28 episodes

A contemporary drama in a rural setting.

The Archers BBC Radio 4

    • Arts
    • 4.3 • 110 Ratings

A contemporary drama in a rural setting.

    15/08/2022

    15/08/2022

    Tracy is worried about Chelsea, and can Pip help a friend with a dilemma?

    • 13 min
    14/08/2022

    14/08/2022

    Pat and Joy take in the atmosphere of the CotsTravaGanza festival as they set up their juice stall. Joy’s keen to bump into someone famous. She gets chatting to Mick, who pretends to be a well known musician. Joy’s face falls when he admits he’s actually one of the stewards. Mick mans the stall while Joy goes to get what she needs to clear up a juice spillage. While she’s gone, Toyah Willcox approaches. Mick hopes Toyah will come back; he knows someone who’ll be gutted she’s missed her.

    Pat gets chatting to a woman and tells her about the Ambridge fete. She then goes into detail about how she’s a big fan of Toyah Willcox who’s performing at the festival. Only when it’s too late does she realise she’s been talking to Toyah herself! Later Pat recounts her encounter to Joy. Mick reappears and subtly hands over his phone number. Joy’s confused but to Pat it’s clear that Mick wants Joy to call him.

    Susan points out to George that recent illegal acts in Ambridge amount to a crime wave. George asserts his innocence on all counts. He can’t believe his own grandmother thinks he could be the culprit. Susan’s shocked to hear that George knows she’s served a prison sentence and that he thinks it gives her credibility. Susan makes it clear to George what an unpleasant experience being in prison was. She hopes it will make George want to stay out of trouble, but the lesson he takes is simply not to get caught.

    • 13 min
    12/08/2022

    12/08/2022

    Pat and Joy pack Summer Orchard juices ready for the weekend’s food and drink festival. Pat has some flyers and samples of Helen’s cheese to take. When Pat asks after Joy’s daughter Rochelle, Joy admits they’ve fallen out. The letter and photos she’d sent as an olive branch have gone up in flames with the post box fire. Pat’s comforting; Joy’s very much part of the Bridge Farm family.

    Russ pops into The Orangery to see how Chelsea is and puts her out of her misery by explaining that after his chat with Freddie last night, Freddie and Trent have agreed to keep Chelsea on. Chelsea’s delighted and hugs Russ. When Russ warns Chelsea that this is her last chance, Chelsea says she’s learnt her lesson. He advises her to admit to the police that she was responsible for scraping Gemma’s car. Chelsea reluctantly agrees but asks if Russ will go with her. At the police station Harrison says Chelsea’s doing the right thing. When Chelsea’s out of earshot Russ is keen that Harrison knows Chelsea had nothing to do with the other recent incidences of vandalism in Ambridge. Harrison agrees he’ll keep an eye on Chelsea’s case to ensure the waters aren’t muddied. Changing tack, he asks reluctant Russ if he’ll help him practice for the ‘Beat the Goalie’ stall at the fete. At a kick-about later, Russ passes on to Harrison that Chelsea might get a conditional caution. She made a mistake that she’s going to put right, and Russ has every faith in her.

    • 13 min
    11/08/2022

    11/08/2022

    Loading up veg boxes, Pat tells Tom she doesn’t think they’ve ever sold so many salad crops. Tom thinks it’s helped by their personalised social media content, including the diary about Nova and Seren. Tom worries how Pat’s going to cope on her own at the food and music festival. When Tom delivers Joy’s veg box, she notices he looks a bit ragged. She invites him in for a cuppa and something to eat. Later Joy tells Pat that Tom had mentioned how under the cosh they all are. Pat’s relieved when Joy offers to help at the festival.
    At the Orangery Freddie mentions to Chelsea that she seems distracted. When Adil tells Chelsea that his lunch guest has a nut allergy, Chelsea says she’ll deal with it. But later Adil complains that his guest has been served a dressing containing hazelnut oil. Adil’s not impressed and Freddie’s cross with Chelsea. He tells Chelsea to buck up her ideas; she could’ve killed that customer. He’s not sure if they can continue to employ her; he’s going to have to talk to Trent about Chelsea’s future. Later Russ bumps into Chelsea sobbing in the storeroom; it’s all too much for her. She tells him all about her troubles at home and how she scraped Gemma’s car. And now she might be fired. It’s a mess. Later he asks Freddie to give Chelsea a second chance. Freddie understands that Chelsea’s having a hard time. He’ll have a think, but it’s up to Trent so he’s not making any promises.

    • 13 min
    10/08/2022

    10/08/2022

    Lilian chats to Adil about his palm reading duties at the upcoming fete. But she’s concerned when he appears not to have done his homework and mixes up everyone’s personal details. Adil worries that they’re the ‘knowns’ – but what about the random strangers who turn up on the day? Lilian decides she needs to be his glamorous assistant; she can give Adil a few pointers before the customers go in. For the rest he’ll just have to look for visual clues. Adil starts to feel a little more positive about it all. When Joy appears, Lilian tells Adil that although she’s one of the more sociable women in the village, she’s hard to read. So Lilian invites Joy to join Adil under the guise of canvassing opinion about Grey Gables. But Joy finds out rather more information from Adil than he does from her.
    Natasha and Tom adjust to life without Caitlin. When Pat asks Tom if he wants a hand with the farm work, he suggests visiting Natasha to see how she’s doing. Natasha’s relieved to see Pat – it’s not just the babies who are causing her stress. Her dad’s mental health is also on her mind. And now the organisers of the food and music festival ‘CotStravaGanza’ have been in touch. They need a replacement juice supplier for this weekend. Natasha says there’s no way she can do it and assistant Louise is busy this weekend. Pat says there is one other possibility – she could do it. Natasha thinks it’s a great idea.

    • 13 min
    09/08/2022

    09/08/2022

    Lynda meets the new-born twins and is impressed at how calm Natasha seems. Natasha credits her mum for all the helping out she’s doing including with Summer Orchard. Harrison arrives and Lynda wastes no time in trying to recruit him for ‘Beat The Goalie’ at the village fete. Harrison denies he’d be any good but Lynda presses him, and he announces a hand injury makes it out of the question. Later at The Bull, Lynda deftly engineers a situation in which Harrison quickly catches a falling pint of beer, proving that he isn’t hindered by an injured hand. Harrison admits defeat and agrees to be goalkeeper.

    Natasha tells Pat that Caitlin has to leave tonight because her dad’s unwell. He’s bi-polar and has gone into a manic phase. Natasha feels guilty for keeping her mum away for so long, and knows it’s going to be a lot harder without her.

    Chelsea tries to boost Tracy’s confidence before she joins a work social organised by Gemma. When Tracy emerges from the pub she recounts Gemma’s mean words, which angers Chelsea. Tracy just wants to go home, but indignant Chelsea deliberately scrapes the side of Gemma’s car with the buckle of her bag as they leave. They flee, and Tracy worries what will come of it. On their doorstep, they clam up when Harrison asks if they’ve seen or heard anything about the vandalised car. They deny any knowledge, Chelsea rather too forcefully. After Harrison leaves, Chelsea assures Tracy they won’t get found out – they’ve just got to keep denying it.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 Ratings

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I feel as if I was in Ambridge whenever I listen

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Happy listener

Keep up the good work , a welcome listening experience in tough times

Jthelastman ,

Very disappointed with the new story line

Not happy with story line with Philip no lead in when all the other ones were done so well.
It like you thought ah we need something else another big issue let us just throw this in slave labour why......... hove you done is soooo badly rethinking my desire to listen to it and I have been for over 30 years

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