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Twitter is teeming with Ambridge residents thanks to fans of The Archers

Thursday 30 December 2010, 16:44

Tayler Cresswell Tayler Cresswell

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@ClarrieGrundy Don't you go worrying about how to work Twitter my love. You just leave it to me and dad to sort out.

Keeping up with events in Ambridge has never been so easy - podcasts, iPlayer, email synopses... and now Twitter. The social networking site is teeming with Ambridge residents tweeting their thoughts on events in Ambridge as well as chatting - and sometimes arguing - with each other.

  • Is Kenton chasing Sid's ex's or Jolene chasing Kathy's cast offs? #thearchers (@Nelsons_Ghost)
  • @NelsonsGhost Oi!! Unfair!! (@Kenton_Archer)


This virtual village has been created entirely by fans of the show, although any accusation about these not being the real Ambridge residents is met with howls of outrage. When @BBCRadio4 tweeted a link to a programme featuring Trevor Harrison (the actor who plays Eddie Grundy), Twitter's Eddie Grundy cried "Imposter!"

The Twitter characters provide a running commentary on events aired in the programme. You'll find Eddie Grundy, who will "tell you all about the goings on in Ambridge if you make it worth me while", as well as "pillar of the community" Lynda Snell; "executive property manager" and "leaflet maker" Brenda Tucker; "frazzled father" David Archer and "gin loving" Lilian Bellamy.

Harry Mason's "We Love The Bull" campaign popped up on Twitter as well as Facebook after it appeared in the show with Harry imploring people to help save the pub.

  • @Aunt_Pat_Archer feeling very sorry for Tony - I know what it's like to have a difficult & ungrateful daughter :( (@HomeFarmBrian)
  • Today - Coffee made: 10 cups (5 with gin) Coffee drunk: 2 cups (1 with gin, it's been a bad day!) (@brenda_tucker)

Not-so-silent silents

You can even hear from silent characters like the unborn (Helen's foetus "Get me out of here" whose Twitter icon is Edvard Munch's The Scream); "super-fit yummy mummy" Sabrina Thwaite and Bartleby, Joe Grundy's long-suffering pony.

  • Gave mum a right good kicking this afternoon, you can thank me when I'm out (@HelensFoetus)

The ghosts of Ambridge

There are conversations between dead characters like father and son, Walter and Nelson Gabriel as well as Sid Perks, Jack Woolley and Jack's dog, Captain. The Ambridge Mice are all-seeing Ambridge residents who are always on the lookout for food opportunities around the enclave - from Susan Carter's Christmas Eve soiree to the Bridge Farm Dairy, once trainee Vicky Tucker arrived.

  • #thearchers we are watching the dairy situation with interest with dumb & dumber in charge we see many free food opportunities mmm (@AmbridgeMice)
  • @Nelsons_Ghost Shula were a very different girl in them days - goin off overland ter Thailand an all that. (@WaltersGhost)

Ambridge's "cult status"

Eddie Grundy was the second character to appear on Twitter in November 2009. (The first was An Ambridge Sheep which has since stopped bleating!) He says he's seen as "a loveable rogue" and that "The Archers makes good Twitter as something happens most days." It has "cult status."

His first tweet was in keeping with the character we hear on air:

  • I've heard that you can make a bob or two out of this Twitter lark. (@Eddie_Grundy)
Over 3,000 tweets and 3,200 followers later, he's been joined by 35 other characters whose tweets help to fill the gaps between shows - plus they're around on Saturdays when The Archers isn't on air. It's a delightful additional layer to the programme created and manned entirely by listeners.

You can find and follow all the characters via this Twitter list.

There's a listener tweet-along every Sunday morning for The Archers Omnibus, plus special Anniversary tweet-alongs on the 2nd and 3rd of January from 7pm.

Search for #thearchers on Twitter to see the conversation, and don't forget to add #thearchers to your own tweets to join in.

Find out more about the anniversary tweet-along and how to join in.

Tayler Cresswell is the host of The Archers message board.

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    Comment number 1.

    So much hype, so little said. Why don't we get to the INCEST issue which is the only possible solution to the current crisis. I would hardly say that someone falling off a roof is likly to "shake Ambridge to the bone" as we have had so much hype, even mentions on the evening news.

    A bit more was expected.

    Anyone agree?


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    Comment number 2.

    I agree. I thought there was literally going to be an earthquake.
    I remember the births and/or early childhood of every member of the Archers family under 60 and the deaths and injuries of everyone who's died or been in hospital.Adam's birth was much more of a rocker than the latest one. The only thing that has surprised me this evening is that Helen wasn't checking her own blood pressure every day.

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    Comment number 3.

    I disagree. I think the team of writers, producers and the editor have been quite clever leading us up the garden path to think that it was surely to be a death of either Helen and/or her baby but no one was expecting this. I really hope Nigel doesn't die. It would be a much better storyline if he was severely injured, for life for example and then the story could continue for many years. That would be great! Thank you for a fantastic episode!

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    Comment number 4.

    After all the hype I had hoped that last night's instalment would rekindle my interest in the Archers. What a disappointment.

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    Comment number 5.

    Vanessa Whitburn gave it away at 9 this morning!!

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    Comment number 6.

    Sorry to change to subject but I have never managed to establish the reason for "Sid Perks" departure was he pushed or did he want to go/retire?

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    Comment number 7.

    {{Twitter is teeming with Ambridge residents}}

    So what???????

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    Comment number 8.

    This is my first contribution to this page so the following musings have probably already been posted ages ago. On the theme of Helen's fervently hoped for come - uppance: Was there ever any definitive proof that Gregg's (R.I..P) errant daughter (whose name I can't remember) ever had the abortion of her love child-courtesy of Helen's Ozzie ex boyfriend? I don't think so! Helen did a pretty good job persuading the youngster to keep the baby(for her own crassly selfish needs) which is probably why the girl left precipitately. So - when she returns to Ambridge - in the not too distant future I hope - sporting baby Bruce or Shiela, oh how I would love to see the pallor grow on Helen's enviously ogling face as it slowly dawns on her where she's seen a birthmark exactly like that before. That would have been a wonderful 60 anniversary present to us all!

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    Comment number 9.

    I wonder if I am the only one feeling this way, but I supect not. I really feel disapointed with the way the editorial staff handled the 60th anniversary by killing off a character that had so much to offer the future. As the actor explained himself on the today programme, imagine what he would have been like as a 75 year old, a rather nice old fellow with plenty to say... not to mention the potential green ideas that would have been introduced using his character. No BBC I'm afraid you have not pleased this particular listener and as a one man protest I won't be listening anymore.... I'm afraid, at least for the moment I've had enough.

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    Comment number 10.

    Please don't think you have to sensationalise The Archers too much.
    I listen to The Archers because it is not Emmerdale, Coronation St. or (heaven forbid) the turgid and awful Eastenders. I'm sorry about Nigel/Graham, what a gentleman and still in character when he appeared on the "Today" programme. There's still room for gentle wit and amusing storylines isn't there ? Please ?


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