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  • 19/10/2017

    · The Archers

    Philip fixes the Dower House shower, and Lilian jokes to Shula he's her knight in shining armour. Shula offloads to Lilian about organising the Hunt Ball - Alistair needs to be firm and refuse to be on call. Lilian tells her Justin has heard rumours about a horse being badly treated at the Stables. It's not to do with the horse that died but a livery horse that went lame. Pip has got a fence repair to do at Hollowtree, Toby brings her tea and apologises for his part in the moment when Pip tried to kiss him. They forcefully agree they are mates. Later, Pip tells Toby she still has feelings for him and they kiss passionately.Philip recounts to Lilian how he had to break up Justin and Matt outside The Bull. While out walking Ruby, Lilian bumps into Matt who admits he probably did wind Justin up when Ruby was found. With the weather turning bad, Lilian gets into Matt's car. Matt wants Lilian to help move along a horse sale with her friend Philomena. Lilian's not sure but agrees when Matt says she'll soon never see him again.

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  • 18/10/2017

    · The Archers

    Jennifer and Brian think Noluthando should go to college while she is staying in Ambridge. Kate doesn't want to pressure her to go, arguing that the whole purpose of her trip was for Noluthando to know Kate again. Noluthando escapes to Lower Loxley, explaining to Freddie that Brian and Jennifer want her to go to college. Freddie thinks that college might be more fun than hanging around Home Farm as she could meet his friends. Later, Noluthando tells Kate that she will look into going to college under protest, and if she does go she will need some new clothes. Lynda decides not to direct the Christmas Show this year as she wants to prioritise her hobbies and Robert's PC election campaign. While out canvassing, Robert has a strange encounter with Sabrina Thwaite and Brian takes him to task about not having enough passion for some of the local issues. Later, Robert confesses to Lynda that he doesn't feel cut out to be a politician and despite his best efforts in convincing Brian again, Brian says he has pledged his vote to Emma at the persuasion of Jim Lloyd. Suspecting Jim might have ulterior motives in helping Emma, Robert pledges war.

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  • 17/10/2017

    · The Archers

    Emma worries about why Jim Lloyd wants to help her with her Parish Council election campaign. As clerk, Jim should remain neutral, so could he have an ulterior motive? Emma shares her suspicions with Peggy, who observes that if Jim wants to risk his position then it's up to him. Emma decides to accept Jim's offer of help.Eddie and Joe are apple scrumping near Borchester, on a site marked for a housing development. Joe wants take some cuttings to rescue the apple trees from the bulldozers. However, he can't until the leaves have fallen, which could be too late. At The Bull, Nic enjoys being back working on the bar and gives Joe and Eddie some business advice. Joe asks Justin Elliot if he knows when the Borchester development will start, and Justin reluctantly agrees to ask around.Tony tells Peggy that Justin has asked him to be witness at the wedding and Tony is undecided about accepting. Peggy thinks it shows that Justin really wants to be part of the family, and says it's about making it a happy day for Lilian. Persuaded, Tony tells Justin at The Bull that he would be honoured to take part. Justin reassures Lilian that it will be the perfect wedding.

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  • 16/10/2017

    · The Archers

    Ruth notices Toby in the yard at Brookfield. He's looking for Josh, and Pip appears and explains that Josh is out. Toby leaves abruptly. Ruth tells Pip that she and David would be happy for her to move back to Rickyard. They are hoping to expand the dairy herd and want to know Pip's commitment to the farm. Pip agrees to stay, on the condition that Ruth and David have a holiday and Pip insists on paying for flights. Ruth agrees and Toby reappears, quickly retreating. Ruth asks Pip about the awkward atmosphere, but Pip maintains she and Toby are still friends.Shula informs Alistair that the news about losing the horse is spreading beyond Sal Blakedown. Alistair believes nobody will believe the rumours and decides the college will dismiss the complaint. They discuss arrangements for the Hunt Ball and it transpires Alistair may have to be on call much to Shula's displeasure. Latif appears and is disappointed not to see Anisha but wants to learn more about Graham, who'll be covering. Latif has heard the rumours and Alistair has to reassure Latif that the college will exonerate them from any blame. Shula worries - will Alistair lose Latif, one of his biggest clients? Alistair is determined to get on and stop worrying.

