02/01/2022

02/01/2022

By BBC Radio 4

The Archers

Sunday, 2 January

In the post production glow of The Passion, Mike’s hailed the hero for ensuring Harrison’s cross was safe and secure. Susan berates Mike for having lured Neil out drinking on a work night earlier in the week. Mike reckons they should be looking at winding down at their age, but Susan counters that Neil’s perfectly happy at Berrow at the moment; senior management suits him. They banter for a while before Susan good-naturedly agrees to Mike taking the last sausage roll. Susan and Kirsty agree that luck was with them for today’s performance – though Susan insists most of it was down to Kirsty’s clever planning and preparation. And now they can all finally get back to life as they know it. Chris and Alice are at the Lower Loxley arboretum with Martha. As they reminisce about happier times Chris goes in for a kiss. Shocked Alice pulls back and is wrongfooted. Chris maintains Martha deserves to have them both, in a proper family like before. Alice counters they can never be like a normal family – she’s an alcoholic. She loved being married to Chris, but it’s not like that now. Chris believes they still make a great team. Alice reiterates that she needs all her energy to focus on herself at the moment. Upset Chris feels she’s making it all about her again and not what he might want. Alice gently apologises. This is the best way; they can’t be together. They say goodbye and distraught Chris closes the door on Alice.
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