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"That was a quick trade-in Rob" – Listener discussions to 5 March 2014

Monday 10 March 2014, 19:44

Tayler Cresswell Tayler Cresswell

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Yet more suspicious glances in Rob Titchener’s direction as Jess agreed to a divorce and he swiftly acted to make a lifelong commitment to Helen – who came in for plenty of criticism too.

Meanwhile, the women of Ambridge entertained many listeners while providing a few yawns for others as they took centre stage at Jill’s WI meeting with PC Burns.

Continuing to shine in the snobbery department, Jennifer has surprised nobody with her demands for a new kitchen. And Fallon is the subject of much speculation after her split from Rhys.

Here’s my pick of the listener discussions between 27 February and 5 March 2014


Rob and Jess’s decision to get divorced was greeted with suspicion by many listeners – as was Rob’s extremely fast work in asking Helen to marry him.

Surely Jess isn't going to buckle that easy is she? #thearchers (@peptalkfanzine on Twitter)

OMG! Things are moving far too fast and I don't like it. I really hope I'm wrong - but I think it will end in tears for Helen. (Norma Collins on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

One minute we hear him asking for a quick divorce then HE calls HER and says there's no hurry? Very clever script writing - I keep lurching from the pro Rob camp into the not sure camp and then back again. (Lindsay Jones on Archers Addicts Facebook page)

As my sceptical husband just commented: that was a quick trade-in Rob #thearchers (@AnneLiddon on Twitter)

Helen set her cap at Rob from the outset, even saying "why are all the good ones married?" Charming. I'd say they deserve each other, except for poor Jess - first deceived then bullied. Very unrealistic she's giving in to Rob's desire for a divorce ASAP. I was hoping she'd drag it out for as long as possible. (Mieteka on The Archers’ blog)

It'll never happen!! He won't tolerate Henry and or properly commit to Helen. Anyway it's at least two years away as Jess had only just agreed to a divorce. If he was genuine he'd have waited until he was free to make a commitment then and there. (Cath Anderson-Carroll on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

You've yet to win over Twitter Rob #thearchers (@shimmy41a on Twitter)


When it came to Helen herself, there were many words of warning sent her way – as well as plenty of reproaches.

@BBCTheArchers HELEN!!!! USE THE BRAKES!!!! (@genya17 on Twitter)

So happy. Helen deserves good luck. Even if she is a tad annoying. But them who isn't ... (Abi Newell on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

Please please make Rob and Helen happy - she is SO annoying but I'm starting to feel sorry for her #thearchers (@Bendyboobar on Twitter)

I must say that this has been --and continues to be--one of my favourite story lines of recent years and perhaps I'm unusual in that I want it all to turn out well, even though I've frequently had issues with Helen, I don't think she deserves yet another relationship that ends in disaster. (Nemo399 on The Archers’ blog) 

Will this turn out to be a relationship/storyline so fiendishly well constructed we've all been hating Rob for no reason...??? Hmmm...Not convinced.... (Lucy Radley on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

What's not to be happy about, Helen? Someone else's marriage has ended in disaster and you're going to scoop up the leavings. #thearchers (@mkcloughie on Twitter)


Jill’s home security session with PC Burns divided opinion: some saw it as vintage Archers while others found it a little bit uneventful.

omg omg we are actually being treated to a whole WI meeting in #thearchers hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha #soapofthecentury (@ElizabethBangs on Twitter)

I enjoyed the evening with the ladies and their varied conversational topics! I don't suppose the WI will start pole-dancing classes but perhaps someone will suggest it to the U3A in Felpersham. A rare opportunity this evening for the different age groups in Ambridge to bond over "security"!!!! (Jean Bell on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

Loving the feminist debate on #thearchers (@DillyTante on Twitter)

I really enjoyed last nights #thearchers Jill out and about and lots of chatting. I felt like I was at the WI! Great! (@StaceyGirlx on Twitter)

