The Archers

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longest running drama - good mix of dull and enthralling village life


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Josh has been feeling lost since having his phone and laptop confiscated by the police. Ben wants him to realise how his actions have affected the family. Ben’s getting stick from people at college and David has had to face the NFU. Taking advantage while Josh is at his lowest, Ben persuades Josh to lend him his car for the Young Farmers’ quiz and various upcoming social events. Jakob is taken aback when Kate returns home early from her course. Kate’s cross when she discovers Alice and Chris have already told Jakob about her pregnancy. Nonetheless, she feels pure joy at being pregnant. Though Jakob’s apprehensive, he’s adamant he’ll do his best for Kate and the baby. Kate thinks Jakob’s being practical and boring in trying to work out the logistics of where Kate will stay. If he had his way, he’d have been planning since the moment she took the pregnancy test. But Kate says that’s not her way, besides, she hasn’t taken a test. She’s got three children and knows her own body, all the signs are there. Later, Kate takes a test, which comes out negative. How could she have got it so wrong? Jakob assures her they’re still the same couple and tries to persuade her to stay. After all, she’s had a shock. Kate just wants to be alone and leaves for The Lodge. She apologises for everything.
Feb 17, 2020
Lynda and Jazzer fill Tracy in on the latest meeting of the ReBulls. They have to think of ways to hit them where it most hurts: their profit margins. Ed’s concerned that the ReBulls' actions will hurt more than just Kenton and Jolene. Tracy asks Lynda why she raised drug use at yesterday's staff meeting. Lynda has no evidence it was Freddie, but she believes he's dealing again. Tracy agrees to keep an eye on him. Lynda's disheartened to find that The B's Valentine's event has had glowing reviews, and a number of people have refuted the comment she left in Dylan Nells' name. They'll have to think bigger to persuade Jolene and Lillian to restore its name to The Bull. Freddie confronts Johnny: thanks to him, Lynda thinks he's dealing again. Freddie implores Johnny to give up the steroids; they'll screw him up. Johnny breaks down and says he can't stop taking them: they're not steroids, they're for his hair loss. He feels so low about his appearance he can't even look in a mirror. That's why he's been wearing a hat. He's sure it's why Bella dumped him, and it's only ever going to get worse. Johnny tells Freddie he'll come clean to Lynda, but Freddie’s confident she’ll forget all about it in time.
Feb 16, 2020
Determined to work out what's wrong with Johnny, Freddie riffles through his bag at the gym and finds a small bag of pills. When Johnny won't admit they're not steroids, Freddie resolves to flush them down the toilet. Lynda catches them arguing outside the changing rooms. She confronts Freddie and explains she believes he's been trying to sell drugs to Johnny. She won't tell Oliver yet, but she will raise the matter at tomorrow's staff meeting. Kenton’s pleased to see punters are taking advantage of his love letterbox at the pub. Tracy reports that there's been no sign of trouble from the ReBulls so far. Roman's been keeping her entertained by sending anonymous notes to the other diners. By the end of the night, good reviews of the pub are starting to come in online. These are dampened by a scathing review signed 'Dylan Nells' - Lynda's alter ego. They realise Tracy must have been reporting to her. This means war. When Alistair tackles Jakob, he explains he's had a rather unexpected pregnancy diagnosis. They discuss how Jakob feels about the prospect of becoming a father. Alistair explains that being a dad to Dan was one of his proudest achievements. Jakob's not ready to speak to Kate yet, and decides instead to research fatherhood online before Kate returns.
