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    Posted by Poster Formerly Known As (U14270464) on Sunday, 21st October 2012

    Is it unusual to have an episode of the Archers that does not have a 'real time' script, that ostensibly occurs on the same day as the first broadcast? On Friday, we picked up exactly where we left off on Thursday, with Brian and Jenny having dinner and Lilian waiting at the hospital. I remember there was some discussion with the barn-burning episode that although the story was a straight continuation the next day, it was probably after midnight so technically the next day.

    I have a vague feeling that some Sunday episodes are actually set on the Saturday. Is there a policy on this?

    It just struck me as odd when listening on Friday evening.

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    Posted by Chris Ghoti (U10794176) on Sunday, 21st October 2012

    It has not happened before this year that *I* have noticed, and this year the fire at Brookfield went on for two days. Someone else has told me it happened once before that as well, which meansit is not appropriate to assume, as I did, that it was because since they started not to try to keep to real time for Ambridge Extra they have ceased to be able to do what was managed for the fifty-nine years before Ambridge Extra was invented.

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    Posted by Poster Formerly Known As (U14270464) on Monday, 22nd October 2012

    I'm surprised there wasn't more comment on the board about this. It struck me as unusual immediately, but maybe it's just not an issue for other listeners.

    Tayler - can you ask the prod team about whether this has happened before or this is a first (excluding the barn-burning episode, as there is an arguement that it was technically spread over two days)?

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    Posted by Reggie Trentham (U2746099) on Monday, 22nd October 2012

    I think it used to be a fairly common thing, especially and inevitably when Friday cliff hangers were the order of the day. Can't think of any specific examples though.

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    Posted by Chris Ghoti (U10794176) on Monday, 22nd October 2012

    I am reasonably certain that it was never a usual thing, Reggie. I cannot remember a single instance before this year. There would be a climax about will it won't it happen or have happened, and then the following day you found out whether it had or it hadn't, but not that it was or it wasn't still in suspense or happening, unless it was something which went on over several days anyway like Will going missing or other continuing stories rather than single events.

    As you say, you have the impression but can't think of examples; I think that indicates that it was well-done at that time if it was done at all. This recent example seems to me to be ill-done because it was noticeable as wrong in real time, has been noticed and will be remembered.

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    Posted by Tayler Cresswell (U14232848) on Monday, 22nd October 2012

    Tayler - can you ask the prod team about whether this has happened before or this is a first (excluding the barn-burning episode, as there is an arguement that it was technically spread over two days)? 

    Hi Poster Formerly Known As

    I'll ask for you - I don't think it's a regular occurrence. Saturdays are not usually not covered in Ambridge but I think we recently had Adam waking up in a hotel room with Pawel on a Saturday morning (broadcast on Sunday).

    I also *think* that the night of Nigel's fall occurred over 2 episodes.

    Will post back when I have more information,

    Tayler

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    Posted by Poster Formerly Known As (U14270464) on Monday, 22nd October 2012

    Many thanks, Tayler.

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    Posted by Poster Formerly Known As (U14270464) on Monday, 22nd October 2012

    It would be interesting to know why they chose to do this as well, from an artistic point-of-view. I can understand it with the barn-burning and Nigel falling off the roof - they were intense story lines. But these two episodes were less so.

    Did the Nigel de-roofing episode pick-up at exactly the point where it left off? I can't remember.

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    Posted by Chris Ghoti (U10794176) on Monday, 22nd October 2012

    Ms Tayler, I can absolutely promise you that Nigel fell off the roof on the night of Sunday 2nd January 2011 at the very end of the episode (aaaaaaaaaaaaaaetcaah) and we learnt that he had been killed by the fall because Shula was telling people it hasd happened the following morning, when we listened in the evening of 3rd.

    You're right about Pawel and Adam, and that was the third occasion. Thank you. From the listener point of view they spent two nights and a day in that hotel.

    (I am absolutely sure that it is rare, and I am absolutely sure that it is slipshod.)

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    Posted by Tayler Cresswell (U14232848) on Monday, 22nd October 2012

    Hi Chris

    Yes, seems I was wrong about Nigel - probably because it was a double episode.

    Why do you say it's slipshod btw? Surely more of a dramatic device, no?

    Tayler

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    Posted by Chris Ghoti (U10794176) on Monday, 22nd October 2012

    Hi Chris

    Yes, seems I was wrong about Nigel - probably because it was a double episode.

    Why do you say it's slipshod btw? Surely more of a dramatic device, no?

    Tayler 
    Ms Tayler, I describe it thus because for fifty-nine years The Archers happened at the same pace as Real Life (OMT) and this was one of its charms. Now quite suddenly it might as well be any old afternoon play as far as sticking to the same time as the rest of us goes. That is a failure to understand one of the basic things about the programme; hence, slipshod, using the definition lax or careless.

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    Posted by Peggy Monahan (U2254875) on Tuesday, 23rd October 2012

    Ms Tayler, I describe it thus because for fifty-nine years The Archers happened at the same pace as Real Life (OMT) and this was one of its charms. Now quite suddenly it might as well be any old afternoon play as far as sticking to the same time as the rest of us goes. That is a failure to understand one of the basic things about the programme; hence, slipshod, using the definition lax or careless. 

    It didn't - of course it didn't. Life in Ambridge was not squashed into 15 minutes a day.

    I too have listened to the Archers all my life and I have really no problem with some stories carrying on. In general it follows the shape of the weekn (did we never get any "live" coverage of the weekend prior to 1998?). As long as dramatically it holds together it's fine by me.

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