The Archers

BBC Radio 4

An intense and gripping week of events unfolds in Ambridge. Listen to all the drama here.

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29/02/2024
Yesterday
29/02/2024
Alice is uncomfortable when Jim mentions Harry was in the shop the other day and was singing her praises. Jim’s pleased because he thinks Alice deserves some luck. Later, Adam’s shocked when he hears that Alice and Harry have split up. Alice explains how Harry’s in denial about his drinking and that she feels sorry for putting Harrison and Fallon in such a difficult position. She berates herself for not spotting Harry’s drinking – but it explains Harry’s mum’s behaviour. She obviously didn’t want Harry in a relationship with another alcoholic. Adam thinks that Alice did absolutely the right thing by breaking up with Harry. He’s really proud of her. But Alice thinks it confirms why she feels she doesn’t deserve good things happening to her. She had something good with Chris but then destroyed it. And when Jim said to her earlier about deserving some luck, she really doesn’t think she does. Later Alice is moved when Jim tells her that she’s doing a wonderful job of raising Martha.Neil and Susan sip champagne as they wait for Susan’s 60th birthday helicopter ride. Susan feels like a billionaire’s wife but would choose Neil over a billionaire any day. They enjoy flying over Ambridge and spotting familiar landmarks but are shocked when they notice that one of the oldest oak trees in Ambridge is about to be chopped down at the EV Charging site. Susan’s happy for Neil to ring Justin before their Afternoon Tea at Lower Loxley and Neil thanks Susan for caring as much about the tree as he does.
28/02/2024
2d ago
28/02/2024
Jim mentions to Alistair that the EV Charging Station is making great progress. When Jim points out how frosty things appear between Alistair and Jazzer, Alistair explains it’s because Jazzer was a bit judgey when he asked him for some advice about Denise. When Alistair admits to Jim that he’s in love with Denise, Jim’s not surprised; it’s clear they’re fond of each other. However, Jazzer thought that despite their mutual feelings, Alistair shouldn’t get involved with Denise because she’s married. Tracy’s annoyed with Jazzer for the poor turn out at The Bull quiz last night. Jazzer had put word out that people should take care after the dog attack on Kenton. Later Jazzer outlines to Kenton his idea for a one night only ‘Jazzer Special’ to encourage people back to The Bull. But Tracy worries it will go wrong and Jolene’s equally stressed when Kenton explains Jazzer’s plans.Jim visits Jazzer as he’s practicing ‘Parkour in the Pub’ even though Jazzer hasn’t ever done it before. When Jim broaches the subject of Alistair and Denise, Jazzer’s adamant that Alistair shouldn’t act on his feelings, because of Denise’s marital status. But Jim points out that we only have one life, and that both he and Jazzer need to trust Alistair to do the right thing.Later at a packed Bull, Jazzer’s chickened out of the parkour and left Jim to explain to the assembled crowd that Jazzer’s ‘injured himself’. Then Jazzer takes to the floor to make an emotional speech, indirectly telling Alistair that life is short and that he trusts Alistair to make the right decision.
27/02/2024
3d ago
27/02/2024
Kenton’s testing out quiz questions on Jolene and Tracy when Jazzer comes into the bar and takes Tracy to one side, checking she’s okay. Tracy reckons he’s a wally for worrying too much. Meanwhile, Kenton’s excited about his return as Quiz Master, but needs a lie-down first. Jolene is cheered when Fallon arrives with cakes for the quiz, but then expresses how pressurised she feels running a pub. Fallon and Tracy do their best to reassure her, but when it comes to quiz-time only two teams have turned up, despite their best efforts to get the whole village to be supportive. They can’t understand it – last time with Jim the place was rammed. The Carters promised they’d come but haven’t turned up and there’s no sign of Harrison and Fallon either. They delay the start, hoping for late arrivals, before Jazzer tells Tracy it might be his fault - he’s been telling everyone to be careful about going to the pub. Tracy says he’s an idiot and he’ll have to fix it by rounding people up, starting with Brad, Chelsea and Bert.Harrison pre-empts Harry putting in a formal complaint by confessing to Inspector Norris about the information he'd shared with Alice. She’s glad he’s come clean but reminds him how he breached confidentiality before, in the Philip Moss case. She’s got no choice but to refer this incident for investigation. Norris says she will support Harrison, but she can’t guarantee he won’t lose his job. When he gets home Harrison’s in no mood for the quiz and tells Fallon why. This could be it for his career.
