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Thursday 18 November 2010, 11:23

Keri Davies Keri Davies Web Producer, The Archers

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Welcome to the new official website for The Archers.

We hope you'll find that it has all the information you need to get the most out of The Archers, presented in an easy-to-use way.

To familiarise yourself with everything that it has to offer, we recommend that you take the site tour

If you're a user of the old site, you'll recognise many of the features, although they have been spruced up a bit. But there are some completely new areas too.

Blog

One of the most important is this blog. This will be the main source of news about and concerning The Archers (like our old Backstage News area). But now, you can respond directly to the news items using the comments box at the bottom of every post.

Discuss

There are more opportunities to discuss the programme - or see what others are saying - via our Discuss page, which summarises conversations both on out own message board, and elsewhere, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Feedback

Do tell us what you think about the new site. We are currently making some updates and corrections to content, and we'll continue to make improvements in the light of your experiences.

NB - you can get these blog posts delivered (free of charge) to your computer, without having to come back to the site every time. The panel on the right: 'Subscribe to The Archers blog' tells you how.

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer.

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    Comment number 1.

    I like the new site very much, and I think the opportunity to post comments on the blogs is great!

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    Comment number 2.

    1. ""Woodbine Cottage Brookfield Farm's former tied cottage on the village green was bought by Christine Barford and her (now deceased) husband George after their home was petrol bombed by Clive Horrobin."

    No. George died while he and Chris were RENTING Woodbine Cottage, and expecting to move back in to the new bungalow.

    2. YET GAIN, Alistair and Jim, speaking characters, are sidelined in favour of Bunty and Reg, silents who have pride of place as “Hebden Family,” but the Lloyds have nowt.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/the-archers/whos-who/family-tree

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    Comment number 3.

    I am not a new member, by the way.

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    Comment number 4.

    It does seem strange that Alistair and Jim are missing from the family tree! Obviously an over-sight, hopefully this can be 'tweaked'!

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    Comment number 5.

    I see you are just putting on the positive reactions to the new site, which as I posted yesterday, I do not like, and there were other negative comments.

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    Comment number 6.

    I'm looking for the message board. I found it accidently last night, but now can't think where to go for it.
    This is NOT a good sign - I've been visiting the Archers board for years - if I can't find the message board, how is a newcomer to even know it exists?!

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    Comment number 7.

    Fancy Annie---there may be an easier way to find the Message Boards than this, but I found them by clicking on 'Discuss' on the top banner, then scrolling down and clicking on the green link to the messageboards.

    Mo, there are a lot of negative comments on the messageboards, I agree---but then, I'm sorry to say, there always have been, especially on 'Discuss the Archers'!
    I'm sure the few tweaks that need to be done to the new website will be sorted soon! I'm not finding any major problems with it, myself. I'm using Internet Explorer 8 and it's all loading perfectly for me.

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    Comment number 8.

    Shame that the quizzes still aren't working - that's 2 years and counting....

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    Comment number 9.

    The Lakey Hill Climb Quiz is working fine! Just as it has been as far back as I can remember....

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    Comment number 10.

    Have been following Archers for about 60 years.I cannot always listen to a programme and am able to follow it by reading the synopsis. I connected to your web site today and could not find the synopsis for Thursday 18th November. Got a couple of lines which said something about hiding and something about Jazzer. I am probably doing something wrong but WHY do you have to change things? The web site as it was was very good and easy to follow. We are not all 20+ and not all of us have ipods. Please think about us olduns'
    Hopefully
    Josephine

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    Comment number 11.

    Have been listening since my own young years in the Sixties !! (much to the ridicule of my son at times, especially in his teenage years), and only on my recent (early !) retirement discovered there WAS an Archer's website! I see all the people in my mind's eye, and seeing the photos of 'real'actors is not going to change this!
    Recent stories about Jazzer.....To me Jazzer will always look like a previous scottish colleague,Fraser, though the real Ryan Kelly bears no ressemblence. Sorry Ryan, you are too slim to be Jazzer!
    And by the way my husband is a Scot, so I am not biased by food! We, also, have never seen a fried Marsbar !!

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    Comment number 12.

    How pleasant it is to see RosieT's name again. Even though she's pointing out inaccuracies...

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    Comment number 13.

    23:05 Friday. Synopsis not available for tonight's episode.
    Pat's anxieties increase.
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    Comment number 14.

    I am having difficulty finding a way to search posts. Is there any way to do this?

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    Comment number 15.

    I 'm not sure about the new site. Somethings are easy to find others....... the omnibus I cant find!!

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    Comment number 16.

    I see that there's a photo of some bloke pretending to be Tom Archer. He doesn't look like Tom Archer at all, at least not like the Tom Archer I see when I listen to the show.

    It might be better not to put up photos as I suspect my Tom Archer might not look like yours, or anyone else's.

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    Comment number 17.

    Site looks much modernised.
    However I still cannot find the synopsis - a basic requirement.
    If I have missed an episode, I often log in at night just to check what has happened. I may not wish to listen to the full 15 mins, but I do appreciate the synopsis.

    The same goes when travelling abroad. It's great to keep in touch by reading a synopsis, but often this basic information is not there.

    Or is it really there, but I am being thick and just can't see it. Maybe I need Harry to teach me!

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    Comment number 18.

    Excuse me for being pedantic, but Ruairi Donovan is not the half-brother of Adam Macey and Debbie Aldridge, as stated in Ruairi's profile, as they are not Brian's natural children.

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    Comment number 19.

    Please get the site designer to TEST the synopsis page. It does not work and it is very frustrating. I hope you have not paid for it yet.

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    Comment number 20.

    Why is it no longer possible to read the full synopsis of the day's activities on "The Archers?" When I click on the "Full story" either nothing comes up or two lines. I find the new website confusing and unhelpful so far. I notice others have complained about this so perhaps it's just a glitch. I do hope you can sort it quickly.Veronica

 

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