Feb 14, 2020
Tracy tells Emma about the amazing afternoon tea she had for free at Grey Gables, thanks to Lynda. She can't wait for her complimentary Valentine's meal at The Bull either. Emma asks which side Tracy's actually on, the pub's or the ReBulls'. She says she's on the right side - her own. Emma tells Tracy she'll be meeting Gavin for a drink next week. Neither of them is interested in dating, but Emma still feels odd about meeting up. Tracy gives Emma her best dating advice and encourages her to go ahead. David's pleased that the cow's test results for contagious diseases were all clear. Alistair recommends checking their feed storage is air-tight, as he suspects the cow had a fungal abortion. David tells Alistair he’s decided to pay for the dairy herd health plan, as he'd never hear the end of it from Ruth and Pip otherwise. Jakob seems agitated and forgetful when tending to one of Shula's horses. He explains that it's just down to a bad night's sleep. He's decided to offer a weigh-in to the surgery's horse-owning clients, followed by a clinic for the really obese animals. Jakob points out that Amir and Aziz both have weight issues. Shula and Alistair can't help but notice that Jakob's been particularly rude today. Alistair's determined to get to the bottom of it.
Feb 13, 2020
Ben arrives home early from college as his tutor's off sick. He finds Jill in the orchard checking the hen house roof. She congratulates Ben on his three university offers. Ben realises that it's been ten years since Phil died, and shares his memories of him with Jill. She tells Ben that when Phil suggested she keep some hens, she finally felt that Brookfield was going to be her home. Ben likes hearing about his family history, but Jill is cautious of maundering on and asks Ben about his Valentine's plans and university choices. He explains that there would be loads of advantages in going to Felpersham university, like living at home and working with Bess. Besides, he'd miss Jill's cakes and biscuits. Jakob diagnoses Cranford Crystal with laminitis and recommends putting her in a smaller stable as soon as possible with another pony for company. Jakob thinks the most plausible explanation for her condition is that she's been over-eating, as she's showing other signs of obesity. He puts her on a strict diet. After Jakob's finished treating the horse, Chris offers him his congratulations on becoming a father. Jakob is stunned - Kate's told Alice and not him. Now he understands her cryptic messages. He's going to become a father.
Feb 12, 2020
It’s another quiet night at The B at Ambridge. Emma agrees to work on Valentine’s Day, it’s not like she has other plans. Jolene’s cynical about the event, but Kenton is confident it’ll be a success. They notice Emma has spent a long time talking to Gavin. Jolene assures Emma that’s fine, she was just demonstrating good customer relations. Jolene’s pleased that they’ve got Tracy acting as a double agent. She’s promised to keep Jolene in the loop about any planned disruptions in exchange for a free meal. Shula fills Freddie in on her meeting with Alan, in which they decided on a theme for the Lent appeal. As Ambridge is feeling fractured right now, they are going to ask parishioners to say positive, complimentary things to one another. Freddie raises his concerns about Johnny. Shula thinks Johnny's probably still hurting from the break up. Robert wants to talk llamas with Jakob. Jakob asks if Robert is angling for some free advice. He sends Robert packing with instructions to check over the llama himself before phoning Alistair and paying him for his time. Shula’s intrigued by the special news Kate wants to impart to Jakob, but Jakob's less taken in. She's probably just bought a nice new dreamcatcher.
Feb 11, 2020
Alistair helps out at Brookfield with a cow that’s lost her calf. Ruth and David fill him in on the situation with Josh. They’ve had to deal with snide remarks from the likes of Nathan Booth about the legitimacy of Josh’s business. Alistair takes the opportunity to promote a herd health package to Ruth and David, though David is wary. Freddie and Ben call in on Johnny and are amazed to see he’s set up a make-shift gym in the barn. They try to persuade Johnny to join them for a Valentine’s night out at a club in town – they need a group of twelve to get decent drink discounts. They give him a hard sell and tell him about all the girls that’ll be going. Johnny loses his temper with them. All he wants to do on Friday is go to the gym, why can’t they understand that? Johnny storms off. They wonder what on earth could have got into him.
