Welcome to my Archers Gift Guide & Frequently Asked Questions

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June 30th, Next on The Archers, Elizabeth looks out for her family. at 19:00 on Radio4 94.1 FM or online via the BBC Website.

I’ve been listening to the Archers since the days of the BBC Home Service following the lives of everyday country folk. I thought I’d put together a little page listing various Archers related books, gift ideas and Archers merchandise. In part this is as a hint to my family but also I thought it might be useful to other fans of the Archers and their friends and family.

The Archers: The Ambridge Chronicles: Moments that made the nation’s favourite radio drama by Joanna Toye and Karen Farrington


The Archers, like life, is made of moments: marriages and births, loves and losses, triumphs and disasters. It has been the soundtrack of our lives for over six decades, from stooking corn with Dan Archer in the 1950s to the tragic death of Nigel Pargetter in 2011.

We know the characters of Ambridge – from much-loved Phil and Jill Archer and the irrepressible Grundys to wayward Brian Aldridge – like we know close friends. This book is their tribute.

The Ambridge Chronicles relives some of the defining moments in The Archers history, delving into the rich archive of its scripts, to celebrate the highs and lows that have made the world’s longest running radio serial so treasured.


Click here to view a preview on Amazon.


The Archers: Ambridge at War

‘Intriguing, comforting and endearingly familiar’ Katie Fforde

‘The opening words of the first radio episode of The Archers 70 years ago set the scene for a novel that takes readers back to before the much-loved “everyday story of country folk” began . . . Nostalgia for avid listeners with long memories’ Choice

‘In this new novel celebrating the 70th anniversary of the beloved radio show, we follow the lives of the families of Ambridge before it all began . . . families that listeners have known and loved for generations face an uphill battle to keep their secrets hidden’ Countryside

‘An inventive cosy crime prequel to the “everyday story of country folk”, first aired 70 years ago . . . a good novel tautly constructed and often laugh-aloud funny’ The Times

Published May 13th 2021


Written by Catherine Miller.

Click here to view a preview on Amazon.

The Archers: Year of Food and Farming by Keri Davies


The front cover says “A celebration of Ambridge’s most delicious produce, from the fields to the kitchens, with a side order of gossip“.


Keri Davies is a radio producer and writer, best known for his work on The Archers. He used to be the show’s senior producer and since 2003 has been a scriptwriter. Until 2015, he ran the official website for the show.


This is a wonderful concept for a book for Archers fans. I’m sure we all have a mental picture of the busy kitchen at Brookfield, and I know I’ve been spurred into Christmas preparation on more than one occasion by the annual mention of Stir-up Sunday, which of course is the Sunday before the start of Advent. 


I love Almanacs, so the thought of dipping into this book throughout the year fills me with pleasure. 


This one is defiantly on my Christmas list this.

Written by Keri Davies.


Click here to view a preview on Amazon.


For the Love of the Archers: The unofficial Puzzle Book

As one of Britain’s best-loved and longest-running radio serials, The Archers has a special place in our lives and affections. But when you’re not tuning in for the latest goings-on in Borsetshire, how about a puzzle or two to pass the time? From quizzes and riddles to crosswords and sudoku, whether you’re an expert on all things Ambridge or merely a casual listener, there’s plenty in these pages to tickle your fancy and tease your brain.

I can see this being a popular Christmas gift this Christmas for people who love listening to the Archers.

Written by Neil Somerville.

Click here to view a preview on Amazon.

Dum di dum Archers Lined Notebook: A Lined notebook for journals, passwords, addresses, creative ideas

104 page perfect bound lined notebook for journals, passwords, addresses, creative ideas, panto notes or farmyard accident record keeping!

Perfect for Archers fans, friends and family!

An unofficial companion to the nation’s favourite radio drama.
Would make a great Secret Santa gift or Festive Stocking filler.

Size: 19 x 23.5 cm
Interior: White with lined pages.

Click here to buy this on Amazon.co.uk

Archers note book

The Archers Quizbook: Join Ambridge treasure Lynda Snell on a quiz quest around Britain’s most loved village

Publisher 2020

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Leading scholars combine their love of The Archers with their specialist subjects, in Custard, Culverts and Cake – a sometimes serious, but most often wry look at the people of Ambridge. A group of Archers Academics take on subjects such as food, geography, social media, faith. There is, naturally, an entire section dedicated to the Helen and Rob storyline.  – click here
The Archers Board Game
The Archers Board Game – click here
The intrepid team of researchers who brought you Custard, Culverts and Cake: Academics on Life in The Archers return with a hard-hitting exposé on the lives of the women of Ambridge. In this new book, the Archers Academics are joined by former The Archers editor, Alison Hindell and real-life Academic Archer Dr Charlotte Connor (a.k.a. Susan Carter), to examine the power of gossip in Ambridge, portrayals of love, marriage, and motherhood, female education and career expectations, women’s mental health and the hard-won right of women to play cricket. Gender, Sex and Gossip in Ambridge gives the reader a deeper understanding of the real life issues covered in the programme, an insight into the residents of Ambridge, and validation that hours of listening to The Archers is, in fact, academic research. – Click here to view on Amazon
Tim Bentinck Being David Archer
Timothy Bentinck has played the part of David Archer in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers since 1982. He is also the Earl of Portland and the voice of ‘Mind The Gap’ on the Piccadilly Line. Aimed primarily at the five million regular Archers listeners, Timothy takes the reader behind the scenes of the longest running drama series in the world, a British institution with a theme tune that Billy Connolly wants to be the National Anthem. – Hardback from about £13. Click for details.
Keep Calm and Dum di dum Lined Notebook for Archers fans: A lined notebook for journals, passwords, poetry, addresses, creative ideas & emergency lists – click for details.
Archived Archers recordings from the 1950's, 60, and 70's CD cover.
Archers, The The Best Of Vintage (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged by Charles Collingwood (Reader), Full Cast (Reader), Gwen Berryman (Reader), Ysanne Churchman (Reader) – Click picture for more details.
Keep Calm and Listen to the Archers Mug
Keep Calm and Listen to the Archers Mug – click on it for details.
For the love of the Archers - an unofficial companion.
For the Love of The Archers: An Unofficial Companion – click on picture for details.

The Archers Frequently Asked Questions…..

Q: Who created the archers? The Archers was created by Godfrey Baseley. It was created by Godfrey Baseley and was broadcast to the English Midlands in the Regional Home Service, as ‘a farming Dick Barton’. Recordings were sent to London, and the BBC decided to commission the series for a longer national run. Q: Who played john archer in the Archers? Sam Barriscale played John Archer


On this blog I only list The Archers merchandise, products and services which I personally like.  When you click on some of the products I mention, I may earn a small referral fee if you go on to purchase the item. This helps to make this blog possible. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to learn more please don’t hesitate to get in touch.