Spend the big day with us here on the Archers Blog. We'll be publishing your tweets and comments about the big anniversary storylines and sharing pictures and stories from the history of the drama all day until the end of this evening's special double episode. We'll also keep you up-to-date with the schedule of archive programmes on Radio 7 all day.

  • The picture is from The Archers Archive. The caption reads: "Bill Payne and Ned Larkin, Bob Arnold as Tom Forrest, Hilary Newcombe as Polly Perks, Denis Folwell as Jack Archer, Chris Gittins as Walter Gabriel and Alan Devereux as Sid Perks. The Bull, Ambridge, a game of crib watched by the Landlord and Polly."

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  • Comment number 177. Posted by Nesstig

    on 6 Jan 2011 19:04

    The birth of Helen's baby and her reconciliation with Tony would have been enough to celebrate the 60th anniversary and give us devoted listeners a warm glow to start the year with. Now we're in for mourning and doom and gloom as Lizzie has to learn to live without Nigel. We had already had two sudden deaths in the last year so I was sure there wouldn't be another. Nigel's death sounded so contrived and unlikely. After listening to the Archers for more than 50 years I might just give it up now. This was a poor choice for the plotline.

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  • Comment number 176. Posted by Joy

    on 5 Jan 2011 14:33

    In no sense can killing off a character in The Archers be called a “celebration of 60 years of The Archers”. I found the episode cheap and melodramatic. I have listened to The Archers for nearly 30 years, but the 2 January episode will be my last.

    Sid’s heart attack and the subsequent storyline concerning Jamie was quite upsetting enough. Now Elizabeth has been suddenly widowed (in a repetition of what happened to her sister Shulagh) and the twins are left fatherless – not a very pleasant event for any child listening to the Archers. I was in hopes that Nigel would survive the episode and learn to live with disability.

    I think the decision to kill off a major and popular character in this series was wrong and shows the BBC is out of touch with the public.

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  • Comment number 175. Posted by TRACTOR22

    on 5 Jan 2011 12:50

    off the roof of Broadcasting House, Cyaddict? ;-)

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  • Comment number 174. Posted by Cyaddict

    on 5 Jan 2011 09:46

    What a debacle. Will VW go willingly after this huge error of judgement, or will she have to be pushed?

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  • Comment number 173. Posted by JMR76

    on 4 Jan 2011 09:37

    I agree with most of what Delichon said apart from the episode featuring Nigel's death being 'a bit of a let-down'. I think the script writing, acting and directing have been superb. Last night's episode was really moving and I am sure resonated deeply with anyone who has ever been bereaved. I have only latterly returned to the Archers and am gobsmacked at how good it is. Why are people wanting Vanessa Whitburn to resign? Let's face it, whatever she does, she will upset someone and I like to think that with her experience, she is taking a long view here. This storyline is bound to have huge repercussions because imagine Lizzie's reaction when she finds out that it was David who urged Nigel to go onto the roof. Quite apart from the whole Will / Inheritance Tax storyline. Keep up the good work Ms Whitburn!

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  • Comment number 172. Posted by FordsonJunior

    on 4 Jan 2011 07:00

    Interesting. So Nigel slid down the roof to the parapet gutter and then deliberately pitched himself head first over the parapet to make it look like an accident. So we are looking at a suicide. The plot thickens. Was Lower Loxley in serious financial trouble that Lizzie didn't know about? Was this an elaborate insurance fraud? Was he really Henry's father? Can't wait to find out.

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  • Comment number 171. Posted by So disappointed

    on 3 Jan 2011 22:45

    This plot was not true to Nigel's character. He was foolhardy when young but all that has quite rightly disappeared over the last decade. And David is also far too sensible to have stayed on the roof and taken the banner down when they both realised it was icy and windy and Elizabeth's warning was correct.

    Shame on you Archers' scriptwriters. This was rubbish. An Eastenders sticking plaster on an otherwise good episode. You need to go back to being true to the characters YOU have skillfully created over the last 60 years. That is the strength of the whole series.

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  • Comment number 170. Posted by Jan

    on 3 Jan 2011 21:56

    I disagree ! I loved the 2 in one episode. When Helen's baby was born, I thought that the big moment had come and gone. But,after Lizzie had said about the wind,when Nigel insisted so much about taking the banner down I could tell that something was brewing. But it wasn't until the last minute that I could see Nigel was actually heading for such a disaster.
    I have not cried for ages about the Archers. But this really brought the tears out. I was still living in hope that,at some point that Nigel was going to get better but on this site that I saw it was not going to be. So I'm still sad.
    Poor Lizzie, poor Nigel and poor little Freddy and Lily.

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  • Comment number 169. Posted by Zabella

    on 3 Jan 2011 20:51

    Not a good result I think you have made a big mistake killing off Nigel some very good storylines re disability have now been lost VW needs a shake whats gone wrong!!!

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  • Comment number 168. Posted by Keith Hart

    on 3 Jan 2011 20:33

    I have to agree with pg1949 and others calling for VW's resignation on two grounds - (1) poorly produced drama (even if one agrees with the plot, it was poorly executed, if you'll pardon my lapse of taste), and (2) poor media relations skills. Deciding to trail the episode was a poor decision and her performance on this nmorning's Today programme showed she is not up to the job. This is thge first tinme I have ever asked anything from Eastenders but please will sonmeone on their poroduction team offer her a job?

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