"He's very much a small-town man": Will Sanderson-Thwaite on Chris and Alice's relationship troubles and Chris's accident

Alice and Chris have been having a difficult time. Do they want different things? Have they got what it takes?
I think they do and they don't want different things. In Alice's head, this job in Canada is exactly what she wants it to be. But, I don't know if she would definitely be happier if she went out there. I think she's just a bit unsettled and her job is a bit of a grind at the moment. I can see it from both sides. Chris does understand, but it is the worst possible time to choose to do this. He’s bought this business and is just getting rid of the debt.

Is work the only reason Chris wants to stay in Ambridge?
He's very settled and he's very much a small-town man. That's probably where we differ the most in terms of me and him. He's got his football practice and cricket. He's got his local pub where he knows everyone. He's got his job that he's happy doing. He's a man of the earth.

What does Chris love most - Ambridge or Alice?
I think Alice. The fact that they got married in Las Vegas - that's not really him. He's so devoted to her. He does really value their relationship.

2 Aug 2010: Alice and Chris return from the US with a little bit of news

So Alice has her sights on adventure in Canada. What are Chris' ambitions?
He loves his job and he wants to be able to do that, do it well, I'm sure he wants to expand it at some point, maybe he'll get an apprentice. I guess kids at some point. But I don't think he's got any plans to join the circus or anything like that. He's quite set on his path.

How did you feel when you read about Chris's accident?
My initial reaction was - will he be alive!? It's been a really nice storyline to play. Chris and Alice are generally a very happy couple so it's been nice to have loads of drama. I got to do quite a few scenes, sat under a blanket vaguely talking which was quite fun to do.

How did you replicate the kick in the studio?
In terms of timing it was hard to get exactly right. It was to do with Freddie knocking over a bucket and it had to be in time with that. I fell over loads of times. There were no actual horses involved or recreations of horses although I was imagining that.

Do you have experience with horses?
I know well how to deal with an invisible horse but anything other than that is not my cup of tea!
 

Should Alice feel guilty about Chris's accident?
Obviously she's going to but I don't think it's her fault. I don't think she's actually doing anything really wrong. Maybe the way she's gone about it isn't the best but I don't think she's a bad person.

What do you have in common with Chris?
He's quite a jokey guy. I quite enjoyed the episode before getting kicked, when he gets ridiculously drunk. I think we came together there in a beautiful moment! He's well liked, he's a friendly person. We share that. We're quite upbeat and jokey. Obviously I like to think I'm like that!

How much has he changed since you've been playing him?
He's changed quite a lot considering he's married, he owns the business - he’s done quite well considering he's in his mid-20s! He's always been quite confident and sure of himself but he is now more than ever.

Who are the people in the cast that you get on well with?
It's a really friendly cast. I remember the early days of Christmas parties and Tim who plays David took me under his wing. My parents are absolutely lovely. I feel like they're my parents in real life! I'm like "Hey dad! How have you been?" But most of my scenes for the past three years have been with Hollie (Alice). She came to my gig the other day!

Read an interview with Hollie Chapman (Alice)

Listen to some classic clips from Chris and Alice's past

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  • Comment number 444. Posted by FergusandMillie

    on 24 Dec 2015 01:37

    By player I mean 'iplayer" but it doesn't want me to say that, just had to type it twice! As I think you said Jazzer, we are meant to check our spelling, but often see what we think we typed rather than what is actually there.

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  • Comment number 443. Posted by FergusandMillie

    on 24 Dec 2015 01:32

    Knitonepearlone, thank you for the suggestion about UC and player, I think the episodes must be broadcast daily as the only episode available was Cambridge and ?, plus being in Australia we aren't allowed to listen to player, but sometimes I manage to sneak in, as I did when Nigella's new series started. Oh the thrills!

    I am also confused about the birds, if Eddie said half the birds weren't sold when they went to market, and after the market he had over £1,000 pounds (I just learned how to do that - alt 163), does this mean that the entire turkey business netted just over £2,000?.Ii am not even thinking how Trex stay afloat, can only assume favours and "supportive" parents.

    HMan - very sad that you are without your family for Christmas, trust that you have lovely friends to help celebrate the day.

    TLV - as always fascinated by your life, I hope that the family are well, and just know that you will cope admirably with the crib service, it sounds like a hoot. Please let us know how it goes while you are sipping some of Dublin Dolly's mulled wine, in your darkened room!.

    k2tog, looked up L'isle Jourdin - looks idyllic, the huge arched bridge is that a railway line? You are indeed very lucky.

    Dublin Dolly, I hope that you have a very happy Christmas with your daughter. We are indeed having a barbecue, my husband always cooks the turkey on the Webber - a kettle barbecue so I only have to deal with the veg and Yorkshires.

    Happy Christmas to everyone!

