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"Kapow! Biff! Ooff!" - listener discussions to 27 June 2012

Tayler Cresswell Tayler Cresswell | 16:36 PM, Friday, 6 July 2012

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In the aftermath of the Brookfield stampede, listeners debate the rights and wrongs of sending the children away, and there's some speculation about Pip's mystery caller. As David tussles with Adam in the grain store, was it simply a case of mistaken identity?

Still, Brian and Jennifer seem to be looking out for Adam. And Jenny's offer of cheese for lunch has elicited a surprising amount of cheesy conversation.

As Hayley and Vicky plan Phoebe's room make-over, listeners warn that Phoebe won't thank them for their efforts.

Young Natalie has some new fans after she puts cricket ahead of cake-making, and listeners look forward to the return of Ambridge Extra...

Here's my pick of listener discussions on The Archers message board, Twitter and Facebook between 21-27 June 2012

Brookfield's woes have some wondering if the storyline is too dark for The Archers. Ruth and David aren't the only ones at odds over how to deal with the threats, and after Pip's threatening phone call, there's some debate about who was on the other end of the line...

Was anyone else surprised that Mr Pullen sounded so young on the phone? #thearchers (@40lucyjordan on Twitter)

Nah, it's Keith who got the number from Emmurr. (AlexInglenook)

Bloody Hell, even I feel a bit sorry for Pip... #thearchers (@PeterD1815 on Twitter)

Wasn't it Spencer's brother who turned out to be the nasty bit of work who led Jamie astray - if so an obvious candidate for the phone number jacking. (RobinAFromSway)

Ruth, what if Spencer is the Brookfield Terrorist, eh? You've sent Peep straight to him! #TheArchers(@Wimblebear on Twitter)

Ruth has no backbone. When the going gets tough, she folds like a cheap suit. #thearchers (@willemharvey on Twitter)

I'm 100% behind Ruth. If my daughter was at risk I'd do exactly the same thing. #thearchers #childrenatrisk (@quilterin24 on Twitter)

If the gang did kidnap Pip how long would they be able to withstand holding her? Being lectured on how they could improve their kidnapping operation and how they should diversify their gang activities will prove very difficult. As TA listeners we are all too aware how excruciating it is.  (Hybro)

So David bottles it and backs down. What happens then? His guilt complex was bad enough after the Nigel business but this time he'd blame Ruth. Hmm, could be a strained silence in the old place eh? (march51)

Add your thoughts to the Let's get this right and the Pigheaded and self-righteous threads on the message board.

Poor Adam can't get a break as David mistakes him for an intruder in the grain store...

Kapow! Biff! Ooff! #tussleinthegrainstore #thearchers (@MeAndMissMcGee on Twitter)
Another assault on Adam - he's jinxed. (@SteveBrooks13 on Twitter)
That's TWICE you've cocked up killing him now, David. Contract out next time; you're losing your mojo. #thearchers (@Mudkipstoat23 on Twitter)

On the plus side, Jennifer has some lovely Italian cheese for Adam, leaving some listeners wondering whether Tuesday's episode of The Archers was sponsored by the Cheese Marketing Board...

Cheese cheese cheese #thearchers Jennifer takes nagging to a new level. (@boorach2 on Twitter)

Was this episode sponsored by the Cheese Marketing Board (Subliminal Advertising Division)? (Vicky S)

For the love of god Jenny, I will eat the nice Italian cheese if no one else will! (@GoodEggFoodie on Twitter)

I thought it was one of the most hilarious few minutes of radio I've ever heard. #thearchers  #cheesegate (@Odoreida on Twitter)

The cheese was the best bit. Very well done I thought. I must buy some cheese. (Nelson_G)

I thought it was totally marvellous. Anything that can have me falling about laughing at half past bluddy midnight when I'd just finished a 16 hour day can't be bad. I could hear Charles C's amusement as he acted it. And I personally love cheese. It was the cheese lovers scene to cut out and keep (Dusty Substances)

Here's your chance to talk about cheese on the Mmmm Cheese thread.

Hayley thinks Phoebe's room could do with a makeover - but listeners agree that this is a "terrible idea". Even worse is taking advice from Vicky...

I knew Vicky was spiteful, but the vandalism she's planning for Phoebe's room sounds cruel even by her standards. #changingrooms #thearchers (@jonreed on Twitter)

Vickoi's taste in furnishings is living up to my expectations #thearchers (@parmavi0lets on Twitter)

If Hayley thinks she will win Pheebs back with this then she is more stupid than I previously thought, and that was pretty stupid. One of the best things about coming home is that it is unchanged. (wildforces)

I am surprised that Hayley is even thinking of it. She is usually so sensible and thoughtful. (Brief_felicity)

Phoebe will have been finding more about the teenage faux feminist hippy Kate and will be aping her and will not like whatever Hayley/Vicky choose. (careen)

Read more on the message board: No Hayloi. Think again.