Good god, Ambridge women, get a grip! #PCBurns #thearchers (@deb9may on Twitter)

I thought it was rather an awkward episode: the women in the village hall affecting to swoon over DC Burns, Jennie caricaturing herself again and the discussion about prostitution that seemed to come out of nowhere. (Michael Dewey on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

Had to be the most boring episode of recent times. Home Security! Kitchens! Pole dancing - wow! Let's get back to who's knocking off whom. Friday perhaps? (Len Ross on BBC The Archers Facebook page)


Poor Jennifer’s problem kitchen drawers has kept many – though not all – entertained, and it has given her the chance to excel at what she does best: being a snob.

Love it that Jennifer has a wonky kitchen drawer and so therefore needs an entire new 30k kitchen !! (Jane Oliver on BBC The Archers Facebook page)

I think we can safely say Jennifer's problems are high class, First World problems. #thearchers @BBCTheArchers (@alondonstation on Twitter)

I am loving the kitchen story, it brings a little humour to the proceedings, which has been, sadly, lacking of late! (Carol Archer Smith on Archers Addicts Facebook group)

Brian's been fed up with her drawers for years. I don't think it's a new kitchen he yearns for. Dreary Jennifer deserves all she gets. (Margaret Mcnaughton on Archers Addicts Facebook group)

Pauvre Jennifer. Seems like she's much more upset about the drawer than she was about Siobhan, but dirty spoons are a nightmare. #TheArchers (@SaraThornton on Twitter)

Would it be easier for Jenny to get herself a different husband rather than a different kitchen #thearchers (@Labourcat on Twitter)


As Fallon announced her split from Rhys, listeners placed their bets on who her next boyfriend is likely to be.

Fallon is single! Alert the unmarried men of Ambridge! #thearchers (@beckyblackbooks on Twitter)

SOMEONE TELL JAZZER RIGHT NOW. #thearchers #teamjazzer (@Mudkipstoat23 on Twitter)

I'm off down to Ladbrokes with a fiver that says Fallon and PC Burns hooking-up by the end of May. Anyone joining me? (Ciara McGurk-Ducreux on Archers Addicts Facebook group)

Nah, she's off round the world to seek her fortune, possibly after a brief roll in the stables hay with young Dan. (Sarah Tudno-Jones on Archers Addicts Facebook group)

Maybe Harry will repent and come for her. (Bridget Deutsch on Archers Addicts Facebook group)

I was thinking the Fallon - Rhys break up has been done very sensibly and quietly without a hint of drama. Very refreshing and unlike most Ambridge love affairs. And the Law of Ambridge says all relationships should only be conducted between people we know, who live in Borsetshire so dishy PC is probably a good bet. (Jackie Reiss on Archers Addicts Facebook group)


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    Comment number 1.

    I do hope Rhys has gone for good--he was bland, boring and wet. It's time Fallon got together with Jazzer, professionally at least, and they hit the road as a singing duo.

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    Comment number 2.

    What I find very strange about people's easy going attitude to Helen affair with Rob while she knew that he was still married to Jess is this indifference to Jess' feelings and the fact that selfish Helen equally gives no thought to this.

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    Comment number 3.

    The jury's still out on the Rob/Jess situation! Helen believes that Rob's marriage was on the rocks even before she came on the scene, and it may be that Jess is an unstable, unreasonable and manipulative person. On the other hand, we're getting some very conflicting signals here---is Rob a liar? Can we trust his version of events or not? Or was Jess telling the truth when she said Helen had 'no idea what she'd taken on? I do hope a) this story line will eventually be resolved b) the scriptwriters aren't making it up as they go along and have planned the denouement from the start! c) all these inconsistencies will eventually make sense.

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    Comment number 4.

