There is a new arrival in Ambridge on Thursday 3 June
as Sam Batton - the newly appointed herdsman employed by David and Ruth
Archer - arrives at Brookfield.
Sam, played by Robin Pirongs, made
his first appearance in The Archers on Tuesday 25 May when he was one
of the candidates interviewed for the job at Brookfield. Now
he's back to take up his post.
Robin grew up in Devon, where he still runs the family
business, but now lives on a narrow boat and consequently moves around.
He says: "I love Radio 4 and was actually listening
to The Archers when I got the call from my agent telling me I'd got
the role of Sam!
"The wonderful thing about working on the programme
is that I can combine the family business with my acting."
Robin trained at the Rose Bruford College of Speech
and Drama in South East London and has worked in theatres around the
country including Birmingham Repertory Theatre, where he recently appeared
His TV work includes BBC TWO's The Real McCoy. Robin
says: "It was a very strange experience as the comedy sketch I
was in meant that I had to be held in a head lock - by Lennox Lewis!"
Robin recorded his first Archers scenes in April and
says he was predictably a little anxious beforehand: "The Archers
is a long established show and I was nervous before I went in to record
my first scenes, but everyone on the team is very friendly."
But he says the one thing that wasn't completely alien
to him was the studio where The Archers is recorded:
"I'd been in the studio before because The Archers
shares the studio with Radio Drama in Birmingham, and in the last 18
months I've recorded The Last Country House (about the building of Castle
Drogo in Devon) and Death Of A Village (a play about the destruction
of Hallsands village in South Devon) both for BBC Radio 4."