‘What’s the betting his name is really Wreck-It Ray?’ – Listener discussions to 21 August 2013

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Grey Gables is heading for catastrophe – that’s the consensus as Oliver and Caroline defy all the listeners’ advice and recruit Ray as temporary manager.

Making even fewer friends this week is "dreadful" Martyn whose bullying behaviour has riled many, though some would like to see downtrodden Kathy act less like a doormat.

No such woes for Lynda whose sniffs have been much celebrated.

Here’s my pick of online discussions between 15 and 21 August 2013.


"Loadsa ruin" is widely expected for Grey Gables as Ray was confirmed as the temporary manager to cover during Oliver and Caroline’s absence.

Oh dear. We can see what's going to happen at the hotel can't we... #thearchers (@caracourage on Twitter)

I fink 'e's a 'Del-Boy' type, who'll bring total catastrophe to Grey Gables, and see Ian, Linda, and others leave in disgust! Loadsa fun then ruin! Caroline had better book another doctor's appointment for immediately after their Italian hols!! (Richard Hubbard on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

Something very dodgy about him! Just get moaning Kathy in! (Julie Key on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

No Caroline don't trust him ~ I keep telling you I'll go on holiday with Oliver, you must stay~ definitely!!!!! (Jean Bell on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

I feel snobby but he doesn't sound right for Grey Gables at all. (Lorna McLaren on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

Of course he's trustworthy* Caro #TheArchers *a complete scoundrel (@hugzee on Twitter)

Oh dear. Grey Gables will be a casino before Caroline can say yah. #TheArchers (@evelafay on Twitter)

Ray & Harriet = con artists. When Oliver & Caroline get back the entire hotel will have been packed up and shipped to Dubai #TheArchers (@TheMichaelMoran on Twitter)

#TheArchers I can't conceive why anyone would employ Ray in any capacity to do anything. (@janetfauret on Twitter)

It's going to end in tears, but Lynda will save the day. Of course. (Clare Worthy on Archers Addicts Facebook group)


Lynda has been keeping listeners entertained lately with her sniffy reaction to being snubbed by Oliver and Caroline, though not everyone is convinced she’s the ideal employee.

Lynda can be a pain but they will wish she had been in charge during their holiday I think. Would have served them right if Lynda had walked! (Sandra Davidson on Archers Addicts Facebook group)

Lynda was magnificent tonight! Can't wait for the showdown when the new chap arrives (Rosemary Russell Damianos on Archers Addicts Facebook group)

I love Lynda ,she is my favourite character. X (Sandra Greenhow on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

LOVE Lynda!!!!! I'm not mad keen on Kathy! Let Lynda step up and listen to the chaos that ensues! (Emily Allan on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

@BBCTheArchers BOOM! Lynda! BOOM! And that's how it's done! #thearchers (@lauradavies24 on Twitter)

An excellent level of Lynda sniffing in today's ep. Brilliant. #TheArchers (@Belladax on Twitter)

Will the bonus stop the sniffing, we wonder? #TheArchers (@Annette1Hardy on Twitter)

Oooh the snell sniff! I predict trouble. #TheArchers (@pmduk69 on Twitter)

#TheArchers Linda sounds icy and who can blame her? (@janeskinner2 on Twitter)

Linda Snell. Everyone’s nightmare employee. #TheArchers (@ianpatterson99 on Twitter)

Lynda's worth a thousand times that clown. #LyndieForManager #TheArchers (@elnora_c on Twitter)

That wonderful sniff is ever expressive, as usual... (Meg Molyneux on Archers Addicts Facebook group)


Meanwhile, Martyn’s less-than-encouraging management style has prompted many to offer words of sympathy for Kathy, even if some would rather she gave her oppressor short shrift.

