Sunday, July 13, 2008
The Archers Again
'The Archers' this week gave us another Golden Radio Moment (c) when the satanic infant George fell into Neil Carter's pig sty. He was shocked but unhurt, sadly.
I worked up at BBC Birmingham recently, in the brand new Mailbox building. You pass 'The Archers' studio on a landing on the way into the newsroom. It has a big window so you can see the equipment and control booth, but when they record they draw down big blinds so you can't see the actors. I'm glad about that as I have specific visual images of many of the cast nurtured over twenty five years. They include:
Joe Grundy: Almost indescribably hairy, red faced, hook nosed and illegally smelly.
Matt: Sideburns and bad breath.
Jennifer: Dark shoulder length hair and a martyred expression.
Shula: Dark shorter hair but the same martyred expression as Jennifer.
Lillian: Silverish bob, blue eyes and the foxy manner that's made her the favourite character at Hendo Towers.
Clarrie: Traditionally built (see Alexander McCall Smith), and yes, rosy cheeks.
George: Blond hair, tiny, with a tiny '666' tattooed somewhere only a professional exorcist can find it.