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'Her heavenly cloud has been reserved' - listener discussions to 8 August 2012

Saturday 11 August 2012, 16:58

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Is it all over for Adam and Ian? Listeners pick over their "cracking row" on Friday. And as for Adam's infidelity, they're shocked! Will Pawel turn to blackmail?

Over at Willow Cottage, Phoebe's coming home party had many laughing out loud. They have placed their bets on the baby's date of arrival, weight and name. How about Bubbles Tucker?

Almost everyone thinks that Shula was delighted with her birthday present. Not the lovely handbag from Alistair, but the opportunity to be a "martyr".

Beyond the bypass in Ambridge Extra, some think that Fallon will be making the "walk of shame" the morning after, and others are delighted that Jazzer may have finally got his girl.

And the debate continues about whether The Archers has become too racy of late with some listeners saying they're thinking of switching off, and others that they've been "gripped"...


Here's my pick of listener discussions on The Archers message board, Twitter and Facebook between 2-8 August 2012.


Listeners took sides over Ian's "cracking row" with Adam on Friday. Whilst most were cheering Ian on, some felt that Adam was right to feel unsupported

Ian does a cracking row when he's riled. I was cheering him over the finish line - the door slam. #thearchers (@BeckyIBe on Twitter)

Well said Ian! Adam deserved that! (Rhondda-Flo Harper on Facebook)

Adam has a real chip with regard to Brian and acts like a stroppy teenager rather than talking the matter and options through with Ian. Good grief he's about 45!! (Hayseed on the message board)

Adam should leave the miserable moany git. Ian has offered his partner almost no support. What he accuses Adam of, he is guilty of in spades. He cares nothing about his partner's discomfort and Bryans appalling behaviour towards Adam at work, all he cares about is his nice life in Ambridge and his cushy job with Caroline. (Poorgrass on the message board)


On Sunday eyebrows were raised - not just because we discovered Adam in a hotel with Pawel, but because we were listening in on Saturday's events! Will Pawel spill the beans? Take Adam's job? Blackmail him? Boil a bunny? It's all been suggested...

@BBCTheArchers #thearchers All over the country there are middle class people doing their own impression of "The Scream' (@Martinsconfused on Twitter)

High-maintenance, self-obsessed, needy and now (though you don't know it yet) unfaithful. What do you see in him, Ian? #thearchers (@VibianOldaker on Twitter)

I think Adam and Ian are history. Ian might regret being so honest (Purple_Hay on the message board)

Join the discussion on the I think Adam and Ian are history thread on the message board


Phoebe's welcome home party on Tuesday - and particularly Vicky's herculean efforts to tell everyone that she was pregnant - was likened to Abigail's Party in the cringe-inducing stakes. It was roundly praised

Brian and Jennifer at their dreadful best, Roy being as masterful as soggy wallpaper and Vicky being excruciating. And the barbie caught fire! (sidney-rabbit on the message board)

Ears bleeding, toes curling, cringe factor off the scale, chalk on a blackboard but hilarious. Superb episode. (clarityjames on the message board)

'I think they guessed'. This caused major snorting among the children round the kitchen table last night #thearchers (@parmavi0lets on Twitter)

love the way vicki is able to merrily be without empathy in an almost psychopathic way! #thearchers. (@itsjustahobby on Twitter)

Haven't laughed so much at The Archers in quite a while! (Lynda Robertson on Facebook)

Read all the reactions in the Tuesday's epi and Hilaruim threads on the message board.


Whilst listeners don't think it's a given that everything will go smoothly with Vicky's late pregnancy, they're placing bets on the baby's birth weight, date and name...

16lb 10oz.21st November, 6lb 4oz, Boy, Snuggles Miracle Tucker (claireachuff)

Mike will choose the names just as he did with Roy and Brenda. So I predict twin girls: Doreen and Maureen Tucker. (Lilians twin on the message board)

Place your bets on the message board.


Happy birthday Saint Shula! Whilst Bunty's fall meant that Shula missed out on a trip to the Olympics on Wednesday, some think it made her day

Aaaaaarrrrrrrgggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Not only smug but a bluddy martyr as well. Just as I think I have run out of ways to hate Shools another one presents itself. (La Sharpissima on the message board)

Her heavenly cloud has been reserved and awaits her saintly posterior! (Angela Stepney on the message board)

Alastair should know by now that there is no better birthday present for Shula than the chance for her to be a martyr. #thearchers (@deborahbowman on Twitter)

Add your birthday wishes to the So long as you're having a good time thread on the message board.


Over in a camper van, somewhere beyond the bypass, Ambridge Extra delivered a few surprises for listeners... But has Jazzer finally got his girl?

Ick, ick, ick - Fallon & Jazzer?!!! No, no, noooooooo!!!!! #TheArchers#AmbridgeExtra (@ConstansFidei on Twitter)

She will be sorry today !#walkofshame (@costlytrinket on Twitter)

About Damn time Jazzer got his girl #thearchers @BBCTheArchers (@tomwilliams1990 on Twitter)

Fallon brings out the best in Jazzer - and I thought he behaved beautifully last night. Maybe he only needs the love of a good woman to make him change his ways. Frogs into Princes etc etc. Let's hope so - I've always had a soft spot for him, anyway. (FancyAnnie on the message board)

@BBCTheArchers loving the Withnail references in #AmbridgeExtra. Jazzer could give Withnail a run for his money! #thearchers (@NessaCarter on Twitter)

Join the Ambridge Extra conversation on the message board.


And finally, there's some debate on whether The Archers is getting too racy of late...

It is all too much! Stop racing through dramatic story lines at the rate of knots. Would the Brian / Siobhan story have been as good if it had not been drawn out over many months? I don't think so. It should be a gentle story about country folk please get back to that. (Kate Elliott on Facebook)

Is it just me, or are things a little boring this week....bring back 'The Terror at Brookfield'..... that had me gripped!!!! (JohnMc on Facebook)

Well I didn't like the Nigel thing or Farmageddon as I don't want to be upset or worried when I come to TA. But I think middle aged pregnancy story is great, and I really don't see why Adam and Ian's upset is any different from The Ruth/David Sam story just cos its gay... and I continue to gain from what the original idea was - as a townie, to get snippets of what is happening in rural life and work. (peacecandle on the message board)

Read all sides of the debate on the message board


Tayler Cresswell is host of The Archers message board.

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