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  • 15/10/2017

    · The Archers

    Pip is reluctant to talk but Lily insists she says what's wrong. Pip is upset about the incident with Toby last week. Lily asks her why she dumped Toby in the first place. Pip explains and also says she still has feelings for him, suggesting she would like them to be more than just friends. Lily tells her to discuss her feelings with Toby and let him decide.While out riding, Lilian meets Adam and an excited Henry, flying Adam's drone. Adam asks her about her wedding plans and how she enjoyed Justin's special dinner. Covering her confusion, Lilian says she enjoyed the surprise. Later, at the Dower House, Justin notices that Lilian is anxious, and she admits feeling guilty about missing his dinner and is stressed about the wedding. Justin reassures her that nothing will spoil their special day.Henry loved his day out with Adam. Before Tony takes him home, Henry asks how Ian and Adam can have a baby. Adam steps in with an answer. Afterwards, Ian tells Adam he's a natural when it comes to being a dad. Adam admits he had fun spending time with Henry and is now starting to feel the same way about parenting as Ian.

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  • 11/10/2017

    · The Archers

    Kate's desperate to 'regenerate her connection' with Noluthando, and can't understand why Jennifer's making waves over Nolly's extended stay in Ambridge. Kate suggests to bored Noluthando that they pop over to Lower Loxley to see the twins. Noluthando grudgingly acquiesces. She finds the visit to Lily and Freddie unexpectedly agreeable, and is particularly keen on the idea of the Hunt Ball. The hunting talk disgusts Kate, and she leaves. Noluthando snubs Lily's offer of tips on the local culture, and she too flounces off, much to Freddie's amusement. He's very impressed; not many people get the better of his sister.Alistair's working on his reply to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons regarding the complaint against him. He's not really listening to Shula's hunt ball woes. He's had a call from Sal Blakedown, who wants to know how a horse had died in his care. He and Shula can't work out how Sal knew. And worse, Sal seems to be cooling off on them now Anisha's not around. Pip finds busy Toby up to his ears in bottling gin. She feeds him lunch, and they chat warmly. Pip picks up the wrong signals, and makes a move to kiss Toby. He's shocked and upset. She can't mess him about like this! Chastened, Pip retreats.

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  • 10/10/2017

    · The Archers

    Pip's not herself, and her lack of enthusiasm on the farm is worrying David and Ruth. Her involvement in decisions concerning the expansion of the herd is key. Adam admits she doesn't seem herself, in contrast with Josh, who's buzzing. Ruth wishes some of it would rub off on Pip. They're concerned she'll take up an offer on another farm eventually; there's nothing keeping her in Ambridge.Ian's done more research on donor eggs and surrogacy, and talks Adam through the process. Adam does his best to share Ian's enthusiasm, and later informs Ian he's arranged to look after Henry, alone, for a few hours.Lilian receives a surprise invitation to the Cheltenham Literature Festival - from Matt. She accepts, inventing a cover story for Justin. She promises she'll be back for supper. She has a fun and interesting day with Matt, and he wants to extend the day to include dinner. After a moment of hesitation, Lilian calls Justin with an excuse. Justin's very put out. He'd spent a long time researching and cooking a special meal, gleaning tips from Ian. As Lilian arrives home late, the air is tense, and she and Justin bid one another a frosty good night.

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  • 09/10/2017

    · The Archers

    Robert suggests Sleeping Beauty for the Christmas show. Lynda thinks it's worth considering. She reminds him to write his application letter to the Parish Council. She mentions some car vandalism and suggests it's something Robert could bring up once he's on.Robert observes to Emma that they appear to be rivals. He's at pains to point out it was unintentional; he hopes she knows it's nothing personal. Emma assures him she's not bothered. Feeling disheartened, she's in no mood to chat to Jim. But Jim has useful information. He's keen to avoid the parish council giving Robert an easy co-option, so has some paperwork ready for Emma to get ten signatures in order to trigger an election. When Robert expresses doubt to Lynda over his decision to stand, she points out he's the perfect candidate; he should leave it up to the parish council to pick the best man for the job.Busy Shula stands in to help Alistair with some vaccinations. Her head's full of the Hunt Ball. Alistair reassures her that he's getting a proper stand-in for Anisha: Graham Tate will start soon. Over dinner Shula tells Jim the prognosis isn't good for Anisha's mum. Meanwhile Alistair discovers the owner of the horse he couldn't save has made a formal complaint. It's the last thing he needs.

