The Archers: The History of Radio’s Most Famous Programme by William Smethurst

The Archers: The History of Radio’s Most Famous Programme by William Smethurst lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.

Michael O Mara, 1996, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: The Archers is the longest-running radio serial in the world and certainly the best-loved. How did it start? Whose idea was it? How did it achieve its pre-eminent place on British radio?

Its first trial episodes were heard on the Midland Home Service in 1950 but, appropriately for a mighty oak, its seed had been long in germination. In this definitive account of how the programme was born and how it evolved William Smethurst, who for eleven years was first writer and then editor of The Archers, has delved deep to write a book no Archers fan should be without.

Smethurst reveals the behind-the-scenes dramas that listeners never heard, and the truth behind many rumours and legends which have long puzzled Archers addicts. What was the real reason why Grace Archer was killed in 1955? What happened to Doris Archers secret sister? Why did radio chiefs complain about Dan Archers indelicacies? What was the plot that nearly killed Peggy Archer? Why was Princess Margaret unhappy at Grey Gables?

Over forty-five years The Archers has presented an everyday story of country folk attempting to reflect the reality of farming life through characters whom we get to know as intimately as members of our own family. This is the story of how that was achieved. Unauthorized by the BBC, William Smethursts detailed research and many interviews with those who have worked on The Archers has enabled him to write a highly entertaining insiders story of a broadcasting phenomenon.

The Archers: The True Story is illustrated throughout and includes historic photographs specially taken by Picture Posts star photographer Bert Hardy in the 1950s, most of which have not been reproduced in book form before.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges.

Pictorial boards. 256 pages. Index. 10″ x 7″.

This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Radio category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!


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