things about being part of The Archers team is that we work with talented actors of all ages. Some of them would have been long retired if they had been in other occupations, but it's great that they are still working, and able to deliver excellent performances.

As an actor gets older, they may find it difficult to get to our studios in Birmingham, and so sometimes we make arrangements to record at their home. We did this on several occasions with Bob Arnold, who played the part of gamekeeper Tom Forrest until his death at the age of 87.

Today (19 July 2011) marks Jack Woolley's 92nd birthday, and as it's been some time since we heard Jack speak we were keen to hear his voice again in the programme. Caroline Harrington wrote a couple of lovely scenes set at The Laurels and to make it as easy as possible for Arnold Peters - who has played Jack for over 30 years and who is now 87 - we recorded them at his home.

Naturally the scenes also featured Jack's wife Peggy, played by June Spencer - who recently celebrated her 91st birthday!

June, studio manager Michael Harrison and I made the trip in May. We had a very happy and relaxed morning, and it didn't take long for Arnold to fall back into the role of Jack, giving a very moving performance with June about his birthday celebrations.

Rosemary Watts is a producer on The Archers.

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by bob_cox

    on 31 Jul 2011 09:32

    Heartfelt thanks and warm wishes to Arnold Peters for his many years of support for the Youth Fellowship in my old home town.

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by woofti aka groovy gravy

    on 29 Jul 2011 16:57

    Dig that wallpaper. And it isn't HRH you mean, but HMQ. I thought the same. Wishing well to Arnold Peters & June Spencer.

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by The Flea

    on 27 Jul 2011 13:59

    I love Peggy and think that June does an amazing job and looks absolutely fab, look at that gorgeous hair. And, for what it's worth, I think that Arnold has a perfectly lovely lounge, I'm quite jealous.

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by Lady Trudie Tilney Glorfindel Maldini

    on 27 Jul 2011 09:03

    I've been away and am working my way through the catch-up....I've just listend to Jack's birthday episode and wanted to say how lovely it was. Well done to all.

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by afficionada

    on 22 Jul 2011 17:47

    Just read Comment 1. These 2 actors (and their on-air characters) are roughly of the Queen's generation so their idea of how their hair and clothes should look is probably similar to hers. They are older than you, Llama, so their tastes in decor would reflect that as well. Also they are two highly regarded, very professional actors. I wish I had even a little bit of their talent and hope I am as employable if/when I reach that age

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by afficionada

    on 22 Jul 2011 17:19

    Thank you to 2 superb actors and congrats to all involved for a gripping, if harrowing story line.

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Leaping Badger

    on 22 Jul 2011 10:58

    Haven't heard the episode, but best wishes to June Spencer and especially Arnold Peters if he's not well. Their performances have been superb during the very moving Alzheimers storyline.

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by wynkyn de worde

    on 21 Jul 2011 16:56

    Than you Mr Taylor.

    I am new here.

    I try not to offend or cause upset but I am mystified by some of the sensitive souls here who are only to quick to throw offensive phrases if they see some twist (not implied ) that they do not like.

    Yes I was alluding to my life images being systematically destroyed by the pictures. IMO the woman has a more than passing look of HRH, as does the man to our old gardener.

    The wall paper was identical to that in my parents house, as was the piano.

    I will never engage in slanging, just go away - So thanks again

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Nick Taylor

    on 21 Jul 2011 14:50

    Please go easy on Dull-Eyed Llama. I really just think that he was trying to be mildly amusing and it certainly came across that way to me. Perhaps he was alluding to the way that we see character in our mind's eye and how the actors look in reality.

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by Keri Davies

    on 21 Jul 2011 12:33

    Thank you for comments. I'll pass them on to the team

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