James and Leonie caused great excitement with their flight over Ambridge, but in Easter Monday's episode we only heard the before, during and after from the ground.

This exclusive online-only scene takes us into the helicopter itself. Decide for yourself whether Leonie was justifed in calling James a 'klutz'. You may even think he got off lightly...

The scene was written by Archers scriptwriter Adrian Flynn and directed by... er, me.


Update 16 April 2012 - some listeners using screen readers have not been able to access the audio, so here is a copy of the script:

1. INT. HELICOPTER. 1435 HRS
HELICOPTER ENGINE. JAMES AND LEONIE SPEAK THROUGH HEADSETS, SO THEIR VOICES ARE DISTORTED THROUGHOUT.
JAMES (HUMS 'THE RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES')
LEONIE (TETCHY) James...
JAMES (CONTINUES HUMMING)
LEONIE James!
JAMES What?
LEONIE You're doing it again.
JAMES Tch!
LEONIE We're approaching Ambridge. Not about to start a firefight in 'Nam.
JAMES What's wrong with a little music?
LEONIE It's very annoying.
JAMES Annoying is as annoying does, Leonie.
LEONIE What on earth that's supposed to mean?
JAMES Well, if you don't understand...
LEONIE (POINTED) Anyway, it's not just me.
JAMES Oh, Christian's in the zone. Always is when he's flying. Aren't you, Christian?
(BEAT. NO ANSWER)
JAMES (UNCONVINCING) See. Totally focussed on what he's doing.
LEONIE Fed up with you barking orders at him, more like?
JAMES I haven't been barking orders.
LEONIE You made us fly over Lower Loxley twice.
JAMES That wasn't my fault.
LEONIE No?
JAMES It's jolly difficult getting the exposure right up here.
LEONIE (INNOCENTLY) Despite all your experience in helicopters?
JAMES Ssh! (FUMBLES WITH CAMERA) We're almost there. (TO HIMSELF) O.k. Let's check the I.S.O... and the shutter speed. (ADJUSTING CONTROLS ON CAMERA)
LEONIE And the lens cap?
JAMES I only forgot to take it off because you were yammering on at me.
LEONIE To stop you mixing up Loxley Barratt Primary School with the finest stately home in the county.
JAMES (STOPS ADJUSTING CAMERA) That's it. What am I looking out for first?
LEONIE The Brownies Easter Bonnet parade.
LEONIE Tiny girls, brown uniforms, big hats? If only there was some clue.
JAMES Let me just...
LEONIE Hurry up. You've got a great view.
JAMES (WORKING CONTROLS ON CAMERA) Hold on. It's very contrasty.
LEONIE Quick! They're looking up and waving.
JAMES There's too much shadow. They need to move. (CALLS TO THE BROWNIES, FRUITLESSLY) This way!
LEONIE For goodness' sake!
JAMES Why don't they get what I mean?
LEONIE Perhaps they haven't passed their telepathy badge.
JAMES Good Lord.
LEONIE What?
JAMES On the green. A fight's broken out. They're belting each other with sticks.
LEONIE (WITHERING) I think you'll find those are Morris dancers.
JAMES I know! (RAPID SERIES OF SHOTS) Real Ale drinkers on heat. That's more like it.
LEONIE Get plenty of shots. I want a section on mumming plays in the book.
JAMES (DRY) That'll help it fly off the shelf. (BEAT) What are that lot doing?
LEONIE What?
JAMES In the pub garden.
LEONIE Dad said they're making the shape of bulls' horns, to signify the pub.
JAMES That's nothing like horns.
LEONIE Just take the photos!
JAMES They're at completely the wrong angle. (RAPID SERIES OF SHOTS) That's more like fingers.
LEONIE Oh, marvellous. So now we've got the pub sticking two fingers up at us.
JAMES (CAMERA STOPS) What on earth...
LEONIE What is it now?
JAMES (COVERING) Nothing, nothing. I just need to change the battery.
LEONIE You were going to do that when we left Lower Loxley!
JAMES If you hadn't been going on at me.
LEONIE Telling you to be prepared.
JAMES It's not a problem. Swing round the village again like a good chap, Christian.
LEONIE (FRUSTRATED) Ohh!
JAMES See if we can take in some farm buildings this time. (SNIFFS THEN QUOTES 'APOCALYPSE NOW') 'I love the smell of hay-barns in the morning.' (RESUMES HUMMING 'RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES'. FADE)


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

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by Nemo399

    on 17 Apr 2012 15:18

    The naysayers here have a perfectly valid viewpoint and we take notice. But they seem to think that they speak for all listeners. I'm afraid that simply isn't true.

