26/06/2022

26/06/2022

By BBC Radio 4

The Archers

Sunday, 26 June

It’s the day of Steph’s Suddenly Single party at Brookfield Barn. There’s early disaster as Steph’s hair and make-up artist cancels. Ben comes up with a solution in the form of Chelsea Horrobin. When Chelsea arrives she’s a little starstruck by influencer Steph, and at first the two of them hit it off. Chelsea ends up encouraging Steph, and taking pictures for her social accounts. However the party bombs, and Steph’s demands get a bit much for Chelsea. With few guests other than the male stripper even Steph can’t pretend it’s going well, and Chelsea tells it like it is. She points out that people are siding with Steph’s husband Liam online, before declaring she’s leaving. She doesn’t know why she bothered helping Steph. Steph protests she’s paying Chelsea to be there, but Chelsea doesn’t care. The party well and truly over, Steph is left crying over the pinata. She admits to Ben that the whole event was to show Liam what a good time she was having, and to try and win him back. Now she’s just an embarrassment. She looks awful on social. Ben comforts her, taking her phone away from her; not everything’s about looks. Steph misreads Ben’s sympathy and goes in for a kiss just as Beth walks in. Shocked Beth leaves, bumping into bewildered David on her way out. Ben tries to follow her, protesting his innocence, but Beth runs. David counsels his son to let Beth go and cool off. Distraught Ben insists he didn’t do anything.
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