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60th anniversary activity

Keri Davies Keri Davies | 12:23 PM, Friday, 31 December 2010

David Archer (Timothy Bentinck) with a tractor

As you might expect, there's a lot happening to mark the 60th anniversary of The Archers, with plenty of ways for you to get involved. Here's a round-up:

Audio slideshow
The first 60 years, in sound and pictures. Rich with archive audio and photos.

The Politics of Ambridge
In a two-part series on BBC Radio 4, Author Michael Dobbs (House of Cards) explores British politics through the prism of Ambridge. Features interviews with leading politicians, Archers actors and production team members.
Saturday 1 Jan and Saturday 8 Jan at 10.30am

The Archers at Sixty, on BBC Radio 7
Between The Archers Omnibus and our special double length episode (see below), our sister station will be broadcasting a special selection of classic episodes and omnibus editions.

Timothy Bentinck (David Archer) introduces some of the most memorable moments, with added insights from other cast members.
Sunday 2 Jan from 11.15am

Live chat on this blog
All day on Sunday 2 Jan we'll be running live coverage of listener activity on The Archers message board, Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere.

Anniversary episode
A special 30-minute episode, with big events promised - and much speculated about.
Sunday 2 Jan 7.00pm

Live 'Tweetalongs'
Respond to the anniversary episode and its follow-up on Twitter (or The Archers message board). We'll be collating the comments and displaying them graphically on this website. Archers editor Vanessa Whitburn will be also be taking part.

If you're using Twitter, include the phrase #thearchers so we can detect the tweet.
Full details of how to use Twitter.

Please comment at any time, but the graphic will be live on Sunday 2 Jan 7.00 - 7.45pm and Monday 3 Jan 7.00 - 7.30pm, with an archive version available afterwards.

Farming Today
A special edition of Farming Today examines how The Archers has reflected the changing face of farming over its 60 years.
Monday 3 January 5.45am

Share your Archers memories
What is your favourite Archers moment? Favourite character? Memory of listening to the programme? Share your memories on our special page.

If you'd like a reminder, browse past storylines with our specially-writtern Six Diamond Decades articles.

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer.

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  • Comment number 1.

    That was grisly. Not the terrifying accident to Nigel - the grimly instant reconciliation between Helen and Tony. Was there really a need to dwell quite so much on that?


  • Comment number 2.

    omg, what an ep. very touching with helen and tony. poor nigel. lizzie will never foergive David. The archers will be torn apart. Bye nigel. shame to get rid of a lovely kind decent character, will be sadly missed.

  • Comment number 3.

    So. they led us right up the cart track with this one - Nigel goes out in a blaze of glory - but what of David? tomorrow's episode cannot come quick enough for me!

  • Comment number 4.

    I was really very disappointed with the 60th anniversary programme. So much could have been done, getting rid of whingeing Helen for example and leaving Pat & Tony with the baby, getting Fallon & Harry together leaving Jazzer to do something foolish etc etc. Disposing of Nigel, a much loved and amusing member beggars belief, so much so that I feel my loyalty to the programme ebbing after about 40 years of listening.
    Very sad

  • Comment number 5.

    I have listened to the Archers as long as I can remember. I have,without fail, really enjoyed every episode. The 60th aniversary episode was sad, and unexpected with the demise of Nigel. It is a shame that he was the one to die. I can think of a few other characters who have long outlived their appeal. Helen Archer is one of them. She does nothing but moan, and its all me, me, me, with her. Somebody please do something about it. Can't help getting involved, even though I know its only a soap institution....Can't wait for the omnibus edition on Sunday, it helps the soup making and baking!


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