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Dear Archers listeners,

I'd like to share with you all my official statement that has been released today:

'It is with huge sadness that I leave The Archers after 27 years. Nigel Pargetter was a joy and a privilege to play, from 'Mr Snowy' to proud father. His enthusiasm, charm and love of life helped make Ambridge a happier place.

'On a personal note, I will sorely miss working with so many old friends and colleagues, especially Alison Dowling who plays Nigel's Lizzie.

'May I take this opportunity to thank all those listeners who endlessly communicated their loyalty, appreciation and affection towards Nigel and me. I'll miss him!'

It would be wrong of me to pretend that I was other than shocked when Vanessa [Whitburn, Archers editor] phoned with the news on a damp November 5th. Fireworks night - rather apt I thought! The hardest thing has been to keep it under wraps, not just from friends and family, but colleagues too. Now at least all is out in the open...

It's too soon to highlight memories. They go back to heady days in the 80s. William Smethurst created a wonderfully affectionate, vulnerable over-privileged young man causing havoc to the Archer household in scenes that were such fun to play.

Scenes of course with Jack May (Nelson) and Mary Wimbush (Julia), laterly with Richard Atlee (Kenton). But always Ali...

There was something of the Peter Pan in Nigel. He never really grew up.

To play my death scene? Very odd, but much harder for everyone else, I think. I've never noticed those behind the scenes so emotionally charged before. I just concentrated on what I had to do and did it to the best of my ability, as I have always done.

But I am a working actor and life must go on.

Except for a short break when the part was played by Nigel Carrington, Graham Seed played Nigel Pargetter from the arrival of the character in 1983 to his death on 2 January 2011.

  • Picture shows Graham Seed (Nigel Pargetter)
  • Graham and Alison Dowling will be interviewed on BBC Breakfast tomorrow morning (Tuesday 4 Jan)
  • Graham appears in Accolade, at The Finborough Theatre, London, 1 to 26 February

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  • Comment number 670. Posted by tigermontague

    on 25 Mar 2011 18:26

    Congratulations Graham on your well deserved award. I hope all those in charge at TA do not imagine that this award has anything whatsoever to do with them, because it doesn't.

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  • Comment number 669. Posted by TinaGold

    on 25 Mar 2011 16:33

    Nick you beat me to it - I had the post below ready first thing this morning but didn't send it straight away..

    I completely agree, Alison - the programme is so much poorer without this great actor - but at least Graham Seed is being recognised for his worth - he has been named radio broadcaster of the year at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards - the first actor to receive the award.

    What an own goal, Vanessa and co - how stupid to have deliberately lost such talent from your confection.

    Well done and well deserved, Graham.

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  • Comment number 668. Posted by nickwilcock

    on 25 Mar 2011 08:55

    Graham Seed, who played Nigel Pargetter in the radio show for 27 years, was last night named Radio Broadcaster of the Year. The first time this award has ever been won by an actor.

    Congratulations, Graham!

    Unsurprisingly, Whitburn's dismal scriptwriting didn't win any awards.....

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  • Comment number 667. Posted by Alison

    on 23 Mar 2011 13:56

    Prior to Nigel's killing-off, it was said that there was to be a New Year's event which would shake the whole of Ambridge and have repercussions 'for the next 10 years'. The only repercussions I can see are that one half of the cast is constantly dwelling on the death with much weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, while the other half (the lower classes) have become walk-on cardboard cut-out figures. The programme is much the poorer for it. A cynical move to court publicity has resulted in the unnecessary redundancy of a great actor and character while destroying the pace and balance of The Archers. Shame!

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  • Comment number 666. Posted by trevor rowley

    on 16 Feb 2011 19:36

    I'm fairly sure Nigel was Moley in Wind in the Willows.

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  • Comment number 665. Posted by Zenora

    on 15 Feb 2011 12:32

    I'm sad to hear that the SWs are smearing Nigel's memory by portraying him as a feckless and irresponsible idiot who couldn't organise a filing cabinet, and couldn't wait to lead his children into who knows what stupid misadventures. :(

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  • Comment number 664. Posted by JimLad

    on 12 Feb 2011 10:54

    My word, sacking suggested a few comments above and its got through the moderators.
    I'm new to these blogs but an old and ex listener. The 60th simply did it for me and VWs farce on Radio4 "I said it was a birth and a potential death".........no you didn't Miss Whitburn I heard exactly what you said and I'd be grateful if you didn't treat me as an idiot whose opinion doesn't matter. With this kind of attitude I can see that tuning away from the Archers and radio 4 in general is the logical thing to do. I simply can't have any faith in the BBC anymore , I really thought that the BBC valued its listeners but obviously they don't give a jot.

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  • Comment number 663. Posted by Martin West

    on 11 Feb 2011 17:26

    This comment was removed because it broke the house rules. Explain

  • Comment number 662. Posted by regolofic

    on 11 Feb 2011 13:29

    pkha - 661 - I love the expression stupidly nasty because it just sums up everything about today's Archers.

    That is exactly what it has become. Stupidly nasty.

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  • Comment number 661. Posted by pkha

    on 11 Feb 2011 13:13

    All the moral stuffing has been removed from The Archers, no Phil, no Sid, no Mrs Antrobus, no Uncle Tom. I just dont believe in it anymore. Nigel's death was so ridiculous with David on the roof in a gale, cannot it all be stopped and reset - the Archers is NOT a soap opera, its an escape into country living, highlighting village life, problems and celebrations. I dont want sensationalism just for the sake of it. We need Nigel and his history with Lower Locksley. VW has had her day and her judgement proves this. So many loyal fans incredibly upset because we care about the characters and thought it in good hands. Give us Nigel back please the future without him is so dreadfully dull and stupidly nasty.

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