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  • Comment number 442. Posted by jazzer

    on 23 Dec 2015 23:40

    Oh, predictive text. Aren't you supposed to look at the suggestion and then either accept or reject it?

    As for "predictive text like on your mobile" - well, not on MY mobile. I remember once showing an interest in my son's new phone. He just said "It's predictive - you'd hate it."

    He was right.

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  • Comment number 441. Posted by theladyvicar

    on 23 Dec 2015 23:28

    Thanks DD. First contingent poorly so not here! 😞
    Not sure what will happen now. Will check tomorrow to see how they all are. We may have to do an emergency shop for them or Hubbie collect them while I undertake the madness of a crib service with mainly under 5s dressed as part of the Nativity story! I will need a dark room and a stiff drink after it!

    I'm glad all our far flung regulars have found a way to listen to TA while en vacances.

    Also glad that you found us GoJoe.

    Jazzer and DD, it's not spellcheck but predictive text like on your mobile. I smile at some of the suggestions made for very simple words.

    Off to listen to tonight's episode. Night al.

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  • Comment number 440. Posted by jazzer

    on 23 Dec 2015 23:02

    Paul was divorced - part of the 'Paul and Lilian' story involved conversations with his ex-wife who was going to remarry, and she and Paul had a very different take on whether the children should be at the wedding.

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  • Comment number 439. Posted by FarmerGiles

    on 23 Dec 2015 22:49

    K2tog (429): It seemed to me that Helen did want to clear things up with Ian, but he did not want to know. She was only separated from 666 just a short time while he posted some letters. I expected her to confront him straight away and was initially surprised that she did not do so. When presented with the new Christmas arrangements I got the impression she didn't respond with the meekness she had previously shown when accepting 666's directives on her way of living. I may be completely wrong about this, and I hesitate to type, but I think that she has decided some dramatic confrontation possibly on Christmas Day, leaving New Year's Day 'free' for David and Ruth?

    Megan (400): The dairy herd is losing money, but I don't think this means the business as a whole is heading for bankruptcy; the beef and sheep could well be offsetting the dairy losses.

    Annhill (396): I remember Jill in past years mentioning writing Christmas cards for Carol and John, so their friendship is really no surprise.

    Spicycushion (392): Yes, you're right. Lilian did have that affair with Paul when her relationship with Matt was going through a bad patch. I just cannot remember for certain whether Paul was married at the time. If I were forced to come down on one side or the other I would say he wasn't, but does anyone remember for sure?

    I don't know yet whether I'll be hearing the next episode tomorrow or on Christmas Day. Anyway, a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS to one and all.

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  • Comment number 438. Posted by Dublin Dolly

    on 23 Dec 2015 21:12

    K2tog,
    Lovely to hear of your village in France and the nearby amenities, hope you have a lovely time and we look forward to hearing more of your adventures! So glad that you are managing to listen in and still post your comments.

    Megan,
    Hope you enjoy your holiday on the Rhine,great that you can still hear The Archers.

    Mary,
    Hope the first 'contingent' has arrived safely and you have a lovely time with them and the second 'contingent'. when they arrive tomorrow.
    Hope all your Christmas Services go well also.

    Spicycushion,
    Pity you never got to the New Year's Day concert,but Boheme must have been wonderful!
    Hope you will be feeling better soon and enjoy Christmas.

    Lanc Janet,
    Hope you and Stampcollector enjoyed the University Challenge, it was only a joke really about the Archers/Any Questions.
    I agree with everything you said in your post 421.
    I also gave my prediction re Helen having some kind of mental or physical breakdown and either losing the baby or having a threatened miscarriage.

    FergusandMillie,
    Left you message,post 386. Hope you have a wonderful BBQ Christmas by the pool!
    We have yet another storm here now,Eva! Very wild.

    Hampshire Man,
    Hope you have a nice Christmas and you're not too lonely!

    To everyone else on the blog, hope you all have a lovely,happy and peaceful Christmas and the same for our friends from whom we haven't heard in a while,like Arby,Ellie May and Merry.
    In case I don't get a chance to check in later tonight or tomorrow morning,I'll take my leave till after Christmas.

    Dublin Dolly

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  • Comment number 437. Posted by GoJoe

    on 23 Dec 2015 21:02

    And Pip will be caught in the hayloft with the temporary herdsman. If the Brokefield herd is sold in 2016, she will go off with him to become a relief herdsman (herdswoman?) -possibly abroad.

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  • Comment number 436. Posted by GoJoe

    on 23 Dec 2015 20:57

    David will have a nervous breakdown shortly after - or maybe because of - Ruth's return.

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  • Comment number 435. Posted by Lancashire Janet

    on 23 Dec 2015 20:49

    Well you have all got a day to come up with something that will happen that most people are not expecting or have not said that they are expecting.
    I have already put in my two pennyworth.
    Robert will get Lynda a new dog for Christmas.

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