    Oh for goodness sake...if Jess was a scheming manipulative stalker, wouldn't she be bombarding Rob AND Helen with calls, texts,visits, letters even? It seems more likely to me that Jess wouldn't , ultimately, bend to Rob's wishes and desires any more. His controlling, overbearing and patronising behaviour towards Helen...especially tonight...makes my flesh creep! I think this may well turn into a domestic abuse storyline...mental if not physical. Helen isn't strong, mentally, and also won't want to admit that she's made a monumental mistake to all those who warned her. It doesn't look good. Great drama, though! As an aside, I think that affairs are never really justified...if she was that sure that Jess & Rob were on the rocks, she should have let it take it's inevitable course before stepping in. But that isn't so exciting,Archers-wise! Loving the unfolding laters if this one...

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    Comment number 5.

    Well, yes, I agree that tonight's episode clinches it! Up until now, there was still some ambiguity/room for interpretation, but now we've heard Rob control Helen in every way (choice of food, dealing with Henry, her hair, time to serve the pudding and WORSE STILL that vile 'Little Miss Giggly' remark about the wine, there can be no going back!!! ROB IS A B*ST*RD!!!!

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    Comment number 6.

    Oh Rob is a grade A barsteward of the sort that won't be inline for Rhys' job but Helen has caused so much hurt and misery to others over the years I can't help hoping this ends up with Rob swilling whiskey in The lodge toasting Peggy's memory and Helen struggling with a pushchair getting to the top floor of Meadow Rise...Pat and Tony having sold up and retired somewhere with only enough room for them ( and a coupleof dozen cows) faced with the relentless awfulness of their children.

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    Comment number 7.

    Message: You could indeed argue that Rob is Helen's nemesis, her punishment for her sins (riding rough-shod over Pat and Tony, running over Mike, insisting on having a turkey-baster baby, being rude about 15 years ago to boring old Hayley etc.) but isn't this a bit rough on Henry? I was chilled when Rob interfered with her parenting instincts and said Henry should be left to cry----Rob who has never been a parent!!!! THE SWINE!!!!!

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    Comment number 8.

    WHERE did he get the stakes from? Written by a townie, I suspect. Ooops, steaks.

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    Comment number 9.

    Since Rob appears to be something of a psychological vampire, 'stakes' will indeed be needed soon! Hammered through his heart.....

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    Comment number 10.

    Ha ha!! That's really funny 😜 I don't think that Rob has a clue what a formidable 'team' Helen has behind her...Ian & Kirsty alone are enough to flatten him if they want, let alone Tom & Adam. Exciting now that we know he's a bonafide badd'un!

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    Comment number 11.

    I think we are going into psycho territory with Rob and Helen, along the lines of Coronation Streets looney killer with Gail Tilsley and the loópy teacher who pushed Glenda or whatever her name was off the cliff in Emmerdale. I think Rob is planning bigamy; there is no indication that Jess has even been approached for a divorce, and his increasinglyy controlling way with Helen is enough to give any saneperson the jitters. The dinner party wa making my flesh crawl, the way he spoke to and about her. I think we have a deranged one on the loose. Look out Henry, you are going to be sucked into this. Cant wait to see where it goes!

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    Comment number 12.

    I loved that dinner epi with Adam and Ian curling up in increasing fury and Rob and Helen congratulating themselves on how well it had gone.

    Rob reminded me of Mr Murdstone last night when he stopped Helen from comforting Henry. Now there's a SL, Helen to die (after inheriting the Lodge so that Rob gets it) and Rob will send 5 year old Henry out to wash Mike's milk bottles or sweep chimneys. Constanza could eventually adopt him and rename him Wolfgang.

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    Comment number 13.

    Surely he'll be moving pig arcs and shovelling pig manure?

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    Comment number 14.

    That'd do me! With uncle Tom telling him how lucky he is to be given the use of a spare ark on a snowy night.

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    Comment number 15.

    Listen to Kirsty, Helen!
    DON'T listen to ALice, Kirsty!

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    Comment number 16.

    Why doesn't Fallon just have a turn-stile gate installed at the entrance to her flat?


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