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10 January 2023

Lit and Sci

Are you an Archers fan?

Speaker: Liz John

Sat 21 January 7.30pm
Hebden Bridge Town Hall
£8 (tickets from Town Hall, (weekdays. cash/chq only) or online at Ticket Source


What is it about this 'everyday story of country folk' that makes millions tune in daily?

Have you ever wondered how the longest running radio drama in the world gets written? These are just two of the questions Libby Tempest will put to Archers scriptwriter Liz John during the first Lit and Sci event of 2023.

Liz John (pictured right) has been writing for The Archers for more than 6 years - she describes joining the scriptwriting team as "a total joy". Libby Tempest is chair of the Gaskell Society and an ardent Archers fan. Their in-depth discussion will cover such topics as how the plot lines are decided, how the writers and the actors interact, who are the 'comedy characters', the significance of 'that kiss' between the first gay couple to get married on the radio, the rigorous (occasionally ruthless!) editorial process - and what really happened with the Rob & Helen story?

Libby will also explore what Liz has to say about the life of a professional writer and some of the other writing projects she's involved in. She teaches scriptwriting and runs workshops etc. Perhaps the discussion will extend to the controversial topic of what happened to the Archers during lockdown. Do come!

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