Radio: Longest-Serving Soap Star EVER Dies

October 29, 2009 by  
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As you may (or may not) have noticed, it’s been a while since we did a radio news-story.

But just because someone put a tab on the menu bar doesn’t mean we have to trawl through the radio pages looking for content – in truth good radio stories arrive with about the same frequency as the average night bus.

So we decided to bide our time and wait for the right piece of news to land on our browsers, promising ourselves that when this red-hot scoop arrived we would write the hell out of it.

And here it is, the radio news story of the decade, nay the century!

Norman Painting, who played Phil Archer on long-running Radio 4 drama The Archers for nearly 60 years, has died at the age of 85 confirmed the BBC today.

This man made Barbara Windsor – and everyone else for that matter – look like comparable spring-chickens.

Not only was he the longest-serving star of the slow-moving soap which is loved by middle-aged middle-Englanders everywhere, but he was the longest serving star of any single soap opera – anywhere.

RIP Norman.