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'Cheese girl falls for cow man' – Listener discussions to 31 July 2013

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There was a collective sigh as Helen fell into Rob's arms this week, though a few admitted they were impressed!

Some wonder whether "terrible Meriel" will stir up trouble at Kenton and Jolene’s wedding. We've had suggestions for how to deal with leg cramps, and with Martyn Gibson – "put his head on a tee, Kathy". And Anthea has a growing fan club.

Over in Ambridge Extra, debate rages about Brenda's new beau with plenty of guesses about what he might be up to…

Here’s my pick of online discussions between 25 and 31 July 2013


Whilst most said they saw it coming, Helen's fling with Rob had listeners rolling their eyes, then rubbing their hands in glee when they considered Pat’s reaction…

Oohhhhhhhh Helen..... You bad bad girl #secretlyimpressed #thearchers (@costlytrinket on Twitter)  

Cheese girl falls for cow man.. (Nigel Machin on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

Go Helen Go!! She needs a bit of naughtiness in her life (Julie Newman on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

@BBCTheArchers oh dear, Helen. Falling for the "my wife doesn't understand me" spiel! Oldest one in the book! Don't trust him. (@Ratfanatical on Twitter)   

Listening to his views about the respective roles of men and women in a marriage, I can see why Jess is thinking up any old excuse to stay in Hampshire! (Ian Berry on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

We only have Rob's version of events. What if he is a serial philanderer? (Carol Lynne Smith on Archers Addicts Facebook group)

We saw that coming , though, didn't we? Anyway he might actually turn out to be "nice", you never know! (Tina Hackett on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

@BBCTheArchers OMG OMG OMG! Pat is going to spit chips if she gets wind of this! #Roblen (@decobroad on Twitter)  

Seems too much like Lilian and Paul.....but does Robs wife actually exist???? (Lesley Thomson on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

He's shown commitment to her by leaving Quebec so I don't think we should be too hard on him. If he keeps Helen happy it will do us all a favour; she's awful when she's miserable. Also, if it causes a bit of grief for Pat and Tony, so much the better! (Di Smith on BBC The Archers Facebook page)


As Kenton and Jolene start to plan their wedding, listeners wonder about “terrible Meriel” and what Kathy will think of the news…

Can't help feeling disappointed that Jolene hasn't gone for a vintage ring. Or a secret tattoo #TheArchers (@LisaSaysThis on Twitter)  

Do I detect a note of Meriel-induced tension? #TheArchers (@TheVintageYear n Twitter)

Meriel very annoying, but I'm loving the pot-stirring potential of her visit. Purple bridesmaid's dress, indeed #TheArchers (@boorach2 on Twitter)  

What's wrong with Jolene? A little girl wants to be bridesmaid at her Dad's wedding and wear a pretty purple dress. What's the problem???? (Angela Russell on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

Awaiting Kathy's reaction to the engagement news with baited breath. To loose one man to Jolene is unfortunate... #thearchers (@andymakethetea on Twitter)  


There was some sympathy for poor Nic and her leg cramps, but some wondered at a whole episode being devoted to the subject

What? Was that entire episode about leg cramps? While #AmbridgeExtra has Russian gulags, steamy love affairs and money laundering? #TheArchers (@rinawolfson on Twitter)  

What a load of fuss over sitting down a bit #TheArchers #stool  (@gtheflea on Twitter)   

Tonic water is great for leg cramps! They'll have plenty at The Bull! (Freda Cooper on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

Let's hear it for 'Freda's supportive stockings'! #thearchers  (@Tightbeat on Twitter)   


What should Kathy do about Martyn Gibson? Listeners have offered plenty of suggestions...

Ooooh don't you just want to put Martin's head on a tee, Kathy? #thearchers (@vencut2 on Twitter)  

I wonder if Martyn Gibson has ever had any kind of meaningful relationship? #TheArchers (@MsAlliance on Twitter)  

I shout at Martyn while listening to the radio: "Don't you DARE speak to me like that, sarcasm is neither appropriate nor professional!" Arrrgggghhhh!!!! (Katy Bagshaw on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

She’s a wet lettuce; probably in the wrong job as she doesn't seem to be able to defend herself, BUT, his attitude stinks. I hope she walks out (Sarah Borthwick on Archers Addicts Facebook group)

Is Kathy going to quit and become the new manager at grey gables ? #TheArchers (@hivaldihandmade on Twitter)


And there’s a small but growing fan club for Lilian’s new PA, Anthea

#thearchers I like Anthea, who's with me?  (@olympians on Twitter)  

Wouldn't want a night out with her but she's impressive in an office ;) #thearchers (@barefootmower on Twitter)  

I hope we keep Anthea, at least for a while. She's a hoot! I can't wait for an Anthea / Linda faceoff (David Clarke on Archers Addicts Facebook group)


Over in Ambridge Extra, listeners think Matt should cut his losses and come home, and there’s been quite a bit of speculation about Brenda's new beau Dmitry – who is he really?

Matt - Take the hint and the flight and leave Russia ASAP. Getting home in one piece is more important than money, which can be replaced with a bit of hard work on your part. But knowing what sort of person Matt is tells me that if he isn't careful, he'll end up hurt or worse still dead. (GJ Warner on The Archers blog)

Matt, you've been creamed. Couldn't happen to a nicer bloke. Brenda, trouser that diamond and.......Ruuuuuuuunnnnn! #AmbridgeExtra (@johnmcinroe on Twitter)   

Matt will think he got off lightly in Russia once he meets Anthea. (Stephen Āh Burroughs on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

Sounds more like Dimitri andTatiana are undercover cops - working to nab the wicked Vitaly. #thearchers #ambridgeextra (@Bellvue_BnB on Twitter)  

No, no, no, it seems to me he is loaded it is really HIS house, His diamond, HIS company. He's scared of gold diggers, so pretends not to be rich (Tracy Dane on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

Oh, dear. Poor Brenda. Though whoever (jewel-thief?) Dimitri is, he's still an improvement on Tom. #thearchers #AmbridgeExtra (@kitty_gamble on Twitter)   

If Brenda is let down by Mr Smoothy too good to be True, she may realise what she lost by dumping mr Dependable and may realise the grass is not greener (Sandra Davidson on Archers Addicts Facebook group)

Imagination running wild #AmbridgeExtra in Russia, come back safe Bren & Matt, all is forgiven! (@bhelenr on Twitter)

I’m not understanding what the heck is going on in either language but just like Matt I’m a gonna get to the bottom of it #AmbridgeExtra  (@Misstsoris on Twitter


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