The Archers at 70: so much more than an everyday tale of country folk

The Radio 4 serial is the longest-running soap opera in the world. Fans are enjoying a series of special shows to mark the anniversary

For those who expend a lot of energy dodging The Archers, the task will be more difficult for a bit. The radio soap opera that genuinely divides the nation, far more alarmingly than the infamous Marmite, has reached another hefty milestone that cannot be ignored. The longest running drama in the world is 70 years old on 1 January.

A series of special programmes have already begun to air, culminating in the anniversary episode itself on New Year’s Day.

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