Friday 10 August 2012, 12:28
Having spent time in South Africa and on the road in the Lake District, our spin-off series Ambridge Extra now visits its furthest-flung destination yet. Between now and the end of the series on 6 September, we follow Kenton and Jolene on their trip to New Zealand.
As well as Kenton and Jolene, we meet:
You can view a photo gallery of cast and studio pictures.
Get on board
Several of the episodes are set on board a sailing yacht. Meriel is increasingly under the influence of her sporty (but non-sailing) step-father Aiden. So Kenton hopes the trip will re-kindle his relationship with his daughter.
I scripted the final six episodes, after taking the baton from my Archers colleague Caroline Harrington. The sea-going scenes were particularly fun to write, as I used to sail quite a bit. I qualified as a Day Skipper, which is rather lowly and way below the Yachtmaster ticket that Kenton, Mel and Lance possess. But I enjoyed applying my knowledge to getting the sailing technicalities as accurate as possible.
Not that you need to know anything about sailing to enjoy the episodes. It's just the background to a rollicking tale in which we learn a considerable amount about Kenton's colourful past Down Under.
You can hear Ambridge Extra on BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2.15pm.
Omnibus edition: Sundays at 11.15am and 7.15pm
(and for night owls on Mondays at 2.15am)
You can also get it on BBC iPlayer, or as a free download (podcast).
Keri Davies is an Archers (and Ambridge Extra) scriptwriter and web producer.
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