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Neil Carter fan club: last night's episode

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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by Maartje (U5142036) on Friday, 24th February 2012

    I just love neil carter, and last night's episode was the final straw (hmmm, is that the phrase, sounds negative) in tipping me into outright adoration.

    i have loved hearing how neil and susan have dealt with their recent irritations, and it has been great having them more central in TA. Unlike, say Tarm and his Little Womarn, or Jenny Daahling (if she starts one more sentence with an 'ooh' i'll swing for her) and Brine, Susan and Neil come across as a real, equal partnership.

    I am no real fan of Susan, but what i think comes across is that Neil sees her faults clearly, but understands where they come from and tolerates them lovingly (like robert does with linda, perhaps? he's another character with endless patience!).

    on top of this, neil is just such a nice, hard-working man. and he has a lovely voice, of course. ahem.

    they clearly both love eachother and it is lovely to hear.

    i have been having a really rough time lately, and been quite depressed, but hearing neil and susan last night gave me a real warm glow. lovely.

    i'll go now.

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    Posted by returnmigration (U14260026) on Friday, 24th February 2012


    Sorry, cant buy into this one. Neil is another wimpy bloke with no backbone or dangly-bits. He allows himself to be pushed around by shrew-like women and then whinges & complains about it.

    Now, Jim ........ yeah, its the ability to shut Brian up mid sentence I like....

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    Posted by Now Locking for a house (U3261819) on Friday, 24th February 2012

    radionosh, I absolutely agree with every word. I am lucky enough to have an OH very much like Neil. Actually my Oh is better than Neil as he cooks!
    I wonder if my choice was influenced by TA for all these years.

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    Posted by Digitalis lividus et niger (U8605497) on Friday, 24th February 2012

    radionosh, I absolutely agree with every word. I am lucky enough to have an OH very much like Neil. Actually my Oh is better than Neil as he cooks!
    I wonder if my choice was influenced by TA for all these years. 
    You are my Other Self, and I claim my inheritance!!

    Dig

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    Posted by Bette (U2222559) on Friday, 24th February 2012

    I adore Neil, and love the portrayal of the Neil-Susan marriage.

    However, I thought last night's eppie was just silly. It was funny in parts, but descended into farce. I love the way Neil mutters and grumbles, but he is usually the person who has good sense.

    Anyway, he stood up to Clive. He can be very forthright when he wants/needs to be.

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    Posted by Maartje (U5142036) on Sunday, 26th February 2012

    the farcical elements were silly, btu fun too, i thought and we have all been in situations like that, were we get the giggles and it all goes silly.

    it was more neil's words to susan that i loved, about them having had a time of it, and being due a quiet spell. maybe i was just influenced by my own time, lately, but i found those words really comforting.

    i can't agree that neil is a wimp - he stands up to people and doesn't let himself be walked over, but he is also not needleesly abrasive like jim (whom i admit i like). neil picks his battles as they say, and has a great deal of emotional intelligence.

    i'm no fan of susan, though i can see why she is the way she is. neil can see this too, and obviously he loves her. he is supportive and strong, i think. and come one - that voice!

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    Posted by Denny (U14721566) on Sunday, 26th February 2012


    I'd like to sign up for the Neil Carter fan club.

    I have been so impressed by the way he tackled the onerous take of redecorating the Horrobin's home, and yet was so busy in the village chairing meetings, going to church and so on.

    For me he has been the most inspirational character and has been the impetus behind me tackling a difficult painting job of my own, one that I'm afraid rather like the Horrobins I've put off for years, well sixteen years to be precise.

    So for me he has been an inspiration.

    I also like his good standing in the community and the way he spoke to Mike politely and firmly to say that he knew how to handle Brian.

    I also like his relationship with Susan, and I agree he knows where her faults come from and he does his best to be tolerant and understanding.

    So radionoush I do hope things pick up for you soon i think starting the Neil Carter Fan Club is a brilliant idea.

    Do we get T shirts and hats? Oh, and a badge? I'd love a badge.

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    Posted by Colonel Danby (U14472686) on Sunday, 26th February 2012

    Neil and Robert are among my favourite characters on TA, and the word "long suffering" would apply to either of them in their marriages of hell to Radio Carter or Lyndibotts.

