The Archers

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The Archers is a British radio soap opera on BBC Radio 4—the BBC's main spoken-word channel—broadcast since 1951.wikipedia
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The Archers is a British radio soap opera on BBC Radio 4—the BBC's main spoken-word channel—broadcast since 1951.
BBC Radio's The Archers, first broadcast in 1950, is the world's longest-running radio soap opera; the world's longest-running television soap opera is Coronation Street, first broadcast on ITV in 1960.

BBC Radio 4

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The Archers is a British radio soap opera on BBC Radio 4—the BBC's main spoken-word channel—broadcast since 1951. Since 1 January 1951, five 15-minute episodes (since 1998, six 12½-minute episodes) have been transmitted each week, at first on the BBC Light Programme and subsequently on the BBC Home Service (now Radio 4).
repeats from the Radio 4 archive, extended versions of Radio 4 programmes and supplements to series such as The Archers and Desert Island Discs.

Borsetshire

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The Archers is set in the fictional village of Ambridge in the fictional county of Borsetshire, in England. The county town of Borsetshire is Borchester, and the nearest big city is the cathedral city of Felpersham.
Borsetshire is a fictional county in the BBC Radio 4 series The Archers.

Inkberrow

Possibly based on the village of Cutnall Green, various other villages claim to be the inspiration for Ambridge; The Bull, Ambridge's pub, is modelled on The Old Bull in Inkberrow, whereas Hanbury's St Mary the Virgin is often used as a stand-in for Ambridge's parish church, St Stephen's.
Inkberrow is a village in Worcestershire, England, often thought to be the model for Ambridge, the setting of BBC Radio 4's long-running series The Archers.

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A significant show in British popular culture, and with over five million listeners, it is Radio 4's most listened-to non-news programme, and with over one million listeners via the internet, the programme holds the record for BBC Radio online listening figures.
BBC Radio 4, a varied talk station, is noted for its news, current affairs, drama and comedy output as well as The Archers, its long running soap opera, and other unique programmes, including Desert Island Discs (1942–present), an interview programme in which a famous guest (called a "castaway") chooses eight pieces of music, a book and a luxury item that they would take with them to a desert island.

List of The Archers characters

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This is a list of many of the characters from the long-running British radio soap The Archers.

Borchester

The county town of Borsetshire is Borchester, and the nearest big city is the cathedral city of Felpersham.
Borchester is a fictional town in the BBC Radio 4 radio series The Archers.

Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones played Emma Carter from the age of 15 but after a period of studying at Wadham College, Oxford, she gave up the role to move into television and cinema.
On radio, she has played the role of Emma Grundy in the BBC's The Archers.

Tamsin Greig

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Tamsin Greig plays Debbie Aldridge and has appeared on many television series such as Green Wing, Love Soup, Black Books and Episodes, so Debbie manages a farm in Hungary and her visits to Ambridge are infrequent.
Other roles include Alice Chenery in BBC One's comedy drama Love Soup, Debbie Aldridge in BBC Radio 4's soap opera The Archers, Miss Bates in the 2009 BBC version of Jane Austen's Emma, and Beth Hardiment in the 2010 film version of Tamara Drewe.

Omnibus (broadcast)

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The six episodes are re-run unabridged in the Sunday morning omnibus at 10:00.
* The Archers

Sean O'Connor (producer)

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Vanessa Whitburn was succeeded as editor by Sean O'Connor in September 2013.
He was the editor of the long-running BBC radio drama, The Archers from 2013-16.

Godfrey Baseley

It was created by Godfrey Baseley and was broadcast to the English Midlands in the Regional Home Service, as 'a farming Dick Barton'.
Cyril Godfrey Baseley (2 October 1904 – 2 February 1997), credited as Godfrey Basely, was a BBC radio executive famous for being the creator of the soap opera, The Archers.

Dick Barton

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It was created by Godfrey Baseley and was broadcast to the English Midlands in the Regional Home Service, as 'a farming Dick Barton'.
Beginning in 1948, the Hammer film company made three Dick Barton films and, long after the radio series had been replaced by The Archers, Southern Television made a television version in 1979.

BBC Light Programme

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Since 1 January 1951, five 15-minute episodes (since 1998, six 12½-minute episodes) have been transmitted each week, at first on the BBC Light Programme and subsequently on the BBC Home Service (now Radio 4).
The long-running soap opera The Archers was first heard nationally on the Light Programme, on 1 January 1951, although a week-long pilot version had been broadcast on the Midlands Home Service in 1950.

BBC Radio

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A significant show in British popular culture, and with over five million listeners, it is Radio 4's most listened-to non-news programme, and with over one million listeners via the internet, the programme holds the record for BBC Radio online listening figures.

Norman Painting

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The actor Norman Painting played Phil Archer continuously from the first trial series in 1950 until his death on 29 October 2009.
He played Phil Archer in the BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers from the pilot episodes aired on the BBC Midlands Home Service in summer 1950, after the series went national on the Light Programme on 1 January 1951, until his death in 2009, when he was the longest-serving member of the cast.

History of ITV

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It was certainly planned some months in advance, but it may well be that the actual date of the death was changed during the scriptwriting stage to coincide with the launch of Associated-Rediffusion.
On the first night of telecasts, the BBC, who had held the monopoly on broadcasting in Britain, aired a melodramatic episode of their popular radio soap opera The Archers on the BBC Home Service.

Oxford Farming Conference

Real-life events which can be readily predicted in advance are often written into the script, such as the annual Oxford Farming Conference and the FIFA World Cup.
The OFC has been mentioned in the long-running BBC Radio 4 series, The Archers.

Ysanne Churchman

On the 50th anniversary of ITV's launch, Ysanne Churchman, who played Grace, sent them a congratulatory card signed "Grace Archer".
She gained attention as Grace Archer in the long-running BBC radio drama series The Archers, when Grace died after a fire on the night when ITV launched in 1955.

EastEnders

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Whitburn took service leave from March to July 2012, when John Yorke, a former executive producer of EastEnders, was the acting editor.
Sean O'Connor, former EastEnders series story producer and then-editor on radio soap opera The Archers, was announced to be taking over the role.

Rachel's Organic

In the mid-1980s, after a scriptwriter for BBC Radio 4 visited Brynllys, it inspired a storyline in The Archers when Pat and Tony Archer “went organic” at Bridge Farm.

The Killing of Sister George

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This controversy has been parodied twice: in "The Bowmans", an episode of the television comedy programme Hancock, and in the play The Killing of Sister George and its 1968 film adaptation.
The story is usually regarded as a parody of the killing of Grace Archer in The Archers (an episode much better known at the time the play was written than it would be in the 21st century).

Edward J. Mason

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The original scriptwriters were Geoffrey Webb and Edward J. Mason, who were also working on the nightly thriller series about the special agent Dick Barton.
The BBC replaced Dick Barton with The Archers.

General store

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Prominent examples are the village shop in Ambridge, the fictional village in the BBC Radio 4 series, The Archers, (1950–present day).

Judi Dench

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In 1989, she was cast as Pru Forrest, the long-time silent wife of Tom Forrest, in the BBC soap opera The Archers on its 10,000th edition.