The Archers BBC

The Pet Shop Boys are to make a cameo appearance in The Archers.

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe’s iconic pop act will feature in tonight’s instalment of the long-running radio serial, after stepping in at the last minute to headline the show’s fictional music festival, Loxfest.

“It’s a thrill for us to enter the world of The Archers, the UK’s most famous radio drama.” – Pet Shop Boys

The special guest appearance, which was recorded at the illustrious Maida Vale Studios last month, can be heard in The Archers usual slot on BBC Radio 4 at 7pm.

“Loxfest is the first time The Archers has mounted a summer music festival on this scale, so we’re completely thrilled to have secured an iconic British act – the Pet Shop Boys – to headline for us. It’s been great fun putting the whole line-up together with help from Steve Lamacq at 6 Music. – Editor of The Archers, Sean O’Connor

The Archers is the world’s longest-running soap opera having started in 1950 on the Regional Home Service. It is recorded in Birmingham at the Mailbox and remains one of Radio 4’s most popular programmes.

Previous guest appearances in the oral production include HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Humphrey Lyttelton, Terry Wogan, Britt Ekland, Dame Edna Everage, Princess Margaret, Alan Titchmarsh, Griff Rhys Jones, Antony Gormley, Dame Judi Dench, Richard Griffiths and Sir Bradley Wiggins.

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