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Posted by moominllama (U8498848) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
I will miss Nigel, too. Well played, Graham, over many years, and very best for your future career.
Posted by Sarah (U14287527) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Thanks Graham - have really enjoyed your input over the years. What a shame that your character had to be sacrificed on the altar of SATTC.
Posted by La Sharpissima (U1476061) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Nigel was the best and Graham Seed played him to perfection, the voice could never have been anyone but Nigel even if in looks he was so wrong. MY Nigel was always blond but with that lovely voice.
To have been killed off purely because of a push for ratings was totally wrong and unnecessary and Ms Whitburn should be ashamed of herself.
Posted by acebass (U3133653) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
I hadn't realised until tonight just how much I loved him.
And it is surely a tribute to his acting skills that I just refuse to believe he's actually 60
Posted by eileen mcdavitt (U14739139) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Thank you so much for all the pleasure you have given us over the years. A husband like you is hard to find. All the best for the future. xx
Posted by SussexCornflower InTheFinalCountdown (U13833966) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Well done for starting this thread :
Thank you Graham for the Nigel years - I have really enjoyed your character and acting and am sad that it was decided Nigel had to go.
All the best for the future.
Posted by PSue_Donym (U2373972) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
A well drawn character excellently played - distinctive voice and wonderful vocal characterisations, one of the few characters whose face I could imagine from the tone of voice!
All the best for the future to Graham Seed and thanks for all the fun.
Posted by I love Emmett (U14347802) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Hear, hear... I have enjoyed Nigel's contributions ever since he was Mr Snowy, or the gorilla and courting Shula and Lizzie... such a pity it was his character that is lost. Well acted Graham Seed. Nigel's humour and dizziness will be sorely missed.
Posted by cat_modern (U12813503) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Thanks, Nigel. We'll all miss you. I fear that being liked by the listeners was your undoing in the end. We're all very cross that it ended this way.
Posted by lauriej (U2867197) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Indeed, as others have already said more eloquently, a splendid performance over the years, and will be sorely missed (both the performance, and the role). Good luck for whatever comes next!
Posted by Everything Stops 4 Tea (U3819066) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
I think we should all go and see the play wot Graham Seed's in; wear something appropriately mustardy and stand up and wave and cheer like mad at the curtain call. I really can't believe he was fired .... with 2 months notice, after 27 years. Nice one, VW. (gnot) Nigel Pargetter would never have behaved so badly.
I shall shut up now, before this post gets modded.
Posted by Linda (U14739200) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
I quite agree. I find the new storyline unappealing and an odd celebration of 60 years programming.
Posted by St Stephen (U14737836) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
One of the brighter lights has gone out - a few mins ago as I was reading the boards, I had a lump in my throat that I was hardly expecting! Pretty sad too, if the actor was pushed, as his statement seems to suggest.
A sad day....
Posted by tigermontague (U14326722) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Graham - I am very grateful for the pleasure which you have given us over the years with your charming portrayal of Nigel.
He was one of life's angels. Warm, amiable, thoughtful and great fun, with no hidden agenda and a beautiful speaking voice.
Nigel is a huge loss, because there is no-one else remotely like him in TA and we will miss him so much.
I hope all is well with you and we will have many other opportunities to hear and see you in the future.
Good luck and best wishes
Posted by lantana (U2491053) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Nigel was always delightful, a kind and decent chap. It was a pleasure to listen to him, even banging on about his great-uncle. Such a waste to lose this character.
Good luck, Mr Seed and thanks for NIgel.
Posted by granny-em (U14672671) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Thank you Graham for all the years of happy listening to lovable, loyal, wonderfully upper class dotty Nigel. One of the all too few likeable realistic characters in the Archers.
R.I.P. Nigel, you will be sadly missed by many listeners.
Posted by gunner_paul68 (U11523696) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Just wanted to say how sad I am that Nigel has been axed from The Archers.
I suppose it is a great tribute that only one of the most loved characters in the show as Nigel could provoke such reaction.
I will miss Nigel's wonderful enthusiasm for life. Thanks for some very happy memories
Posted by HaydonBarrow (U7928528) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
And good luck with all you do in the future.
