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The Archers

A contemporary drama in a rural setting.

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  • 20.10.2020
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    20/10/2020

    Fallon raises a difficult subject and there’s good news for Pip

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  • 19.10.2020
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    19/10/2020

    Lily ponders Halloween while Elizabeth gets ready to go out. Freddie invites himself and Lily along but Elizabeth politely turns them down. Freddie tells Lily it’s clear that their mum has a date. He moves on to his thoughts for a Christmas Show but Lily’s preoccupied with the thought that Elizabeth is on a date. Freddie reassures her that their mum will be fine. They watch a DVD of village pantos from the 1990s that Lynda lent Freddie. They agree panto isn’t the right thing to do this year. Philip shows Kirsty some cottages he’s been looking at after their conversation about getting away last week. Kirsty’s surprised but Philip lays out his argument – he’s had enough of the building business and her work isn’t all that secure. While waiting for her date to arrive, Elizabeth is accosted by Vince. He offers to buy her a drink. They discuss business seminars. Elizabeth confronts Vince about his reputation for ruthlessness. Vince insists he’s a different person at home. On her return, Freddie and Lily quiz Elizabeth but she tells them to mind their own business. Although she does reveal she thinks she will have a second date with the person she’s met this evening.

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  • 15.10.2020
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    15/10/2020

    The archaeology students descended on Brookfield at the crack of dawn. After dropping Freddie off to join them, Elizabeth catches up with Ruth. Ruth is excited about the possibilities of what could be buried at Brookfield. Meanwhile, Elizabeth asks if Freddie can get some health and safety pointers from Brookfield as he takes on the mantle of producing the village’s Christmas Show. While at work, Philip fondly remembers camping trips when Gavin was a kid. But Gavin tells him he remembers those times very differently – he didn’t enjoy them as much as Philip thought. Then, as now, Gavin is always having to do things Philip’s way and he’s fed up. Philip defuses Gavin’s frustrations by telling him he’s proud of him and grateful for him taking all the flak. At the end of the day Elizabeth catches up with Ben. He’s a little fed up; the students are a bit too focused on their task. Elizabeth suggests he just needs to get to know them better. Kirsty is reporting the litter situation to the Wildlife Trust board. Philip is feeling down and asks Kirsty when their luck is going to change. Philip floats the idea of making a fresh start somewhere else. He doesn’t think he can take life as it is at the moment for much longer.

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  • 14.10.2020
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    14/10/2020

    Gavin’s not feeling great ahead of his meeting with Alistair. Kirsty tries to give him a boost, telling him he’s got a lot going for him. She’s sorry they got off on the wrong foot initially and explains she didn’t understand then what he’s going through. Gavin meets Alistair but feels like he’s wasting his time. When Alistair asks about Gavin’s gambling he struggles to answer so Alistair outlines his own experience. He says he can trace back what lay behind his gambling addiction to the death of his mother. Alistair then goes on to his relationship with his dad and how he’s tried to do things differently with his son, Dan. Gavin doesn’t reckon he deserves the happiness of fatherhood. Gavin admits he’s been living a certain way that’s made him easy money but he’s realising it’s wrong and it’s got to change. Alistair reassures him that once he’s made that decision to change things do get easier. Gavin is buoyed by their chat – he knows what he has to do now. Alice calls Emma to try to make up with her but Emma is still angry. Alice apologises and asks to put their differences aside for Chris’s sake; he’s really looking forward to being a dad. Emma admits that she doesn’t like Alice but accepts they don’t have to be at each other throats. Then Alice comments that making peace is important for the baby. This inflames Emma who thinks Alice has an agenda; she warns Alice that she will have her to answer if she drinks during pregnancy.

