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  • Published: 3 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448141050
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

The Archers: The Ambridge Chronicles

Moments that made the nation's favourite radio drama



A collection of some of the best stories from over 60 years of the nation’s favourite radio drama

The Archers, like life, is made of moments: marriages and births, loves and losses, triumphs and disasters. It has been the soundtrack of our lives for over six decades, from stooking corn with Dan Archer in the 1950s to the tragic death of Nigel Pargetter in 2011.

We know the characters of Ambridge – from much-loved Phil and Jill Archer and the irrepressible Grundys to wayward Brian Aldridge – like we know close friends. This book is their tribute.

The Ambridge Chronicles relives some of the defining moments in The Archers history, delving into the rich archive of its scripts, to celebrate the highs and lows that have made the world’s longest running radio serial so treasured.

  • Published: 3 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448141050
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the authors

Joanna Toye

Joanna Toye has been associated with The Archers for virtually all her working life either on the writing or production team, where she was Senior Producer. She first wrote scripts for the programme in the 1980s, returning to the writing team full-time in 1999 and writing episodes as varied as the denouement of Ruth’s near-affair with Sam, the visit of the Duchess of Cornwall to Ambridge, and the recent Brookfield fire.

Jo co-authored The Archers Encyclopaedia, has written five novelisations about The Archers, and wrote The Archers Miscellany, which celebrates the extraordinary mass of detail accumulated in the programme’s archives over 60 years.

Karen Farrington

Karen Farrington is an author, ghost-writer, editor and researcher for a range of leading UK publishers. She has written more than 40 books, including the Springwatch Almanac, The Ambridge Chronicles, and Great Lives, as well as for national magazines and newspapers.

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