29 episodes

Contemporary drama in a rural setting

The Archers BBC

    • Performing Arts

Contemporary drama in a rural setting

    24/01/2020

    24/01/2020

    Writer, Keri Davies
    Director, Gwenda Hughes
    Editor, Jeremy Howe

    Jolene Archer ….. Buffy Davis
    Helen Archer ….. Louiza Patikas
    Tom Archer ….. William Troughton
    Natasha Archer ….. Mali Harries
    Lilian Bellamy ….. Sunny Ormonde
    Ian Craig ….. Stephen Kennedy
    Rex Fairbrother ….. Nick Barber
    Toby Fairbrother ….. Rhys Bevan
    Eddie Grundy ….. Trevor Harrison
    Clarrie Grundy ….. Heather Bell
    Emma Grundy ….. Emerald O'Hanrahan
    Tracy Horrobin ….. Susie Riddell
    Alistair Lloyd ….. Michael Lumsden
    Jim Lloyd ….. John Rowe
    Adam Macy ….. Andrew Wincott
    Jazzer McCreary ….. Ryan Kelly
    Kirsty Miller ….. Annabelle Dowler
    Freddie Pargetter ….. Toby Laurence
    Fallon Rogers ….. Joanna Van Kampen
    Lynda Snell ….. Carole Boyd
    Philip Moss ….. Andy Hockley
    Lee Bryce ….. Ryan Early
    Michael ….. Paul Stonehouse

    • 13 min
    23/01/2020

    23/01/2020

    Rex has got his pigs settled in the trailer ready to go to the abattoir. Toby distracts him with news of The Bull’s Burns Night event; Tracy Horrobin’s boyfriend is going to perform a Scottish Waiter act. He wishes Rex luck with his first trip to the slaughterhouse. Later, Rex explains he was collared by a farmer who accused him of stealing his trailer. Toby suggests they check for the chassis number, and sure enough someone has taken an angle grinder to it.
    Jazzer and Alistair are alarmed to discover that Jim’s bedroom at the inn is empty.
    Jim is standing at Harold’s grave when a man named Michael approaches. As Jim turns to go, Michael descends into a panic attack. Jim discovers that Michael, too, had been abused when he was a child by Harold. Michael explains he’d come to spit on Harold’s grave. Jim encourages Michael to share the burden and discuss his past with his family. Before Michael leaves, Jim hands him his address and phone number, and asks him to call him at any time if he needs to.
    Jim reconvenes with Alistair and Jazzer and asks if they can head straight home. Jazzer wryly agrees to put aside his disappointment at missing the Roman fort. While it was incredibly tough, Jim’s glad he came.
    If you have been affected by Jim’s storyline, details of organisations offering information and support are available at bbc.co.uk/actionline, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 0800 077 077.

    • 13 min
    22/01/2020

    22/01/2020

    Ian arrives at Bridge Farm in a blazing mood. There’s a whole article in Borsetshire Life about Hugh working as the Grey Gables chef. Helen calms him down and talk turns to Xander. Ian’s hopeful they’ll get the parental order. She formally introduces Lee to Ian, but their conversation is stilted and awkward. Helen can’t understand it: conversation flows so easily when she speaks to them, why are they so awkward with one another?
    Alistair, Jazzer and Jim have arrived for the funeral. Half the town has turned up at the church. Jim’s distraught that Harold could have fooled so many people. Jim decides he doesn’t have the strength to go into the church, and they decide to head back to their inn for a drink. Alistair suggests visiting a historical site to take Jim’s mind off the morning. They agree to stay another night and visit a Roman fort the next day.
    If you have been affected by Jim’s storyline, details of organisations offering information and support are available at bbc.co.uk/actionline, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 0800 077 077.

    • 12 min
    21/01/2020

    21/01/2020

    Jolene and Fallon are furious that Jazzer has bailed on playing the bagpipes for Burns night. Fallon assures Jolene that she and Harrison won’t be accepting their invitation to the Grundy’s Burns Night celebrations. Jolene falters and wonders whether the name change is a good idea after all. Lillian persuades her not to be influenced by the Lynda Snells of the world. She brainstorms ideas for increasing the popularity of their Burns event. Jolene vetoes Lilian’s idea of some saucy kilt action in the form of a stripper.
    Helen asks Kirsty about her plans for a long engagement. Kirsty admits that they’re not going to get married at all, which Helen thinks is crazy. In an ideal world, Kirst would love to marry Philip. Helen tells Kirsty she should take heed of her own advice and stop living her life for everyone else. Helen’s starting to move on from the trauma of the past, perhaps Kirsty should too.
    Jim, Jazzer and Alistair head up north for their trip to the funeral. Jazzer asks Alistair when he’ll get back on the proverbial horse and start dating. He teases him and pretends to sign him up to a dating app. It’s a welcome distraction from thinking about Harold’s funeral. Jim is grateful for their support. Alistair assures Jim that whatever happens, they’ll be right there beside him.

    • 12 min
    20/01/2020

    20/01/2020

    Lynda issues Philip with an invitation to be the guest of honour at the Cider Club Burns Night celebrations, in light of his work on the playground. She hopes they can count on Philip to recite the Address To The Haggis too, though he’s less enthusiastic about this.
    Tom and Natasha are looking forward to an evening of cocktail making at a bar in Borchester, but when they arrive Natasha can hardly keep her eyes open. Tom teases her for falling asleep, and she snaps at him – he has it easy with his work on the doorstep. As they head home, Natasha apologises for overreacting. She’s decided to move her business over to Ambridge to ease off the commute. The orchard will remain, but she will relocate the press, warehouse and office. Perhaps Bridge Fresh and Summer Orchard could co-locate. Tom thinks it’s a fantastic idea.
    Philip tries to get a downbeat Kirsty to open up to him. She explains how stressed the wedding is making her. The bust up with Gavin, and the disaster of her last wedding hasn’t helped. All she knows is that two weeks ago she was really happy, and now she isn’t. Philip suggests that they don’t get married. They both know how in love they are. Relieved Kirsty’s very happy – but what about everyone else? Philip assures her he’ll deal with the fallout in Ambridge…

    • 13 min
    19/01/2020

    19/01/2020

    Freddie meets up with Ian to debrief him on how Hugh is getting on at Grey Gables. He explains that Bailey isn’t a fan of Hugh. Freddie hands Ian the restaurant’s new menu. Ian thinks Hugh’s revisions sound terribly dated. Ian innocuously suggests to Adam that they should treat themselves for getting a court date for the parental order. Why don’t they go to Grey Gables? Over dinner, Ian picks fault with almost everything on the menu, but when the bill arrives he discovers Hugh has gifted it to them on the house. Damn his generosity!
    Eddie quizzes Jim about his trip up north. Jazzer covers for him and says they’re going to visit an ancient ruin. Later, at Cider Club, Eddie voices his disdain for the pub’s new name. It’s disrespectful. Jazzer admits he’s considering pulling out of playing at The Bull on Burns Night – if it wasn’t for the free meal and whisky. This gives Eddie an idea to show how people really feel about the pub’s name change…

    • 12 min

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