Feb 10, 2020
Alistair’s surprised to see Jakob in the office on a Sunday. He explains that he’s taken on some extra work. With Kate on a course, Jakob is relieved to have free rein of his flat again. Alistair asks Jakob for advice ahead of his review with Doug Lovell. His herd health package sign-up rate is thin. Jakob’s always been successful at signing up clients to the equine packages and offers him some advice. Lynda and Robert watch a pair of blackbirds who are nesting in their paddock. Talk turns to Valentine’s Day and Lynda admits she’s agreed to work on that evening. She’s concocted a plan to send Tracy to The B’s Valentine event as a mole. Still, there’s no need to be constrained by dates. They take a leaf out of the blackbird’s book and decide to head home for some pair-bonding of their own. Alice is sad that Spearmint has died, though he reached a good age. She’s decided to start competing on her new horse Banjo, to make the most of him. While Chris shoes Banjo, they discuss readings for Xander’s naming ceremony. Chris remarks to an exasperated Alice that maybe they’ll have a naming ceremony of their own to attend one day. Chris heads off for lunch with the Aldridges and swears he won’t mention Kate’s pregnancy. He just wonders how Jakob has taken the news…
Feb 09, 2020
Writer, Liz John Director, Jeremy Howe Editor, Jeremy Howe Jill Archer ….. Patricia Greene David Archer ….. Timothy Bentinck Pip Archer ….. Daisy Badger Josh Archer ….. Angus Imrie Jolene Archer ….. Buffy Davis Kenton Archer ….. Richard Attlee Helen Archer ….. Louiza Patikas Lilian Bellamy ….. Sunny Ormonde Neil Carter ….. Brian Hewlett Susan Carter ….. Charlotte Martin Alice Carter ….. Hollie Chapman Rex Fairbrother ….. Nick Barber Bert Fry ….. Eric Allan Kate Madikane ….. Perdita Avery Kirsty Miller ….. Annabelle Dowler Freddie Pargetter ….. Toby Laurence Johnny Phillips ….. Tom Gibbons Hannah Riley ….. Helen Longworth Lynda Snell ….. Carole Boyd Peggy Woolley ….. June Spencer Jakob Hakansson ….. Paul Venables Philip Moss ….. Andy Hockley Lee Bryce ….. Ryan Early Gavin ….. Gareth Pierce
Feb 07, 2020
Jill tries to persuade the family to have dinner at The B at Ambridge to show their support to Kenton and Jolene. Josh is reluctant; he feels the whole village is talking about him. Jill reminds him he’s not the only member of the family who’s been on the wrong side of the law. Besides, how can Josh be worried about people staring at him when the pub is so empty? Pip attempts peace talks with Rex and offers him use of the Brookfield trailer at any time, but he’s not in a forgiving mood. Josh assures Rex it’ll all blow over soon, and then he’ll have plenty of work again. Rex lets rip. He declares he’ll never work for Josh again. That includes the egg business; he wants paying out for his wages, the trailer, and the eggs by the end of the month. Jolene’s feeling really under the weather. She and Kenton are concerned by how empty the pub is. It’s made them appreciate the importance of the locals. They acknowledge Jill’s meal was a success. Kenton hopes it will all be worth it in the end. Tentatively, he broaches the subject of Eccles, and Jolene assures him all is forgiven.
Feb 06, 2020
Freddie’s aghast to discover how much a gym membership at Grey Gables costs. Kirsty secretly offers him some free day passes. Freddie sets about trying to show off his strength and promptly embarrasses himself when he gets stuck under some weights. Freddie’s not convinced he’ll invest in a membership, but Johnny wants to start going every day. Helen meets Kirsty after her shift for a much-needed drink. Gavin’s still being a nightmare houseguest. Helen sympathises; Lee’s girls really didn’t warm to her the other day. They agree that whatever’s going on with your partner’s children, you can’t let it get in the way of your relationship. Helen suggests a meal out on Valentine’s Day, but Lee’s wary about going out. The truth is, with the cost of rent and maintenance, he can’t afford it. Helen understands. She’s happy to stay in – that can be just as nice as a night out. Kate has fully made herself at home at Jakob’s – she’s even started getting parcels delivered to his flat. Her mess exasperates him, and she discovers that Peggy has already returned to The Lodge. He hints that he likes having his own space and suggests Kate returns home. Kate makes an excuse about hating her mattress at The Lodge. She’ll have to stay until she can buy a new one.