Jamie's girlfriend Natalie has a few new fans after eschewing cake-baking in favour of cricket.

"We weren't all born to bake sponges" Go Natalie! #thearchers (@PlaceFarm on Twitter)

I thought baking sponges was on the curriculum for the Ambridge Incomers Exam. #thearchers (@TheVintageYear on Twitter)

#thearchers is a hotbed of gender politics today. Keep expecting Germaine Greer to pop into The Bull for a pint of best. (@yokelbear on Twitter)

And finally, listeners speculate on what Ambridge Extra would reveal about Phoebe's time in South Africa...

Yes! We wanted South Africa didn't we! #excited#AmbridgeExtra #theArchers (@pollypanad on Twitter)

BRILLIANT! Can Hardly Wait! :-) (Ray Sterling on Facebook)

Oh Joy. TAX is back. Starts next Tuesday and I just mention it on here cos for the first episode it says 'Phoebe develops her first crush' (toffee)

Maybe Phoebs is not coming home???? (West Linda on Facebook)

Join the Ambridge Extra discussion on the message board.

Tayler Cresswell is host of The Archers message board.


  • Comment number 1.

    No mention of how many people think the intimidation story has more holes than a colander and how there is a total lack of tension in the story because it is beyond belief. This has been a strong theme ever since this silly story appeared.

  • Comment number 2.

    Some great Twitter quotes up there! Love the one about Mr Pullen!

    Now eagerly anticipating the "horrifying" climax of the intimidation story. Bring it on!(I expect those 'Archers Anarchists' who want Brookfield blown sky high will be disappointed though.)

  • Comment number 3.

    What is happening to The Archers? It has always been character driven. Listening lately is like hearing old friends behave in a way that makes you feel you never really knew them. The Brookfield plot is forced, riddled with inconsistencies and improbabilities. The Amy and Usha plot was better, but went too far, Alan ignoring Usha, Amy's abuse of Usha. Even Hayley is acting out of character, suddenly she is screeching with excitement about a few soft furnishings. None of this feels right.
    Now Jennifer wittering on about the cheese, that's more like it.

  • Comment number 4.

    I don't see the problem myself. Hayley wasn't 'screeching about soft furnishings', she was getting excited about welcoming Phoebe home. Absolutely in character, I'd have thought. I'm enjoying the suspense of the Brookfield plot. The plot about Amy was a bit annoying because of her tedious sulks, but never mind, I don't expect to like everything on the programme.

  • Comment number 5.

    What suspense? It is too daft to be suspenseful.

  • Comment number 6.

    Lots of people on Twitter, including TV's Alison Graham, disagree with you there!

  • Comment number 7.

    Nowt so queer as folk....

  • Comment number 8.

    @ Nemo 6

    Who is Alison Graham? And why is that important or relevant?

    All is subjective. You like this - fine. I just want the programme back, relevant to a country community and a small middle England village.

    This is not that. By all means have what you like but do not call this sensational nonsense The Archers.

    As for Twitter. Well good luck to you if you engage with the tar-baby parasite social media web sites. You know it will all end in tears as your information is stored, traded, and sold on.

  • Comment number 9.

    There's no need to be rude about people who don't share your views. You're quite entitled to your opinions, just as others are entitled to see things differently. If I was as 100% disatisfied with The Archers as some people seem to be, I wouldn't listen to it, I wouldn't post Tweets about it, and I certainly wouldn't read and post on these blogs!

  • Comment number 10.

    Dull-Eyed Llama, why must you be so rude? I enjoy Twitter, why shouldn't I? I'm not at all sure I'm enjoying this website, with people talking to me the way you just did! But since you ask who Alison Graham is, she writes for the Radio Times, and for years wrote the 'Ambridge Diary' column.

  • Comment number 11.

    Goodness I am sorry if I have upset you. It wasn't intended.

    And yes you are entitled to your view and it is equally as valid as any other.

    As I said all is subjective. Regarding twitter and the rest. Again as I said good luck to you. The fact remains that they all store your personal information and you have relinquished all control. Again your choice. And that is fine too.

    Thanks for the info about Alison Graham. I am igorant of any of that. I admit having not clapped eyes on a copy of the Radio Times since ohhh...1970 ish

    Once again apologies, I do not ever intend upset

  • Comment number 12.

    OK, Dull-eyed Llama, apology accepted. As for the information I've put on Twitter, it's only my email address and my views on The Archers, exactly the same as here. I don't post anything too personal on these boards either---once you put anything on the internet, it does tend to stay there, after all, you can't delete your posts on here (but I can delete a 'tweet'!)

  • Comment number 13.

    So naturally we can rely on her objectivity and disinterest when discussing a BBC production…

  • Comment number 14.

    What happened to the quoted bit?? Trying again…

    "you ask who Alison Graham is, she writes for the Radio Times, and for years wrote the 'Ambridge Diary' column."

    So naturally we can rely on her objectivity and disinterest when discussing a BBC production…


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