As you might expect, there's been strong press and media reaction to our 60th anniversary storyline. Here is a selection:


BBC News
Report Including a video tour of The Archers studio.


Daily Express
Report and review by Simon Edge
'...after an emergency caesarean section, mother and baby turned out fine. A nation wept...'


Daily Mail
Including a review by A N Wilson
'...The half-hour extended episode of the world's longest-running soap opera was a masterpiece of suspense...'


The Guardian
Article by Elizabeth Mahoney
'...it did include storylines that will slow-burn marvellously through village life...'

Report about reaction on Twitter


The Telegraph
The Telegraph had several stories:

Listener reaction

Profile of Nigel Pargetter

Review by Gillian Reynolds

Most shocking Archers storylines


Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer

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  • Comment number 157. Posted by Sylvias Mother

    on 8 Jan 2011 14:26

    A commentator above writes:
    "Much better would be a somber public apology from La Whitburn at the beginning of the show saying she was very sorry for this serious lapse of judgement, and then simply to carry on as if that episode had never happened.
    That would certainly be a 'first' and a much more honourable solution."

    WELL WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET ANY RESPONSE?

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  • Comment number 156. Posted by Squirrelnet

    on 7 Jan 2011 19:29

    just read the headline of this piece and accompanying quotes.... shurely shome mishtake.

    It was drivel wasn't it ???

    This weeks listening ( I download the podcast) has involved more fast forward than play.

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  • Comment number 155. Posted by noTVsoaps

    on 7 Jan 2011 08:07

    Now we know what to do. According to the Today programme, complaints about EastEnders have forced them to cut their sensationalist storyline short. let's hope the BBC will give in without insisting on 6000 complaints about TA. If you've not already done so: https://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/forms/

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  • Comment number 154. Posted by magndyl

    on 7 Jan 2011 01:11

    Just watched the above, very moving, brilliantly done, thankyou.

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  • Comment number 153. Posted by Richard Louis Dray

    on 6 Jan 2011 23:34

    I was deeply saddened by the decision to "cull" Nigel, so much that I have made an elegy in music and film to lament Nigel's passing. ("Nigel Pargetter RIP") -easily found on you tube . Empathy and compassion and emotion are the ingredients . I hope you manage to see it and enjoy it. RIP Nigel>

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  • Comment number 152. Posted by listen_here

    on 6 Jan 2011 20:35

    So is this the difference now between TV and radio: on something like Strictly Come Dancing (yes it is possible for an Archers listener also to be hooked on Strictly! Maybe they are both escapism?) "the public" make the final decisions, over-riding the professionals, whereas on The Archers the pros (in this case the production team) over-rule listeners? If you want to play to the gallery, shouldn't you take account of our views?

    People like Linda Grant above talk about the dramatic potential of Nigel's death – true enough, but surely the point of something true-to-life like The Archers is that what happens has to have its own inner logic and plausibility, you can't make something implausible happen just because it provides future story lines. There are plenty of ways it could have been done that would have worked. But not this. Neither the events nor the writing. Not exciting, dramatic, convincing, anything. Just cringe-worthy. (Similarly the Helen situation was implausible: she has been behaving increasingly unbalanced, and the only plausible story line would be for her to go seriously off the rails, Tony should have been proved right, not her - though I guess there's still time for Post Natal Depression....)

    This is the first time I have felt strongly enough to register here. I have been listening to The Archers on and off for decades. My parents used to listen 40-20 years ago, but gave up when some of the story lines became too focused on the young generation. I persevered, and was glad I did when there were well-written phases such as Phil's death or the recent hilarious panto. The absurdities of village life can be bliss. The current situation however leaves me feeling, well, betrayed. It no longer represents my world. Wake up, please, to what people want to hear, who your audience are.

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  • Comment number 151. Posted by WendyTinley

    on 6 Jan 2011 17:50

    In an attempt to let the emotional dust settle after the 60th anniversary I've sat on my feelings but days after, they are still the same. The episode was extremely clumsy, bordering on cringeworthy. I felt it was an episode written by drama students given the task of making a memorable episode instead of seasoned professionals.
    Remembering the deaths of Doris Archer, Mark Hebdon and the superb John Archer demise episode this one failed miserably in comparison.
    Truly I think there should be some sincere self-examination by the production team, as well as an honest response to the undeniable hostile reaction on here, Twitter and elsewhere. We loyal listeners do deserve this.
    VW does come across as arrogrant with her disregard of the requests of the audience. Many times the 'doom music' has been requested, as an alternative ending to an extraordinary dramatic episode. VW will not let this happen - a trivial point but indicative of the mindset of the production team. I'll continue to receive the daily emailed updates but I shall not bother listening for a while as I feel too let down. :(

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  • Comment number 150. Posted by Rebecca_Gibraltar

    on 6 Jan 2011 16:41

    VW should resign for more than one reason:

    Ruining the story for us by blurting it out on the Today program.

    Allowing the script to go ahead, it was clumsy, out of character for both David and Nigel and not a celebration at all.

    Ruining the story for those web listeners who, like me, used the 'Listen Again' option and saw the headline about Nigel glaring at me so I knew exactly what was going to happen before it even started.

    Phoning up Graham Seed to tell him he'd lost his job as opposed to sitting down and explaining it face-to-face

    Not answering any of our questions here on this blog or anywhere else and it has been days now and still no response from any of them.

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  • Comment number 149. Posted by The Poet Laura-eate

    on 6 Jan 2011 15:41

    Ms Whitburn take note:

    Gaining column inches is easy (kill someone innocent either fictional or real/sleep with a footballer etc).

    Leaving a legacy to be proud of is harder.

    But a lasting legacy lives longer than yesterday's news.

    Imagine the accolades, tributes (and statues) you will miss out on at the end of your career if you do not change your sensationalist ways.

    Every business plan incorporates 'What will it cost NOT to do this?' Life strategies should follow suit.

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  • Comment number 148. Posted by root4me

    on 6 Jan 2011 15:03

    Erm...Keri...why is there only one response from you above? You've not addressed people's feelings at all. And where is Ms Whitburn's response on these blog pages or the message boards or elsewhere?

    The ***VAST*** majority of response is massively negative. Negative because of the crass writing and utter focus on column inches. And the way Mr Seed was told he was being killed. And the reason he was being killed (to make an impact). And the way Ms Whitburn ruined the ending on R4 Today on Monday.

    It is not the fact someone died, but who, how and why he was killed off (and that the loathsome Helen was not).

    WHERE ARE YOUR RESPONSES TO EVERYONE'S COMMENTS PLEASE?
    WHERE IS THE EDITORIAL TEAM PLEASE?
    WHERE IS Ms WHITBURN AND WHEN WILL SHE RESPOND TO THE ****NATURE**** OF THE RESPONSE AND NOT WALLOW IN THE WONDER OF THE COLUMN INCHES?

    We are all patiently waiting......
    Thank you.

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