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  • 08/10/2017

    · The Archers

    Over the apple scratter and press, Joe and Eddie eagerly anticipate the high quality cider to come. They gossip about Susan and Clarrie - they're being worked into the ground, but Susan apparently has a cunning plan. Nic pops by and Eddie and Joe regale her with the virtues of the special Tumble Tussock apples. Nic has a brainwave: how about offering cider with the turkeys as a special promotion? Joe's horrified, but Eddie thinks she's on to a winner. They take Nic to see the trees the apples came from. Joe thinks it would be good to take some cuttings for grafting, before the land's bulldozed for development. On the way Nic muses that she should do more with her life. Emma's parish council bid has inspired her. Lilian's restless and irritable. She announces to Justin she's off to visit a friend's racing stables, but she'd rather go alone. Once there she bumps into Matt, who's sizing up horses for possible purchase. Over tea and cake Matt brings the subject around to Justin. Lilian admits she was discomfited by Justin's liaison with Miranda in Edinburgh. She feels disrespected by his deceit. And his apologies are just making it worse. Matt's reaction makes Lilian realise she much prefers his way of dealing with things. Unnerved, she serves the tea.

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  • 06/10/2017

    · The Archers

    Eddie and Ed drive over to Penny Hassett to pick up some cider apples from Eddie's mate Colin. Joe thinks it'll be a waste of time, but joins them to exercise his power to veto substandard apples. Joe cheers up when he realises that the apples are rare tumble tussocks. Eddie is determined to find the tree from which they came.Ed asks for Emma's help choosing which semen to buy to inseminate his Texels. She gives her opinion, but asks to be spared the details. Emma's upset to learn that Neil has already filled the space in the Parish Council. Ed thinks it sounds boring, but Emma wants her family to be taken seriously. Neil is pleased by her interest, and explains that it's not too late for her to stand against Robert. When Justin returns home from Edinburgh he discovers that Lilian has torn up the contract incorporating Amside into Damara. Lilian explains that she's been rethinking a lot of things after having discovered that Justin was working with Miranda. Justin tries to explain that he only kept that information from Lilian so as not to upset her. But he makes things worse by revealing that he allowed an elderly aunt of Miranda's to believe they were still married. A furious Lilian banishes him to the guest bedroom.

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  • 05/10/2017

    · The Archers

    Oliver retires from the Parish council, so Neil visits Ambridge Hall to see if Lynda will take his place. Lynda apologises to Neil, explaining that she doesn't have the time. However, it strikes her that Robert would be perfect. It's time for him to step out of her shadow.Fallon and Harrison host a housewarming party at Woodbine Cottage. Harrison thanks Christine again for selling it to them. Christine feels that she's done very well out of the rent and the sale, and offers to put the money to a good use. She'd like to fund a changing room for the women cricketers. Noluthando asks to stay at Home Farm, just like Phoebe once stayed in South Africa. When Kate hesitates, she storms out, proclaiming that Kate obviously loves Phoebe more. Later, Noluthando claims that Lucas's new girlfriend Siphiwe has turned her father against her. Kate phones Lucas to accuse him of neglecting his children. She doesn't believe his argument that Noluthando's behaviour has been appalling, despite his and Siphiwe's best efforts. He asks for a divorce, curtly informing Kate she shouldn't be surprised. Kate proclaims that Noluthando can stay as long as she likes. Kate steamrollers Brian into agreeing, without consulting Jennifer.

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  • 04/10/2017

    · The Archers

    Alice takes on the job of dissuading Kate from becoming Adam and Ian's surrogate. She asks if Kate has considered the wider picture, causing Kate to wonder if Alice wants to be their surrogate. Alice hastily corrects her. She suggests that this will be an odd complication to introduce when Kate is decluttering her life. And what about the impact on Kate's health, her business, and the children she already has? Alice also mentions that older mothers find it harder to regain their figures. Kate realises she might not be the right person after all. Alice offers to break the news to Adam and Ian.Lilian's disappointed that Justin won't be home until Friday. Mandy Beesborough ambushes Lilian with unwelcome news. She's seen Justin socialising with Miranda in Edinburgh. They're working together restructuring the part of his business Miranda gained in the divorce. Lilian vows to confront Justin on his return.Later, Matt arrives at the Dower House and Lilian invites him for a drink. He'll soon be relocating to Ecuador, and suggests that it would be a marvellous place for Lilian to take a holiday. Lilian mentions the Damara takeover of Amside, and Matt admits it'll be sad to see the company disappear. Lilian has his number, and he promises to be available if she ever needs to talk.

