We're very aware of what the character of Nigel Pargetter meant to many listeners, and how much they will miss him.

Between 4pm and 8pm tomorrow (13 Jan), we'll be running an online event here on The Archers blog. This will coincide with the episode featuring Nigel's funeral. We'll be sharing moments from the character's history, and inviting listeners to contribute their own memories and tributes.

It will be a sort of online Book of Condolences, a permanent tribute to this much-loved character and to Graham Seed, the actor who played him.

It will take a similar form to the live online coverage of the 60th anniversary day, during which Radio 7 broadcast classic episodes, and interviews with current cast and production staff.

Do please join us as we say goodbye to Nigel.

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer.

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  • Comment number 234. Posted by Juliawm

    on 15 Feb 2011 21:25

    graham seed is right, you don't understand the listeners. We don't want tacky melodrama. far more young men have died in ambridge than is the national average. You get quite a lot wrong.But it would have made better enduring drama if Nigel had broken his back and had to be brave from a wheelchair.No one says you selfish little blank to kate. Someone real should remind her she left her child and ran off and has few idf any rights. too nice to kate. and no more stupid deaths please. it isn't necessary and it isn't life like.Also, the higher classes would have better grammar.In real life there is a differance.As in "I was sat," "me and George"Grundys and horobins yes, Aldriges Pargeters no to that grammar.But don't turn it into cheap tacky melodrama. i don't mind being taught a few farming facts though.

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  • Comment number 233. Posted by Trisha

    on 6 Feb 2011 22:29

    I have been an avid listener to the Archers for over 30 years, and was filled with dread when i heard that Ambridge was going to be shaken to the core on the 60th anniversary, and even more so when we lost Nigel, dear Nigel. I too have lost interest in the Arches, have listened to the odd one and find little desire to continue. A grave mistake to get rid of someone who would have grown old so well. Nigel added a special quality to the show, that cannot be replaced, in the midst of all the usual turmoil he was always there to provide some sort of lightness, even in his dark moments, something we listeners love and enjoyed in Nigel. And now I don't think I can bear to listen to the continuous reverberations as a result of his death for the next 10 years.I feel the Arches has become too soapy for me, and i hate soaps, before you know, you'll have Will killing Edd, kenton having a heart attack and David committing suicide! For that reason, I am out.

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  • Comment number 232. Posted by Sharon

    on 25 Jan 2011 18:46

    I am pleased to read that so many listeners disagreed with the decision to kill off Nigel. Such a lovely character. Why?
    We could have all done with some good news to start off the New Year. This story line made me feel quite depressed!
    My very best wishes for a successful New Year go out to the actor who played Nigel.

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  • Comment number 231. Posted by Terry B

    on 17 Jan 2011 13:55

    Sadly for me the Archers died for me too Zenora.

    The trust I gave the editors to protect the little village that meant so much to so many of us for so many years has been cruelly broken.

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  • Comment number 230. Posted by Zenora

    on 17 Jan 2011 09:08

    @ post 177
    "Blurring the boundaries between real life and the fictional world of Ambridge in this way is for many confusing, and distasteful. "

    Sadly for me, and for many listeners the blurring of the boundaries has been part of the joy of The Archers. We have deliberately suspended disbelief and adopted Ambridge as a real place and its inhabitants as friends (or at least acquaintances) that we have known for years, and whose behaviour in any given circumstances is broadly predictable.
    The debacle of the death/birth scenario, and the build up to it, has destroyed that utterly.
    Ambridge is just a BBC studio, the Archer family and their neighbours just actors being manipulated to satisfy the whims of the editor.
    Not only Nigel died on January 2nd.

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  • Comment number 229. Posted by Katy Tulip

    on 17 Jan 2011 08:00

    Just popping in to thank everyone who responded so kindly to my post 177 upthread...

    Katy

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  • Comment number 228. Posted by Winnielepoohs

    on 16 Jan 2011 22:39

    I will no longer listen to TA while the incumbent Editor remains in position

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  • Comment number 227. Posted by fondantfancee

    on 16 Jan 2011 20:57

    It's shooting fish in a barrel Joe K.
    A week ago, I cared very much about seeing a proper acknowledement of the real feelings of the listeners. (How luckly this team are to have such devoted fans).
    Now I don't give a fig.
    I'm watching TV at 7 now and my life hasn't fallen to pieces despite a 30 year habit. (And I'm kicking the weed - same length of addiction)!

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  • Comment number 226. Posted by Joe K

    on 16 Jan 2011 14:32

    @219 - Lesley, the moderation has been inconsistent to put it mildy. They could, for example, have removed a lot of these comments (including this one), because they aren't about 'sharing your memories of Nigel', but they haven't. Then, they remove something over a triviality (I'd be interested to know the written reason they gave for modding your empty post. Would they regard an honest mistake as a breach of the house rules, or did they claim you had 'criminal intent'?).

    I reported a post yesterday (Saturday) morning that was about as incitory as they come, yet another sneer at (ex)listeners/posters who have the audacity to be upset about the anniversary episode and the continuing refusal to respond properly to their/our complaints. Shortly after came the reply that this post would remain on the board, as it did not 'contravene the House Rules'. However, I have to wait several days for an answer to my challenge of a decision to mod one of my posts, and only 'office hours' count.

    It's not just the listeners who have a right to be upset. Put upon as they may feel, I believe Tayler and the mod team aren't judging board contributions with sufficient balance. A bit more encouragement to those posters who apparently have to put up with us 'moaners' for a bit longer, to start posting their own, non SATTC-related threads, wouldn't go amiss...

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  • Comment number 225. Posted by Terry B

    on 15 Jan 2011 18:10

    @223

    > Three words:
    > Integrity. Trust. Respect.

    Absolutely the key points being made here root4me.

    Please answer these points Keri and Vanessa and stop insulting us with the kind of rubbish you have been posting here and to our official complaints.

    Start trying to build some bridges.

    You must be getting quite sick of sitting in your little bunker by now!

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