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  • 13.10.2020
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    13/10/2020

    David recounts Vince’s request for a discount for Stephanie’s wedding to Elizabeth. Elizabeth has little sympathy. She tells him to make the most of it. If it’s a success it could lead to more bookings. David’s surprised to hear Elizabeth knows about the coins that have been found at Brookfield. She’s heard from Freddie who heard from Ben. On her way out of Brookfield Elizabeth meets Vince. They recognise one another from Borchester business meetings. Vince chats to Ruth and David about the rescheduling of Stephanie’s wedding and then enquiries about Elizabeth and Lower Loxley. After Vince has gone, Ruth reads an update from Ben on the coins which he’s taken to the museum in Borchester to be identified – they are quite rare but no confirmation on value yet. Felpersham University archaeology students are due to arrive this week. They put Ben’s enthusiasm for the find down to Evie, a girl that he fancies. Kate brings round a box of goodies to Alice and advises her on how to have a good pregnancy. Kate questions Alice’s diet as she looks awful. Kate asks what other people have been making of Alice’s news. Alice explains she’s not heard from Emma because of a falling out over Alice thinking Ed fancied her. Then Alice gets teary; she’s worried her body isn’t good enough for the baby. Kate reassures her that all will be well.

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  • 12.10.2020
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    12/10/2020

    David’s keen to know when Vince’s Borchester abattoir will re-open but the refurb isn’t complete yet. Meanwhile, Vince pushes David for a discount on the rebooking of his daughter’s wedding at Brookfield. David makes an offer and insists he can’t go any lower. Vince teases David about the coins that have been found on Brookfield land. Kirsty’s researching gambling addiction support for Gavin. Philip tries to insist that he’s handling it but Kirsty won’t be brushed off. Kirsty’s angry Philip didn’t speak to her sooner and tells him she knew he’d been keeping secrets from her. But the truth is out now and she still wants to marry him. Alistair volunteers to help her and Philip understand what Gavin is going through. Alistair describes what it was like living a lie and he offers to be Gavin’s unofficial sponsor. Gavin’s not keen to keep up the pretence of his gambling addiction with Alistair. But Philip insists. He hopes it could actually help them out of the mess they’re in. Gavin doesn’t follow. Philip hasn’t got the details yet but is sure that if Gavin seeks help for gambling it could be a new beginning for them all.

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  • 08.10.2020
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    08/10/2020

    Fallon spots Jazzer’s extravagance, and remarks ruefully that Johnny might be the same if it wasn’t for Harrison losing his winning scratchcard. Stricken Jazzer calls Alistair, who urges him to consider Johnny, and Fallon, and come clean that he has the card. Jazzer does so, and is touched by Fallon’s gratitude. He turns the situation to his advantage when she offers him a finder’s fee. A meal voucher would be just the ticket, so that he can impress Jade of Warren Coppice.Beside herself with joy at the news of Alice’s pregnancy, Susan entreats Chris to tell his sister. But Chris isn’t going near Emma. Susan gets busy making her own list of who to tell first. It all goes wrong when she announces the news on her radio show, to which Jennifer happens to be listening. After the initial emotion of absorbing the news about Alice, Jennifer unleashes her fury on Susan. A tirade of insults culminates in Jennifer labelling Susan a shock jock. With both of them offended, Susan tries to point out that she assumed Jennifer already knew about the baby. Jennifer calms slightly as they accept their new mutual status. Susan apologises for her over excitement, and Jennifer is mollified. She becomes tearful; hearing the news on the radio brought back her worry of being of being pushed out from when Lexi was pregnant with Xander. Susan understands. They agree to support one another. Jennifer’s looking forward to things being far less complicated with this grandchild’s arrival.

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  • 07.10.2020
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    07/10/2020

    Jazzer tries to get Alistair to try some of his home brew again; now he’s perfected the recipe. Tipsily they discover a winning scratchcard amongst the laundry. As Jazzer imagines the possibilities, Alistair encourages him to find the rightful owner. But Jazzer’s not up for wasting his time doing that. He’s convinced himself the card was his and he’d forgotten he’d bought it. He intends to spend the money on motorbike leathers. Ben’s excited about the Brookfield coin find. He’s posted a picture online. Freddie teases him about his love life, notably Evie the archaeology student, who he believes is the main draw for Ben in all of this. In turn Ben attempts to turn the chat to Elizabeth’s dating adventures, but Freddie won’t be drawn on his mum. Ben persuades his reluctant friend to join him on a fieldwalk, though Freddie wants a cut of anything else they find. Ruth is less than impressed with the notion of a fieldwalk. It would be very disruptive; they should be drilling grass seed on those fields, not digging trenches. They can plan it for next year. Ben pledges to get things moving before then. Later he reports the coins have been identified as Anglo-Saxon. This excites Ruth and she acknowledges it changes things. She points out to Ben that he can’t spread this news; it needs to be kept in the family for now. Ben doesn’t come clean and denies telling anyone outside of their household.

