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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by StargazerwithOscar (U14668197) on Sunday, 25th March 2012

    with most of the current SLs. Enough Bridge Farm and Brookfield, MORE than enough Lenten sacrifice nonsense. I want Caroline back, I think, the old feisty version. Also Matt and Lilian up to no good of some sort. And Fallon. PLEASE can we have a good Fallon story. She's young, clever, interesting ..... surely they can think of something for her! And anyone else I can't think of immediately, but who isn't (and this is VERY important) a smug, boring git. Jump to it, SWs, there's good chaps and chapesses.

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    Posted by siriol (U14748387) on Sunday, 25th March 2012

    I would welcome a good story about Fallon. I need a break from Bridge Farm.

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    Posted by abzacois (U11226866) on Sunday, 25th March 2012

    I would welcome a good story about Fallon. I need a break from Bridge Farm.  I'd settle for just one episode free from that bloody baby.

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    Posted by maggiesaes (U2771771) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    I would welcome a good story about Fallon. I need a break from Bridge Farm.  I'd settle for just one episode free from that bloody baby.  Oh boy and how!!!
    HOW many times did the dreadful brat get his name in yesterday's epi?TOO bluddy many I'm sick of him and the soppy voices they all use when they mention his name or talk to him.

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    Posted by StargazerwithOscar (U14668197) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    (Soupy voice) "And THIS little fellow....". Spew, puke, vomit - NO MORE!!!!!!!! All those lovely characters who never get used or hardly mentioned, while we get a surfeit of the tedious, comlacent in their own superiority, up themselves denizens of you know where. Or the stupid and ever increasingly unpleasant Vicky. Guess what, it needn't be like this! There are good and interesting characters who could have g & i SLs. Why not?

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    Posted by Dee (U3082905) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    Yes - more Fallon please. She deserves a good storyline.

    Wouldn't mind a sneak peak at Pheobe in SA (when is she due back?)

    Maybe a decent story for Jazzer (ie NOT an Confessions of a naughty milkman routine). BTW - do we know what Jazzers "real" name is? - not the actor but the character - Is he a Jeremy or a James?

    Has Ian really given up all thoughts of ever becoming a parent? As soon as teh stupid Mags story was over, all thoughts of fatherhood have been erased from his brain.

    About time Hazel started cirulating overhead again. I can't think that she would keep her promise to Peggy after she was paid off. She would come back wanting another pound of flesh.

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  • Message 7

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    Posted by Scarlett the Harlot (U14540168) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    I am fed up with the current storylines too.

    I don't really care who gets a decent meaty storyline so long as it isn't any of the Archer family.

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  • Message 8

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    Posted by Dee (U3082905) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    I am fed up with the current storylines too.

    I don't really care who gets a decent meaty storyline so long as it isn't any of the Archer family. 
    Does Brenda count? She HAS to jack it all in & head for the bright lights somewhere.

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    Posted by Scarlett the Harlot (U14540168) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    Not that long ago Brenda headed for the bright lights. She lasted about 5 minutes before becoming the office dogsbody for Matt and Lil.

    I have given up on Brenda to be honest.

    Like quite a few other posters I would really like Fallon to get a decent storyline.

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    Posted by maggiesaes (U2771771) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    Not that long ago Brenda headed for the bright lights. She lasted about 5 minutes before becoming the office dogsbody for Matt and Lil.

    I have given up on Brenda to be honest.

    Like quite a few other posters I would really like Fallon to get a decent storyline. 
    It seems such a waste doesn't it but she seems doomed just to be stuck in th Bull with the two lovebirds just ticking along with no real future.

    Oh let's have a steamy affair again or something with a bit of realism-happens all the time here in our village

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  • Message 11

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    Posted by Scarlett the Harlot (U14540168) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    I would be all for a steamy affair but I am a bit stuck as to which two people could realistically have an affair.

    Brine would be favourite I suppose as he has form but he is a bit long in the tooth now.

    David and Usha would be good though because WR might bugger off for good when she found out about it!

