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is an extension (broadcast on the digital radio station BBC Radio 4 Extra) of the long-running radio drama The Archers
The Archers is a long-running British soap opera broadcast on the BBC's main spoken-word channel, Radio 4. It was originally billed as "an everyday story of country folk", but is now described on its Radio 4 web site as "contemporary drama in a rural setting"...
. It began in 2011 and will run for at least two series. The show features a number of new or previously silent and minor characters from the main series, in particular focussing on younger characters. The programme is broadcast on Tuesday and Thursday with an omnibus on Sunday, all following The Archers
on Radio 4. "Barwick Green" has been re-arranged for the show, performed by folk group Bellowhead
Bellowhead are an English contemporary folk band originally brought together by John Spiers and Jon Boden. The eleven-piece band plays traditional dance tunes, folk songs and shanties, with arrangements drawing inspiration from a wide diversity of musical styles and influences...
Listener response to the early episodes were largely negative. Vicki Power in The Telegraph
suggested that the series showed potential, but needed to include storylines that the main show could "not afford to ignore", suggesting that the current format felt like listening to "the reserve team". The show has been abbreviated to AMEX
by listeners of the programme.
ran for 13 weeks (26 episodes) from April through to June 2011. A second 13 week series began airing from 4 October 2011 at 2.15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.