‘We are flying on Brenda-power!’ - Listener discussions to 10 July 2013

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Listeners take sides this week as Brenda tells “Venomous Lilian” to stuff her job, and “sour face” Emma squares up to “Saint Nic”.

We’ve had a “smooching warning” about Jolene and Kenton and Lonely Cow is offered a good home.

Over in Ambridge Extra, listeners think Matt’s being lined up for a fall. And there’s reaction to this week’s Feedback on whether the Matt and Lilian storyline should be playing out on Ambridge Extra.

Here’s my pick of online discussions between 4-10 July 2013

At last! Wednesday’s almighty row between Brenda and Lilian had everyone talking. Most are Team Brenda, but Lilian has her fans too…

I'm on the bus listening to yesterday's episode of #thearchers - trying not to cheer out loud after the mouthful Brenda just delivered- fab! (@mswalsh on Twitter)

Oh, thank the lord for that – that was like finally having a boil lanced 6 months too late... #lillian #brenda #thearchers (@pennychoocards on Twitter)

We are flying on Brenda-power! Stick it to her, baby! #TheArchers @BBCTheArchers (@alondonstation on Twitter)

Well done Brenda .I've been saying to myself for ages that she is too good for m&l .At long last she has told Lillian to stuff it. (jaywex on The Archers blog)

Lilian hissing like a snake... #TheArchers (@AndromP on Twitter)

@BBCTheArchers hya Bren this is world outside Ambridge - come and join us! (@gilly38 on Twitter)

@BBCTheArchers will always love Lil #TeamLillian (@ljl144 on Twitter)

@BBCTheArchers oh #TeamLillian of course, there's gin... #thearchers (@MUSEmunkey on Twitter)

Oh, at last. Let's see how "prima donna" Lillian copes now (Urszula Gacek on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

There’s a small cheer for "Holy George" – is he being lined up for big things in the church?

The Battle for George's Soul continues #thearchers (@fondantfrancy on Twitter)

I think #holygeorge might be my favourite @BBCTheArchers storyline in ages. is there a better comeuppance for sour face Emma?! (@cjspeechless on Twitter)

George senses Emmur has a lot to confess if she ever sets foot inside a church #theArchers (@RadioAmbridge on Twitter)

It's about time that Ambridge produced a priest or vicar. Even a nun, Pip could have another mood swing, when based in Yorkshire, and join the nuns in the modern Ecco friendly nunnery. (George Taylor on Archers Addicts Facebook group)

Pope George of Ambridge? Emma would still find something to moan about. (Sue Prosser on Archers Addicts Facebook group)

And as "sour face" Emma squares up to "Saint Nic", listeners take sides

I think Nic takes her bitchyness very well, but I don't think she's saving up for revenge, I think she's just going to let it go under the bridge for George's sake... and good for her - no need to sink to Emma's level! (Roe Z Sandy on Archers Addicts Facebook group)

It probably reflects very badly on me that I increasingly share Emma's frustration with Saint Nic #TheArchers (@Ethixbird on Twitter)

Nic really is very smug. I can't help rooting for Emma a bit. #TheArchers (@kitty_gamble on Twitter)

Isn't it nice to have Old Emmer back? #thearchers (@gingabeans on Twitter)

Loved up Kenton and Jolene had some listeners squirming. But is this the precursor to wedding bells or a break up?

WARNING. SMOOCHING ON THE ARCHERS. ABORT. ABORT. (@EllieCumbo on Twitter)

Awwww, Kenton and Jolene. Hard to believe he was ever with dour, humourless Kathy. #TheArchers (@mummylimited on Twitter)

That's a sure bet they'll be breaking up soon #thearchers (@HiggsBoz0 on Twitter)

Kenton's going to propose, isn't he? #thearchers (@fairy_with_hair on Twitter)

No! Don’t go! As Lonely Cow is sent to market, one generous listener offers her a good home…

@BBCTheArchers #thearchers they could have kept #lonelycow. That family are heartless!! (@potterwigham on Twitter)

I've got a big garden. #Lonelycow could come and live with me. She could give me milk, I'll give her grass n stuff. Happy. #TheArchers (@FreekHedd on Twitter)

Over in Ambridge Extra, Matt’s antics have had everyone agog. Is he being lined up for a fall? Will Brenda make it back to Ambridge? And is romance is on the cards?

