01/07/2022

01/07/2022

By BBC Radio 4

The Archers

Friday, 1 July

Russ feels awkward at the illicit rave, not open to persuasion by Lily or Chelsea to get involved. He asks Chelsea how she always stays so positive, and she shares some homespun philosophy. Chelsea drags reluctant Russ off to try and get some of his preferred tunes played. She teases him over his lack of movement, but he asserts he could dance her under the table if the music’s right. Lily bumps into old flame Sol at the crowded bar area and he offers to get her drinks for her. They chat, Sol making it clear he’d rather she was with him than with Russ. He makes some not unkind comments about the age gap between Russ and Lily. Lily asserts she’s happy with Russ. She concedes they have disagreements, like everyone, but she’s committed to him. Sol speculates on what could have been, but doesn’t want to cause trouble. Lily’s flattered, but insists she’s not interested and says goodbye. She finds Russ on the dancefloor, a little the worse for wear but having fun. She likes this side of him and joins in. Josh has allowed Ben to attend the rave on the condition he goes with him. Ben spills his beer over unimpressed Chelsea, and storms off for some space. Josh promises to buy Chelsea a drink by way of apology for his brother. Josh finds tearful Ben wandering alone. He sobs that he loves Beth, but however hard he tries he can’t stop things falling apart. He’s messed up everything and doesn’t know how to fix it.
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