A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
Brian finds Adam injured and calls an ambulance. It seems he didn’t put the handbrake on the Land Rover and it rolled over his foot – he needs surgery on his ankle and had badly twisted his knee. It’s crucial harvest time – Brian can do the combining but wonders who he can call on to pick up the rest of the slack.
Emma and Fallon are busy with baking orders. As they work they discuss the Flower and Produce Show committee meeting – Emma’s first as chairperson. The committee voted in favour of her proposal to have a virtual show but they seemed to like Fallon’s idea of how to do it more than Emma’s. Emma doesn’t want people to know her for begging for money to save her Beechwood house dream but instead see her as a useful person doing things to bring the village together.
Fallon looks at the Tearoom’s figures which aren’t great. She wishes she could use the winnings from the scratchcard Harrison found. Later, Fallon’s shocked to hear from Helen that the Tearoom may not have a rent reduction for much longer. Natasha was also at their meeting and Fallon doesn’t appreciate her input on the Tearoom business. Fallon reminds herself to be more like Harrison and see the best in Natasha – she’s going to draw up a plan to help the Tearoom.
Going by how he felt when she arrived, Harrison never thought he’d be sorry to see Daisy go home. He thinks Fallon’s been brilliant with accommodating Daisy. Harrison’s now looking forward to a rest but Fallon has invited Joy over for a cup of tea. Fallon’s parceled up a panda that Daisy took a shine to during her stay. When Harrison searches for his wallet to post it, he finds a scratch card that Daisy found.
Tony needs to get the Flying Scotsman model train off Henry after Pat let him take it to his room. He finally hears from Johnny that he doesn’t want the train set. Tony wishes he’d set it up permanently somewhere during John’s childhood. Henry and Jack weren’t keen on it after all so Tony sets it up in his workshop. He looks forward to expanding it now it’s working with a new transformer.
After Joy’s visit, Harrison wants to set a romantic mood for him and Fallon but then Joy rings. The man who took away her rubbish that was then fly-tipped is back. Harrison can hear how intimidating he’s being so heads round there. Outside Joy’s house, Harrison watches Tim Oatey being arrested for number plates not matching his vehicle. The police will pass Tim’s details onto the Environment Agency which is looking at his waste disposal scam. Harrison has a quick chat with Joy but is eager to get back to Fallon to – finally – have the couple time he’d planned at the start of the week!
Fallon catches a few moments rest while Daisy plays with Rosie and Pip on The Green. Fallon wasn’t expecting Daisy to not sleep through the night. Meanwhile, Joy watches Daisy and Rosie from a bench on The Green and worries that Pip might be avoiding her after her rubbish was fly-tipped. Watching the girls play makes Joy miss her grandchildren. She wishes Rochelle would get in touch more.
Johnny doesn’t want to have John’s old model railway set on display at 1, The Green. As he tries to drum up the courage to talk to Tony, Johnny finds another scratch card. It’s not a winner but when he reads the small print he wonders if one that he’s already thrown away actually qualified for a prize. Later, Joy spots Johnny going through the bin outside 1, The Green. Johnny can’t find the thrown away scratch card. He’s not even sure it’s a winner. He thanks Joy for picking up some rubbish that has escaped his bin.
Fallon watches Harrison and Daisy have fun in the garden. Daisy’s settled with them now. Fallon’s surprised by what’s she’s enjoyed about looking after a toddler. Her thoughts turn to Joy and she realises she’s quite lonely so vows to be in touch with Joy more and to be a better neighbour.
Tony bumps his head in the attic as he tries to sort out what’s stored up there at Pat’s request. He finds a Flying Scotsman toy train which was John’s. He sets it up but something seems to be wrong with its electrics. Pat thinks Henry should have it but Tony’s worried it’ll get damaged. Tony looks through old photo albums to place when the train was a gift for John. Tony decides the train should go to Johnny – it’s his birthday on Saturday after all.
Tony asks Johnny to deliver an extra veg box to Joy. Johnny’s relieved to take a break from weeding. He’d love a holiday, the money he was saving for a hair transplant could fund it but he can’t see he’ll get away anytime soon. He’s been getting compliments on his shaved head and thinks he should have done it sooner. Now, he’d like a better car but will need more money than what he’s already saved. After hearing his horoscope from Joy, Johnny takes up Freddie’s suggestion and spends £50 on scratch cards. None of them come up good. Johnny’s not keen on the model railway Tony wants to show him.
Harrison prepares Woodbine Cottage and its garden for a surprise ‘holiday at home’ for Fallon. He receives another fan message after giving Susan his email address following his appearance on her radio show last week. He runs through the plan for when Fallon gets home; airport security at the front door, paddling pool in the garden, cocktails, games then dinner and disco.
Tired after a full day of baking at the Tearoom, Fallon looks forward to Harrison picking her up. She reflects on his radio interview last week – she didn’t know he had been bullied. She thinks she will always worry about his safety while he’s a police officer. Harrison messages her to ask her make her own way home as he’s got a surprise for her.
Fallon’s impressed with Harrison’s surprise ‘holiday at home’ while lounging in the garden she answers a call from Harrison's brother Marcus. They have to cut their romantic plans short as Marcus needs to leave two-year-old daughter Daisy with them. Harrison is grateful Fallon is so understanding, especially as they don’t see much of Marcus and family.
Emma’s incredulous Ed isn’t prepared to grass on fly tipper and old foe Tim Oatey. He was partly responsible for their marriage crisis! She ruins her trial bake of Nic’s Harvest Pie, and has to start again. Her second attempt’s better, and she’s able to follow through on her plan to deliver fresh slices with handwritten notes from the children to the gardening community, asking them to reconsider her Flower & Produce Show idea. It works! Bert and Jill are behind it; she just needs them to persuade the others, and for Clarrie to relinquish control of the veg patch.
Alice is out of booze. She heads to the shops to re-stock. She’s unhappy with her dad’s idea that she works at the farm. She’s had enough of being told what to do. As she drives she relents; she might have been a bit harsh. She resolves to call Brian and apologise. Later, having shared things with her dad and prepared a delicious dinner for Chris, she’s happy to have no more worries about working on the farm. She has a well-deserved Rioja break.
Ed thinks it would be a bad move to shop Tim Oatey. He considers just warning him off. Then he considers how Tim’s treated Emma in the past. After a tussle with his conscience he decides it’s Emma he owes, not Tim. He calls Crimestoppers.
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The Archers in Lockdown
Still listening to internal monologues and somewhat enjoying most of them. Struggling with Harrison and his monotonous voice, Tony sounds over 100 years old. Joy is a breath of fresh air. I still listen as these monologues may be present when back to ‘normal.’ Difficult to write and present for actors without fellow actor support. Keep going.
Can’t listen any longer
Thought I would have another go as I was missing The Archers so much. At first I thought it had improved as the monologues were more action driven but after listening to the latest one I can’t stand any more. Tony’s musings over the train set and Harrison’s complaints are more than I can stand! Listeners must be leaving in droves. Does no one at the BBC hear what the listeners are saying? As soon as the normal format is in place again I will return but until then....
I stopped subscribing after the first week of monologues. Just dropped in to see if it has found a way of broadcasting a normal programme again. No still the same drivel. The children in The Archers were not in the studio with the actors but had their recordings fitted in to adult dialogue so why not use that technology to make real programmes that continue with the storylines from pre COVID!
Isolation Stories and Unprecedented from ITV and BBC produced excellent television shows.
Radio need not concern itself with visual, so should be SO much easier to produce. All I ask is you let the many, many Archers fans who have stopped listening know when you revert to The Archers ax we knew it!!!