The BBC Radio 4 soap opera will see these new episodes airing from May.
“For nearly 70 years Ambridge has been a haven for our audience, and so it continues to be. Whilst Coronavirus might be coming to Borsetshire, listeners can still expect The Archers to be an escape, and the residents to be bickering and as playful and witty as ever.” – Jeremy Howe, Editor of The Archers
Long-running Radio 4 soap The Archers has announced changes due to coronavirus. Enough episodes have been recorded to take listeners to Ambridge as usual until the end of April with temporary changes coming into effect thereafter.
The team behind The Archers will soon start using ‘home studios’ with the cast recording ‘down the line’, connected to directors and crew as studio-based recordings are not an option under current social distancing guidelines.
“The Archers will sound different and will be simpler, but I think keeping the show running and giving us all an opportunity to hear from beloved characters will be a treat loyal listeners will want and need.” – Jeremy Howe, Editor of The Archers
Other changes include a slimmed down broadcast pattern and episodes featuring fewer characters.
Starting Monday 4th May, there will be four episodes per week, broadcast Monday to Thursday at the usual time of 7pm on BBC Radio 4. The Sunday Omnibus will consequently be shorter.
“We want this new approach to The Archers to still be a picture of the way we live now in rural England that it has always been. However, these are unprecedented times and the team has worked tirelessly to make sure we can continue to visit Ambridge. I am enormously grateful to the production team, the cast and the crew for all their magnificent efforts and creativity.” – Jeremy Howe, Editor of The Archers