Feb 05, 2020
Business is still slow at The Bull, so Jill insists on buying a drink for her and for Neil. She sympathises with him over his tricky work situation and wonders if he’d be better sticking with the devil he knows, than risk finding a job elsewhere. Meanwhile, Lynda briefs Bert on how to sabotage the cocktail night. He, Jazzer and Lynda head inside to mingle with the young crowd. Their aim is to bore them witless. Neil catches Hannah as she’s leaving Berrow. She informs him she’s accepted her job offer and is surprised to hear that Neil’s new role comes with a pay cut. He admits he’s just accepted his new job too, so from now on he’ll be supplying Hannah’s unit with weaners. Later that evening, Lynda is dismayed to discover that Jazzer and Bert’s boring stories are going down a treat. The young crowd love them. Lynda sweeps out of the pub. Kenton says it’s made his week. Lilian reckons it’s made her whole year.
Feb 04, 2020
Lilian and Lynda have an altercation in the village shop over Lynda’s petition against The Bull’s name change. Neil’s feeling glum after a hard day at work with Hannah. He feels he’s let Susan down in having his pay cut. Susan insists she’s still proud of Neil and doesn’t care about the money. His happiness is what matters to her, and whether he decides to take the new job or quit, she’ll support him. Just as they are about to sit down to eat, Lynda arrives with her petition. Susan is uncomfortable about signing it now that Emma works there, but Neil admits that they hate the new name. He signs it and persuades Susan to follow suit. After all, no customers at The Bull means no work for Emma. Kate tries to interest Peggy in her plans for Xander’s naming ceremony, but with a broken boiler, Peggy’s too cold to concentrate. Kate makes arrangements to stay with Jakob until it’s fixed, and Peggy decides to stay at the Dower House, as long as she can bring Hilda and the kittens. Kate makes her presence felt as soon as she arrives at Jakob’s, having brought half her belongings and the contents of Peggy’s fridge. Kate insists she’s far too tired to cook and leaves Jakob to navigate her vegan cookery book.
Feb 03, 2020
With Gavin monopolising the telly with his games console, Philip and Kirsty are resigned to the kitchen. He goes off on one when Philip switches off the telly and insists he joins them for roast lunch. It’s like having a stroppy teenager in the house. Kirsty is keen to keep the peace after Philip makes an insensitive remark and sends Gavin back to play on his game. Lee and Helen get ready for a day out cycling with his girls. Helen notices how quiet they are around her, and Lee explains it’s because they’re so protective of him. Josh reports David’s on the warpath after Vince asked for a twenty per cent discount on the wedding venue. Josh is keeping a low profile, and seeks solace in Pip, who lectures him on his poor record-keeping. Offended by a tactless remark from Josh, Pip leaves him to sort the dung spreader himself. If she stays, she might just throttle him. Ben has to take over when Josh struggles with his task. Josh isn’t sure he fits in on the farm anymore, and feels lost without his business. Pip is confident he’ll land on his feet, he always does. In the meantime, he has to stay positive and help out where he can.
Feb 02, 2020
Tracy Horrobin's Guide to The Archers
Join one of Ambridge’s more outspoken residents, Tracy Horrobin, for her unique take on the highs and lows of life in Borsetshire’s most talked about village.
