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Radio 4’s The Archers are coming to Cornwall

Ever wondered what it’s like to work on The Archers? Well, festival-goers in Penzance are in for a treat at this year’s Penzance Literary Festival.

Script-writer Keri Davies and two of The Archers’ cast will share unmissable insights when they take part in a panel discussion, at the Acorn Theatre on Thursday 5th July.

There will be the opportunity to hear all about the script-writing process, tricks of the trade, and the experience of being a long-running character, as well as their fascinating secrets (like how the production team create those smoochy kisses).

Penzance Literary Festival spokeswoman Linda Camidge said: “You’ll be able to see whether Matt Crawford (Kim Durham) and Ruth Archer (Felicity Finch) are as you have always imagined them. We are also excited to hear from script-writer Keri Davies, who penned Kirsty’s 2017 meltdown, the armed raid on the village shop and over 700 other episodes.

“For fans of The Archers, this is an absolutely must-see event, so be ready when tickets go on sale in a few weeks’ time!”

There are heaps of other treasures at this year’s four-day festival, which begins on Wednesday July 4 and runs to Saturday July 7, with appearances by top speakers Michael Pennington, Adam Hart-Davis, Rachel Joyce and musical treats from Tim Dean. For more information see

Imogen Weatherly

Imogen can usually be found in a village community cinema, exploring Cornwall’s great outdoors, at foodie events, or watching live theatre. When she’s not getting stuck into all the lovely cultural stuff in Cornwall, you can find her on the beach.