The 60th anniversary edition of the Archers was a humdinger which left me emotionally drained. The Archers is of course an integral part of the Slow Life. I have to confess I’m an intermittent rather than a devoted listener. I catch as much as I can of the omnibus edition on a Sunday morning, usually on the way to the farm and I always tune in if I happen to be in the car when it’s on. It doesn’t matter if you miss a few episodes- the characters are more important than the story line.
It was different a couple of years ago, when I tuned in every evening without fail. This was when I and thousands of others were following the adventures of Hannah, the pig girl, who was brought in to help Jazza look after his pigs. Hannah was played by Helen Longworth of the Heroes of She. She developed quite a fan base on the Archers’ website and we were all bitterly disappointed when her character was phased out after a couple of months.
The photo is of Helen holding a pig on my farm. It was taken on a perishingly cold January day. In site of the cold and the fact that the pig was doing unmentionable things all down her coat Helen didn’t bat an eye and never stopped smiling during a long photo –shoot. She’s a true professional. Now that Nigel has gone, there’s room for another character. The answer is obvious- bring back Hannah the pig girl!