Feb 01, 2020
Today’s the day Stephanie will decide whether she still wants Brookfield as her wedding venue. Josh is feeling the pressure. With Josh’s kit confiscated by the police, and his reputation in tatters, he’s stuck for things to do. David assigns him some tasks around the farm. David is dismayed to discover that Vince has come in Stephanie’s place, as she’s at a dress fitting. Vince plays up the risk he’d be taking in booking Brookfield when the police could show up and ruin the whole day. Josh steps in and takes all the blame. The police were there on account of his stupid mistake, and it wouldn’t be fair for the wedding business to suffer from his actions. Stephanie needs more time to mull it over. Vince admires Josh’s honesty, and hands him his business card and the details of his hot shot lawyer. While Jack is distracted by the new playground, Kirsty fills Helen in on her plans for a secret wedding. Helen is touched to be invited. Kirsty’s surprised to find Gavin waiting outside her house. As Philip arrives, Gavin breaks down and explains that his fiancée Kelly has chucked him out. His wedding’s off. With the state he’s in, Kirsty insists Gavin stays with them for a few days.
Jan 31, 2020
Jim and Fiona take a day trip to the Iron Age site at Heybury. Jim asks Fiona whether her travelling companion, Angie, is a friend or a partner. Fiona says she’s a partner and asks if Jim is ok with that. Why on earth wouldn’t he be? Fiona wishes she’d told him she was gay sooner. All that matters to Jim is that she’s happy. The Bull is looking particularly empty, and Lilian feels that Lynda and her petition aren't helping. She’s cheered, however, when a young crowd from Felpersham make a big booking for a cocktail night next week. What with that and their Valentine’s event, things are starting to look up. Neil is convinced he’s for the chop ahead of his meeting with the BL board. At the meeting, Martyn asks Neil his opinion of Hannah’s management skills. Neil offers a diplomatic response. Back at home, Susan distracts him with talk of their upcoming holiday to Lanzarote. Neil braces himself for the worst when Justin tells him the upshot of the meeting. While they’ll be restructuring, Berrow certainly won’t be firing Neil. Instead, they’d like to launch an outdoor breeding unit. Hannah would manage the indoor unit; Neil the outdoor. It would mean a pay cut, but Justin advises Neil to give it some careful consideration.
Jan 30, 2020
The attention during Philip’s publicity shoot at the playground is all getting a bit much for him. Gavin distracts him with photos of their wedding venue. He pointedly tells Philip they’ve settled on Crete instead of Bali to keep costs down, now that they have to factor Philip and Kirsty’s wedding into the equation. This makes Kirsty feel even guiltier. Adam and Ian wave goodbye to Xander as Kate takes him to a trial baby yoga session. If it’s a success, she’s going to look into running some sessions at Spiritual Home. Kate’s also planning a naming ceremony for Xander. Adam and Ian dread to think what it might entail. They go swimming at Grey Gables to make the most of their free afternoon. Adam sheepishly admits he’ll have to leave early to feed the deer while Brian prepares for a BL meeting. Ian suggests that they grab something to eat while they’re there. Adam can tell Ian wants to check up on Hugh’s work. Kate returns a sleeping Xander to Adam and Ian. They find her ideas for his naming ceremony a little radical, so she shows them her more traditional plan B, which sounds perfect. Ian just has one request – as Grey Gables clearly has the best food in the area, he’d like Hugh to cater for it. Then they can see what he’s really made of.
Jan 29, 2020
Lee helps Johnny to load up his car with a mattress he’s ‘borrowing’ from Bridge Farm for his new room at 1, The Green. Johnny struggles under the weight of the mattress and reveals to Lee his plans to get fit by joining the Grey Gables gym. Lee’s been given a membership by Helen for Christmas, so he suggests they start training together. Josh returns home from the police station to a frantic David and Ruth, who won’t let him dodge their questions. After a night in a cell he’s been released pending further investigation. He assures them he had no idea that the trailer was stolen. He admits that while he keeps records of sorts, he’s got pretty behind with his paperwork. They can’t believe Josh has been so careless when they’re so scrupulous with their own paperwork. With calving starting in the next few days, this couldn’t have come at a worse time. Josh admits he’s messed up big time. He’ll just have to wait and see if he’s charged. Josh is wary when Johnny comes to visit him at Brookfield. Johnny assures him that he’s not there for a confrontation about Bella, he’s happy to move on if Josh is. Josh is moved when Johnny offers his support. Ruth and David rein in their anger when they see how distraught Josh is. They try to assure him he won’t be sent to prison, but he's scared. What if it’s too late?
