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Lilian and Paul

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Keri Davies Keri Davies | 10:27 UK time, Friday, 28 September 2012

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Sunny Ormonde (Lilian Bellamy)

So Matt's half-brother Paul is back in the area. Here's why the news caused Lilian to go all a-flutter. (My thanks to the Archers archivist Camilla Fisher who provided this summary of their previous encounter.)

In January 2010, Lilian Bellamy was approached by a stranger looking for Matt Crawford and was surprised to discover he was Matt's half-brother Paul Morgan. Divorced with adult children, Paul runs a building business. He told her that he had always wanted to meet Matt. Their mother was terminally ill and had become more open about her past.

Lilian told Paul that Matt was in prison but she would tell him about Paul's visit. She was sure it would be something positive for Matt to think about. But Matt was very suspicious about Paul's sudden appearance, believing he was after money. Lilian disagreed, insisting Paul genuinely seemed to want to get to know Matt.

Lilian gave Paul the bad news that Matt wanted nothing to do with him or his mother. Paul understood, and they regretfully said goodbye.

Closer contact

But then Paul turned up unexpectedly to let her know that his mother had died. Lilian was supportive. Louise had been a difficult woman. When he left, Paul thanked Lilian for her help.

Paul texted Lilian to say when the funeral was. After struggling with the idea, Lilian decided to attend on Matt's behalf. Paul was pleased to see her. He introduced her to his children as a family friend.

Lilian went to London to see James on his birthday. The next morning she met up with Paul. Together they strolled round London and talked. Neither of them had mentioned to anyone about this meeting. They agreed to meet up again.

When Paul was in the Ambridge area quoting on a renovation job, they met. Over lunch, they commiserated about the isolation of living alone.

Later Lilian admitted to Jennifer that she had had a poor prison visit. Jennifer felt that Matt could have been a bit more thoughtful - like Paul. That same day Paul phoned, inviting Lilian to be his "plus one" at a dinner dance at a four star hotel just outside of Windsor - separate rooms, of course. Flattered Lilian agreed

After a nervous start they enjoyed the event. Lilian got a little tipsy, so Paul took her up to her room and Lilian asked him to stay for a nightcap. When Paul asked about Matt, Lilian opened her heart. She shared her concerns about Matt's true feelings. Paul told Lilian that if he was Matt, he would be counting the days until he could come home to her. He realised he had said too much. But it was the kindest thing anyone had said to Lilian in a long while. Paul felt he should go back to his room, but Lilian wanted him to stay.

Back in Ambridge, Lilian invited Paul to the Dower House. She explained Matt's plans for their new property business, and asked his opinion. Paul felt conflicted. He wanted the best for her, but his feelings were deepening..

A rival

Paul came to see Lilian the day before Matt was released in May 2010. He desperately told her that he loved her. Was there any chance that she loved him too? Lilian sadly turned him down. She admitted that she had feelings for him, but her future was with Matt. Paul left, wishing her all the luck in the world.

Once out of prison Matt went to see Paul and warned him off Lilian. Paul insisted his only motive had been to let Matt know their mother had been dying. Convinced that Paul was after their money, Matt was thrown when Paul mentioned the dinner dance, but played it cool. He became threatening, but Paul fought his corner. He compared Matt to their bullying mother. Paul finally agreed to disappear - but only for Lilian's sake.

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer

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"Roar for your daughter all her life" - listener discussions to 19 September 2012

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Tayler Cresswell Tayler Cresswell | 10:30 UK time, Monday, 24 September 2012


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Mike and Vicky's discussion on Friday, taking over the whole episode, was described as "gripping" and had some in tears. Many praised the "fearless" airing of Mike's concerns, but a few felt that it was overly sentimental.

Adam's chat with Jennifer raised a few eyebrows - is he so much of a mummy's boy that he'd tell his mum about his infidelity? "Yuk!"

Listeners' imaginations are on overdrive this week - they've cast Elizabeth as "keeping her enemies close" in her reconciliation with David; and Joyce and Arthur are suspected of being Russian sleeper spies (according to Twitter) or perhaps Vaudeville veterans (from the message board). But most are united in the call for an end to the "floorboard hokey cokey".

Here's my pick of listener discussions on The Archers message board, Twitter and Facebook between 13-19 September 2012.

