june spencer: Actor June Spencer bids farewell to BBC radio show ‘The Archers’ after turning 71

Popular BBC Radio 4 show The Archers bids farewell to its last original cast member, actor June Spencer. The 103-year-old English actor has been with the program for 71 years, playing the character of Peggy Woolley, the family matriarch. She recorded the final episodes of the family drama, and the episodes aired on July 31 this year.

Asked about her retirement, Spencer said she’s been thinking about it for a long time. She said the show’s producers didn’t want her to retire because they didn’t want to lose the character of beloved Peggy Woolley. She said the producers created more episodes for her to record each time she tried to quit.

The Archers is a family drama where Spencer’s character was cast as a conservative matriarch. The show showed the ups and downs of the family living in the fictional town of Ambridge. The show started in 1951 and since then it has become very popular in the UK.

Spencer has attracted a lot of fans with her stint as Peggy Woolley. One of his many fans includes the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles. Last year, the Duchess invited Spencer and the entire cast of the show to Clarence House to mark the programme’s 70th anniversary.

Camilla praised Spencer, calling her a true national treasure. She said Spencer has been a part of her and others’ lives for as long as possible.

On the production front, the producers didn’t discount Spencer’s character, Peggy. However, Spencer said she has some ideas on how to mark her character’s exit. Mentioning one of her ideas, Spencer said the easiest exit for her character Peggy would be a fall from the stairs. After the fall, she can go to Laurels, a nursing home in Ambridge. There she can spend the rest of her life.

How the producers would cancel the character remains to be seen, but June Spencer finally hung up her boots at the age of 103.

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