Thursday 24 July 2014, 15:42
The queen of upcycling is delighted to open the village fete.
Thursday 24 July 2014, 15:42
Fallon is getting very excited because her upcycling heroine Kirstie Allsopp will be opening the Ambridge village fete this Sunday. And Kirstie herself is pretty excited too, as you can see by the retweet from her Twitter account.
I grabbed a couple of minutes with her during the very busy recording session for the episode (which, by chance, is one that I wrote).
How long have you been listening to The Archers.
When I became self-employed in 1995, that’s when I started listening very regularly. I became a passionate Radio 4 listener. I remember when The Archers moved to 2pm, there was a big debate. And I was very involved in that because my lunch hour was 45 minutes of the World at One and then The Archers.
What keeps you listening nowadays?
I’m very committed to the characters. I do feel I know them. I’m not alone in this, obviously. When Nigel died, I was genuinely upset. I did cry and I have cried at other points. You just feel you’re part of these characters’ lives.
My mother , who died in January, always listened. I used to genuinely think that my parents walked up the...
Tuesday 22 July 2014, 14:23Post from @RadioAmbridge on Twitter
With a dinner date from hell fast approaching, “deluded Cheese Queen” Helen should prepare to be very disappointed if listeners’ predictions turn out to be correct.
Meanwhile, there’s some professional advice for Roy, memories of the Tregorrans and further concerns for Adam and Ian’s future.
Dominating the discussions, however, was “shallow, insensitive” Susan as she tormented Neil and then excelled at what she does best: gossiping.
Here’s my pick of the listener discussions between 10 and 16 July 2014.
Clear the diary for Friday night - mustn't miss the dinner party from hell #thearchers (@2ndcitysuit on Twitter)
Oh Helen. You poor deluded Cheese Queen. #thearchers (@SissyJupe58 on Twitter)
Very much looking forward to #Rob'sImaginaryParents #thearchers (@Odoreida on Twitter)
Oh Helen. Preparer of wondrous sandwiches...prepare to be very disappointed..... (Liz Tierney on Archers Addicts Facebook group)
I still can't quite workout...
Sunday 20 July 2014, 18:11
Angela Piper (Jennifer Aldridge)
Why is Jennifer so keen to make a contribution to John Tregorran’s funeral? This episode from their past may give you a clue...
Jennifer Aldridge shared an interest in local history with John Tregorran. In November 1979, they both attended a six week evening course on Historical Surveying at Borchester Tech.
With so much in common, it soon became the subject of gossip that the two were seeing a lot of each other. John’s wife Carol got a bit snippy with Jennifer, and gently suggested to John that he was behaving foolishly, trying to capture his lost youth.
But it was Jennifer’s husband Brian who eventually put his foot down. In April 1980, Brian told Jennifer it was time he gave her more support, and that she spent less time with John.
Jennifer was very upset, and John sensed a difference in her attitude towards him thereafter. She turned down his overtures (which were wrapped up in the form of a story). When he failed to turn up for an historical survey walk and Jennifer enquired as to his whereabouts, she was informed by Carol that he was to take over the organisation of a series of antique fairs in America. Carol and the children were...
Monday 14 July 2014, 13:37
Carol and John Tregorran were stalwarts of Ambridge for over 30 years. Here’s a reminder of them for long-standing listeners, and an introduction for more recent converts.
Carol – the capable businesswoman
Carol Grey came to Ambridge in 1954 as a young woman, to look at buying Dan Archer’s smallholding. She already had another smallholding in Surrey. She was good looking and extremely well dressed. When she decided to stay in Ambridge, the Archer family was pleased.
As Carol concentrated on her market garden...
Monday 14 July 2014, 13:37
Post from @dixewills on Twitter
The "REAL Jenny" returned in spectacular style with not one but two outbursts that won her a huge amount of respect.
David’s fighting spirit saw him praised and criticised in equal measure, while got a mixture of sympathy, and some accusations of being "insensitive", after her chat with Christine. As for Ian, there was a warm welcome back – but with certain conditions.
And finally, what about Susan and her newfound love of Charlie? Is it just an opportunity for her to climb "up the ladder"?
Here’s my pick of listener discussions between 3 and 9 July...
Monday 7 July 2014, 11:25
Post from @debbons on Twitter
Listeners are concerned at Helen’s continuing blindness to Rob’s true colours following that phone call from Rob’s mum, Ursula Titchener.
And as Roy struggles to let go of what happened at Greenbury Fields, some listeners are relieved that Elizabeth is playing it cool.
Elsewhere in Ambridge, many are mystified at “airhead” Fallon’s inability to make up her mind over PC Burns.
Support for the anti-Route B campaign is on the wane after the battle was compared to WWI, and listeners were startled by “the wrath of Susan”.
Here’s my pick of listener...
Friday 4 July 2014, 18:03
Ambridge residents took to the hills last week (24 June), in opposition to the Route B option of the proposed Borchester to Hollerton relief road.
A community bonfire and barbecue on popular beauty spot Lakey Hill developed near-pagan overtones, in scenes reminiscent of the 1970s cult film The Wicker Man.
Photo: “It’s ‘guy, guy’ Route B”, hopes Ben Archer (12) of Brookfield Farm, as he holds an effigy said to represent the aggressive developers behind the new road scheme.
Villagers chanted as the figure of a man – supposedly the spirit of the business interests connected with...
Monday 30 June 2014, 10:24
This week on BBC Radio 4 Extra, there’s a rare chance to hear how The Archers coped with the 1960s. In two 30-minute programmes, Ambridge in the Decade of Love presents some gems from a stash of 2,670 episodes of The Archers which had remained forgotten for over 20 years.
Presented by Richard Stilgoe, Ambridge in the Decade of Love was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003. At the time, producer Simon Elmes wrote a fascinating article for The Guardian about the find, how it plugged a huge gap in our archive, and what he learned about this period of Archers history:
Saturday 28 June 2014, 20:47
Post from @SuzanneRoynon on Twitter
It was widely predicted by listeners but Roy and Elizabeth’s festival antics still resulted in shock and a flurry of #horrifiedselfies posted on Twitter.
Thankfully, Lilian and Lynda lightened the mood with their ongoing knitting competition while David threatened to go even more Wicker Man than usual. Elsewhere there was a scintilla of sympathy for Shula amid the strangles outbreak and mounting speculation about who’s the right man for Fallon.
Here’s my pick of listener discussions between 19 and 25 June 2014.
Elizabeth took to festival life...
Friday 27 June 2014, 15:10
The study was commissioned by the BBC Trust and carried out by Heather Hancock, who formerly chaired the BBC's rural affairs committee.
This is what she said about The Archers.
It proved impossible to ask any audience or stakeholder about the BBC’s rural affairs coverage without discussing the significance of The Archers, a programme which now as always arouses deep passion in its listeners...