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"Deeply satisfying. Roll on the hundred year war" - Listener discussions from 18-20 May 2011

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Everything was eclipsed by Thursday's picnic at Lower Loxley. Some omnibus listeners broke with tradition and listened in during the week - and many shared their coping strategies...

In a hyperactive frenzy having listened to 20 Jerry Lee Lewis tracks in a row- an attempt to recover from that episode of the #thearchers (@AdamSwayne on Twitter)

OK will open wine when The Archers starts. Might need it... @BBCRadio4 #thearchers #archers (@CaroleAnnRice on Twitter)

Here's my pick of listener discussions on The Archers message board, Twitter and Facebook between 18-20 May

On Thursday evening, Twitter and the message board lit up. "David, David, David" ... he's selfish; stupid! And Elizabeth Pargetter so "foul". Should David Archer leave it a week or so before sending the invoice over for the aerator hire? And will his daughter Pip have to rethink her summer job?

Oh my god. Most dramatic episode of #thearchers EVER. Elizabeth was well harsh!!!! (@GoodEggFoodie on Twitter)

#thearchers Just heard last night's episode. Gordon Bennett - David's torn it! Surely the dumbest thing he has EVER done. No reason for it. (@MishaGlenny on Twitter)

Much better than using the inquest to confess. It was a great surprise - I thought everything was back under the carpet and back to normal! I take back all I have said in the past! (Abby33)

That was a stonking performance from Alison Dowling. Started out piano and ended up fortissimo. Brava! Tim Bentinck was pretty good too. Nice sob at the end. (JustJanie - Fairweather Jogger)

She has the perfect voice for outraged indignant angry honest fury. I still giggled at the image of David cowering as if struck by a hurricane. (foxyboosh)

David, David, David ... What have you done?! You might end up with Lilly and Freddie after all. (Helen Nutter on Facebook)

All that after he'd done the grass too! #thearchers (@martin_hilton on Twitter)

Deeply satisfying. Roll on the hundred year war. (Stuart Pearce Badger)

Some were surprised to hear Elizabeth drive away from the picnic - did she think driving on private land didn't count? (Irene)

Read more on the message board: That was worth waiting for!

On Friday, it felt as if the audience was listening from behind the sofa...

Here we go. Brace yourselves #thearchers (@nixCab on Twitter)

Let the Fall of the House of Archer commence. (belledemidi)

Ruth's "hysterical" outburst caused a lot of debate - was it justified? And whilst a handful thought it was "overegged", most thought it was painfully realistic. David was almost universally seen as "remarkably selfish"

David's ruddy buttoned-up clenched-teeth self-regarding bull-headed martyrdom would make me want to push him downstairs. (Tadpole)

Ruth if I were you I'd just push David off the nearest high building or throw him in with the milk #thearchers (@sheilmcn on Twitter)

Ruth's desperation and panic was real and human and flawed. Lizard's was stage managed and melodramatic. Real pain is inarticulate. Ruth could see her whole life going down the tubes. Lizard has already faced that. (Babushka Lovski)

Going for a little lie down in a quiet room now. Bye. #Thearchers (@psalotti on Twitter)

Are you with or against Ruth? Have your say in the Blimey, Ruth is hysterical! thread.

The discussion about Peggy Woolley's relationship with Ted has been revived - is it appropriate? The majority of posters are pleased that Peggy's found a new interest and that she deserves a friendship outside of her caring duties.

Alzheimers has been described as the carer's disease and Peggy will be suffering (I, too, have close experience of this). Any opportunity for her to develop friendships and spend time with people other than Jack should be celebrated. (soobeehere)

I was watched elderly men and women dedicate their remaining days to the care of a a senile partner. Often they grow frailer and their health goes under the exhaustion and pressure. Is that what Peggy has to be doomed to? Because if so, her 'remaining days' might well be fewer than Jack's. (pollyanna)

What do YOU think? - tell us on the message board.

Over in Ambridge Extra, the focus of the conversation is still on Alice's flatmate, Chaz. There's also been some discussion of what series two might hold - could Ambridge Extra take a peek inside the Madikane household?

Have to say listening to Chas get what was coming to him this morning was the highlight of my train ride. Only problem was thinking that he would eventually take it out on Chris and Alice. (LogopolisMike)

I'm liking the idea of Jo'burg and the Madikane household family skeletons falling out of cupboards. (Sam)

The storylines are dark enough already, without the social problems of S. Africa possibly being thrown in as well. (Lakey Hill)

You can read Ambridge Extra synopses on the message board (with big thanks to the posters providing them!)

Tayler Cresswell is host of The Archers message board.

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