Our Archers Survey: When you started listening and why

We asked you when you started listening to The Archers and why here on our blog and on The Archers Facebook, Twitter. We were blown away by your responses - over 600 of them. Empirical evidence that the world's longest running continuing drama has the world's finest listeners.

The Telegraph have run a piece on your responses today

 

Thank you for your answers and here's what you said:

* This infographic has been updated to take account of the four further women who have revealed that they too were in labour with The Archers on...

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by mike

    on 17 Feb 2014 14:54

    Joe B wrote ...

    "I started listening in the early 50s because my mother had the Home Service tuned in all the time on the wireless set."

    In which case you wouldn't have heard The Archers because it was on the Light Programme in the 1950s.

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by Mike

    on 13 Feb 2014 16:11

    I listened to The Archers from the fifties onwards but to be honest I never really forgave them for replacing Dick Barton.

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by jancis

    on 12 Feb 2014 01:53

    I couldn't agree more with Tina TS. She's about the most selfish character, which is really saying something considering a great many of the Archers women. How she inspires such misplaced loyalty in her friend Kirstie goodness only knows, since Kirstie does seem to counter her whinings with intelligent and informed arguments - totally ignored or rejected by Helen of course. Like Shula, Linda, Pat, Elizabeth, and many other of the female characters she ALWAYS knows best " Believe me I know what I'm talking about.....Don't worry I know what I'm doing......No you're wrong it's not like that.....Take my advice there's nothing to worry about........I'm sure everything's fine......" These assertions are invariably followed by death or disaster, but that never shakes their confidence In their own infallibility and determination to sneer at their menfolk's concerns. Can't think why I go on listening since it irritates me so much! However, I seriously feel that I shall give up unless Helen gets her come-uppance from Rob.

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by TinaTS

    on 10 Feb 2014 16:18

    Does Anyone despise Helen Archer as much as I do, she's a whining self centered, melodramatic b**ch, Stupid beyond measure and far more irritating than Shula and Linda Snell put together! I had to stop listening when she was trying to get pregnant, and have only just returned to the fold to find that she's hogging the story line with her inane antics still.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by pollyperks

    on 10 Feb 2014 13:37

    A pretty self-congratulatory survey which, as pointed out, represents a TINY fraction of listeners (even now...).
    I can also relate to those who lost faith in the programme - particularly through the SATTC debacle - and those like myself who miss the MB and all its contributors.
    Even seeing the name Chris Ghoti reprises memories of the fantastic years I spent as (a very small) part of an online community which generated warmth and humour on a consistent basis.
    This blog is all a bit small, sad and desperate.
    xx

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by Kibblecross

    on 10 Feb 2014 03:49

    So basically what this seems to show is that people listen to the Archers out of habit, as part of their daily routine, because it's always on in the background in their household along with the rest of Radio 4, or even because it's a comforting noise that's been in their ears since they were a foetus. We probably knew that. A staggering one in four respondents have been listening for half a century; presumably it would take a nuclear holocaust to stop them "tuning in" (i.e. not switching off when they hear the familiar trains of Barwick Green). Not exactly a critical audience or a ringing endorsement of the present regime.

    Except that, hang on, 600 respondents?! Seriously? How many people listen to the Archers these days? A quick google seems to show that in the first quarter of 2011 (so presumably at the height of the SATTC furore, interestingly) the total "weekly reach" was some FIVE MILLION[1], and about the same at the end of the two following years[2,3]. So if my maths is right these 600 people might represent about 0.0001, or ONE IN TEN THOUSAND, of currentish Archers listeners.

    This survey would be mildly interesting if it meant anything, but can we please give it a rest with the relentless self-promotional spin, especially when it's so lame as to insult our intelligence?

    [1] http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thearchers/posts/record_listening_figures_for_t
    [2] http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thearchers/posts/Archers-listening-figures-Sep-Dec-2012
    [3] http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/radio4/posts/Record-RAJARs-for-Radio-4

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by Erika

    on 9 Feb 2014 23:50

    I have been listening since I was a child. However, after emigrating to Canada and then to Trinidad it is only since getting a computer and able to listen on the iplayer that I am back listening to the Archers. It helps with home sickness even after 33 years of living abroad!! Some of the story lines are a bit odd, but ... still love it

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by fredalan

    on 9 Feb 2014 11:33

    I used to enjoy the Archers over many years until it was revealed that some of the plot was happening on Radio4 extra.

    Who was the idiot at the BBC who thought of doing that?

    Well as I listened in the car, couldn't hear that so bye bye Archers

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by Beryl van den Boogaard

    on 9 Feb 2014 10:18

    I missed sending my comment so it is late.I knew my friends mother listened to the archers and mrs. Dales diary before I came to marry a dutchman and came to live in Holland 53 years ago.I think it was almost straight away that I started to listen to the Archers and have rarely missed an episode, it's a little bit of england a little bit of home and I love it.

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by Francesca

    on 8 Feb 2014 19:49

    I would love to be able to listen to The Archers from the beginning......is this possible?

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