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  • 06.10.2020
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    06/10/2020

    Ben and Jill are marvelling at their coin find. One of them is gold. Jill’s keen to identify them and suggests Ben asks the university. He does so, and one of the archaeology students is keen to use Brookfield for her fieldwork. Felpersham Museum is interested too. Jill thinks they can put Brookfield on the map! She thinks Eddie’s previous forays on the land with his metal detector could easily have missed more finds.Reflecting on the joys of looking after Xander, Alice and Chris anticipate their own baby filled future ahead of their first midwife appointment. The midwife probes Alice on her recent fainting episode. Alice assures her it was a one off. The conversation turns to alcohol, and Alice is in some distress to learn that the advice is to have none at all. She asks about the possible effects of drinking before she knew she was pregnant, and the midwife stresses it’s what happens from now on that’s important. Weakly, Alice acknowledges this. Later Chris is cross the midwife has scared Alice with her warnings about the dangers. But Alice insists she was only telling the truth, that stuff can really happen. She quietly admits she broke their no drinking pact, but is sparing with the truth about how much she actually had. Chris tells her not to worry. But she is worried. She feels better when she looks online and convinces herself others have drunk way more than her with no harm done. She’ll drink nothing from now on. Chris promises the same, and they agree it’s all going to be great.

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  • 05.10.2020
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    05/10/2020

    Fallon’s fretting over Johnny’s lost winning scratchcard, but Alice can see something else is wrong. After a little coaxing Fallon confesses she’s struggling to find a way to tell Harrison she definitely doesn’t want children. She’s tried, but she’s scared. There’s an awkward moment when Fallon asks if Alice and Chris have had any similar conversations, before Alice admits she’s pregnant. Fallon’s delighted, and promises she’ll keep it to herself. Alice is eager not to turn into a boring parent, but Fallon assures her there’s no chance of that; she’s the life and soul. Alice reckons Fallon needs to face the music about both the lost scratchcard and her big decision. Later Fallon declares Johnny was lovely and understanding about the scratchcard, but she’s still working on how to approach Harrison.Jill has loved her birthday party and photographic timeline. She might get a couple of them framed. She comments that Ben’s cake was a triumph. She’s grateful for everything, and loves Leonard’s painting of Brookfield. She’d like more adventures, but fears she’s too old. Nonsense, declares Ben, and takes her for a spin in his car. He admits he’s finding it weird being a Fresher without any of the up-close experiences of university life this year. Jill sympathises. As they rest by Marneys field they spot some old coins. Jill thinks they may have stumbled upon some treasure.

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  • 01.10.2020
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    01/10/2020

    While putting the finishing touches to the photo collection for Jill’s birthday, Elizabeth and Freddie chat about the Christmas show. Freddie floats the idea of him taking the director role. Elizabeth is flabbergasted. She reminds him of his traditional aversion to all things drama. He asserts that Lynda’s encouragement has spurred him on, and he thinks he may be good at it. He knows the stakes are high, and he’s learned from his errors with his Hidden Lower Loxley tour. Elizabeth proceeds to grill Freddie, interview style, and he convinces her. The show is all his!In a pickle with Jakob’s Naughty Milkman fail, Jolene butters up Jazzer in an attempt to persuade him to step up. Jazzer declares five pints of lager will ensure he’s her man, and another one will secure his silence until Jolene’s ready to break the news to Jakob. The deal is done. Meanwhile, wily Jazzer informs Jakob that Jolene intends to plaster his photos everywhere. Jakob’s horrified; he knows his pictures were hideous. Jazzer offers to help Jakob retire respectably from his modelling duties. He suggests declaring the campaign constitutes a conflict of interest from his professional duties as a vet. Relieved Jakob agrees to Jazzer’s price: a dozen pints of lager.Fallon confesses to her mum she doesn’t think she’s up for being godparent to Marcus’s new baby, Wolf. In fact, she doesn’t want children of her own, ever. Jolene’s fine with it. It’s not about her. It’s about Fallon and Harrison. And now is the time for Fallon to be honest with him.

