12/04/2022

12/04/2022

By BBC Radio 4

The Archers

Tuesday, 12 April

Excited Beth’s looking forward to thrashing Ben at the race track. Distracted Ben seems nervous to Jill but plays it down. In the car with the instructor Ben makes a start but soon pulls into the pit lane. Beth checks on him but he insists he’s ok, just out of breath. Beth talks about race cars, and Leonard gets nostalgic. Beth compliments him on his motoring knowledge. She suggests to Ben that she donates one of her drives to him, but Ben jumps in and offers his own. Leonard’s overjoyed and can’t believe he gets to drive. Jill comments on the generosity of Ruairi’s gift. Jill lets slip to Beth she was aware of Ben’s nerves. Beth insists to Jill that Ben had no need to act brave for her; he’s so courageous in other areas. Jill suggests she share some of that praise with him. Beth confronts Ben about pretending not to be scared – she tells him all she wants is for him to be honest. Ben admits that David and Ruth’s accident affected his confidence. They become closer and end up saying “I love you” – before wondering who’s in the car instead of Beth. Jill’s taken her chance to try a bit of racing herself – in the passenger seat with the instructor. As they speed along, thrilled Jill is up for one more lap! The instructor compliments Leonard’s skills too. Inspired, Leonard offers to whizz Jill around the Hassett Hills. But for now, sensible Ben insists he’s driving them home.
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