26/02/2024
4d ago
26/02/2024
Having brought presents for Alice and Martha to The Nest Harry enthuses about a horse he’s seen in Carlisle. Alice brings him up short, asking if he had a drink while he was away. He says not, but when pushed, confesses he does sometimes have a few too many. Alice susses that’s why Harry’s mother, Eve, was so off with her, when she found out about Alice’s drinking. Harry disagrees but Alice insists, before hitting him with some home truths about being in denial, like she used to be. Despite admitting the strength of their feelings, Alice tells Harry she cannot risk staying with him. Harry guesses it must have been Harrison who told her about his drinking, but Alice didn’t know he’d arrested Harry for being drunk and disorderly. This reinforces her conviction that Harry has to go now and she doesn’t want him to come back.At The Bull Jazzer and Alistair discuss yesterday’s false alarm. Clearly the attack on Kenton has really shaken Jolene. Jazzer thinks they should warn people about dodgy looking characters, though Alistair thinks that might be overreacting. Alistair then admits he’s feeling out of sorts and is about to confess what’s going on with Denise, when Neil interrupts them. Alistair asks about the helicopter ride Neil’s going on with Susan this week. Neil then supports Jazzer’s idea of warning pub regulars to watch out for suspicious types. After Neil goes Jazzer guesses that it is Denise Alistair’s fallen for. His advice is to leave well alone, as she hasn’t actually left John and it could all go horribly wrong.
25/02/2024
5d ago
25/02/2024
Upstairs at The Bull Kenton tells Jolene he slept well and wants to take on running this week’s pub quiz. Jolene says she’ll let Jim know he can stand down as Quizmaster, then hears a noise outside the window, which makes her suspicious. She rings Harrison, telling him someone’s just tried to break in. Worried Fallon tells Harrison to be careful when he goes to investigate. Plus, neither of them have slept well for worrying about Alice and Harry. But when Harrison sees Tracy in The Bull car park he realises it’s a false alarm. Restless Tracy was out walking before coming in for her first shift since getting ill. She saw the pub’s logs left out in the rain and thought she’d move them under cover. That’s why she tried the back door before stacking them under a table. Jolene offers to make them a bacon sandwich for messing up their Sunday morning. Harrison demurs, but still wants Jolene to call him if anything worries her. Tracy then comforts Jolene, who’s upset about overreacting. Jolene admits she’ll be glad to have Tracy back – she’s had enough of David and Lilian fighting each other behind the bar.When he gets home Harrison tells Fallon he thinks Jolene might benefit from counselling. But he’s more worried about Harry possibly making a complaint about him. Fallon reckons Alice won’t spill the beans. They reconfirm their love for one another, with or without children, before Fallon talks him out of going round to see Harry and possibly making things worse.
23/02/2024
1w ago
23/02/2024
Will drives Ed and Emma to Borchester and warns the excited couple to get their act together for their important meeting at the bank. When they come away disappointed, Will’s sympathetic, before reminding them why he’s there - to lay some flowers and visit Nic on the anniversary of her death. He visits Nic’s grave and thinks things over, coming back with an offer – how much do they need for the business? He can raise the mortgage on No 1 The Green and lend Emma and Ed the money, if they’ll consider it. Alice works out that Fallon staying over was something to do with Harry – Fallon and Harrison have seemed a bit ‘funny’ with him recently. Fallon thinks quickly and says maybe she and Harrison are concerned that Alice and Harry are rushing into their relationship. Panicked Fallon shares the awkward conversation with Harrison, who regrets saying anything. Alice is short with Harrison after Fallon’s deception, but he insists Fallon just cares about her. Harrison asks Alice to trust him, that there are reasons Alice needs to be careful of Harry – but when she demands to know why, Harrison tells her he can’t say. So why should Alice listen? Ok, says Harrison – I’ll tell you what I know, but please don’t repeat what I say. Harrison is so sorry as Alice feels betrayed by Harry – a liar who covers his tracks. She confided so much and didn’t want any secrets. What now, wonders Harrison? Alice vows to confront Harry and then she doesn’t know what she’ll do.
