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Norman Painting

Norman Painting

(1924 – 2009)

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Norman Painting

Norman Painting
(1924 – 2009)

In memory of

Norman Painting

(1924 – 2009)
About Norman
This is an online obituary in memory of Norman Painting. Norman Painting OBE, was an actor who played Phil Archer in the BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers since its inception in the summer of 1950. At the time of his death he was the longest-serving member of the cast, recording his last episode two days before he died. According to Guinness World Records he held the world record for an actor playing a continuous role.
Norman Painting, a graduate of The University of Birmingham and Christ Church, University of Oxford, was already an interviewer, writer and broadcaster before he first appeared as Philip in The Archers. He first became a script writer for the series in 1967, following in the footsteps of Edward
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J. Mason, Geoffrey Webb, David Turner and John Keir Cross. He wrote in his memoir of the programme, Forever Ambridge (Ambridge is the name of the fictional West Midlands village in which the programme is set) that he believed that Geoffrey Webb, who had died some time before, was guiding his hand as he wrote. He penned about 1,200 episodes under the pseudonym Bruno Milna. Artistic disagreements with a then editor, plus a general disillusionment with the BBC management, meant that he decided to retire from writing scripts in 1982 and to stick to just performing them.
Perhaps his most famous hour was on 22 September 1955, when Phil's wife, Grace Archer, was killed whilst trying to rescue a horse, Midnight, from
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a burning barn.
Phil went from being the lusty young romantic lead of the early episodes into a father and grandfather. Phil, like his father, Dan Archer, before him became a senior figure in the soap, almost a village patriarch.
In 2000, Painting stated he was suffering from bladder cancer. He was a bachelor who lived alone. He died from heart failure in his cottage in Warmington, Warwickshire. This memorial is to honour the life of Norman Painting and his many achievements. May he rest in peace.
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Norman Painting

This is an online obituary in memory of Norman Painting. Norman Painting OBE, was an actor who played Phil Archer in the BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers since its inception in the summer of 1950. At the time of his death he was the longest-serving member of the cast, recording his last episode two days before he died. According to Guinness World Records he held the world record for an actor playing a continuous role.
Norman Painting, a graduate of The University of Birmingham and Christ Church, University of Oxford, was already an interviewer, writer and broadcaster before he first appeared as Philip in The Archers. He first became a script writer for the series in 1967, following in the footsteps of Edward...

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