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  • Message 12

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    Posted by Dee (U3082905) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    Well, they are not married of course but wither Brenda or Tom could go satray -they hav eform (Brenda not adverse to trying to nick someone else's "squeeze" & Tom with Tamasin. Kathy must be pretty lonely & might be up for it if propositioned (also has form).

    Re new storylines - how is the Kenton/Jolene relationship going?

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  • Message 13

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    Posted by barwick_green (U2668006) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    < Kathy must be pretty lonely & might be up for it if propositioned (also has form). >

    Any bloke would have to be ruddy desperate to have mad Kaffee as a partner; the woman's a walking vacuum as she sucks the atmosphere out of wherever she goes. She's 60 (?) going 96 too.



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  • Message 14

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    Posted by Dee (U3082905) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    < Kathy must be pretty lonely & might be up for it if propositioned (also has form). >

    Any bloke would have to be ruddy desperate to have mad Kaffee as a partner; the woman's a walking vacuum as she sucks the atmosphere out of wherever she goes. She's 60 (?) going 96 too.



     
    I wasn't suggesting that Kathy would have a hunky handsome toyboy but Jamie is now fairly independant & will be making his own way on the world pretty soon. She has her own home & car. Is fairly well educated (as a former teacher she must have a degree?) has a steady job & is well established in the village. It's not like she has not attracted men in the past (OK - not the cream of the crop but she must have been presentable). She is a fairly good cook, has organisational skills & during her time at the Bull, got on OK with people from various walks of life. I wouldn't mind betting there are men in their 60s/70s who might see her as an acceptable partner.

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  • Message 15

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    Posted by Scarlett the Harlot (U14540168) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    Kathy is a dementor and one of the most awful characters in TA. Long may she remain silent!

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  • Message 16

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    Posted by Chris Ghoti (U10794176) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    My trouble with the present Archers is that there is no storyline whose ending interests me. I don't for instance *care* what happens to the Bridge Farm crew: they are clearly gong to be rescued by the production team from any difficulty that they might have, as though nothing had happened, and that is dull, dull, dull. A story about people who are no longer convincing as people, in which nothing much happens and nothing is learnt, is not worth bothering to finish reading or in this case listening to.

    Someone today said something about story that rather struck me. He was talking about Doctor Who, but the principle holds.

    There is plot-driven story, and there is character-driven story, and then there is event-driven story, which he characterised as "ooh, shiny" writing. It isn't plot-driven, because in the long run it has no significance and nothing will be changed by the event; it isn't character-driven, because the people involved will do what is required to make the Event happen no matter what a person such as they are supposed to be might do if such an event happened. It is just a series of "exciting" or "tragic" or "funny" or whatever other emotion things, one after another with special effects (in Doctor Who, though not particularly in The Archers). The idea is that people should be kept interested by event after event, but all of them go nowhere.

    He said that the new series of Doctor Who had gone that way; I think The Archers has done so as well.

    If I am to have a story about Fallon, I want it done by a team who are writing about *Fallon*, not about some person who will do as Event requires from moment to moment whatever her previous character. Just at the moment I am glad that they are leaving Fallon, and Robert, and Lynda, and so many other characters, alone: I don't like what they might do to them in their quest for Sensation and Event.

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    Posted by story fairy (U3947895) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    Please, please, please let me sign up to the Petition Against Pointless Scenes Featuring Ye Magikal Babe. I will personally deliver it to the Mailbox.

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  • Message 18

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    Posted by Chris Ghoti (U10794176) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    I think that Ye Magickal Babe may be some sorrt of ongoing series of Events rather than a character, now you mention it.

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  • Message 19

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    Posted by Amy Bridge (U2239711) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    < My trouble with the present Archers is that there is no storyline whose ending interests me. I don't for instance *care* what happens to the Bridge Farm crew: they are clearly gong to be rescued by the production team from any difficulty that they might have, as though nothing had happened, and that is dull, dull, dull. A story about people who are no longer convincing as people, in which nothing much happens and nothing is learnt, is not worth bothering to finish reading or in this case listening to. >

    I agree with this. There is a difficulty, it is magically resolved. That's it.

