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"GROW UP, AMY & ALAN!" - listener discussions to 16 May 2012

Tayler Cresswell Tayler Cresswell | 16:10 PM, Tuesday, 22 May 2012

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Amy's vying with Tom for the top spot on the list of characters that listeners would most like to slap with a wet fish. Most think Usha has been treated shabbily and say she should walk out - some have offered to put her up if she needs a place to stay. Amy's attitude has exasperated almost everyone - surely it's about time she grew up?

Lynda's efforts to tidy up the village for Britain in Bloom have had listeners taking sides; and there's some debate about Elona's husband Darrell. Can he be trusted?

And listeners say a fond farewell to Home Farm's dog Fly and ask "Where was David on the night he died?"...

Here's my pick of listener discussions on The Archers message board, Twitter and Facebook between 10-16 May 2012.

Listeners are queuing up to help Usha. They think it's time she moved out of the vicarage. They've offered her a weekend away and the loan of a wet fish...

Usha's finally taken the hint - there's only room for two in Alan and Amy's seriously messed up father/daughter relationship... #thearchers (@mymates263 on Twitter)

Usha was ALWAYS going to be deep in the doodoo for not telling tho wasn't she? If I was her I'd move out..... (Jane Willcocks on Facebook)

I worry that Alan and Amy give Christians a bad name and I am not even a believer of any denomination... In short, holier than thou. Never a good look (R4ophile on The Archers' blog)

I'm off to Paris at the weekend. Usha could come with me. We'd have some LOLZ. #thearchers (@MsAlliance on Twitter)

I would prescribe for Amy a bang on the bonce... I may not work, of course, but it would bring great pleasure to many MLers [Mustardlanders aka message board folk]. In fact, the way she is going, Amy may well be in line for some ceremonial thwacking with a hallibut. We haven't had one of those for quite some time............. (Dr Toad Leg)

A nice wet pollock would be ideal for administering a little corrective therapy to the Rev Bunter. A pollock for a pillock. (StargazerwithOscar)

Please give generously: add your offer of Help for Usha on the message board.

Amy's lambasted for focusing her anger on the wrong person, and for carrying on for so long. Consensus is that it's time she grew up. Some find her relationship with her father a bit intense - Amy needs to grow up, and Alan should start to practice what he preaches

Flipping Nora Amy... you were with him about eight weeks! Give it a rest! (ermintrude)

GROW UP, AMY & ALAN (yes, I am shouting) #thearchers (@psalotti on Twitter)

Wallowing in self pity and driving a wedge between her father and his partner is the worst type of juvenile selfishness. Carl's not the problem now it's TVOA [The Vicar of Ambridge]. (Feral_Ralph)

And he's using every cliche in the book to placate her, his sermons must be nauseating. (mademoiselldecompost)

I THINK it's starting slowly to occur to Alan for the first time that he may not be able to allow Amy indefinite leave to behave so churlishly to Usha. Good decision on Usha's part to leave them to it. I think he's starting to feel a tiny bit uncomfortable about his own behaviour. I hope so, anyway. (JustJanie - Fairweather Jogger)

Read more on the Flipping Nora Amy thread.

Lynda's Britain in Bloom plans have earned her some new fans and a few enemies (depending on where they stand on Tom Archer)

Public enemy number one Lynda Snell #TheArchers. No untidy garden is safe. (@Dewinters on Twitter)

Go Lynda!!! Get the arrogant sausage eating, dad killing sod to do some real work #thearchers (@Terry_Ea on Twitter)

I love Lynda - and Lynda a touch drunk and being competitive about winning Britain in Bloom after waxing lyrical about the scars of being left out as the non-sporty one was bloomin brilliant! (PaulHammond26)

Lynda is incapable of understanding that other people have priorities which do not match hers - why can't someone tell her to briefcase off? (dickie)

I seriously hate that woman and will happily be first in line to tell her where she can put her jubilee party/flowers in bloom/f&p show/pantomime or whatever bee she has in her bonnet currently. (NewEssexWoman)

#thearchers I'd love to see Lynda Snell's face if everyone decorated their gardens with Eddie's gnomes (@annsusanballard on Twitter)

I think we #thearchers fans have to be honest & admit there's a little bit of Lynda Snell in all of us. (@BeckylBe on Twitter)

Love her or hate her? Have your say on the Appalling b....y woman thread.

Is Darrell Makepeace on the straight and narrow? Listeners aren't sure whether they should trust him and wonder if he'll accept Matt's offer of cash-in-hand work.

Don't do it Darrell! (Sandra Greenhow on Facebook)

Beggars can't be choosers. Matt wouldn't take him on on the books, and if cash-in-hand is all he can get, he's got to take it. Jobsseeker's Allowance for adults is currently £70 a week, and I doubt if Elona's eligible. (Another Horrobin)

it's so much cheaper - no tax, no national insurance, no holiday pay, no sick pay etc etc ... And then god knows what Darryl 'claims' for - jobseekers? - could be a slippery slope! (mick-the-miller)

He sounds like a shifty person, who is willing to dodge paying tax on ... who thought it was acceptable to steal from his former employer because some other fool told him the employer would not mind (and he believed him!!!). (Dinah Shore)

Something about the way Darrell asked after Adam. Did he have something to do with the attack! #thearchers #villagevillain (@Jay4Jennifer on Twitter)

Join the debate about Darrell on the message board.

As listeners say goodbye to Home Farm's dog Fly, some were suspicious. Did he really die of natural causes?