22/02/2024
22-02-2024
22/02/2024
David and Elizabeth inspect the Bull car park lighting and David insists he can do the rewiring job - no need to call in Pete the electrician. Elizabeth gets Vince to help reluctant David, and after some small talk David thanks Vince for all his support for Kenton and Jolene - but he can’t forgive Vince for how he treated Ben and Chelsea. Vince is still sorry for how he lashed out at Ben. As they turn back to the job in hand, the out of depth pair agree to call in Pete the expert. Harry and Alice spot Harrison and Harry confidently calls him over. Harry is open about bumping into Harrison in the pub last night, creating his own version of events for Alice. Bemused Harrison excuses himself when Harry mentions he’s taking Alice and Martha to Carlisle on a road trip that evening. Harrison confides in Fallon that he knows things about Harry, but can’t say what. When she pushes, Fallon’s horrified to learn from Harrison that Harry has a drink problem and a history of drink-driving, and Alice doesn’t know. Warning Alice could risk Harrison’s career, but he feels he has to. Fallon suggests she goes to see Alice. Fallon cooks up a story for Alice about being nervous at home alone with Harrison on nights, and Alice immediately let’s Fallon stay over, telling Harry she can’t join him on his drive to Carlisle. He understands. Gathering her things back at home, Fallon and Harrison know that when Harry gets back from his trip, they are going to have to do something about the situation.
21/02/2024
21-02-2024
21/02/2024
Tony and Vince catch up at the abattoir and chat about Jolene; Elizabeth has told Tony about Jolene being up and down. Vince encourages Tony’s plan to hang on to the cowhides and shows Tony the process. Tony tells Vince about his plan to get them tanned locally. Later Natasha finds Tony struggling with a website to find somewhere to tan the hides. The local place he had in mind has gone bust – the nearest other one is over 300 miles away and not cheap. Undefeated, Tony finds a couple of hides for around £200 each he can buy for the tearoom. Natasha’s happy. Harry bumps into Harrison and Harrison wonders what’s on his mind. Harry says sorry about last Friday and insists he’s not a problem drinker, but Harrison reveals he has looked Harry up and found his driving ban. Harry insists he’s clean now and wouldn’t have driven on Friday. Harrison points out that it’s only because Harrison stopped him. Harrison is concerned that Alice doesn’t know about Harry’s history – she is vulnerable, and there’s Martha too. Harry insists he’ll do whatever it takes – he’ll stop drinking now. Harrison gives Harry a name and number to contact for support, suggesting he contacts him today. Harry agrees. But later Harrison finds Harry in a bar, having had a drink and sounding merry. Harry admits he hasn’t made contact with the support group and insists that Alice doesn’t need to know about his drinking. Harrison gives him an ultimatum – tell Alice or he will. But Harry calls him out – if Harrison breaks police rules, Harry would make sure the right people knew about it.
20/02/2024
20-02-2024
20/02/2024
Tony shares with Vince and Natasha what a nice time in Paris Helen and the boys had. He also checks Vince’s opinion of the refreshed Tea Room. Vince is positive – it’s the second best tea room in Borsetshire. Natasha is put out and Vince mentions a tea room in Brampton Green that has a better atmosphere, with sheepskin wall hangings making the place feel relaxing and welcoming, also deadening the noise. Vince suggests cowhide for the tea room and Tony’s keen, thinking of the Bridge Farm Anguses going for slaughter tomorrow. Vince can give him the hides, to be taken for tanning in Borchester. Jolene seems brighter and tells Elizabeth she has decided to talk to someone as advised. Elizabeth is invited to join Jolene in town as she goes shopping and they discuss Freddie doing well at the abattoir. Jolene ignores her phone, but reveals that it’s Harrison, who she admits may or may not be her new confidante. Jolene’s sorry for being touchy sometimes, and Elizabeth politely makes her excuses, leaving Jolene to continue her shopping, and praising her for taking action. Jolene suddenly finds herself with unwanted company, as Markie introduces himself. He remembers Jolene from back in the day, menacingly telling her he still follows her on social media. Jolene makes to leave but he says sit down. He also references Elizabeth, and is here to remind Jolene that she has a nice little village boozer. She should keep it that way and not talk to anyone, for her friends’ and family’s sake as well.
