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Episode 210: The Archers

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Ian Dunn
1279779.  Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:14 am Reply with quote

In Episode 210 (released 30th March 2018), you talked about the death of Grace Archer that was used by the BBC to combat against the launch of ITV.

While it is partly true that the death of Grace was used against ITV, there is reportedly another reason why Grace was killed: sexism.

In 2015, Ysanne Churchman, the actressed who played Grace, said that she was axed because she wanted to be paid the same as her male co-stars. She thus came into conflict with the show's creator Godfrey Baseley.

“So that was how it happened and how I, or rather Grace, came to die: victimisation because I had been to Equity to get my fees put right,” said Churchman, now 90.

The story was turned into a Radio 4 drama in 2015 called Dead Girls Tell No Tales, marking the 60th anniversary of the axing fo the character and Churchman's sacking, in which Churchman made an appearance as herself.

Sources: Telegraph, Radio Times, The Independent and BBC


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