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Brenda needs to talk to Tom, and it can't wait. When she tells him that she's calling off their engagement, Tom can't believe it. He'll do whatever it takes. He knows he goes on about the business but he'll change. Brenda knows in her heart that their relationship isn't working, and drops the bombshell that she never wants to have children. She's realised how important that is to Tom, and she can't deny him that. It's breaking her heart to see him so upset but her mind is made up.

Tony's thought about Tom's proposal long and hard, and thinks they should go with it. Pat still can't face the thought of letting the herd go. But eventually Tony convinces her that if they make a radical decision now, they can steer Tom through it. There's no point waiting until they're both too old to care.

They find Tom to tell him the news. Pat admits that having made the decision, she feels lighter. But they don't get the reaction they expect from Tom. Pat assumes he needs time to take it in, and they leave him to it. As they head off, Tom quietly starts to cry.

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13 minutes

Last on

Fri 5 Apr 2013 19:00


Role Contributor
DirectorKim Greengrass
ProducerVanessa Whitburn
Jill ArcherPatricia Greene
David ArcherTim Bentinck
Ruth ArcherFelicity Finch
Pip ArcherHelen Monks
Josh ArcherCian Cheesbrough
Ben ArcherThomas Lester
Elizabeth PargetterAlison Dowling
Tony ArcherColin Skipp
Pat ArcherPatricia Gallimore
Helen ArcherLouiza Patikas
Tom ArcherTom Graham
Jennifer AldridgeAngela Piper
Lilian BellamySunny Ormonde
Peggy WoolleyJune Spencer
Kathy PerksHedli Niklaus
Clarrie GrundyHeather Bell
Nic GrundyBecky Wright
Emma GrundyEmerald O'Hanrahan
Alice CarterHollie Chapman
Roy TuckerIan Pepperell
Brenda TuckerAmy Shindler
Paul MorganMichael Fenton Stevens
Celia RedwoodAnita Dobson

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On Friday evening 5 April we had a live Q&A with Tom Graham (aka Tom Archer). Tom answered questions via email, Twitter and Facebook. Here are Tom's answer to as many of your questions that he had time to answer. Thanks for joining us.

  • 5 Apr 2013 20:21:06

    That's it from Tom. Thanks for all your great questions and comments. You can catch up with Friday's episode, follow Tom and Brenda's story and relive their best bits. Thanks again for listening.

  • 5 Apr 2013 20:13:40

    "D'you think he'd say yes if I asked him to marry me?"

  • 5 Apr 2013 20:10:56

    "If Rich showed an interest in the farm, do you think Tom would assassinate him?"#AskTom

  • 5 Apr 2013 20:08:50

    "How far in advance do you record the Archers?" from Lucie Melen on Facebook

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