A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
Susan puts her foot in it and Ed prepares for battle
Ben doesn’t think much of Radio Borsetshire’s competition to find a new DJ to present from home. He really hopes it’s not his dad. He’s typing up Jill’s hand-written notes of her wartime memories to submit to the radio station. Ruairi is doing the same for Peggy.
Emma makes cakes in an empty Tearoom for the village shop and the Bridge Farm shop. Emma’s finding it hard to keep Keira and George both cheerful and doing their school work. She doesn’t want George to miss out on the chances that she did when at school. Meanwhile, Ed’s preoccupied with a shearing bet he has with Jazzer.
Ben wonders what the future holds for him as the coronavirus lockdown has meant he hasn’t done his A-Levels. He was hoping to do very little but is sent on an egg delivery mission to Emma. On his way home he reads Jill’s notes about living through the Second World War. Ben muses on Jill’s childhood and what it must have been like to lose both parents and then go to live with Daphne and her family.
Emma gets a text from Helen about a VE Day school project Henry and Keira’s class are meant to be doing. It’s the first Emma’s heard of it and she worries how she’ll manage. Helen in comparison seems to do so well with two kids and running her own business. Emma always feels two steps behind. Then, Emma gets a text from Susan saying “Hi Emma, you’ll never guess what I’ve just won!”
Josh has hesitated before telling his dad he won’t be taking the offer at Home Farm, or getting the spraying licence. He wasn’t sure he’d understand. He doesn’t want to be a hired hand for the rest of his life. At least he neatly fulfilled his task to get the harvester mended, courtesy of his contact Miserable Mick. And telling David about his decision was so much easier after that – even if he did have to put up with his dreadful taste in music, and his bad guitar playing. No, ‘Disco Dave’ can prance around all he likes as long as Josh can expand his egg business. It was great to find out about the history of his name: the initials JM coming out of his baby name ‘Junior Me’. So he is kind of named for his dad, after all.
David’s happy about the silage. He marvels at how Josh managed to get the forage harvester mended. He doesn’t know how his son does it. He observes Josh is an odd mix: cocky but only up to a point. He’s relieved Josh didn’t laugh at his guitar playing. He feels Josh’s plans for upsizing the egg business make sense. Even though Josh gives him a lot of headaches, just as he must have done to his own father, it doesn’t stop him praying his children’s dreams will come true.
Josh has some decisions to make. Who to vote for in the cricket captaincy battle? Tracy’s great fun, and Harrison might be well organised and up for picking him for the team, but his style is boring and predictable. Josh knows who his dad would favour. At least the discussion had got them off the topic of the forage harvester. As he drills linseed, Josh wonders whether he should consider getting the spraying certificates Brian’s recommending. He’ll get more work from Adam; his dad thinks it’s a no brainer. But does he really want to be known just as an agricultural contractor. The lure of ‘rural entrepreneur’ could be a little stronger. This could be the best time to start a business…
Tracy’s canvassing like crazy right up to the closure of the captaincy vote. Her killer blow is that she’s secured team sponsorship from Vince Casey. All he wants in return is his logo on the kit. Hopeful of persuading several of the team, her last call, to Chris Carter, proves one too far, and he pledges his support for Harrison.
Harrison discovers Tracy’s hardline campaign tactics from Jolene. He ups his game and makes some calls. But it’s to no avail, and he loses by one vote. Probably his mum in law Jolene. Ah well. Tracy doesn’t know what she’s let herself in for. He raises a glass to her, wishing her luck. She’s going to need it.
Tracy’s making a video – Brad reckons she should call it a vlog, but she doesn’t want to look a prat does she? Not when she’s delivering the first of ‘Tracy’s team talks’. Congratulating herself on her part in Emma and Ed’s reunion, Tracy feels it’s this sort of straight talking that the cricket team needs at its helm. They need to be practising in their gardens and discussing tactics until they can play together again. And nice guys don’t get you to the top of the league. They need her as their captain, not Harrison. She launches her campaign manifesto.
Harrison reads it with horror. It’s clearly a cut and paste job, and full of well used quotes, but Tracy’s getting some good responses to her campaign. Five members are supporting her nomination. He needs to do something. Tracy’s a gutsy player but she’s not skipper material. He begins work on a statement of his own, but has trouble striking the right tone. Eventually he’s happy with his work, and posts his counter attack.
David’s at the top of Lakey Hill, clearing his head. As he looks down on Ambridge he observes how life in the village has changed in recent times. Brookfield’s new business with their barn venue has gone on hold. Both Kirsty and Philip’s engagement party and Stephanie Casey’s wedding have been postponed. While a lot of things have changed, the larks and the ewes still provide their bucolic backdrop. He tries not to stress about getting the silage in; the forage harvester broke while Josh was driving it. He compares his relationship with Josh to that between him and his own dad, Phil. David finds Josh the hardest of his three kids to read – Pip’s getting on and keeping busy on the farm, Ben’s keen to get to university and is never much bother. But Josh… just as he gets your hopes up, he lets you down again. More prosaically, David agonises over tonight’s lasagne.
While he collects a good haul of eggs from his hens, Josh puts his side of the argument. Josh is adamant the forage harvester’s malfunction wasn’t his fault. It just went kaput while he was driving it. He appreciates how his parents dealt with his arrest but he feels like they treat him differently from Pip and Ben. He can see family links with both of their names but none with his own, Joshua Matthew. Josh is emboldened after an offer of more work from Adam. He can’t wait to tell his dad – though he saves this news for now. He’s just happy someone has confidence in him.
David vows to keep battling on, and see if he can get anywhere with his son this week.
Maintaining a solid link to home.
Having left the UK for Europe, 20 years ago, listening daily to the Archers, maintains my link to home, and reminds me of the many good things l left behind. For all of my adult life, the Archers, have always been there, and l hope will always be.
Have listened in every day for years. Hopefully Brexit will not effect my affection for the British way of life!
Greetings from Luebeck in northern Germany to all you other Archer fans.
Living in Ambridge since ten years
I totally enjoy my everyday report from my friends in Ambridge. Please BBC do not exit this podcast from Europe. Pretty please.