The recording of the Easter Sunday 'Ambridge' edition of Gardeners' Question Time took place in March in a village hall in Worcestershire.

The audience at Cutnell Green knew that two programmes would be recorded. The first was a standard version, which went out a couple of weeks ago. But imagine their surprise when the questioners were called forward for the second programme - and the first name called was 'Brian Aldridge'.

Here's a photo gallery of this rather surreal event.

Keri Davies is an Archers (and Ambridge Extra) scriptwriter and web producer.

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by m

    on 29 Apr 2011 15:55

    Sorry after a lifetime as a TA listener I just can't take any more. Its been a steady downhill slope since January, if I want this kind of programme, I can watch Eastenders, or something similar! Wake up before you lose all your loyal listeners. We all have to move with the times, but this rubbish is dire!

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by p2

    on 28 Apr 2011 23:56

    Henry Fielding produced "Shamela" as his response to, in his mind, the objectionable "Pamela." "Pamela" is generally considered the first English language novel. Fielding despised both the content and the format and, reportedly, had no idea that Samuel Richardson (who was highly respected by Fielding, was the pen behind the work. I always think of this tit bit of history whenever audiences bellyache about innovation. Bravo to all of you for thinking three dimensionally, for dissolving walls, for being clever, for being creative.

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Vicarshusband

    on 27 Apr 2011 19:23

    Well, Highlybemused, I think we'll have to agree to differ on GCT and TA. I am rather enjoying TA at the moment. Can't decide whether as you say Amex is nonsense or it's just that I am way out of sympathy with the storylines. I'm on the point of giving up with it, but a little voice keeps telling me to hang in there, in the hope they'll background Alice and Jamie and focus instead on someone who has an interesting life, or indeed a life at all.

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by ruskgardener

    on 27 Apr 2011 19:11

    They asked the same sort of questions that the GQT team answer in the potting shed. It was just a bit of fun, for goodness sake!

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Provincial Lady

    on 27 Apr 2011 17:25

    Clarrie looks as if she ought to be writing biographies of Rhoda Broughton and Charlotte M. Yonge.

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by Highlybemused

    on 26 Apr 2011 21:09

    Vicarshusband, maybe you should try to see things from the perspective of a regular GQT listener who does not wish to be saddled with all of this fictional TA nonsense. I agree that AmEx is appalling nonsense but I also think that TA is pretty dire these days. The 'Cassandra' argument doesn't hold up to much scrutiny......maybe the SWs should write an even worse series to make TA seem even better!!!!

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by Vicarshusband

    on 26 Apr 2011 20:01

    It wasn't a fiasco. It was an interesting 45 minutes - as an irregular GQT listener I enjoyed the practical and informative answers, and there was an added dimension in knowing where the questioners were coming from.

    I'm less sold on Amex. The SLs are a bit too nasty for my liking, but there you go. Actually it has made me appreciate the main programme a bit more - to a degree Amex is maybe the programme some of the Cassandras are always claiming the main prog has become, but the contrast shows that just isn't so.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by Highlybemused

    on 25 Apr 2011 20:27

    A 'stroke of genius'....I think not. 'The metaphysical dimension' ...trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. I wish that the SWs would focus on constructing decent plotlines rather than seeking to divert attention from the fact that TA is going down the pan by pulling stunts such as Ambridge Extra and the fiasco of GQT.

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by Vicarshusband

    on 25 Apr 2011 19:22

    Kathie eaton@4

    I thought it was lovely... I just can't help wondering about the metaphysical dimension, that's all. What is canon, and what isn't?

    Another angle on it: Has "The Archers" (the programme) ever been referred to on air on GCT? That would make another interesting fold in reality...

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by Central PA USA

    on 25 Apr 2011 15:23

    We enjoyed the crossover, although parts of it were cringe worthy as we sorta knew what was coming from the main show. I actually had no idea the event was "real" until I saw it on iPlayer. Still, a treat all the more sweet with rarity -- best not do too many of these too often to retain their edge.

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