Archibald "Archie" Brooks arrived in the village in November 1983 with friend Mike Conrad. Archie began doing odd jobs for people in the village, starting by helping Harry Mowlam move quarry stones. Harry refused to pay up so Jackie, Mike and Archie stole Harry's motorbike in January 1984. Archie and Mike were paid to help redecorate the backroom of The Woolpack as well when Amos Brearly's cooker exploded. However, Archie soon gave himself the reputation of being unreliable: he was paid to fix the boiler in The Woolpack but after he supposedly repaired it became faulty and nearly released gas into the air. He was also paid by Alan Turner to repair the motor on his car, but Archie ended up tampering with the brakes, nearly causing Alan to have an accident. However Nick Bates began to lead Archie astray and one evening they went joyriding in Hotten and ended up in the cells for a night. They also frequently caused trouble in The Woolpack, by winding up other customers and arguing over the prices that pub landlord Amos Brearly was selling the alcohol at. The trouble eventually ceased when Archie and Nick were warned by Amos, who threatened to bar them. Nick is the first person who finds out that Archie worked at a slaughterhouse prior to his arrival in the village, and that he was sacked after an accident with a band saw.
On New Year's Eve 1993 Archie and Nick go to The Woolpack and encounter Seth and Lynn Whiteley. Seth and Lynn wind Archie and Nick up over the rumors that Elsa is spreading that they are gay lovers in order to gain possession of Alice, Nick's daughter. Archie and Nick then leave the pub following an argument with Seth and Lynn but as they are walking home a plane crash hits the village. Archie and Nick are blinded by fumes and a ball of fire engulfs Archie in flames. Archie is never seen again and was presumed dead by the village, although his body was never found, hinting that he was incinerated by the flames. The villagers mourn the death of Archie and the three others, Mark Hughes, Leonard Kempinski and Elizabeth Pollard after recuperating from the shocking plane crash.
- Archie played the electric guitar. He was a guitarist in The Gyrotechnics in 1983.
- The spot where Archie was killed in the plane crash was named Archie's Hill.
"Oh Nick, just shut up, will ya?" - Final line to Nick Bates.