The Sunday Times yesterday reported that Radio 4 will have to broadcast from its archives for three weeks in May because the new episode are “taking a little longer than anticipated” to record during the lockdown. The BBC said that there are “extensive challenges posed by the continuing pandemic.”
Jeremy Howe, editor of The Archers, said that it was simply not possible for production staff to work any faster. Between 3rd May and 24th May there will be 5 weekly archived episodes which will air from Sunday to Thursday at the usual time of 7pm. The new episodes which are being recorded by the cast from their homes will begin again on 25th May.
Each week’s archived episode will have a theme. The first will take listeners back in time to the important events in the life and times of Ambridge residents including 4 couples walking down the aisle to their weddings and one in which the village bids farewell to one of its most loved characters.
When the Archers returns it will see fewer interactions between its cast to reflect the social distancing measures and characters sharing more of their private thoughts with the listeners. (Source: drawn from the Sunday Times 19/4)