Well they laid poor Nigel Pargeter to rest today - a living (?) testament to the fact the producers of Radio 4's The Archers just don't "get it". The hymns were excellently chosen and the eulogy struck a nice note. However the "conversation bites" in the back ground just showed how far removed from village life the BBC bosses are. When somebody as popular as Nigel Pargeter was in Ambridge dies, the village has a day off. frankly it is almost like a state funeral. The prospect of big eats and drinks and some nostalgia usually brings my village to a shuddering halt and that's for a middle ranking village character. If the fellow from the big house goes, then book a duvet day following on because the hangovers would be criminal! Despite the pathos of the funerary rites, it still seems bizarre that the producers/script-writers opted to terminate the lad from Lower Locksley with extreme prejudice. I guess his being a toff will have helped promote him up the "who is going to get it in the neck this time" short-list. The thing which has amused me most is the "scream" as he fell to his doom. there is a formula which determines how far someone would have to have fallen to produce a scream of a certain length. Apparently Nigel's tour de force "Cheerio R4 listeners and thanks for the gig" cry of horror would have required a fall from 400 or so feet. This would have meant Lower L. was substantially bigger than ******* Blenheim Palace! If only he had worn a parachute that fateful night!