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I feel sorry for Amy. Help me!" - listener discussions to 20 June 2012

Tayler Cresswell Tayler Cresswell | 17:30 PM, Tuesday, 26 June 2012

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Amy's departure from the vicarage on Thursday raised a cheer and a "good riddance" from Usha's many supporters. There was some sympathy for her after she met with Carl on Tuesday, but most felt that "she deserved every mean-spirited, materialistic, cruel syllable that Carl spat at her."

Over at Brookfield, Open Farm Sunday's stampede had listeners shocked and amused in equal measure. Some were surprised at Jill when she asked David to reconsider giving testimony against Adam's attackers. "Where did the principled, stout-hearted person we have all known go?"

And finally, what's up with Vicky Tucker?

Here's my pick of listener discussions on The Archers message board, Twitter and Facebook between 13-20 June 2012

The debate rages on - should Amy be banished from Ambridge for her "stupid" behaviour and unkind treatment towards Usha? Should Usha celebrate the peace and quiet at the vicarage now she's gone? Some reluctantly felt sorry for Amy after she confronted Carl at work on Tuesday, but others said that she got what she deserved.

'Karl, loony in reception for you.' #thearchers (@TreacleToo on Twitter)

Wow, Qarl's workplace has proper space-age Star Trek whooshy doors! AWESOME! #thearchers (@Mudkipstoat23 on Twitter)

Oh, no, this is the part where I feel sorry for Amy. Help me! #thearchers (@ellespeller on Twitter)

poor Amy... it took you longer to meet a rotter than it does most of us...#thearchers (@Kate_Dancingcat on Twitter)

Thank God he did it. If he was any less cruel the stupid girl would still be begging him to take her back. Let's see if she can woman up enough now to stop acting like the biggest brat we ever had the misfortune to know and actually apologize to Oosha (Kristine Bolt on Facebook)

She broke so many relationship rules, ignored so many warning signs that she deserved every mean-spirited, materialistic, cruel syllable that Carl spat at her. (peter-francis)

So, is the piece of humble pie that Amy is about to eat the size of Ambridge? Or will she just blame Usha? (@MartinMcMame on Twitter)

Do you sorry for Amy? Add your thoughts to the No matter how naive Amy is thread on the message board.

Brookfield planned to open its gates to the public for Open Farm Sunday, but would it be, in David's words, "a day to remember?" Some listeners imagined (perhaps even hoped for) the worst...

Take a long, last look at that view, David and Ruth! By Sunday, it will look like a smoking ruin....#thearchers (@archerslisteneron Twitter)

Earthquake, thunderbolt from Zeus, large meteor, large piece of space-junk, errant ICBM wiv nucular war-head! Any others? (Sturmey Archer)

Read more on the A day to remember? thread on the message board.

Sunday's episode had hearts racing - and a few listeners admitted laughing - as panicked visitors screamed and bullocks rampaged across Brookfield's carefully planned event

Ambridge goes all Pamplona: 'the bullocks are out!' #thearchers (@Denise_E_C on Twitter)

One of the most alarming episodes of #thearchers ever, all that screaming! Had to stop washing up & have a sit down #letthebullssquashamy (@missy_t_k on Twitter)

Husband laughing uncontrollably. He walked in the kitchen just as Deeevid shrieked "THE BULLOCKS ARE OUT!!! on @BBCTheArchers (@eltbusglob on Twitter)

Actually I found that a bit upsetting, poor little George #thearchers (@SredniVashtari on Twitter)

Jeez. Emma's going to have an absolute field day. Just when I thought she couldn't moan any more than she does already. #thearchers (@fairy_with_hair on Twitter)

Perhaps I'm displaying my ignorance of country ways here (and just how scary bulls may be), but from the screaming the crowd did, I'd have expected Godzilla to be descending on the farm! (charmingAnnielynn)

Maybe next year they could charge people to stay in caravans and "run with the bullocks" after they've drunk some of Joe's Extra Inflammable Cider. (Minihohum)

Join the conversation on the Stampede! Don't panic! and Hahahhahahah threads on the message board

In the wake of the stampede, Jill cautioned David over testifying against Adam's attackers. Many listeners felt she'd acted out of character, others that she was right to worry that David may be putting her grandchildren in danger.

