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13 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 05 April 2013

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.

  • Ask Tom - Live Q&A

    Tom Graham aka Tom Archer is here live after Friday night's episode answering questions.


Kim Greengrass
Vanessa Whitburn
Jill Archer
Patricia Greene
David Archer
Timothy Bentinck
Ruth Archer
Felicity Finch
Pip Archer
Helen Monks
Josh Archer
Cian Cheesbrough
Ben Archer
Thomas Lester
Elizabeth Pargetter
Alison Dowling
Tony Archer
Colin Skipp
Pat Archer
Patricia Gallimore
Helen Archer
Louiza Patikas
Tom Archer
Tom Graham
Jennifer Aldridge
Angela Piper
Lilian Bellamy
Sunny Ormonde
Peggy Woolley
June Spencer
Kathy Perks
Hedli Niklaus
Clarrie Grundy
Heather Bell
Nic Grundy
Becky Wright
Emma Grundy
Emerald O'Hanrahan
Alice Carter
Hollie Chapman
Roy Tucker
Ian Pepperell
Brenda Tucker
Amy Shindler
Paul Morgan
Michael Fenton Stevens
Celia Redwood
Anita 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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