A New Year special edition where Tim Bentinck (who sounds very like David Archer) recalls seeing in many New Years at Brookfield and other stories from the farm at the centre of Ambridge – including the man who must not be named (Sam the cowman) who almost wrecked David’s marriage to Ruth. Roifield points out that The Archers is particularly good at mentioning birthdays and anniversaries – particularly the programme’s own birthday on 1 January so the focus is often on Brookfield. The loss of Nigel is also covered – no-one was pleased with the departure of such an idio-syncratic character who was easily distinguished from the remainder of the cast. Nigel always stood out – and Tim admits that Nigel’s scream was stretched in post-production to an unreasonable length.
The subject matter then diverts to talking about accents as that is a particular interest of Tim’s. Tim’s recent appearance as a Doctor in Rillington Place is also mentioned. Tim has been in three different jobs recently with Tim Roth which he talks about and also Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He would like jobs in India or Canada if anyone is listening. Tim also reveals how accents can represent merged heritage.
Tim thinks he has finished his autobiography – 103,000 words to be published later in 2017 – an ideal present for Archers aficionados.
Happy 2017 everyone