Jill's bottled it! Where's ya bulldog spirit girl Bring on the AWPP, Ambridge witness protection programme (@johnno663 on Twitter)

No! David! Stay the course! Don't give in! #TheArchers (adventuresofboz on Twitter)

I am really cross - they are now making out that Jill would even suggest that David not give evidence. Where did the principled, stout-hearted person we have all known go? (damsonjamqueen)

Jill is spot on! These thugs are too dangerous for David to testify. He should put his family first, not Adam #TheArchers (@Stickings90 on Twitter)

I think faced with real threats against her grandchildren that Jill may very well strongly question her principles. How will David feel about his principles when Ben has been shot in the leg with an air gun, or Josh forced off the road on his bike, or worse. (RobinAFromSway)

Was Jill right? Add your thoughts on the Character change thread.

Listeners share their suspicions about Vicky Tucker's health after she cried off attending the fete committee meeting. Suggestions ranged from MS and diabetes to ME, a thyroid problem or perhaps she's about to put Brenda's nose out of joint?

#thearchers This is the second time Vicky's been suddenly fatigued. Nasty chronic illness of some sort approaching? (@SteveBrooks13)

Tired all the time? Mention of hungarian translations with Mike in recent episodes? A baby would put the kibosh on her plans to travel the world... (dondy)

Now that would really give Brenda something to moan about a second family for Mike (butterfly09)

But Vicky will give birth to an ikle Teddy Bear with a tartan bowtie. Bubbles Jnr, pass the bucket. (mademoiselledecompost)

On the other hand she must just have thought 'Do I really want to hear Lynda loud-mouthing and bullying for an hour - or shall I give it a miss and just fall asleep on the sofa?' (returnmigration)

Add your suspicions to the Vicky - she's not is she? and So is Vicky actually ill? Or just workshy threads.

Tayler Cresswell is host of The Archers message board.


  • Comment number 1.

    I am now so disenchanted with the new 'Archers Enders' type story lines that I begin to wonder if the script writers have been reading too much Greek Tragedy. I have been an Archers fan since I was a child, (Many moons) but I think you just lost me. If the plan is to attract new listeners, I fear it will shed as many in equal numbers. Four of my friends are saying the same things, so I know it's not just me.

  • Comment number 2.

    I agree with Victoria_BB. We want The Archers, not Eastenders-on-Am, still less Straw Dogs-in-Ambridge.

    The problem is that your characters have grown up with their listeners; we know what they will do in a given set of circumstances, and they cannot be changed.

    Amy is a midwife, not a teenager.

    We have just heard Jill Archer and Ruth Archer behaving "out of character" and scary siege-of-country-farmhouse story lines don't work for us. Please "cool it" and let your characters get back to normal.

  • Comment number 3.

    >Amy is a midwife, not a teenager.

    But she is still young and this is her first heartbreak - and a particularly horrible one. And we have long portrayed Amy as mercurial and passionate. Remember how badly she fell out with Alice over hunting and the RAF? I'd say her reaction is absolutely in character.

  • Comment number 4.

    Sorry, but I agree completely with the first two posters. Until a couple of years ago, TA was an unmissable burst of escapism for me, every day. Now I only dip in to see if it's decline has been arrested. I've had no luck so far. It's fiction, so listeners can accept a lot, but with so many abrupt transformations of character and poorly researched story lines recently TA has become risible - and not in a good way.

  • Comment number 5.

    Blast - sorry about the rogue apostrophe.

  • Comment number 6.

    What a shame that there's so much moaning going on! There are times, I think, when "mistakes" are made on the programme (I'd cite the killing of Nigel and Ruth's near-miss "affair" with Sam as occasions when soap-opera sensationalism seemed to take over to the detriment of what listeners expect) and, of course, some episodes are much better than others. But has The Archers really changed so much over the decades? Is it really in decline? I don't think so. And, personally, I'm really looking forward to the unfolding of all the drama at Brookfield!
    Look at the above comments quoted in the blog above and you'll notice, perhaps, how much fun those of us who've mainly migrated to Twitter are having---getting involved with the characters and story-lines, commenting humorously sometimes and not relentlessly moaning all the time!

  • Comment number 7.

    I never missed The Archers omnibus on Sundays since it began -I used to record it in case I missed it and no one dared to phone or call when it was on, but now I dont care. Dont know why it is but the whole programme seems to have lost its appeal. It's too over the top and boring.


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