Annabelle Dowler, aka Kirsty, was answering listeners' questions live on Twitter on Friday 25th April.

All of Annabelle's answers to your questions are here now. Find out who is the greatest villain - Henry VIII or Tom Archer, how long she rehearsed 'the howl' and whether she thinks there's any hope for Tom.

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  • Comment number 265. Posted by Nemo399

    on 29 Apr 2014 07:43

    Well said flameofthewest! Of course dramatic and/or shocking events have been part of the fabric of the show since its inception!

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  • Comment number 264. Posted by ScepticAndy

    on 28 Apr 2014 18:36

    I do agree with NICKVIN. Bizarre and horrific plot blunders have dogged the Archers since the start of the Whitburn era. Nigel's untimely and totally unnecessary death was the classic but Tom/Kirsty is well up there. Just spoils the everyday story of country folk totally pointless and ill conceived.- Architect of this should be dismissed - Immediately and maybe back track the plot to allow wedding to be the joyous occasion it should have been.

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  • Comment number 263. Posted by flameofthewest

    on 28 Apr 2014 17:04

    JBPS, I started listening just after VW took over as editor, and I agree with what you say about the programme getting tired towards the end of her tenure. I think one problem was Ambridge Extra; I enjoyed it and for that very reason I think it was a mistake, they should have been devoting that energy and creativity to the main programme. Sean O'Connor has brought that new energy and the quality of the scripts is better than it's been for some time.

    The Archers was conceived as a "Farming Dick Barton". According to former editor William Smethurst's book on the history of the programme, in the first two years alone Phil was nearly crushed by a tractor, Peggy's cousin Bill Slater was killed in a fight outside The Bull, two village residents were revealed to be secret service agents and another a diamond smuggler, an iron-ore working was sabotaged, Peggy nearly died of diptheria and a jet plane crashed in the village! The important thing is to get the mix right between the dramatic and the everyday.

    Someone commenting on the Sean O'Connor interview with The Guardian said they preferred The Archers in Tom Forrest's time when there was more sense of nature and the countryside. That would be Tom Forrest who was acquitted of manslaughter in 1957 after shooting dead his love rival Bob Larkin while the latter was out poaching!

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  • Comment number 262. Posted by Micky

    on 28 Apr 2014 07:42

    261 - JPBS I agree with everything you say in your post. Having followed the episodes all last week I listened to the omnibus right through (I'm not usually bothered if I miss it) and thought it was excellent. The writing certainly stood up to a second hearing!

    And, yes, can I add my own plea to the Beeb - please don't return to dramatic trailers and hype to advertise TA. Previously I found this completely off-putting - they were real spoilers which I do hope will be avoided in the future.

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  • Comment number 261. Posted by JoinedPeetsBoard_Smeesues_too

    on 27 Apr 2014 21:43

    post 260 What has he in his mind? That NOTHING he has done in the last 16 years has been for himself but as his brother .. He was only 16 when he took over Johns pig business - HIS CHOICE .. but apparently that wasn't what he really wanted .. It was not really surprising at all.

    post 259 This is the first time for as long as I can remember that I went to some trouble to listen to the omnibus .. because I thought it was so good!

    I believe that the listener figures have increased since the new editor started. This is not surprising to me for I thought that TA was getting tired under the previous editor and has improved since.

    What I thought excellent (and refreshing!) was that there was no hype or adverts before this episode There were a few hints which I thought might be teasers but otherwise they let it take us unawares.
    JPBS

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  • Comment number 260. Posted by Fairhearing

    on 27 Apr 2014 20:54

    What I'd like to know is what it is Tom has in his mind as an explanation for Kirsty!

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  • Comment number 259. Posted by southdownslistener

    on 27 Apr 2014 19:46

    I SO agree with RGM on 258 , this is the first night for YEARS I have actually avoided listening to The Archers and to tell you the truth, it is a huge relief
    Take heart fellow Archers fans who are disenchanted and were faithful listeners ..... there is life out here without the 7 pm slot or the Sunday Omnibus.
    AND I don't think the audience monitors will find a whole load of new blood clocking in to listen to The Archers .... the writers and editors have shot themselves in the foot. It is so sad.

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  • Comment number 258. Posted by RGM

    on 27 Apr 2014 19:00

    I would like to preface the following comments by saying that the BBC produces some excellent drama which has up to now usually included the Archers. However, today's omnibus edition even surpassed the Nigel and Russian story lines for uncalled for and unrealistic sensationalism - my wife and I were cringing as we listened. If we wanted such story lines we would watch Eastenders or Coronation Street. We expect more integrity and credibility from Radio 4. I'm afraid to say that after over 15 years of listening, we will not be listening again!

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  • Comment number 257. Posted by flameofthewest

    on 27 Apr 2014 17:58

    Foxtrott, the official Facebook group (BBC The Archers) is very friendly and quite humorous. It is moderated, which has pros and cons. At the moment it is rather full of people saying The Archers has turned into EastEnders and they will never listen again, but it will soon calm down.

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  • Comment number 256. Posted by flameofthewest

    on 27 Apr 2014 17:55

    Regarding all the comments that Tom behaved out of character and we know the characters well after all these years. Occasionally in real life someone you think you know well does something apparently totally "out of character" and you realise you didn't know them as well as you thought. It happened to me a few years ago with someone I thought was a close friend. And think of all the news reports where the friends and relatives of the person who has done something dreadful say how out of character it was. No-one can really know what is going on in someone else's head. I think that's what's happening with Tom; maybe we didn't know him as well as we thought.

    By the way, note to the scriptwriters, I know there's nothing to keep Kirsty in Ambridge now, but don't write her out, please!

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