Message from the BBC

Exciting news for listeners of The Archers


With the pandemic affecting so many aspects of day-to-day life, there is at least the occasional silver lining.  We’ve been approached by BBC Birmingham with a proposal that may be of interest to listeners of The Archers on Radio 4.

Fans of The Archers will know that the current storylines are recorded up until May, with the BBC now preparing to record new episodes which will include the effects of the pandemic.  Unfortunately, they are unable to make recordings in the studio due to social distancing restrictions.

The BBC is proposing to make all the recordings in the open (it is, they point out, set in a rural and farming community after all) at various village locations. They have chosen Bourton as one such location.  As a consequence, residents will see a number of outside broadcast vehicles in the village later in the month, but the BBC have assured us that disruption will be kept to a minimum.  They have asked us not to get too close to the staff and actors and certainly not approach any of them seeking autographs.

Furthermore, the BBC is looking for extras for certain scenes (apparently one story line involves a riot of panic buyers at the organic farm shop).  If you are interested in appearing in The Archers you should contact BBC Birmingham on 0121 567 6000.