    I keep coming back in my mind to the little pictures that were on the front page here, at the time of Nigel's demise and ickle Henry's birth. Next to a summary of the former was a grey cloud. Next to the latter was a picture of a shining sun.

    I thought at the time that that encapsulated a lot of what was wrong with that episode. It was cliched and dumbed-down. One happy thing (baby is born, Helen is sorted) and one sad thing.

    Now the cloud and the sunshine happen sequentially rather than at the same time but it's still simplisitc and predictable. E-coli at Bridge Farm: sad. Re-launch of business: happy. Tony has heart attack: sad. Rich comes to Ambridge: happy.

    The same happens with Brookfield. Ruth has affair with Sam and marriage to David is threatened: sad. Sam leaves and is forgotten and all is well between R&D: happy. Pip goes out with whatsisname and goes off the rails for about a week: sad. Pip turns into Little Miss Perfect: happy. Ruth and David might have to sell the cows: sad. Ruth and David don't have to sell the cows after all: happy.

    The time scale for magical resolution of any difficulty that may arise is getting shorter and it's becoming even less credible as a result. As Chris says, it just undermines the motivation to listen because you (I) don't believe in it even withthe best will in the world to suspend disbelief, and I don't much care about the characters anymore because my nose is rubbed in the fact that they are totally unreal and totally unrealistic, all the time.

    Sad, really. I used to love TA.

    Amy x

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    Posted by SimplySawdustSausages (U15185493) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    I'm thoroughly amazed at how things have turned around so damn fast for Bridge Farm and Brookfield.

    It's seems like 5 minutes ago Pat & Tony were in the Slough of Despond over the e-coli business, David was tearing his hair out over how to afford a new slurry pit, Ruth was weepingthe herd AND the electricity bill and Tarm was all but ready to wipe out a surprise nephew!

    Now..................all sweetness & light. Yeah, sure. Real life...................

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  • Message 21

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    Posted by SimplySawdustSausages (U15185493) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    Typo alert - sorry!

    I meant to say Ruth was weeping over the herd AND the electricity bill............well, it is only Monday.

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  • Message 22

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    Posted by Scarlett the Harlot (U14540168) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    I agree with everything you say Amy.

    I too am sad that TA has become so simplistic.

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  • Message 23

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    Posted by Auntie Molly (U14110968) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    I agree with Amy and Scarlett. TA has become one long cliche.

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  • Message 24

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    Posted by anna kist (U2314477) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    < PLEASE can we have a good Fallon story. She's young, clever, interesting . >

    she was - she is dull and uninteresting these days. The amount they use this character they might as well give her a musical career and send her off on tour from time to time.

    I am fed up with BF too - it has gone on and on in a most unrealistic way - let's here from other characters.

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  • Message 25

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    Posted by anna kist (U2314477) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    Top posts, Chris and Amy [Hi Amy wave!]

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  • Message 26

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    Posted by Buntysdaughter (U7084475) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    So much shrewd analysis is brought to bear on the SLs on this board. Such a pity there is no longer a similar level of professionalism at the Mailbox. As has been said, why should we care about characters whose every little problem is solved in a barely credible fashion within an unrealistic timescale.

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  • Message 27

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    Posted by Tayler Cresswell - Host (U14232848) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    BTW - do we know what Jazzers "real" name is? - not the actor but the character - Is he a Jeremy or a James? 

    Hi Dee

    Jazzer is a Jack -

    www.bbc.co.uk/radio4...

    Tayler

  • Message 28

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    Posted by Amy Bridge (U2239711) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    Thanks Anna, and a wave backatcha.

    Amy x

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  • Message 29

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    Posted by maggiesaes (U2771771) on Monday, 26th March 2012

    I agree with everything you say Amy.

    I too am sad that TA has become so simplistic. 
    There's no mystery or suspense of any kind now is there.
    The outcome of all the problems is apparent long befiore the dire dialogue drags it onto the airwaves for the delight and surprise of the eager listener.

    And bugger Henry too!!!!

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