Posted by jedburg (U14316473) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
I couldn't agree more.
Nigel may have been a somewhat improbable character, but he had a warmth and generosity of spirit (excellently portrayed) which managed to lift the programme out of the doldrums on many occasions - and no doubt a few listeners along with it.
To get rid of him is crass and stupid and shows callous disregard for those who actually ENJOY listening to the Archers.
I wish the BBC would start employing producers who understand how to entertain people properly and not these glum killjoys who think that a daily dose of misery is 'real drama'.
But now Nigel is gone and it's time to move on.
I'm thinking of starting casting for 'The Fletchers - An Everyday Story of Country Folk'. Anyone interested?
Graham, you're more than welcome...
Posted by Ellis P Otter (U14239412) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Nigel has always been my favourite character in this programme.
Good luck to Graham Seed.
The writers will have a hard task to find a new character that has a truly good heart as Nigel had. Sadly, I don't think they even want to.
Posted by GleamingHeels (U1475054) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
just echoing everyone else, thank you Graham, I will miss Nigel
Posted by dean volecape (U1477030) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Thanks you Graham,
Nigel was one of the consistently amusing and likeable charcaters - at his best when being torn between those harridans Julia and Lizzie - and I wish he could have continued juggling his many responsibilities with his enjoyment of life and fun for many more decades.
I hope we hear you in many more radio roles in the years ahead.
Posted by Alex Hebden (U1474957) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Many thanks Graham for all the joy you have brought throughout most of my adult life, and thank you for some great acting in bringing to life what must have been a difficult part to play at times.
Your contibutions to the true ethos of TA should not be underestimated, and it is shameful that these were not honoured by giving your character a more dignified and properly thought-out exit.
Posted by Dusty Substances (U1474929) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
You were never more perfect than that time when Caroline's big dog opened that door at Grey Gables. You were right, he was terribly clever. And Graham you were so polite that time in Osterley when my friend and I banged on.
I am surprised by how very appalled and unhappy this had made me. thank you and best wishes, Dx
Posted by Stephanie (U14679826) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
really so sorry that you were "the chosen one" for this totally unnecessary story line. I have greatly enjoyed your character over the years and thoroughly endorse all the praise you have received from others. Best wishes for the future.
Posted by humblelistener (U14738129) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Hear Hear. Graham Seed played the part beautifully and was my favourite character. He never saw the bad in anyone, never judged and never condemned.
Perhaps that's why he had to go, because unfortunately, under Ms. Whitburn's leadership, Ambridge can no longer accommodate a decent, gentle, slightly eccentric soul. There's no place for anyone who isn't a salt-of-the-Earth, gritty, selfish, materialistic grafter.
Yes, he was privilidged and 'posh', but those so what? He wasn't a snob (unlike the unbearable Susan Carter) and was far more than the two-dimensional figure of ridicule which is no doubt how Ms. Whitburn regarded him. Her social agenda is now clear, as is mine.
TA has now become little more than a cheap, cliche-ridden soap with aspirations to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Perhaps Ms. W is labouring under the misapprehension that she is dealing with an Emmerdale audience and that dear, sweet Nigel was one character indulgence too many.
After years of faithful listening, this is where I, along with Nigel, will now make my exit.
Many thanks, Graham for several decades of very fine work; you made all the difference to life in Ambridge and if one such as you is deemed expendable, then is my audience participation.
Posted by Bearhug (U2258283) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
I can't believe you're 60 Graham! You've always sounded so young and silly and Hugh Grant-ish to me.
Lilo, even Hugh's 50 now.
But I agree, I thought of Nigel as my generation, not my parents'.
Posted by anagramladysin (U14258840) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Dear Mr Seed
Thank you so much for *being* such an endearing character in the Archers for so long. You have been part of my life, and millions of others, for a long long time, and you will not be forgotten.
I saw you in "The Skin Game" at a certain fruit-bearing theatrical venue not too long ago and was impressed. Although you were absolutely Nigel, Nigel was not all you are capable of being.
Very best wishes for your future acting career, and heartfelt thanks.
Posted by Bette (U2222559) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
good luck, Graham in your post-Archers career. I will keep very fond memories of your scenes with Julia and Lizzie.
