Writing The Archers: a special collaboration with BBC Writersroom

We’re excited to announce that BBC Writersroom is launching an Archers Writing week, focusing on the writing process for The Archers.

From 21st – 28th October, Writersroom is going behind the scenes on The Archers

 

The Archers script page

As The Archers is broadcast across the week on Radio 4, you can access the Writersroom website for a unique insight into the writing process:

  •  Archers writer and web producer Keri Davies writes an indepth guide to the storylining and scripting process on the Writersroom website, with examples from a recent big storyline.
  •  Archers writer Carole Simpson Solazzo shares her thoughts and personal approach to writing for Radio 4’s most popular drama.
  •  Keri and Carole will also answer your questions on Twitter: hashtag #archerswriting 
  • Archers scripts will be available to view online, following each day’s broadcast

 

Find The Archers at BBC Writersroom

Ask your questions on Twitter at #archerswriting

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by DistantTraveller

    on 24 Oct 2013 23:32

    Suggestion for storyline:

    Elizabeth gets out of the shower and finds Nigel in the bedroom. It's all been a bad dream....

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=UezjPmvKDSA

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by DracoM1

    on 23 Oct 2013 08:31

    I am extremely surprised that the length and apparently haphazard nature of the planning /writing process as recorded in the blog etc makes it so cast iron sure that TA is NEVER going to be close to the economic or agricultural realities of the day. The more or less complete failure of the process as outlined in the blog in the last two to three years to take account of some of the worst summers and winters on record and thus the damage to the farming life of the UK has been much commented on anad must inevitably damage the way the soap engages with its audience.

    Similarly, the insistence on ' issues' being tagged onto the most amazingly unlikely characters has similarly produced weary derision rather than interest. There needs to be a thorough shake-up and a professionalising re-think at The Mailbox to make TA continue to be an admired and critical brick in the R4 wall.

    At the moment, it is lurching from 1950's joke to 1950's joke as if the team think they are writing for a geriatric 80+ demographic. Which they are not. I fear that the self-congratulatory pieces written to introduce this blog are tediously typical of how the TA team come over to its audience.

    Less is more.

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by Kate

    on 22 Oct 2013 09:34

    Please let Helen be pregnant....! Please.....

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Freckleflem

    on 22 Oct 2013 05:16

    Why does it need to be totally realistic? I like some escapism for 15 minutes a day. I certainly don't want to be listening to the rural version of 'You and Yours' or 'The Money Program'. Dullness for dullards.

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by Richard

    on 21 Oct 2013 17:03

    With all these 'experts' offering their impeccable advice do you think there is a chance that the script-writing will be undertaken by a committee? A camel, we are reliably informed, is a horse designed by a committee!

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Minnesota Liz

    on 20 Oct 2013 18:11

    Love TA and TAE exactly as they are

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by cath

    on 20 Oct 2013 14:57

    Re post 2:

    1) LL is adding more bedrooms in order to get more into the weddings market. Whether that will work or not I don't know but they're not doing it because they're so busy, rather the opposite ...
    2) I didn't think the Bull had taken on more staff. Kenton and Fallon swapped their full time
    jobs.
    3) Brian did mind about Rob dashing off to Hampshire - he made that plain to Debbie. But stopping an employee from attending a family emergency would only create resentment and lower productivity. Any decent manager will set things up such that they can go off for at least 2 or 3 weeks without affecting the business and will have plans in place to ensure business continuity for longer periods.
    4) Unfortunately there are bullying employers out there and not all bullied employees take action against them - employment law is tougher now making it even harder for someone who's not in a trade union to take action so Kathy's non-reaction seemed pretty realistic to me.
    5) I don't disagree there.

    I shall look forward to seeing what goes on this week.

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by Mysterious

    on 20 Oct 2013 10:16

    The Archers, after so long in a wilderness, has suddenly become unmissable. I have listened since the beginning when bedtime was as soon as Barwick Green started to bring up the rear. I just wish there were not so many story lines going on at once and so many remain unsolved and just left hanging there. Do keep up all the good work though. Rome was not built in a day.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by Cheshirecat

    on 19 Oct 2013 13:48

    I think it is a FAB idea, can't wait. And as for post 2, you could put up a good argument against each point easily eg: maybe people are liking less posh spa hotels and prefer a coutry estate/pursuits, perhaps Kenton and Jolene have just put the lot on a credit card and to hell with it! What's wrong with keeping in touch by text? I've known many who have. as for Kathy a constructive dismisal case would be as dull as ditchwater to be frank.

    You can't win with everyone can you!

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by Scarpia

    on 19 Oct 2013 07:23

    I don't like the way that characters undergo total personality changes just so that issues can be crowbarred into a story. For example Eddy Grundy has gradually mellowed, matured and softened over the years since his marriage and fatherhood yet when drunken Joe fell at Grey Gables he became a madman, totally unreasonable and totally ignoring the support that he and especially his children have had from Caroline & Oliver. Joe deserves some recompense but Eddy's behaviour has been out of character.

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