Show Less
Restricted access

The Archers in Fact and Fiction

Academic Analyses of Life in Rural Borsetshire

Cara Courage, Nicola Headlam and Peter Matthews

If you have ever wondered about the ethical implications of Dr Richard Locke’s affair with Shula Hebden Lloyd, or whether the ergonomic design of tractor seats could have prevented Tony Archer from getting a bad back, then this book is for you. Leading academics from across the United Kingdom use storylines from BBC Radio 4’s The Archers to examine life in rural Borsetshire, bringing their academic research to new audiences. Is Lynda Snell a middleclass warrior? Can Rob Titchener be compared to Iago? The irreverent but thought-provoking contributions
will have you laughing and thinking.
Show Summary Details
Restricted access

The Death of Heather Pritchard: An Everyday Story of Inadequate Social Care (Jo Moriarty)


| 111 →


The Death of Heather Pritchard: An Everyday Story of Inadequate Social Care

The death of Ruth Archer’s mother, Heather Pritchard, in a motorway cafe car park on the M1 on 28 September 2015 made a dramatic culmination to her reluctant decision to move to Brookfield. Older Ambridge residents, such as Joe Grundy (born in 1921) and Peggy Archer (born in 1924), generally conform to the stereotype of the ‘rural idyll’ in which ageing is largely a process of minor adjustment. Heather perhaps offers a more typical example in which increasing frailty leads to a need for more social care support. Social care is not a new topic in The Archers. It was extensively covered in the decade 2004–2014 through the much-praised storyline of Jack Woolley’s dementia. As he gradually needed more assistance, his wife Peggy recruited a number of care workers to help her look after Jack in their home, The Lodge. Eventually, he moved to The Laurels, a nursing home, in 2009 where he died in 2014 (Davies 2014). The over representation of migrant workers in the social care workforce (Hussein et al. 2011) was mirrored through the character of Elona Makepeace, who was born in Albania. This chapter uses the death of Heather Pritchard to discuss aspects of rural social care, theories about social networks and ageing in place, and the increasing number of distance carers (family members providing unpaid care at a distance) in the United Kingdom....

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.