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60th anniversary activity

Writer, The Archers

As you might expect, there's a lot happening to mark the 60th anniversary of The Archers, with plenty of ways for you to get involved. Here's a round-up:

Audio slideshow
The first 60 years, in sound and pictures. Rich with archive audio and photos.

The Politics of Ambridge
In a two-part series on BBC Radio 4, Author Michael Dobbs (House of Cards) explores British politics through the prism of Ambridge. Features interviews with leading politicians, Archers actors and production team members.
Saturday 1 Jan and Saturday 8 Jan at 10.30am

The Archers at Sixty, on BBC Radio 7
Between The Archers Omnibus and our special double length episode (see below), our sister station will be broadcasting a special selection of classic episodes and omnibus editions.

Timothy Bentinck (David Archer) introduces some of the most memorable moments, with added insights from other cast members.
Sunday 2 Jan from 11.15am

Live chat on this blog
All day on Sunday 2 Jan we'll be running live coverage of listener activity on The Archers message board, Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere.

Anniversary episode
A special 30-minute episode, with big events promised - and much speculated about.
Sunday 2 Jan 7.00pm

Live 'Tweetalongs'
Respond to the anniversary episode and its follow-up on Twitter (or The Archers message board). We'll be collating the comments and displaying them graphically on this website. Archers editor Vanessa Whitburn will be also be taking part.

If you're using Twitter, include the phrase #thearchers so we can detect the tweet.
Full details of how to use Twitter.

Please comment at any time, but the graphic will be live on Sunday 2 Jan 7.00 - 7.45pm and Monday 3 Jan 7.00 - 7.30pm, with an archive version available afterwards.

Farming Today
A special edition of Farming Today examines how The Archers has reflected the changing face of farming over its 60 years.
Monday 3 January 5.45am

Share your Archers memories
What is your favourite Archers moment? Favourite character? Memory of listening to the programme? Share your memories on our special page.

If you'd like a reminder, browse past storylines with our specially-writtern Six Diamond Decades articles.

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer.

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