Posted by Cally (U14689300) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Very fine acting all these years - Many many thanks. You'll be sorely missed although I have to admit I was shouting at the radio the day Nigel organised that evening with the harpist! And now it's exactly the kind of thing I'll miss!
Posted by Poplarview (U14739222) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
May I add my best wishes too, you have given so many years of pleasurable listening. And I loved all the green enthusiasms, the wood turning, allotments, falcons, vineyard I could go on.
Good luck in the future.
Posted by Peter Gee (U14738769) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
I have always enjoyed your character immensley. You played Nigel with a great zest and zeal for many years, the character had so much more to offer the programme.
You made a great and necessary contrast to the agricultural farming types and the scheming business types in Ambridge. Thank you. I hope you arise Phoenix like out of the ashes and enjoy a new role elsewhere in the arts.
You was robbed!
Posted by happytalk (U14739187) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Nigel you will be missed
Posted by Lady Trudie Tilney Glorfindel Maldini (U2222312) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
'Ambridge will be poorer without you'
How true. A lovely, life-enhancing character, not easily replaced. Thanks, Graham - so sorry it had to be you.
Posted by Fee (U3534148) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Yes, it's very hard to think of TA without Nigel. We could have lost many other characters with far less sadness (but I suppose that was the point - although an odd way to celebrate something). Best wishes for the future - I hope it opens the way for other good opportunities.
Posted by whenIrememberArcherslistener (U14730904) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
I miss him already saying "oh Lizzie". One of the nicer characters.
Posted by Digitalis lividus et niger (U8605497) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Dear dear Nigel, I'm so sorry you had to go. Why not join this board? I'm sure we can think of a suitable name-of-feather!
Posted by Peggoi (U2316338) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
I remember a few years ago there was an Ambridge Garden Party at Osterley Park in West London. Graham and I sat drinking a pint of Shires (one each, not one glass and two straws) and having a chat. What a nice chap!
Posted by Parish Spinster (U2256426) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Nigel will be missed....
I don't suppose you fancy haunting LL? He'd be a lovely ghost!
Many thanks - Nigel was one of the most likeable inhavitants of Ambridge, even if there was the occasional need to kick him!
Posted by zooeyglass (U14273153) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Hope 2011 holds great things for you. I will miss Nigel and his sweet natured innocence.
Posted by Jane (U1484860) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Many thanks for all the years you've been Nigel in The Archers; you 'got' his character and played him with a light but highly professional touch. I always liked the way his love for Lizzie and his family was portrayed and that he maitained his sense of humour and fun as he aged and gained responsiblilites.
I am sorry that this departure was not of your choise; as a long term listener it is not a story line I would have championed.
I wish you every success and enjoyment in whatever comes your way now. both personally and professionally. You will be sorely missed in The Archers.
With best wishes and thanks
Posted by Betsi clwc clwc (U11288289) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Why Nigel? He will be sorely missed.
Can't he come back in the shower or something?
Thank you Graham you didn't deserve this and will be missed in our house.
A tear as Mr Snowy exits....
Posted by Organoleptic Icon (U11219171) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
In reply to politebirder:
It is clear from Graham's message that it was VW who decided to kill him off.
What message is that?
Posted by Kate McLaren etc (U2202067) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
And I remember Britannicus, too...
I hope that you *wanted* to leave, because getting rid of Nigel (of ALL people) if you didn't would have been even more poxy than it was anyway.
All the very best and thanks for all the gorillas.
Posted by Bearhug (U2258283) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
What message is that?
See msg 84.
Posted by fieldplace (U2485713) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Thank you Graham, just sorry the manner of your departure didn't do justice to your years of service
All this user's posts have been removed. Why?
Posted by mutebuttondelight (U3517782) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Here you go Organoleptic Icon..
Posted by Once-a-Ginge (U1486077) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
Thanks Graham. I've been a fan of Nigel since he first appeared. I'll miss him (and you).
Posted by soobeesomewhere_or_other_soon (U14156736) on Monday, 3rd January 2011
I loved your acting, Graham. Nigel was a lovely (sometimes irritating) contrast to other characters. So very sorry to lose you.
Kindest regards and best wishes,
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