@BBCTheArchers #Ambridgeextra the more I hear the more I feel Matt is gonna come a cropper, mixing with the Russian Mafia! (@kidmorris on Twitter)

@BBCTheArchers @BBCRadio4Extra Well. You know how it is. Brenda's single. Matt's single. Brushing past each other in the office. #feelillnow (@fragpasty on Twitter)

Brenda has more sense than to sleep with Mat - PLEASE don’t let that happen!!! (Anne Thompson on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

Matt can't possibly get conned by the Russian can he? I'd like Brenda to be swept off her feet by the Russian when she goes out as Matts PA. Matt to make mega bucks on the deal and stick 2 fingers up to Lilian. (Jane Wilkie on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

I assume Matt's going to end up penniless with his throat slit in a St. Petrsburg sewer. #ambridgeextra (@molesworth_1 on Twitter)

Is Matt being kidnapped? It's all going to go south? Loving this story line (Barbara Bates on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

It will end in tears, not sure whose yet though. (Helen Kennedy on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

There was me thinking Matt was worldly wise! Can't he see him walking straight into a trap? They've got his passport and his card details and pin number! Maybe it will be Brenda to the rescue or is this what will bring him and Lillian back together? (Debz54 on The Archers blog)

And finally, reaction to this week’s Radio 4 Feedback piece about the Matt/Lilian storyline playing out on Ambridge Extra

I agree with the listeners on @BBCRadio4 Feedback. Putting the climax to Matt & Lillian story in #thearchers on Ambridge Exta was idiotic (@LukeVernon on Twitter)

It was the absolute insistence that it was standalone that irks. #thearchers #feedback (@jamspangle on Twitter)

@BBCR4Feedback Unless you've no TV & no internet you've no excuse for missing reveal on AmEx! Trailers galore #TheArchers (@athena_42 on Twitter)

Archers is a special treat, but I work hard and no way can I spend extra hours glued to my radio following yet another programme, and resent that the producers think they can force me. Of course I want to know the outcome, I've been following the story avidly, it is absolutely unfair to start a story on one station and finish it on another. We were told when all these additional stations started up that it would be a matter of choice, and that Ambridge Extra would carry an entirely separate storyline. That is how it should stay. (felineazure on The Archers blog)

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by carly

    on 19 Jul 2013 09:19

    Please can Pat and Tony go to Russia instead of Brenda? Be great to be rid of the sanctimonious pair!

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by Nemo399

    on 17 Jul 2013 15:21

    If someone was an Archers fan, surely they would enjoy 'Ambridge Extra'? It's not on every week, and when there is a season of Ambridge Extra, it only takes up half an hour a week of listening time. I was sceptical at first, thinking it was only aimed at younger listeners, but I'm now a convert.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by G J Warner

    on 17 Jul 2013 07:48

    On 4 July 2013 I was looking forward to listening to Series 5, Episode 2 of Ambrodge Extra via podcast but was unable to obtain the episode until Friday lunchtime (after contacting the BBC via the "contact the BBC" Link.

    Thinking this was just a one off I managed to enjoy Eps 3 and 4 without any delay. However I am still waiting in hope for Episode 5.

    Could someone please tell me what the delay is and ensure it does not happen again.

    Thanks

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by theboynelson

    on 16 Jul 2013 16:08

    Please people, you just need to go along with it. Last week I went to see the new Superman movie and at no time did I think, "no-one can fly like that and there isn't a planet called Krypton".

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by MetalRabbit

    on 16 Jul 2013 10:03

    Nobody connected with the production of the Archers will ever even imply on Feedback that they might have made a mistake. Ever. It must be written into their contracts as a sackable offence.

    Representatives from other programmes are willing to admit errors of judgment. Not this lot.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by Pussycat

    on 16 Jul 2013 09:18

    Quite right Patricia - AND Brenda would not have been able to tell Mike that she had her passport as the agency would have had to have it to insert the visa! Also, Nemo399, however quick it is, the visa agency still has to have the actual passport! Have written to Feedback about Ambridge Extra already and listening to the second interview on the second Feedback featuring the Matt /Lilian fiasco, the head of programming mumbled poor excuses to Roger Bolton's questions - again, aunty BBC knows best and doesn't care about the great backlash from the great majority of Archers fans who have no time to listen to the radio all day!

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by Nemo399

    on 16 Jul 2013 06:51

    Message 1--perhaps Brenda googled 'Visit Russia' as I've just done and found one of the many agencies who are offering to supply Russian visas in 24 hours. Or maybe Matt's new dodgy friends have arranged something!
    Either way, I'm enjoyed Ambridge Extra.

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by AnnS

    on 15 Jul 2013 22:55

    Matt is out of his depth, but he usually ends up OK, in his terms. Brenda will learn a lot on her trip and could come up trumps.

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by patriciacoates

    on 15 Jul 2013 22:15

    You cannot go to Russia on a whim. Paper work and visas take several weeks. Sloppy research BBC 4! So how did Brenda manage it.?

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