Jan 28, 2020
Fiona and Alistair are pleased to see how much progress Jim has made, but Fiona is concerned that meeting Michael, another survivor, has affected Jim more than he’s letting on. Over lunch, Alistair digs for details of Fiona’s holiday. She relents and admits she was on holiday with someone new, Angie. Fiona thinks it’s the real deal and Alistair couldn’t be happier. Her concern now is how she’ll come out to Jim. Vince arrives at Brookfield bang on time. Thankfully, Philip was able to clear the builders’ mess out of the yard promptly. Vince ropes Josh into talking him through their plans for the kitchen and toilet extension, but their discussion is interrupted by the arrival of two police officers. They promptly arrest Josh on suspicion of theft. More officers arrive to search Brookfield for stolen machinery. Ruth and David’ll have to produce paperwork for all the equipment on the farm. Vince can see they have a lot on their plate and makes a hasty retreat. Later that night, a dejected David returns to the farm. The police are keeping Josh in overnight. Worried, Ruth and David go over all eventualities but come to the conclusion there’s nothing more they can do now. They’ll just have to wait and see.
Jan 27, 2020
Kirsty and Philip are feeling loved up following their decision to marry in secret. Emma arrives at their house and congratulates them on their plans for a long engagement. But what she really wants to know is whether Philip will attend the opening ceremony of the renovated playground. Kirsty invites her inside. Emma explains that the opening will be covered in the newspaper, and they’d like pictures of Philip and Gavin – fame at last! Emma looks wistfully around their kitchen and Philip tactlessly offers her a tour of the house. Fiona surprises Jim at Greenacres. She still has some time off work following her holiday, and she’d like to stay for a few days. She’s pleased to see Jim looking well, and offers her praise for how bravely he approached Harold’s funeral. Josh is on edge after seeing Rex’s car at Brookfield. David reassures Josh that Rex is only there for a rewilding meeting. David is concerned about the state Philip’s team has left the yard in and hastily tries to tidy up ahead of Vince’s visit. There’s a lot riding on it, and they can guarantee Vince won’t make it easy for them.
Jan 26, 2020
The Bull’s Burns Bop was a total flop. Jolene apologises to Emma for her first night on the job being so quiet. Emma admits it gave her time to think about Nic. Later, the Burns supper, though quiet, seems to be going down well. Jolene enlists Justin to give the speech and toast, which end up being rather worthy. Meanwhile, Tracy is making the most of the free drinks Lilian promised her for Roman’s work. She and Roman sneak off to the Grundys’ party, leaving an eye-watering bar tab for Jolene to settle. With the amount she’s put away, the night will hardly cover costs. Clarrie and Eddie reflect on the success of the night before: it made some decent money. Clarrie warns Eddie that this won’t become a regular occurrence. They want to prove a point, not put The Bull out of business. Kirsty recites a poem to rapturous applause. Philip’s pleased to have been approached for several building jobs off the back of his playground work. If they come off, they should be able to afford a holiday. Kirsty suggests they make it a honeymoon instead. Helen made her see sense: Kirsty loves Philip and wants to marry him; she just doesn’t want the palaver that comes with it. She’d rather it was just the two of them. It’s a firm yes from Philip.
Jan 24, 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, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 0800 077 077.
Jan 23, 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, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 0800 077 077.
Jan 22, 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.
Jan 21, 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…
Jan 20, 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…
Jan 19, 2020
Making Mince Pies with Jill Archer
Join Jill in the kitchen at Brookfield as she makes a batch of her much loved mince pies
Dec 09, 2019