The world’s longest-running drama, The Archers, has links with nearby Hanbury.
Some say the fictional village of Ambridge in BBC Radio 4’s ”everyday story of country folk” is based on Hanbury as its creator, Godfreyn Baseley, lived down the road in Bromsgrove.
What is certain is Hanbury’s Church of St Mary the Virgin doubles as St Stephen’s in Ambridge. Since the show began in 1951, St Mary’s has been a regular sound recording location for any church-related storylines.
In 2006, the church provided the backdrop for photos of Emma and Will Grundy’s wedding taken for the cover of the Radio Times.