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    Posted by Maartje (U5142036) on Sunday, 26th February 2012

    hurray and welcome to the club, you two. t-shirts all round!

    long-suffering is true, but what is so nice, i think, is that both neil and robert do love their wives - they do not themselves feel they are long-suffering. robert in particular sees things in linda (or lindy as he calls her) that the other people in the village overlook, and this in turn could make us listeners see her in a different light. it makes linda and susan in her case much more rounded 3D characters.

    another word i think would suit both neil and robert: generous. take neil, for example. not only has he been generous with his time with all the painting, he is generous in his view of susan. as is robert with linda. lovely. i think there is probably a lot to be learnt from neil. by me, at least!

    incidentally, i did think susan's loyalty to sharon was quite touching. ah, she is a good woman really, going round to check on her dad and basically doing everything which sharon and gary couldn't be bothered to do. you see! neilishness - it's catching!

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    Posted by Maartje (U5142036) on Sunday, 26th February 2012

    ps good luck with your painting, denny - keep us updated! maybe think of it as small tasks you have to accomplish. if you see it as one whole enormous job you will feel overwhelmed.

    also, thank you for the good wishes. sometimes it is one thing after another, month after month. i wish i had a neilish person in my life to tell me i was due some quiet!

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    Posted by JoinedPeetsBoard_Smeesues_too (U14519481) on Sunday, 26th February 2012

    hi radionoush - another here who wishes you well.. I like Neil too. I remember when he first started working in Ambridge as a young man..

    I thought the episode in the van started well with Tracy's comments on the passers-by. She can be a hoot sometimes! However I didn't enjoy the later scenes so much when they were packing the van ..

    Hmm poster up-thread - you put me to shame having started your painting job. I need to get on with one of *my* jobs instead of posting here!
    JPBS

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    Posted by Ambridge Forever Frittering (U5978873) on Sunday, 26th February 2012

    Sign me straight up, too! Neil is terrific and always has been. I agree, love his and Susan`s genuine affection for each other. Very believable relationship. And what`s the betting that he`ll paint Gary`s bedroom too? He did sound a tad sorry about not doing it. Not that he is obliged to, of course. It could be his RAOK!

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    Posted by Maartje (U5142036) on Sunday, 26th February 2012

    what's a ROAK?

    i liked it when neil and susan were looking at her doll's house and she had tried to do it up a bit (quite sweet), and neil offered to paint it. when susan said she hadn't meant him to offer he said 'didn't you?' in a way which said 'i'm happy to do it, but i also know what you're up to (ie manipulating me) and don't think i can be pushed around'. except i've made it sound really nasty, when it was lighter and jokier than that

    as it happens, i don't think susan DID cook him dinner etc to get him to do the doll's house, and i don't think neil really thought it either, but it was just nice, i thought. very realistic.

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    Posted by Maartje (U5142036) on Sunday, 26th February 2012

    oh, sorry, a RAOK. i get you.

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    Posted by Buntysdaughter (U7084475) on Sunday, 26th February 2012

    I'll join, Radionush, I do think Neil is a great source of strength in the Carter family. He may be a bit lacking in backbone, but he deals pretty well and impartially with most of his family & the village. One of the few likeable characters these days.

    Where do I get me T-shirt ?

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    Posted by Maartje (U5142036) on Sunday, 26th February 2012

    welcome, welcome! at the moment the t-shirts are virtual. thought they also have not yet been virtually printed up smiley - winkeye

    i don't think neil is lacking in backbone though, i have to say. he can be firm when he needs to be, he just picks his battles. i think he has a lot of backbone, in fact (let's face it, the man can do no wrong in my eyes).

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    Posted by JustJanie - Fairweather Strider (U10822512) on Sunday, 26th February 2012

    Yes, Neil is lovely. I'm sure he knows he could have said 'no' to a lot of the decorating. He probably gets a fair amount of satisfaction from a job well done and can't stand by while other people botch the job. Note, he couldn't bring himself just to leave the tiling in the state Joe and Bert left it. He was worried people would think that was his work.

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  • Message 18

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    Posted by GreenBrownBear (U14258765) on Sunday, 26th February 2012

    I like Neil too and agree about him picking his battles. Loved the way he quietly and politely put Brian in his place over the meeting - 'it's a debate not a PR forum'. Tone could learn from Neil's way.

    His and Susan's marriage is realistically portrayed as caring and honest. Anyone else recall a lovely little scene last year (I think) when the equaly fab Christopher spoke so lovingly of his parents?

    Good stuff alround.

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    Posted by Maartje (U5142036) on Sunday, 26th February 2012

    good point, Chris is all set to become a nice neil-ish man, i think.

    in a way, you could say he has married a high maintenance woman like his mother (at least how susan could be seen) or his spoilt princess sister, but actually, alice has grown up into a sensible, nice woman and is not at all like kate or even pleasewalkalloverme snobby jennifer.