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  • 03/10/2017

    · The Archers

    Brian is woken in the early hours by Kate, who still needs the money he promised for her and Nolunthando's trip to London. She wants £400 in cash, but Brian will only agree to transfer £300 into her bank account. Noluthando has more fun in London than Kate, and they return laden with shopping. Brian observes that he thought Kate was de-cluttering, and she counters that she deserves a treat after her stressful day.At Grey Gables Ian finds that Joey, the new maitre d', isn't up to the job. Brian's trying to have a meeting with his accountant, and drops into the kitchen to complain that their orders have been mixed up. Joey gets into an argument with a customer that ends with him flipping a table and walking out, presumably never to return. Roy steps in to run the restaurant for the night. Oliver offers to help, but Roy and Ian reassure him that, along with Kathy, they can sort everything out. Noluthando is thrilled when Phoebe returns from her European trip. Phoebe's so lucky to have that freedom. Noluthando couldn't even disappear for fifteen minutes at Camden Market without Kate going crazy. Later, Phoebe observes to Roy that Noluthando is very like Kate. Neither is very good at noticing the feelings of others.

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  • 02/10/2017

    · The Archers

    At the Stables Alistair and Anisha operate on a horse, but partway through it stops breathing. Anisha does her best to save it, but Alistair has to gently remind her that there's sometimes nothing you can do. Anisha gets an urgent phone call, and realises she'll have to return to Glasgow immediately.Eddie arrives at Brookfield looking for the money Josh owes him. Josh has his eye on a new car, and insists he's doing just fine financially, although Pip notices he hasn't bought Jill a birthday present. Pip and Eddie observe that some people have all the luck.At Honeysuckle Cottage Adam has been awake all night worrying about Kate's offer. He waits until the morning to tell Ian, and is surprised when Ian seriously considers the possibility. For all her talk of "maternal instinct", Kate hasn't been a brilliant mother. But Ian argues that Kate's record of leaving her children behind might make it easier for her to be a surrogate. Later, Eddie mentions to Ian that he's seen Kate with Nolunthando, and observes that she likes to make things complicated. When Ian and Adam discuss the offer again they wonder if it's part of Kate's midlife crisis. Ian suspects she would interfere with their parenting. They decide they'll have to refuse, but agree to handle Kate with caution.

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  • 01/10/2017

    · The Archers

    Kate is excited to have the opportunity to show her daughter around Ambridge, but Noluthando is underwhelmed. Kate tries to persuade Noluthando to join her for yoga, but Noluthando would rather watch television. She thinks Spiritual Home is founded upon a lot of nonsense. But, if Kate had to set it up, why couldn't it be in South Africa? Plenty of divorced parents manage to stay close to their kids. Kate insists that she's always tried to keep in touch. And she had Phoebe to think about too. She proposes a shopping trip, and Noluthando happily accepts, provided it's to London. Justin hopes that Lilian will sign the paperwork to incorporate Amside into Damara before he leaves for Edinburgh. Lilian would rather take time to read it, and insists there's no hurry. Seeing the size of Justin's suitcase she realises that, far from the two nights he promised, he'll be gone for the week. Justin suggests that she could come to Scotland next time for a holiday.Kate surprises Adam by offering to be his and Ian's surrogate. She's convinced she's the natural choice, and would even donate an egg. Adam, trying hard to mask his reservations, makes Kate promise to keep the offer secret.

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  • 29/09/2017

    · The Archers

    At Spiritual Home Kate and Alice's birthday party begins with a surprise. Brian and Jennifer have brought Nolly over from South Africa for two weeks. Kate's delighted, but can't completely hide her disappointment that Sipho claims to be too busy to join her. Kate introduces everyone to her "little Nolly", who asks to be called Noluthando, since she's no longer so little. Brian's the first to give Kate "the gift on an honest opinion", praising her work at Spiritual Home. Unfortunately this goes to her head, and she barely acknowledges the rest of the family's constructive criticism. Alice points out that Kate can be tactless. Kate reciprocates by informing Alice that she's selfish. At a networking function Lilian's behaviour irritates Justin. Lilian insists she's just having a bit of fun, but Justin insists that she has offended an influential contact. Lilian's relieved when he suggests they leave early, and reminds Justin that they are due at Alice and Kate's party. Justin stays long enough to be polite, then Lilian has to invent an excuse to leave. Back home Justin reveals that he's been preparing paperwork for a takeover of Amside, despite the fact that Lilian hasn't agreed to anything. The atmosphere becomes tense. Justin insists they shouldn't fight, and Lilian concedes that everything is getting on top of her. Justin promises that everything will be absolutely fine.

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