    Well said!

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by Tayler Cresswell

    on 17 Apr 2012 12:31

    Hi Maddie

    There's some information from the BBC Press Office and from Wikipedia about how the audience appreciation figures are collected.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2011/07_july/08/quality.shtml
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appreciation_Index

    Hope this helps,

    Tayler

  • Comment number 31. Posted by MaddieFingers

    on 16 Apr 2012 14:15

    Hi Keri

    To date it's been quite hard to find anything clear and specific about how the RAJAR figures work, but I found this extract today on http://www.mediauk.com/article/33506/how-do-radio-listener-figures-work by Paul Kennedy, Research Director of RAJAR .... " ...The diary has separate pages for each day, with the day divided into quarter hour periods down the side of the page, and the respondent’s selected stations across the top to form a matrix. The respondent simply has to draw a line from the quarter hour when they start listening to a station until the time when they stop... " so it's quite difficult for analysts to judge which programme a listener has tuned in for, isn't it?

    I take your point about the Sunday omnibus, but I'm also interested to know how - in your words - "The audience appreciation figures (which are listeners' assessment of their enjoyment of a programme)..." are collected. Can you explain, please? (Sorry, this probably isn't blog-appropriate, but I don't know where else to find more than a standard one-size-fits-all response).

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by Keri Davies

    on 16 Apr 2012 10:41

    It is an audio clip, with a still image. We had a problem with the production system we usually use to put audio on the website, so I had to do an emergency job with YouTube - hence the rather unrelated suggestions for further viewing that you received at the end.

    MaddieFingers - I'm interested in what makes you think the news is counted in The Archers audience figures. Even if this is the case, there can be no such effect with the omnibus, with its roughly 2 million listeners.

    The audience appreciation figures (which are listeners' assessment of their enjoyment of a programme) are related to the show, not the time slot, and they have been consistently high.

    The naysayers here have a perfectly valid viewpoint and we take notice. But they seem to think that they speak for all listeners. I'm afraid that simply isn't true.

  • Comment number 29. Posted by Arrowhead

    on 13 Apr 2012 19:00

    Just classic.....more please Mr Davis!

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by MaddieFingers

    on 13 Apr 2012 12:23

    I'm sorry Keri, but I'm rather tired of the references to happy listeners, such as your "our listening figures and audience appreciation ratings would suggest that there are many people who feel otherwise".

    Untill some sort of accurate measure can be used instead of listener numbers to the 7pm news broadcasts (unsurprisingly popular as people get home from work / cook / eat etc) being credited to TA, I don't see how you can justify it.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by Nemo399

    on 11 Apr 2012 16:25

    It's an audio clip.

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by Guy

    on 11 Apr 2012 16:16

    An addendum to my posting above.
    Having just (re)read some of the other postings, and in particular Kerl Davies' which I hadn't seen before posting mine (I had written mine earlier but was delayed in posting it), am I right to gather this is supposed to be a video clip? If so there is a problem for me, and probably other non UK people as well, as all I get is an audio clip with screen - radio 4 and URL - staying the same. Ironic as when it's finished the selection of video clips to play do appear.

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by Guy

    on 11 Apr 2012 13:26

    Hurray! This time the clip works fine for those of us outside the UK, unlike Brian's holiday which required a fix before we could hear it.
    As for the clip methinks James and Leonie deserve each other but why when it has finished don't we get the chance to listen again but instead are shown a selection of video clips which, presumably, someone thinks may also interest us. Clips from The Voice are at least BBC but:
    - Lazers v iPad3 ...
    - Jennifer Lopez ...
    - Kate Perry feels like a plastic bag [sic] ...and ...
    - Bikini clad lunchadores guide to the galaxy

    Are these really from the BBC? (though some might be Brian's dalliances)
    And then there's the ads that pop up on the screen when the clip's playing (at least those listening in the UK won't get these)

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by Nemo399

    on 11 Apr 2012 13:08

    But you just did get a response, Dull-Eyed Llama! I have to say that, in my experience of posting on some blogs i.e those written by journalists on National newspapers, it's very rare to get any response from the original blogger.

    I think these blogs are good--loved the interview with June Spencer, and laughed a lot at the one about Brian. This one's fine too.

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