Kate (played by Perdita Avery) is known for dipping in and out of The Archers’ town Ambridge like a whirlwind in recent months.
The character – Jenny and Brian Aldridge’s daughter – returned from South Africa last year to break the news to her parents she had had an affair in her marriage to husband Lucas Madikane.
But after another bout of drama the blonde bombshell left the BBC programme once again.
Tonight’s instalment saw Brian (Charles Collingwood) reveal the news his wayward daughter was set to grace the muddy streets tomorrow, and fans were elated.
“What’s happened, is something wrong?” Adam Macy (Andrew Wincott) asked, hearing Brian’s worried tone to his wife Jenny (Angela Piper) on the phone.
“Sounds that way,” Kirsty said uneasily.
“Everything ok Brian?” Adam persisted, and his step-father dropped the bombshell.
“Hardly, it’s Kate,” a weary Brian replied. “She’s flying back tomorrow.”
Taking to Twitter, listeners shared their thoughts on the twist.
One person wrote: “Yes!! Kate!! I hate her but she’s at least interesting in a hateful way. #thearchers.”
“KATE. This is going to be MARVELLOUS. #TheArchers,” another delighted fan said.
A third agreed: “HURRAH! Kate is back to b***h about, well everything! #thearchers.”
While a fourth noted: “Ooooo Kate!!! *rubs hands in glee* #thearchers.”
However one listener made a surprising prediction about the returning character, and fans could be in for a surprise.
“Kate is back tomorrow. New voice? #thearchers,” the eager Twitter user speculated.
If that’s the case, producers will be delivering fans with a completely unexpected twist, as a change hasn’t been reported so far.
But with the length of time Kate has been absent from the radio soap – her last appearance was during the summer of last year – it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to imagine.
Other fans continued to predict mayhem and fun in Ambridge with Kate’s return.
“Yesssss!! The return of Kate …let mayhem commence…#thearchers,” one person shared, followed by: “HURRAH…KATE IS BACK! #thearchers.”
“Wooo Comedy Kate’s back. #thearchers,” another added.