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"Is it International Canoodling Week?" - listener discussions to 14 November 2012

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Is there something in the water in Ambridge? As Tom wooed Brenda with lovehearts and Andy Williams; and Lilian walked in on James and Leonie up to... we're not sure what, listeners covered their ears.

Peggy celebrated her 88th birthday this week and her party was declared "deliciously painful" as Tom and Brenda went head to head with James and Leonie.

Over in Borsetshire, Emma's trip to the food bank had many in tears as she finally admitted her problems to her mum. Listeners were relieved to see her get help at long last.

And with the consultant's report on Lower Loxley suggesting that Elizabeth focus on adult education courses, listeners have come up with their own suggestions.

Here's my pick of listener discussions on The Archers message board, Twitter and Facebook between 8-14 November 2012.


It all got a bit steamy in The Archers this week - there was Tom's surprise for Brenda; Lilian setting up a get-together with Paul; and Kenton and Jolene making Rhys feel like a gooseberry - not to mention James and Leonie in the bathroom at the Dower House...

Is it International Canoodling Week? #thearchers appears to be a hotbed of steamy couples. (@ruththevet on Twitter)

Has someone put Viagra in the Ambridge water supply? #thearchers (@hoogervaaner on Twitter)

Tom's efforts to communicate with Brenda were a masterclass in bad timing, and many still think he's on his way out of that relationship, despite his lovehearts, music and candles on Sunday.

#thearchers thanks for this mental picture #Nnnnnnnnooooooooooooottttttttttt (@nicwat81 on Twitter)

#TheArchers Poor Andy Williams must have turned in his grave there (@monx61 on Twitter)

He's boring, self obsessed and doesn't listen to anything Brenda has to say and when he does decide to inject a bit of romance into his relationship... he's embarrassing and naff! Stud muffin? More like a slab of stale fruitcake! (Angela Stepney on the message board)

c'mon, points for trying, surely! (Perkin Warbeck on the message board)

Tom's in a world of his own. It's a world consisting entirely of sausages, meatballs and ready meals. #thearchers (@fairy_with_hair on Twitter)

Is Tom the worst boyfriend in the world? Tell us what you think on the message board.


There was a lot of sympathy for Lilian after she walked in on James and Leonie in the bathroom...

Leonie is a great character. What was she doing with James in the bathroom? Is it what I think? (Christine Wilson on Facebook)

Made me giggle so hard I nearly fell over (Cas Sanders on Facebook)

Now there's a mental image I REALLY didn't want! #lalalalala #thearchers (@TheTeasLady on Twitter)

Great acting by Lillian actress Sunny Ormonde. You can feel the frisson as she tries desperately not to lose her temper! #thearchers (@potterwigwam on Twitter)

Dear @BBCTheArchers I think we have made our views on bathroom-based sex scenes clear no? #thearchers (@40lucyjordan on Twitter)


Happy birthday Peggy! Surprise party guest, Leonie "when-is-she-leaving" Snell, has certainly made herself at home. Her overly familiar remarks (calling Jennifer "Jen" and Peggy "gran") were felt to be beyond the pale. A few were surprised to find themselves laughing at Tom and Brenda's put-downs. And whilst most want to see the back of the gruesome James and Leonie, they do have some supporters

As Elona would say, hippy biirthdee Pig-gy. (Mark Jones on Facebook)

Hahaha! Jen! Classic. More Leonie please. #thearchers (@TreacleToo on Twitter)

Jenny ought to call her "Lee" in future - payback for that "Jen"! (TotallyMadCat on the message board)

Leonie is special. She said what a lot of posters here have felt.... In a world where no-one likes to say anything for fear of embarrassment she is a breath of fresh air... I also detect a bit more bite from James with his asides about there not being a joke and interrupting high-powered sausage summits. I hope he goes head to head with Tom. (snarklehound on the message board)

Deliciously painful episode, though. Now what we really need is some unavoidable event where Brian & Matt can spend the entire time swapping one-liners. (EBGB on the message board)

This is worrying. I've started to appreciate Brenda, recently. Now am finding Tom funny (with, not at). #thearchers (@thearchersfan on Twitter)

Add your thoughts to the party thread and the Lay-own-nee? thread on the message board.

As Emma hit rock bottom, there were tears from listeners. And whilst many feel that Ed and Emma should know about the benefits they'd be entitled to and be claiming them, many praised Emerald O'Hanrahan (Emma), Barry Farrimond (Ed) and Charlotte Martin's (Susan) acting.

OMG Emmur. I can't stop crying. #thearchers (@Lol58Milne on Twitter)

I've found a lot of the Ed and Em storyline really moving, never more so than tonight. (whitejude on the message board)

Toast and finest marmalade turns to ashes in my mouth as I listen to Emma's plight. This is awful. (@defsmith on Twitter)

I am appreciating this SL, but wish it was toned down a bit. It does rather descend into Charlie Chaplin eating his shoes scenario. I don't think that is necessary for the listeners to 'get the point'. (Bette on the message board)

I found the episode moving and the build up of desperation over months was realistic. When I was working as a social worker in London in the 1970s and 1980s desperate families would ask for help as they had no money for food... It was extremely rare to find that they were spending money on non-essentials and given that we could only provide one-off payments I was always concerned as to how they were going to manage in the future. (rockroad on the message board)

very often the understandable 'pride' merely makes things worse. Then along comes an unforeseen large expense like the car, a virtual necessity in rural areas, and over the edge you go. (peter-francis on the message board)

I can understand Susan's shock. I'd be devastated if a family member thought they couldn't come to me for help #thearchers (@lukevernon on Twitter)

A huge big hug for Emma (Philippa Vereker on Facebook)

Join the conversation on the Alternative view and the You can feel the shame of Emma 'n Ed thread on the message board.


And I'll leave you with a Fantasy Archers thread detailing new adult learning courses at Lower Loxley, including...

Watch and Weep Alvin Hall - making a success of your business during a recession
Course tutor: T Archer
Course components will include How to get started (Thanks Gran)Moving your business on(Cheers Brian), Asserting your Brand (Sorry Mum, Sorry Dad), Looking to the Future ( Christmas Novelty Food and The Easter Pork Bunny).
(Vicky S on the message board)

MAKING VOLUNTEERING WORK FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Tutors: E Pargeter and P Archer.
Lower Loxley proprietor Elizabeth explains how she never pays an employee if she can get them to work for free, whilst Pat relates the renaissance of the Ambridge Community shop...
[After the event, Pat and Elizabeth will both be available, if you would like to sign up as one of their volunteers.]
(Pat_Clifton on the message board)

Find out about all the wonderful Lower Loxley courses on the Fantasy Archers thread on the message board.


Tayler Cresswell is host of The Archers message board.

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