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"The Morecambe and Wise of Ambridge" - listener discussions to 10 October 2012

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There's a "fine bromance" blossoming in Ambridge as housemates Jazzer and Jim go from odd couple to "dream team", though some listeners are wondering whether a transformation is on the cards for one of the pair.

Things aren't looking quite as rosy for Tiger and Pusscat, with speculation mounting that Lilian might be "struggling loose", possibly into the arms of soon-to-arrive Paul.

Slim pickings for Emma and Ed have prompted many helpful listeners to suggest economic approaches to feeding the family, including a wartime diet and a stint being guinea pigs for Tom's ready meals.

And as prospects improved for Tom's business, questions were being asked about Brenda's "uncertain" response to the grand designs her fiancé has for their future.

Here's my pick of listener discussions on The Archers message board, Twitter and Facebook between 4 and 10 October 2012.

The consensus among the listeners seems to be that the friendship between Jazzer and Jim is very good news for Ambridge, though there was little agreement on who the unlikely pair resemble the most.

Aw, Jazza and Jim: next Terry and June? #thearchers (@Lennybun on Twitter)

Jim and Jazzer - the Morecambe and Wise of Ambridge #thearchers (@annie_blackmore on Twitter)

Loving the new 'Odd Couple' in @BBCTheArchers. Jazzer and Jim, a genius pairing. (@ace_diamond99 on Twitter)

Jim & Jazzer - the new Men Behaving Badly? (@ShirleyAnstey on Twitter)

Just when I think #thearchers cannot be improved Jazzer moves in with Jim - excellent. (@Mikef45 on Twitter)

Yes, I'm liking the scenes of Prof and Jazzer. Somehow it's more convincingly blokey than anything Kenton or Dave ever does. (Anniewitchway on the message board)

A fine Bromance indeed. I think they are good for each other. (Damejintymcginty on the message board)

The best SL for absolutely ages and beautifully acted. I love listening to their conversations and can't help smiling when I hear their exchanges. Hope it lasts! (Poodlesparlour on the message board)

That was quite moving. And he is civilising Jazzer. Have his talents no end? (Perkin Warbeck on the message board)

Morecombe and Wise or Terry and June? Have your say in the Jimus has a heart and Jazzers home at last threads on the message board.

Jazzer's newly acquired skills in washing up had some listeners wondering just how far the Scotsman's transformation will go - and whether Jim might have something along the lines of My Fair Laddy in mind.

Jim and Christine have adopted Jazzer - it's a modern pygmalion! (@Nigelgoodboo on Twitter)

It is not for nowt that he has ended up at Jim's. Jim is going to be Jazzer's Professor Higgins or that OU tutor to Jazzer's Rita. (Pollyanna on the message board)

I'm not convinced. I don't think he wanted to actually read the book - Jim will probably find it jamming the window open. But we can live in hope. (Skerryscraper on the message board)

It would be wonderful if Jazzer could be rehabilitated, interesting too and, I think, believable. (antique acorn on the message board)

Hasn't Jazzer already been rehabilitated? From Meadow Rise ne'er-do-well to hardworking milkman and pigman? I don't want him turned into a Jimus Mini-Me. He's fine (and fun!) just as he is. (Ambridge Forever Frittering on the message board)

"Is Jazzer being rehabilitated?". I'd rather the opposite was the case, and that Jazzer turns Jim into a slob. (sgspecial on the message board)

Who's changing who? Have your say in the Is Jazzer being rehabilitated? thread.

Pusscat's chilly treatment of Matt makes her more of a Snow Leopard lately, and the listeners have noted the change in her demeanour. Has she just had enough of his "rugged charm" or is her mind on someone else?

Brrrr, it's frosty in the Amside office this morning. #thearchers (@fairy_with_hair on Twitter)

Ooh Tiger. Is Puss struggling loose? #thearchers (@MsAlliance on Twitter)

And off she flounced, not even a token 'darling'. #thearchers (@2ndcitysuit on Twitter)

Tiger is a rat! (Heather Hughes on Facebook)

Tiger, Pussycat has SO lost interest in your rugged devil may care charms.. #thearchers (@MUSEmunkey on Twitter)

Lilian and Paul: I can't wait for them to meet. Looking forward to this one. (Constanza on the message board)

Lilian can't just pick up where she left off, she made her choice. PS I would like her to ditch Matt though! (Angela Stepney on the message board)

Find out what other listeners are saying about Lilian's feelings for Matt in the Significance of Arthur's conversation? thread.

As the hard times continue for Emma and Ed, sympathy for their situation is waning as many listeners think they could be doing more to help themselves. However, there are still some suggestions coming in that might help them to improve their lot.

Just done a quick online calculation and even putting Ed's earnings at £20000, which I very much doubt, and Emma's at £2000 for her cleaning job at Brookfield they would qualify for over £40 a week in Child Tax Credits. That would buy a lot of beans and bread! (Virtual_jan on the message board)

I know they're only grumbling to each other, but I have little patience with people who grizzle and grizzle about problems that could be solved if they'd only take the actions needed to do so. (charmingAnnieLynn on the message board)

Emma was meant to have an interest in food and her mother is very resourceful - she should be able to manage stuff from scratch not be wanting all packet stuff. (Ginslinger Redux on the message board)

Ed'n'Em wanna get "The Wartime Farm". Loaded with handy tips about how they made do when times wuz 'ard. Riveting stuff. Petrol, meat cuts, cooking with 'hay boxes' - it's all in there! (TufTanya on the message board)

Poor Ed is obviously really hungry - he needs a large helping of steak and kidney pudding on a daily basis and proper breakfasts. Couldn't they keep a few chickens? (Ruralrambler on the message board)

Ed may be a dairy farmer but he desperately needs the milk of human kindness. All he's getting at the moment is hard cheese! (Taleteller on the message board)

Couldn't Ed & Emma volunteer to test Tom's ready meals? #TheArchers (@cha0tic on Twitter)

Got something to add? Head over to the I'm sending Ed & Em a food parcel thread on the message board.

Finally, Brenda's reticence whenever Tom talks of marriage and plans for the future has had listeners wondering what might be up. Does she want to stay with Tom or could she be waiting for something better to come along in the form of a returning James?

Brenda sounded very uncertain. And who can blame her? (@SteveBrooks13 on Twitter)

One more sign that Brenda really isn't interested in long-term commitment to Tom. (Bette on the message board)

Tom has noticed that she seems to back off every time he talks about the future - she either changes the subject or, when that is not an option, as tonight, comes over all obtuse as though she doesn't know what he means ( "a house? For us?" no, for Jazzer of course.) (Auntie Molly on the message board)

Or if she really can't imagine spending the rest of her life with him, she has to take the plunge and let him go. James is coming to stay next week. Didn't Brenda have a thing with him at one stage? (flameofthewest on the message board)

If she dosen't see her future with Tom I hope she jolly well gets on and tells him soon. (Fabsupergran on the message board)

She sounded like she was losing interest to me. Like the thought of them building a house together almost horrified her. (Toffee on the message board)

I think Bren should find someone more interesting and leave Tom well behind.... (RAFromSw on the message board)

Is Brenda bored of her life with Tom? Join the discussion in the One more sign and Your vote on Brenda threads on the message board.

Tayler Cresswell is host of The Archers message board.

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