Fans of popular Radio 4 show The Archers will be familiar with the voice, if not the face of Brian Hewlett and yesterday those familiar vocals could be heard on a Norfolk town’s radio station.

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For the actor, who plays pigman Neil Carter in the soap, dropped into Park Radio in Diss to discuss life on the show and his passion for the countryside with presenter Chris Moyse.

The soap, which has clocked up 16,900 episodes, is the world’s longest running radio soap opera and is a tale of life in the countryside.

Mr Hewlett, who lives in the Waveney Valley, said he was brought up in the Thames Valley and moved to London before deciding to escape again to the countryside of East Anglia because of the frenetic pace of life in the city.

He added: “I suppose with all the characters in the Archers, if you look hard enough you can usually find someone in real life who is similar.”

He said moving to East Anglia had enabled him to indulge his passion for bird watching, as well as other wildlife pursuits.

“It puts me fairly close to natural life which I thoroughly enjoy.

“When I go on holiday, for instance, I always try to go somewhere I will be able to see wildlife close up,” Mr Hewlett added.

The station is on air for 28 days.

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