19/02/2024
19-02-2024
19/02/2024
Emma and Ed are meeting Miles today, and Will volunteers to advise on negotiations. At the site, Ed goes off with Miles, leaving Emma to mock Will and the ostentatious hazel thumb stick he’s brought for appearances. Ed returns alone and Emma fears the worst, but chipper Ed says the deal is agreed! Miles was impressed by their pitch. Over a celebratory coffee and cake with Will, Ed and Emma reflect - Miles was virtually on board from Emma’s first phone call to him. But they still need to get through an interview with the bank on Friday. Emma’s also over the moon about how well her course assignment went – she wrote about a poem that she feels could be all about Grange Farm, and Ed would like her to read it to him later. Natasha gleans the info about them grazing on Miles’s land, and doesn’t hold back in criticising Miles. But Emma insists they will be alright. Vince doesn’t let on to Elizabeth about his recent conversations with Jolene, as Elizabeth decides to have a chat with Jolene to offer support. Jolene says she’s alright – just day to day concerns and worrying about Kenton – playing down her serious worry. Remembering how Jolene helped her during her depression, Elizabeth encourages Jolene to accept help and talk to someone, volunteering herself. Vince lies to Elizabeth about leaving his phone on the bar. He speaks to Jolene again, explaining he didn’t put Elizabeth up to talking to her. Jolene reassures Vince that after her chat with Elizabeth she has decided to talk to Harrison tomorrow - and tell him everything.
18/02/2024
18-02-2024
18/02/2024
As Ed frets over how they are going to get the tree surgery business off the ground, Emma stuns him with her initiative, having worked out a plan to graze on the ten acres of land they crave. Ed's sceptical about trying Miles Titchener, but Emma has already found a number and called him directly - and Miles is thinking about it. Next step is to meet.At the Bull, David and Jolene chuckle over Tony’s ‘larky’ behaviour last Friday. They agree that things seem brighter since the dog attack – and David’s little disagreement with Lilian is all sorted too. Jolene admits she's concerned about Fallon, who has been quiet and is probably worried herself about Harrison who’s having a problem at work. Vince sidles up to Jolene at the Bull and unnerves her by insisting he's making progress tracking down the scumbags who attacked Kenton. He has a name - Markie - and is on the way to sniffing out a couple of other thugs. Jolene plays down her worry, trying to steer Vince away from his detective work, insisting things have gone quiet now. But Vince is determined. Later, David casually asks Jolene whether Vince has been bothering her, but she says it’s fine. But when Vince pushes things, jumpy Jolene finally snaps, and Vince realises that she has had a visit from this guy Markie. Jolene just wants to stay quiet and Markie will leave her alone, but Vince reckons that won't happen. He says she should go to the police – or Harrison. She’ll need to do something, sooner rather than later.
15/02/2024
15-02-2024
15/02/2024
Whilst Alistair and Denise are finishing up an operation on a cat he takes the opportunity to apologise for accusing her of sending him a Valentine’s card at work. She’s slightly mollified when Alistair tells her the whole episode was completely humiliating, then encourages him to make the most of his dating app. They’re interrupted by Paul, who tells Denise his Dad’s been trying to call her. John’s mother - Paul’s grandmother - has had another fall, and this time it’s bad enough to put her in hospital. Paul had planned to fly out to St Lucia in the summer to see her, but now he’s fearful that if she takes a turn for the worse he might not see her again. Denise insists Paul should fly out with his father tomorrow. Alistair then arranges with Lovell James for Paul to have compassionate leave so he can go. Alistair and Denise agree they’ll cope with the extra work in Paul’s absence. After a potential wedding client for the Brookfield barn cancels their booking, Pip and Ruth discuss how thinly stretched they are on the farm without David. On top of a relentless stream of admin they still have to be out in the fields doing actual farming. Pip reveals that she asked Lily whether the new events manager at Grey Gables, where Lily’s doing work experience, might promote Brookfield to their guests as a venue for an authentic barn dance and farm experience. If it works David will be impressed. But in the meantime, they need him back as soon as possible.
14/02/2024
14-02-2024
14/02/2024
Alice finds Lilian smoking - and fuming - outside The Bull as she takes a break from David’s ‘help’, while Kenton continues his recovery. As Lilian sees it David is basically an obstruction behind the bar, while she runs around changing barrels, bottling up and filling the dishwasher. Her mood doesn’t improve when she goes back inside and David asks where she’s been. It gets worse when he uses their premium prosecco to experiment on a Valentine’s Day cocktail recipe. Kenton comes in to find relations more than a little strained. The final straw comes when David persuades Harrison to try a cocktail, but while doing his Tom Cruise impression and throwing the shaker around, David elbows Lilian squarely in the eye. She gives him a full rundown of his shortcomings and orders him into the cellar to move some barrels. The row prompts Kenton to shout at both of them to shut up and sort out the situation. Later, Kenton apologises, explaining that the row made him panic – it was frightening. Sympathetic David vows that from now on he’ll help make sure The Bull runs smoothly - and quietly. Fallon tells Harrison that Alice apologised for Harry’s clumsy question about them having children, then asks why Harrison got so upset. He apologises for not handling it better and concedes that, while he agreed they wouldn’t have children, there is still part of him that would have liked to. But more than that, he wants to be with Fallon and accepts she doesn’t want them. She kisses Harrison and wishes him Happy Valentine’s Day.