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  • 30.09.2020
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    30/09/2020

    Lynda has a shocking suggestion and Lilian inadvertently makes things worse

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  • 29.09.2020
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    29/09/2020

    Jolene and Lilian agree the pictures of Jakob the ‘Naughty Milkman’ are awful. Jolene suggests they’ll need to do another photo shoot. Lilian asks Jolene to break that news to him. She’s not up to it; she’s been summoned to Lynda’s later and she’s dreading it.But Lilian’s hearfelt apology for her direct words a few weeks ago is brushed aside as Lynda declares tough love was just what she needed. They gave her a good shaking, and were the actions of a true friend. They move on to chat amiably about Lynda’s retirement from the Ambridge Christmas show. Lynda agrees with Lilian that she doesn’t have to prove herself, or see her bowing out as an admission of defeat. Lilian’s pleased, but does wonder where the show will get its impetus now.Gavin’s horrified Kirsty’s now watching his every move, checking he’s not putting a bet on. He’s fed up of the complication and risks. Hearing them rowing, Kirsty declares to Philip he can’t keep on at Gavin, and insists he apologises to him. Philip plays along, and Gavin goes further to throw Kirsty off the scent by admitting he’s still gambling. Kirsty reassures him; they’re all in this together, he won’t have to cope alone.

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  • 28.09.2020
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    28/09/2020

    Jolene and Elizabeth share a joke about the financial trials of running a hospitality business during the coronavirus pandemic. Jolene reassures Elizabeth that she and Kenton are there if she needs them. They pore over photos and memorabilia for Jill’s upcoming 90th birthday. Elizabeth likes Jolene’s suggestion of ‘A Journey with Jill’; much bigger than her own scrapbook plans. They admit these times have encouraged people to think more creatively, and remark on the unlikely result of the Best Garden competition; Robert beat Lynda to win it.Elizabeth shares some of her dating exploits, and shocks Jolene with her tactics in putting off a particularly persistent bore by requesting nude photos.Chris has planned a ‘mocktails and mezze’ birthday treat for Alice but she’s not really feeling it. He’s disappointed but understands. However he’s worried she’s having to think about work on her day off as she deals with messages from Brian about farm business. Chris admits he’s never felt happier – they can relax and look forward to the baby. He’s attentive and indulgent as he makes her lunch, so much so that Alice gets snappy and stressed. Later she struggles to communicate her issues to a counsellor. She admits she sometimes feels crowded, but also lonely – and like she doesn’t care about anything, especially the baby.

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  • 24.09.2020
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    24/09/2020

    Alice and Gavin bump into each other by the river. They agree they’re not getting any divine inspiration there. Gavin reveals little, but suggests he’s keen to get out of the Ambridge goldfish bowl. Alice admits nothing’s private in the village. She’s considering a termination and doesn’t know what to do. Gavin advises her to take someone with her if she decides to do it; she shouldn’t be on her own. His ex, Kelly, had one last year. It was her decision in the end. The timing was wrong. Gavin warns Alice to beware of secrets, though he doesn’t divulge any more of his. He thinks she needs to talk to Chris; she’ll need someone who cares on her side.Susan references memories of Jill, and Jennifer, on her radio show which has the theme of fathers and daughters. She declares she’ll be having her own special tea with her dad, Bert. Later she reports to Tracy that the evening was a disaster; their dad was behaving very oddly indeed. There’s more to this than just the shoplifting.Chris remarks to his mum that Alice had been quiet at Xander’s birthday party. Susan assures him he’s being a great help to Alice. Later Alice tells Chris she’s pregnant. She starts to voice her misgivings but emotional Chris is overwhelmed. He thinks it’s so right for them.

