Former EastEnders star Jack Ryder is to join the BBC Radio 4 soap The Archers in a move likely to prove controversial with sections of the long-running show's notoriously obsessive fans.
Ryder will join the soap at the end of the month and is expected to remain until at least the end of this year.
His character will be called Ryan and will arrive in Ambridge through a connection to resident veterinarian Alistair Lloyd.
However, the controller of BBC Radio 4, Mark Damazer, said the link between the two characters was "not about cows".
"He is coming to join The Archers for a while, f