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    Posted by BlackSheepBoy (U11150138) on Sunday, 26th February 2012

    He is a straightforward nice man.

    He may have his grumpy moments, but even then he is refreshingly uncomplicated about it, and of course it does not last.

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  • Message 21

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    Posted by lsd25 (U14674472) on Sunday, 26th February 2012

    I'm shamed too, I've got loads of jobs I should be doing round the house, but would much rather be in the garage fiddling with bikes.

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    Posted by jennet_device (U8197637) on Sunday, 26th February 2012

    Sign up another for Neil, especially if you throw Robert in as well. As it were.

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    Posted by Maartje (U5142036) on Tuesday, 28th February 2012

    Neil had me worried for a moment last night, when it really looked like he was going to cave in and paint Gary's room after all. I was already feeling disappointed, and ready to come online here and have to admit that the posters who said he had no back-bone were right all along.

    But no! I should have kept the faith! He came up with a solution that meant he didn't have to cave into Susan's pressure (I'm not sure I could withstand it) while also looking willing - another example of his emotional intelligence!

    Well done neil. what a man.

    by the way, i am still wondering what the story is with gary. i started another thread a while ago asking about this, and other posters said that he was just a lazy ne'er do well. is this true or has he got learning difficulties?

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    Posted by Downsview117 (U2423631) on Tuesday, 28th February 2012

    Neil had me worried for a moment last night, when it really looked like he was going to cave in and paint Gary's room after all. I was already feeling disappointed, and ready to come online here and have to admit that the posters who said he had no back-bone were right all along.

    But no! I should have kept the faith! He came up with a solution that meant he didn't have to cave into Susan's pressure (I'm not sure I could withstand it) while also looking willing - another example of his emotional intelligence!

    Well done neil. what a man.

    by the way, i am still wondering what the story is with gary. i started another thread a while ago asking about this, and other posters said that he was just a lazy ne'er do well. is this true or has he got learning difficulties? 
    Def must be reaching my senior year's as I start to find Neil a suitable role-model
    Man is a star for putting his petty tittle-tattle missus in her place about her whining & the decoration of her wastrel brother's room.
    Is there a SAINT Neil?

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    Posted by JoinedPeetsBoard_Smeesues_too (U14519481) on Tuesday, 28th February 2012


    by the way, i am still wondering what the story is with gary. i started another thread a while ago asking about this, and other posters said that he was just a lazy ne'er do well. is this true or has he got learning difficulties? 
    Maybe some kind of MH problems - given his obsession with Star Wars?** There is, additionally his work-free months and years ..
    JPBS
    **Not that all Star Wars fans are obsessive or have MH issues!

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    Posted by Maartje (U5142036) on Tuesday, 28th February 2012

    neil is an excellent role model! i look forward to seeing in what other ways he is going to be excellent next. i also love the way he says 'sooooosan..' when he is going to stop her from trying to get him to do something. excellent. i am going to try to adopt his subtle way of NOT letting himself be taken advantage of!

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    Posted by sunnysakasredux (U14979019) on Tuesday, 28th February 2012

    Oh I like Neil. Neil is a great dad. I have liked him ever since he gave Chris the money to go skiing with the posh nesha! Chris said: It's ok dad we don't do those sort of things do we! Neil said: No we don't! Thought about it and gave Chris the dosh! Chris came back a bigger snob than his mum and Jenny but then quickly got over it.
    I thought it was lovely the way he welcomed Alice into the family, stood up to Clive and er rang the bells for Chris and Alice after they were married. Neil is ok a bit of a worrier but I like him.
    xxxxx

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    Posted by Maartje (U5142036) on Friday, 2nd March 2012

    i do like neil's relationship with chris - it was nice seeing the two of them working together on doing up the house for tracy.

    re yesterday's episode. neil excellence upon neil's excellence: teaching lizzie's brat (and she is a brat) bell ringing and helping out at tony and pat's. it is almost becoming ludicrous - could the man be any nicer? i wonder if he is being lined up to be the phil replacement ie general benevolent pater familias central character. god knows he'd make a good one.

    thinking that just made me have an AWFUL thought: we are due years, even decades of wor ruth and daveed. i actually physically SICK at the thought of daveed as the philish character. GOD NO!!!!! please can they be quietly sidelined so we can have more of neil and his family.

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