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"I love Doug Sommerville" - listener discussions to 20 Oct 2011

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Tayler Cresswell Tayler Cresswell

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Tony's row with his sister last Friday had listeners taking sides. They've also discussed George's genes, the grand opening of the Doug Sommerville Appreciation Society, poor Auntie Chris and there have been a few pleas to hear Jazzer's singing at Christmas.

Over in Ambridge Extra, they're wondering what Matt is up to?

Here's my pick of listener discussions on The Archers message board, Twitter and Facebook between 14-20 October


Whose side are you on? Were Tony's remarks below the belt?

Tony is totally right & Jennifer is completely wrong, I rarely think anything is so black & white but this is @BBCTheArchers (@KirstieMAllsopp on Twitter)

How dare Tony speak to Jenny like that? She's dead right, he's always sneered at Brian's business, but he'd be quite happy to take his money. What an odious, hypocritical, guilt tripping git. (Freda Fry)

This indicates to me, as it clearly has to Tony, that whereas Lilian cares about him, and Kathy cares about Pat, Jennifer doesn't care about either of them. (Chris Ghoti)

If I could get Tone alone, perhaps in his Mustardlander Donated Shed, I would quietly slip him £10k to run away in his MG with a frivolous warm-hearted woman (RS Acre)

It was great, wasn't it? A really nasty, gloves off, fur flying row. Grand! (soobeehere)

Read both sides of the debate on the message board

If Tony was your brother, would you have lent him the money?


We need to talk about George... will he grow up to be just like Great Uncle Clive? And how did George know about Clive's past? Isn't he too young to know the awful truth?

I just don't understand why George needed to know, at this stage, at his age, anything about Clive's background (pollyanna)

There is none so blind as those who don't want to see. Ivy dotes on Clive apparently. Probably contributed to his behaviour over the years and I can well imagine her bigging him up to poor little George when he goes there for tea (anna kist)

I thought it was funny---George burgerled it and I love the idea of him wearing his burgerlur mask when he's asleep. (madamecompost)

#thearchers This whole burglar thing with George is just nonsense. I just don't buy it. @StevenBettles on Twitter)

Did Will get hit on the head? Admitting that Ed matters to George? How nice to hear him being civilized about the situation - finally! (charmingAnnielynn)

Read more about poor George's mixed messages


Tom's disappointment on Monday delighted many listeners and many waited for the showdown with Underwoods' Doug Sommerville with baited breath...

I smiled at the radio tonight. (IlavaLargeOne)

I thought [Pat and Tony] were super-humanly restrained and kind, given how horribly supercilious and patronising and hectoring and all-round VILE he's been to them these last few weeks. (Tadpole)

"Fit pigs make great sausages"? I'm AMAZED big marketing firms aren't beating a path to Brenda's door with slogans like that. #thearchers (@stevenperkins on Twitter)

I love Doug Somerville #thearchers (@funkarooney on Twitter)

The Archers merchandise this Christmas must include a Doug Sommerville fridge magnet with its arm extended in a gesture of dismissal. (Feral Ralph)

Join the conversation in the Tom ha ha ha ha ha thread on the message board

Sign up to the Doug Sommerville Appreciation Society


On Thursday night there was an outpouring of sympathy for "Poor Auntie Chris"

Ruth, Christine isn't the only one that thinks Clive will have another go at burning her house down. There's me for a start! #thearchers (@Wimblebear on Twitter)

I'd be scared witless as well. (beligerent_londoner101)

Maybe Jim will move in as her guardian gladiator. Then she can be bored to death rather than burned to death. (borchesterbouncer)

What would Jim do if Clive did come a'calling, hope to stop him in his tracks with well chosen Latin phrase? (Polly Tunnel)

Add your condolences on the message board


Will Jazzer be singing at Christmas? Many hope Lynda can twist Jazzer's arm...

We want a song! Burns wrote/reworked at least 350 so there's no excuse for a singer of Jazzer's calibre not to sing one! (shesings)

#TheArchers Lynda played a blinder on Jazzer, he walked into that one (@annsusanballard on Twitter)

Have your say in the Make him do it Lynda thread.


In Ambridge Extra, is Dan far too serious? And what is Matt up to?

Dan's self-esteem must be rock bottom if he can't see Erin throwing herself at him. I must say though that I like Dan. (Bette)

Shula is worried about Dan lacking fun in his life. Well how about setting an example Shula, GET A LIFE! #ambridgeextra #thearchers (@Airscaper on Twitter)

I fear that this SL may end up with Cloive duffing up kindly old Uncle Tiger. Cloive sounded a bit threatening towards him today (in his mind, that is). (NotSoTinyTim)

Ah, but my guess is that Tiger has some 'resources' to call on, and Cloive might well be about to seriously underestimate Matt's capacity to tap into such 'resources' should Cloive prove uppity. (DracsM1)

You can't end it like that!!! What is Matt planning!!! #AmbridgeExtra (@pollypanad on Twitter)

Discuss Ambridge Extra on the message board.


And I'll leave you with a few famous last words from The Archers characters - past present and future...

Peggy: 'This tea doesn't taste quite right, Elona...' (Freda Fry)

Brian: Sorry Jenny, in these difficult financial times, we all have to make sacrifices, so I'm closing the Underwood's store card. (Sixtus_Beckmesser)

Spencer: "Byyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee". (Graham42_Soon Be Autumn_)

Read more last words on the message board


Tayler Cresswell is host of The Archers message board.

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