Wednesday 12 January 2011, 18:19
It's been an eventful week on the message board which has been thoroughly shaken to the core by The Archers' 60th anniversary. On Twitter, new characters have popped up - namely two little Henry's, a Lizzie, Nigel's Ghost, Radio Ambridge and Borchester Police among them.
There has been a lot of praise for the acting and scriptwriting in the wake of Sunday's episode. Elizabeth's grief, David's guilt, even Pip have moved many to tears. The quiet continuation of life in Ambridge was appreciated, although quite a few suspect that Brian may have an ulterior motive in offering to help Ruth out on the farm.
The message board is still heaving with responses to the anniversary episode with plenty of people signing up to register their disquiet.
Many on the message board say they've decided to switch off and some that they're considering it. Others say that they're just reading the synopses or the message board for the time being.
So - that's it. I've stopped listening, at least for now. I suppose I might come back in a year or two when the dust has settled, but we'll see. On the other hand, I think I will keep logging in here occasionally - can't give up everything, after all... (nomorelurking)
I'm sad you've given up on The Archers, because the last few days have been excellent and you've missed an absolute gem of a scene between Susan and Vicky. I think we're going to see some cracking storylines and writing over the next few weeks. (Morganish)
....it's like a drug....I just...can't...stop....listening....just can't stop....aaaghhh.... As no rehab centre available, will continue with this filthy habit and hope that things improve.... (Ginger Wine)
It's worse than coming off the fags....it really is. (Doodlysquat)
Helen's newfound happiness and "hairshirt Tony" have riled many - some want the old Helen back! Others are cross that Pat is still pussy-footing around her daughter. There have been many questions about the details around Helen's pre-eclampsia. After all Helen's research, why didn't she recognise the signs? Why has no one asked how much the baby weighs? Would her symptoms have been more severe in real life?
Still crossing my fingers and reading the synopsis to see if they please will let this develop well. I had to switch off hairshirt Tony... it was awful (although actually in character for him). I am a firm believer that in real life people don't get 'their comeuppance' (helen) but really......... surely someone would have told Tony he was an ok dad? (Ruralsnowflakebliss)
Don't worry, it's only temporary, as soon as someone puts a wet glass down without a coaster you snap right out of it. (Vicky S)
The experience of having to care for a baby (and put it first) could transform Helen's outlook on life over a period of time. (Mike)
Nice Helen is scary! (Chris Vickery on Facebook)
Read the What's with Helen? Facebook discussion
They're taking bets on whether or not Helen will be "a reformed character, wonderful daughter, sister, friend and mother - end of story" within the next four months. Most think she will, but hope she won't! There were a few naysayers:
I think Helen will continue to have problems managing her state of mind and relating to others, especially when her Henry passes the completely helpless stage and begins to assert his own identity. Poor Henry. I feel sorry for him. Keeping his mummy sane - what a lot of responsibility for such a little person. (FagAshLil)
Place your bets on the Fancy a bet? thread.
The Pargetter inheritance is being debated on the message board as some start to wonder at the impact of Nigel's death
I only know one family who live somewhere comparable to Lower Loxley, and the eldest son will get the lot. Tisn't necessarily anything within the parents control either, property may well be in trust. (Moonflower)
I would be very surprised if Lower Loxley had not been entailed... If Freddie did not exist, Lower Loxley would pass to Nigel's brother, if he had one, failing that an uncle, male cousin or more remote male line relation... Expect lengthy and messy litigation! (Wallasey)
Read more in the Male succession? Really? thread.
Making plans for Nigel...
The preparations for Nigel's funeral continue apace in the Now is the hour thread on the message board - they're making sure Nigel gets a good send off.
(Thanks to Cheshire-Cat for the illustration of their plans posted at the top of this blog post.)
Twitter's Borsetshire Police are making "enquiries" into the circumstances around Nigel's death, asking for witnesses to come forward.
Post-mortem results prove inconclusive. Investigation continues. Observational stake-out of funeral planned for Thursday. #thearchers #sattc (@borsetpolice)
And on the message board, in Fantasy Archers, PC Dave Barry (Kathy Perks' ex) has been sniffing around:
Dear Mrs Pargetter
I have been back in Borchester for less than a month and it is with great sadness that I have learned of your husband's tragic accident. Nigel was very kind to me when I was at Borchester CID twenty years ago and he will be sorely missed in Ambridge. I remember several hilarious encounters with him, when we had to lock him up, drunk and disorderly in a gorilla outfit, so it is with a heavy heart that I will attend St Stephen's on Thursday to pay my last respects to Nigel.
With deepest sympathy
Detective Chief Superintendent David Barry
Read the unfolding story in the Fantasy Archers thread, Dave Barry's Week.
Radio Ambridge has been playing requests on Twitter using blip.fm to provide the music.
We'd like some to play some cheerful songs as our antidote to the funereal tone around Ambridge. What do you suggest? #thearchers
@beechenhillfarm Thanks for your request. We'll look for Up on the Roof. We like Carole King too. #thearchers
Plus Community Radio station StroudFM spent Sunday evening dedicating songs to Nigel, with Ryan Adams' Hard Way to Fall, Eilidh Patterson's Falling Hard & Fast and Stephen Stills' Bound to Fall. The station later posted the following tweet about Sunday night's DJ @SandrineFranceB:
Sandrine would like to apologise to anyone who isn't as obsessed with #thearchers as she is!!! (@StroudFM)
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