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  • 23.09.2020
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    23/09/2020

    Lynda has drawn up clear rules of engagement: She and Robert will have half the garden each for Sunday’s competition. Robert, however, believes she’s given herself a bigger portion, and re-draws the map. Lynda’s horrified. Eventually, and with a new map, they’re happy, but continue to bicker over shade and watering, weeding and design. Lynda maintains Robert’s just sore because he’s on his own without her back-up. Robert insists come Sunday he’ll be in the medals, leaving Lynda’s half standing. Philip wants to sell Blake on. He’s costing them time and money, and he can’t be seen as he’s meant to be in Norfolk. Gavin’s against it; they weren’t going to do this sort of thing. But Philip insists things change, and it’s necessary. Philip suffers a moment of shock when Kirsty informs him she knows about the horses. He sweats for a while as they talk at cross purposes, until Kirsty finally reveals she’s referring to Gavin’s gambling habit. Quick thinking Philip folds in the misunderstanding, inventing lies to fit Kirsty’s perspective. Kirsty thinks Gavin needs help. Is that why Kelly left him? Relieved Philip lets Kirsty fill in the gaps. He begs her not to say anything to Gavin. But Kirsty can’t leave it, and later gently presses puzzled Gavin about his problem. Philip intervenes and eventually manages to communicate the misunderstanding so that Gavin cottons on. He plays along, and Kirsty declares the three of them will tackle it together.

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  • 22.09.2020
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    22/09/2020

    Chris delivers and positions Lynda and Robert’s new bird feeder. It’s not quite what they expected but they don’t let on to Chris. Chris confesses to them his concerns over Alice. She’s been given a clean bill of health but he can’t help worrying, especially when his work takes him too far away to pop home to check on her. Lynda speaks from her perspective of the importance of not being fussed over. Robert suggests gently that Alice might well need some support. Lynda emphasises that it’s about trust – Alice speaking up, and Chris listening. Chris takes this on board. Lynda and Robert bicker lightly when Lynda insists on the new piece of mirrored trellis going on Robert’s ‘side’ of the garden. He believes it will detract from his star feature, the begonias. He’s not having it. They agree to move the rather ‘odd’ bird feeder to somewhere it can’t be seen, behind the willow on Robert’s side. They also agree they should enter the Best Garden competition separately, as two distinctively styled sections. It doubles their chances of winning! Alice talks to a counsellor about her pregnancy. She’s considering a termination, and admits she hasn’t told Chris about the baby yet. The timing’s all wrong and she doesn’t feel ready. She’s very confused. She pledges to get back to the counsellor soon. Later, she snaps at Chris. She tells him she’s still processing what happened last week. She just needs a few days, then she’ll be fine.

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  • 21.09.2020
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    21/09/2020

    Lynda and Robert are admiring the fruits of their labours in the garden ahead of their entry in the Flower and Produce Show. Lynda wonders whether they’ve been bold enough. It’s art, and needs a coherent vision. They must follow their instincts, and subvert the form. Her desire for more trellis in order to achieve this puzzles and dismays Robert, but he reluctantly goes with it.Philip isn’t enamoured with judgemental Jennifer, who’d slagged him off after the explosion. Kirsty explains Jennifer regrets this, and is very grateful to Gavin for rescuing Alice. Kirsty notes Gavin seems more sensitive these days. She tries to cheer up Philip by pointing out how their spot on Susan’s show has changed things for them. As new work comes in, he concedes she might be right. Later, Philip makes a call from his van, trying to offload Blake on to one of his contacts.Susan and Kirsty agree that Gavin’s come a long way. Kirsty’s proud of him. Then Susan shares that she overheard him on the phone; something about trouble with the horses. She hopes he doesn’t have a gambling problem. Kirsty’s sure Susan’s mistaken. Susan persists, terrier-like. Kirsty shuts her down politely, but asks her not to mention it to anyone else. Of course, agrees Susan. She knows Kirsty will keep an eye on Gavin, and won’t let such a nice young man go astray.

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  • 08.09.2020
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    Making Mince Pies with Jill Archer

    Join Jill in the kitchen at Brookfield as she makes a batch of her much loved mince pies

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