I hope something good happens to put a lovely smile like this on Kathy's face ~ that man is a menace, poor wife!!! Perhaps he checks the kitchen bin at home for excess waste , and culture is obviously lost on him. (Jean Bell on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

Martin is so out of order, even if he is right about some things. I was holding my breath waiting for Kathy to tell him to stuff the job. (Lorna McLaren on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

I'd tell Martin where to go ! What a dreadful character he is !! (Gillian North on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

I hope Kathy can dig some dirt on the Vile Martin, and she can then totally humiliate him.....please (Lorraine Barbara Nalty on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

I hate bullies and this Martin bloke is a big one, it upsets me to listen to the way he speaks to Kathy. I hope someone gives him what for. (Diane Hinton on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

What a nasty man to interupt Kathy's night out. At least Pat has seen that Kathy's problem is a real one this time. (Lynda Everington on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

For goodness sake! Why doesn't Cathy tell the awful Martin to stick his job and take over Roy's old job at Grey Gables! (Rhondda-Flo Harper on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

When is Cathy going to bite back WHAT a nasty man !! (Patricia Morgan on Archers Addicts Facebook group)

Why is Cathy, one of the most educated women in #thearchers, cast as perpetual victim? (@felixrandal on Twitter)

#TheArchers Kathy needs to attend Brenda's training session on employee/employer relations. (@SteveBrooks13 on Twitter)

Kathy, Kathy, Kathy....You really must get a backbone or be trodden into ground like little Kathy-gravel stones.....#TheArchers (@lomelindi12 on Twitter)

I don't suppose Martin can spell t a c t, let alone know what it means. #thearchers (@languedoclinda on Twitter)

Obviously a controversial opinion, but Martin Gibson is grade A HILARIOUS. (Daniel Rarchese-Mobinson on BBC The Archers Facebook page)


Causing a brief stir among listeners this week during her chat with Shula, Susan had some speculating on what the true meaning was behind her comment on ‘foreigners’.

well, today was “show your true colours” day in Ambridge #TheArchers #Susan (@tortueturquoise on Twitter)

Feeling out of your depth, Susan?  #TheArchers (@AndromP on Twitter)

OMG Susan, get over it. This isn't Midsomer, foreigners are allowed. #TheArchers (@CelloSuze on Twitter)

"Susan you're full of good ideas". And casual racism...#thearchers (@LouisaWalls3 on Twitter)

At this rate Susan will be the UKIP candidate for Ambridge at the next election. #thearchers (@janewright on Twitter)

Susan? Full of good ideas? Now that's a first! #TheArchers (@easedale on Twitter)

Anyone the other side of Borchester is a bit 'foreign'. In fact, as a Horrobin, she's probably not too keen on those oddballs from Penny Hassett. (Terry White on Archers Addicts Facebook page)


As the Ambridge Extra action moved to London there was a gleeful response to a long-overdue confrontation – not between Matt and Lilian but Brenda and her former employer. Listeners continue to enjoy Brenda’s adventures after her split from Tom and have nothing but praise for Anton Lesser, though the plot has proved implausible for a few.

Loved that outburst from Brenda. Absolutely loved it. #ambridgeextra #thearchers are missing out. (@violacat1 on Twitter)

An apology at last from Lillian - forced out #ambridgeextra (@Anne_O on Twitter)

Grovel Lillian #ambridgeextra (@TamsinLisa on Twitter)

Brilliant stuff with Brenda & Dima on #ambridgeextra you're missing out fans of #thearchers (@Dukeleto77 on Twitter)

Am thoroughly enjoying the storyline this time round on #ambridgeextra - go Brenda - an exciting Russian such an improvement on tedious Tom! (@VirtualEnaj on Twitter)

Oh dear, Brenda beware !  (Jayne Murphy on Archers Addicts Facebook group)

I'm pretending I'm not listening to #AmbridgeExtra because I disapprove of the concept. #TheArchers (@chickenprincess on Twitter)

Was that Anton Lesser on #AmbridgeExtra? I've absolutely loved everything that Anton Lesser done on radio. He's quite brilliant! (@all_sweetness on Twitter)

Wow! Anton Lesser on Ambridge Extra. Superb RSC actor and just right for the part. (Alwyn on BBC The Archers blog)

I've completely lost track of what's going on in #ambridgeextra. It's a bit like The Big Sleep in that respect. (@Mudkipstoat23 on Twitter)

Decided to catchup with #AmbridgeExtra. It seems to have turned into a silly thriller. A far cry from an "every day tale of country folk". (@simondrage on Twitter)

#ambridgeextra Beyond all credibility now. Bren ordered lobster kedgeree. With Sancerre. I ask you. *raises hands in supplication* (@lomelindi12 on Twitter)


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