The ArchersAuthor: BBC Radio 4
14 Nov 2018

The Archers

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Contemporary drama in a rural setting

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    13/11/2018

    Emotions run high on Peggy's birthday and Neil is not impressed

  • Posted on 13 Nov 2018

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    12/11/2018

    Shula’s keen to check how Oliver’s getting on with the organisation of the Hunt Ball. Oliver’s happy with it; it’s not the first one he’s done, and it’s giving him something to do. Later at the karate class Emma and Shula agree it’s unfair of Damara to go back on their promise and reduce the number of affordable homes at the Beechwood development. It’s good of Jill to speak up at the upcoming council meeting, but Emma’s not hopeful. They remark on the absence of Helen at the class. Emma explains Henry’s run in with Lee, and how upset Henry was. They hope Helen will come back to the class. Meanwhile Emma does her best to encourage Lee to buy his organic produce from Bridge Farm… Roy’s concerned about Lexi’s mood. He tells Adam she’s declined a job opportunity he’d lined up for her at Grey Gables, and she seems very up and down. They hope it’s just that she’s missing Bulgaria. But having shared his concerns with Ian later, Adam admits they’re both worried Lexi may have changed her mind about the surrogacy. Roy reassures him. Lexi knows how much this baby means to Adam and Ian; she won’t let them down.

  • Posted on 12 Nov 2018

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    11/11/2018

    Johnny’s trying to keep up with the intricacies of Hannah and Tom’s relationship. He learns that Hannah isn’t going to the Nuffield presentation, but Natasha is, and that Natasha’s split up with her boyfriend. Good news for Tom, comments Hannah. She’s fine with it. Justin’s found out Duncan’s left Berrow. Hannah explains he didn’t take to the new weekend shift pattern, and she tore him off a strip, so he quit. It’s no loss as far as Hannah’s concerned; though she points out that Neil probably would have given Duncan a second chance. She’s relieved when Justin declares he agrees with her stance. Buoyed up, she makes another suggestion to improve efficiency in Neil’s absence, and Justin approves it. Later on in the pub her cheery mood continues as she gets an invitation to a date with a new man. At the wreath laying ceremony on the village green, Peggy’s glad to note the good turnout. The bells sound magnificent with Christopher at the helm. Peggy confides that Christine still feels too nervous to leave The Laurels. Peggy’s worried about it and doesn’t know what to do. Lilian suggests moving Peggy’s birthday party to the Lodge, so that Chris can see the changes that have been made for her. It might encourage her to come home. But Peggy’s not sure it’ll work.

  • Posted on 11 Nov 2018

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    09/11/2018

    Hannah wonders if the offer is still open to come to Tom’s Nuffield presentation. But things have moved on with Natasha, and Tom doesn’t want her to get the wrong idea. Tom asks if she fancies and night in. Hannah pretends to have plans. Joe has applied to work in The Bull. Unfortunately, Jolene found his CV totally illegible. Roy wonders if Lexi is okay. Things haven’t been right between them since she got back. Lexi insists she’s just adjusting, and missing the girls. Roy is a lovely man – it’s not his fault. Elizabeth confronts Geraldine about the article in The Echo. She blames Geraldine for booking the actors without checking the nature of their performance. Geraldine tries to be conciliatory, reminding Elizabeth of the last-minute nature of the booking. Elizabeth accuses her of neglecting her duty. Later, Elizabeth organises an interview on Radio Borsetshire. Geraldine advises her that this would be unwise, but Elizabeth orders her to apologise on air. Geraldine reaches the end of her tether. She resigns, saying she’ll take the overtime she is owed in lieu of notice. Later, Elizabeth apologises, and begs her to reconsider. But Geraldine has made up her mind. She’s loved working here, but it’s time to move on. Elizabeth doesn’t know how she’ll manage without Geraldine.

  • Posted on 09 Nov 2018

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    08/11/2018

    Emma is pleased to find her scathing criticism of Lower Loxley’s Halloween quoted in The Echo. She notices that Neil is still looking for his phone, and takes pity on him. Neil can’t understand how it ended up in the tea towel drawer. When he turns it on he finds messages from Duncan saying he’s fallen out with Hannah and resigned. Susan is exasperated, insisting that this is Hannah’s problem. Neil attempts to go to bell ringing practice, but he can barely stand. Susan insists that it’s time for Christopher to take over preparations for remembrance Sunday. Emma has to tell Lee that Henry probably won’t be coming back to karate. Lee worries that he overstepped the mark when he told Henry off last week. He asks Emma to let Helen know that he’s sorry if he offended her. Shula rushes to Lower Loxley to warn Elizabeth about the article in The Echo. It mentions Freddie’s conviction, and the loss of the alcohol license. But Elizabeth is more interested in asking about Shula’s visit to the prison. Shula forces her to read the article. Elizabeth has to face up to the terrible publicity. She decides that this is all Geraldine’s fault.

  • Posted on 08 Nov 2018

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