The Archers (Picture: BBC Picture Archives)

The Archers remains one of the longest running dramas in the world, and it has aired over 18,900 episodes since first broadcasting in 1951.

The audio drama is aired six times a week on BBC radio and it continues to attract a large group of listeners.

Set in Ambridge village in the fictional county of Borsetshire, the series follows the Archer family and their neighbours as they run continue to run their farms each week.

If youre wondering how to catch up with episodes that youve missed, then here is everything that you need to know.

How to catch up on The Archers

The good news is that episodes of The Archers are made available to listen to on the BBC website.

Each new episode is added to the website and is available to stream and download, but it is only on the platform for 30 days before being removed, so you need to listen to it within a month of being broadcast.


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The Archers episodes are thirteen minutes long and they are broadcast on BBC Radio Four every day between Sunday and Friday at 19.00, and they are repeated again the next day at 14.00, except on Saturdays.

If you miss a week of episodes and dont want to stream them, there is also the option to listen to the omnibus on Sundays at 10.00 on BBC Radio Four.

The series is also available to download as a podcast so that you can listen to it on the move.

When did The Archers start?

The first episode of The Archers was broadcast on 1 January 1951, following five pilot episodes that were aired in 1950.

Since then the drama has had over 18,900 episodes and at its peak it has averaged around five million listeners.

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