Oh Fly {sniff} (Marmalade Drizzle)

God said 'come by' (Perkin Gherkin)

I did wonder, was there anything sinister in Fly's demise. Was it natural. Who knows. Is Clive back and picking on dogs now? (pigsrlovely)

Fly wasn't black and white was he? Where was David on the night he died? #thearchers (@Beakboo on Twitter)

Add your condolences to the Oh Fly (sniff) thread.

Tayler Cresswell is host of The Archers message board.


  • Comment number 1.

    I think that the storyline does Amy great disservice. She was sensitive and encouraging when Usha and Alan married, even helping with Mabel. She has been brought up in a Christian home, with a very open heart.
    Frankly, I don't believe the character as she is appearing, Alan too is way off the Alan we have seen develop- I think the script writers have literally 'lost the plot' Yes, group and remember who these two people are!!!

  • Comment number 2.

    Even though sickened by much of the Arches and most of the characters I continue to listen. For me the only worthwhile person is Joe Grundy. Nik and Will having a baby!!!!!!!!!!, for some time been sick of listening to those two , dashing for the sick bag on regular intervals NOW.........please pass the big sick bucket !

  • Comment number 3.

    johnnym048, I second you. Joe and Clarrie were the only characters that I found consistently likeable, but then Clarrie was nasty to someone last year (I can't recall what the storyline was now). Lately The Archers seems to have turned into Neighbours or Coronation Street, a string of over-the-top storylines all at once, a sudden influx of new characters, and a severe personality change of other characters. I know a few people that have stopped listening for these reasons, and I really wonder why I still do- I think it's just force of habit. And btw, I'm a 'young person' (I know TA are trying to attract a wider demographic).

  • Comment number 4.

    I feel the scriptwriters have lost the plot with their storyline regarding Darrell. There is no problem for Darrell in accepting cash in hand payments for any work just so long as he keeps proper records and fills in a Tax Return and declares the money. Most work of his type is paid on a subcontractor basis these days; few employers can afford to employ a tradesman on a permanent basis.

  • Comment number 5.

    David & Ruth have not made the connection yet with Elona/Darrell and the robbery? Or is the red herring barking up the wrong tree?

  • Comment number 6.

    Boy does Amy deserve a smack! I'm glad Usha got to lay down the law with her, since I can't imagine anyone in Ambridge having the courage to slap anyone across the face...so a shouting match is the best we can hope for! LOL. As for Alan...did anyone pick up on the irony of him being a Christian man and completely unable to turn the other cheek? lol...;)

  • Comment number 7.

    @ Jackanape1559,

    "As for Alan...did anyone pick up on the irony of him being a Christian man and completely unable to turn the other cheek? lol...;)"

    Bunter a Christian!! I think not. Married to a Hindu. Has no cares regarding adulltery. Vindictive teaser of paritioners, Anger ishoos. An all round sponger and general glutton..

    Does he ever preach the gospel?

  • Comment number 8.

    The writers have lost the plot with Amy and Alan. He has always been portrayed as a reasonable Christian and Amy as being quite sensible. Portraying her now as a spoilt, 14 year old brat is out of character. Its making those sections excruciating to listen to!

  • Comment number 9.

    Please please please can you end this story line with Amy. I can't believe that most of tonight's episode was taken up by this incredibly annoying and BORING storyline!!!!!
    Surely the scrptwriter isn't struggling that much to come up with something more inventive and interesting?

  • Comment number 10.

    Agree with Jim. Usha's moral dilemma was interesting, initial fallout was dramatic, but now we've got 'Amy goes bonkers' and that's deeply dull. No-one cares about drama queen Amy----get it? Time to pull the plug on it all. (Worried that this is heading for 'Amy attacks Carl's wife with sharp instrument ploy a la Ambridge Extra and her mum----that really would be thuddingly obvious and contrived!)

  • Comment number 11.

    Why oh why is no one speaking up for poor Carl? As a serial philanderer myself I find it deeply saddening that he has been deprived of some perfectly good nookie by Amy's pushiness about moving in together. If she hadn't been so demanding she could still be getting 'it'; U&A would be too and Carl would continue to do us all a service by keeping this storyline off the air. Amy is beyond selfish!

  • Comment number 12.

    Calm down people....I have a sneak preview of a future script!
    Alan - Usha luv I've been thinking
    Usha (surprised) - really Alan?
    A - yes Usha Luv - I've been lame
    U (surprised) - really Alan?
    A - I need to speak to Amy Luv
    U - Really Alan?
    A - yes luv, Amy Luv. (shouts) Amy Luv!!??
    Amy - What is it it?
    A - do you want a sandwich luv, cos I really need to speak to you luv....NOW!
    Amy - ohhhkay dad- as long as SHE isn't there
    A - who do you mean luv? Not Usha cos she's also my luv, and she will be here luv
    U - really Alan?
    Amy - I'm here dad where's my sandwich?
    A - Amy luv, sorry - there's no sandwich, no cake, no toy story. no coffee.
    Amy - what do you mean Dad? It's Usha again isn't it?
    A - No luv, it's not usha luv, I luv usha, and I luv you amy luv, but it's time for tuff luv, luv.
    Amy What do you mean Dad?
    A - its time for you to go luv.
    Amy - She's poisoned you against me Dad
    A - no she hasn't amy luv. can you please go and get a part on Hollyoaks now?
    Amy - Allright then I Will - and Carl will come with me!
    Usha - I'm sure I have a script from CSI that I haven't read yet? By Alan luvxx


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