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When did you start listening to The Archers?

Tuesday 21 January 2014, 16:54

Nickie L Nickie L

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Eddie Mair writes in this week's Radio Times:

“If you’d said to me three years ago that I’d be a regular listener to The Archers, I would have told you I’d rather slam the car door on my fingers.”

And yet, a week driving through Texas with some Archers podcast-listening friends (around the time of Bridge Farm’s e-coli outbreak) turned him into an avid listener. Fast-forward to a few weeks ago (again in a car) when he found himself crying on the day Jack Woolley died.

What was the first storyline that got you hooked on The Archers? And how long have you been listening?


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    Comment number 1.

    I began listening when I lived in England as a post-graduate student in 1990-91. I thought my listening days were over until I discovered to my joy that the show was available on podcasts.

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    Comment number 2.

    I started listening while doing an undergraduate research grant in London in 1995.Having to go back to the states I never thought I would get to hear it again until I found it one day on itunes and have been listening ever since. While watching chicken run no one knew why I was laughing when in the pre-dance scene the archers song came on the radio.

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    Comment number 3.

    I started listening in the early seventies as a student and still love it!

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    Comment number 4.

    I feel as if I have been listening forever but the earliest episodes I remember are Alan the Vicar getting together with Shula and trying to help that drug addict. Will Ed and Emma just before the Wedding. I remember a fire killing someone and Betty dying. Since then I am addicted! I never watch any tv soaps this is far superior

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    Comment number 5.

    I started listening to The Archers from the first episode. I was 7 months old and delighted by the theme tune, so I am told.
    63 years later I have never missed an episode, even when it used to involve complicated recording processes before catch up was introduced.


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