13/02/2024
13-02-2024
13/02/2024
At the vets, Paul and Alistair are heading for a drink at The Bull, where Denise will join them. But first Paul wants Alistair to open an envelope that’s addressed to him. Alistair says it can wait, as Denise will be annoyed if they’re late. But Paul thinks she’ll be more annoyed about Alistair signing Hilda up for Kitten Club. Later, Denise enthuses about her plans for Kitten Club before Alistair produces a Valentine card, presuming she sent it. Denise is half-amused, half-annoyed he thinks it was her. Paul sees the card and starts playing detective, but Alistair’s in no mood to speculate. Denise spots a QR code and discovers the card is a promo from Countryside Courting, a dating app Alistair signed up to but never used.Awkward Alistair says he lost his password. And anyway, he prefers the idea of getting to know someone in person. Paul scoffs, the only people Alistair ever sees are Jim, Jakob, Paul and Denise, then promises he’ll sign Alistair up again.Despite Fallon’s enthusiasm Harrison’s downbeat at the prospect of playing mini golf with Harry and Alice. He reckons they move in different circles to ‘horsey types’ like Harry. Later, in the middle of their round, Harry clumsily asks whether Fallon and Harrison have children, then if Fallon is pregnant. Harrison walks off, irritated. When Fallon follows him, Harry worries that he hasn’t made a good impression. But in the end, he asserts, his relationship with Alice is what matters most. Alice agrees, before the others return, with Harrison apologising for walking off. They resume playing golf and harmony is restored.
12/02/2024
12-02-2024
12/02/2024
Clarrie tells Susan Tony wants a word and fears he’s going to read them the riot act about the incident with Hilda. When they tell Adam he suggests they’re going to have to face the music together. Unfortunately Tony’s dressing down proves even worse than feared. The incident with Hilda was bad enough, but what made it worse was being the result of a prank. Their actions have placed the family business in jeopardy. Susan and Clarrie should have known better, but as for Adam, Pat and Tony have no choice but to let him go! Susan and Clarrie are shocked and racked with guilt, before Adam reveals Tony was just pretending – he hasn’t been sacked. But the wind-up was so successful Susan and Clarrie don’t believe him. Adam then calls Tony, who confirms that Adam still has a job. At Brookfield Pip tells Ruth she’s been up since five am and hasn’t had a break. They agree it’s a struggle coping, now David’s helping out at The Bull. Later, Tony arrives asking to borrow a telehandler, but Pip has her hands full with an early calf coming. He offers to help and they successfully deliver a new addition to the herd. Tony tells Pip a call he took is just a bit of fun back at Bridge Farm, before adding ruefully that they have seen their share of drama recently, thanks to Hilda. Pip suggests he take the cat to Denise’s Kitten Clinic. They admire the new calf with Ruth before agreeing it’s things like this that make all the hard work of farming worthwhile.
11/02/2024
11-02-2024
11/02/2024
David brings the Sunday papers to disconsolate Kenton, who’s depressed about pulling his stitches last week. All the usual bar staff are unavailable and Kenton has never felt so useless. David finds Jolene and Lilian run off their feet at The Bull and offers to help. He’ll cover for Kenton – Ruth and Pip can take care of the farm. But David is a little overconfident and it’s not long before Lilian takes him to task for gossiping with the locals instead of filling the dishwasher and changing a barrel. Then Kenton turns up for a change of scene and to prop up the bar. Jolene reacts badly when Derek Fletcher falls off his chair, still fearful that the thugs who attacked Kenton might return. Kenton is worried about Jolene, but Lilian and David promise to look out for her until he moves back in. While out running together Alice tells Fallon that Harry’s mum, Eve, found out she is an alcoholic and has banned him from seeing her. Fallon is shocked. Alice then confides that one of Eve’s friends recognised her from a picture and revealed some grim details of Alice’s behaviour when she was drinking. Alice can understand Eve’s reaction, but Harry doesn’t care what his mum thinks and says he’s falling in love with her. Alice confesses she feels the same – but it’s messy. She doesn’t want Harry to have to choose between the two of them. Fallon thinks Alice should concentrate on having fun with Harry, proposing they all go on a double date at a new mini golf in Felpersham.