It’s Nigel Pargetter dying in The Archers…but now he is back from the dead.
Or Graham Seed is.
The actor, whose character took a rather undignified exit from the Radio 4 drama during the 60th anniversary episode in January 2011 with one of the most blood-curdling screams you are ever likely to hear, is to join the cast of a new two-part drama for the station.
The Russian Gambler, slated for 17 and 24 November, is based on Dostoyevsky’s The Gambler. Relocating the drama to modern-day London it centres on Russian oligarchs living in the capital, and also stars Ed Stoppard, Eleanor Bron and Matthew Marsh.
Seed plays a rich, slightly strange, sinister Englishman called Ashley. “I missed radio enormously. It was so good to be back doing more radio, and I tried very hard not to sound like Nigel Pargetter,” he told Radio Times. “I’d love to do more radio, this is just a start.”