Ambridge Extra all-nighter – catch up with the whole series

Web Producer, The Archers

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Larissa Kouznetsova (Tatyana)

The latest series of The Archers’ sister series Ambridge Extra has just finished. But you have one last chance to hear it. BBC Radio 4 Extra is playing all 20 episodes this Monday night (9 September) from 1am to 6am.

But it’s not just for night owls. The episodes will be available on BBC iPlayer to listen to any time over the following week.

Or if you have a PVR (Personal Video recorder such as Sky+ or TiVo), you can set it to record the broadcast and replay it at a time to suit you.

The series followed Matt and Brenda’s adventures in Russia and Lilian’s attempts to mend their tattered relationship. It’s been getting great reactions from listeners, such as this recent comment:

“…Is it just me, or is Ambridge Extra totally KICKASS?? I love The Archers, but Ambridge Extra is a whole other love...”

I’m quite tempted to stay up all night with some blinis and vodka and enjoy the whole series again.

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer.

  • About Ambridge Extra – including an introduction to the characters and a photo gallery
  • Learn more about Matt, Brenda and Lilian in our Who’s Who
  • Picture shows Larissa Kouznetsova, who plays the talented and mysterious Tatyana

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by Straightfurrow

    on 17 Sept 2013 17:28

    What happened to Brenda's £500 - or did I miss that?

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by John Who

    on 12 Sept 2013 23:11

    I agree, entirely, with Evie and Mungo. I found it very annoying and a great inconvenience trying to find the "extras". I really hope that this crazy idea is axed now. If R4 want to do more then add 5 mins to the regular episodes and stop pretending it's clever to be alternative. Leave that to the comics. I've now deleted the link and will not return.

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by Tayler Cresswell

    on 12 Sept 2013 18:00

    Hi Nemo399 - good to see you here! Yes, the Russians were played by a Russian cast. Some have given interviews on the Ambridge Extra website in the clips section: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00zwn0j/clips

    Tayler

  • Comment number 15. Posted by barwick_green

    on 12 Sept 2013 16:11

    Well said Evie! AmExecrable lived up to its epithet with bilge involving Russian wolly-garchs (much of which was conducted in Russian to the detriment if the listeners) just so Puffing Lillian and Toothless Tiger could get kissy kissy again.

    Not only the was the plot preposterous and the outcome obvious the betrayal of 'mainstream' TA listeners in having this long term storyline coming to a climax on R4 Extra only was a disgrace. I've been a fan if the DAB station since its earliest incarnation but using it a catalyst for this denouncement was ill-judged and displays utter contempt for listeners.

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by Horticulturist

    on 12 Sept 2013 15:10

    Well, I thought this series was excellent. Total entertainment and very well acted.
    Well done team!

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by Nemo399

    on 11 Sept 2013 06:32

    Yes, Ambridge Extra was fun! (And surely the Russians were played by genuine Russians--Tayler, can you confirm?)

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Christopher Newman

    on 10 Sept 2013 21:34

    I for one will miss it, bring on more Ambridge Extra!!!!

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by Evie

    on 10 Sept 2013 21:00

    I am not sure what possessed anyone to write this tosh --- it was an insult to all Archers fans. The script absurd and from start to finish it was totally unbelievable. Stupid accents and characters, nonsense plot words actually fail me- it was more than bad, it was diabolical, please NO MORE!!!!!

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by marthas phonebox

    on 10 Sept 2013 18:19

    By a strange quirk of fate, substituting the AmExtra sig tune for that of 'Dick Barton- Special Agent' seems to bring the wheel full circle!

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by Sarah

    on 10 Sept 2013 17:29

    I just don't have time to catch up by listening and the synopses seem to have been reduced to one line! Why can't I read a longer summary anymore??

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