The biggest reaction this past week has been to last Friday's episode - a rare two-hander between Mike and Vicky Tucker, following their conversations as they grappled with decisions about their future. Online conversation slowed towards the end of the programme and people reported being stopped in their tracks...

Wow. What a great episode of #thearchers. The shower has been on for the last ten minutes but I have just sat at the top of the stairs listening (@babyniss on Twitter)

What a truly brilliant episode of @BBCTheArchers that was tonight. Couldn't move, stood staring at the radio. (@beckybose on Twitter)

@BBCTheArchers Held me in a vice like grip tonight. Panic, fear then relief. I need a lie down. (@gilly38 on Twitter)

And whilst some felt it was overly "sentimental", most said they felt for the couple and that airing Mike's views - "saying the unspeakable" - was brave. Listeners are split with many thinking that Vicky is being selfish, forcing a difficult parenthood on Mike at his age. Others have cheered on Lioness Vicky.

I don't think for a moment that daft, twinkly Vicky thinks this baby is a teddy or a dolly. I think she's made a decision out of principle after finding herself in a situation which was at most only half her making. Roar for your daughter all her life. Yours tearfully (villageschoolmaam on the message board)

a tear no but it forced me to think what I would have done in Mike's situation. Soaps don't normally do that #thearchers (@roifield on Twitter)

She wants her baby. As simple as that. Mike is an older father but that's a separate issue which wouldn't change if the baby wasn't Downs. Life will be difficult, but they should both be supported now. I thought Friday's episode was very moving & back to what we love about the programme. (Jeanette Dobson on Facebook)

We do not live in the middle ages. I'm with Vicky all the way with this, if the abnormalities were incompatible with life, then termination would be the answer but still incredibly difficult to deal with. (retired midwife) (Rosemary Forrest on Facebook)

Dear SWs. Less mawkish sentimentality next week please. #thearchers (@PatrickFMay on Twitter)

Hm. Not entirely convinced that they could resolve this issue that quickly. #thearchers (@MsAlliance on Twitter)

@BBCTheArchers Hope little baby Tucker will stay around and grow up in Ambridge to give an idea of the issues real families face. (@oneinamidden on Twitter)

Over at Lower Loxley, David's reconciliation with Elizabeth had listeners feeling either tearful, delighted or nauseous. A handful, however, suspect that David should watch his back...

Good old Elizabeth: keeping her friends close, but her enemies (David) closer. #thearchers (@jtwentyman on Twitter)

''I'll see you out...'' Mind that loose stairtread........#thearchers (@2ndcitysuit on Twitter)

I am disappointed that David is such a fool to be taken in by Lizard and her inscription [on his birthday present] would have had me regurgitating my supper were it not for the fact that I had not even cooked it then let alone eaten. (La Sharpissima on the message board)

oh dear, i fess to having a little sniffle. (irene on the message board)

#thearchers well done Lizzie. It took you long enough! (@sarafourteen on Twitter)

Have your say on the Barf-arama thread on the message board.

As Adam revealed all to Jennifer about his one night stand with Pawel, eyebrows were raised - would you really say that to your mum?

Why would a man in his 40's tell his mother all about his sex life.....yuk! (Angela Stepney on the message board)

Ooh to have seen Jennifer's face once that bombshell was dropped #thearchers (@shimmy41a on Twitter)

After living with Brian for so long, infidelity can't come as a complete shock to her! And she has had her own moments, too. But I agree that telling your mum about your affairs is a bit weird. (ruralrambler on the message board)

He has always been a Mummy's Boy. (mike on the message board)

Can't believe Jenny advising Adam not to fess up to Ian, living with Brian must be having an effect. #TheArchers (@OxonClearout on Twitter)

i feel sorry for Ian he doesn't deserve a rotty like selfish adam #thearchers (@satnav2012 on Twitter)

Join the discussion on the Why? thread on the message board.

Many have been looking forward to Pawel's departure - but some have been hoping that he'd stay in Ambridge

I think Pavel is a predator and potential stalker/blackmailer . I can't wait to see the back of him, he really gives me the creeps. (bebopalula on the message board)

I feel sorry for Pavel. What's he actually done that's so terrible? He's a young gay man from a place where it's difficult, if not dangerous, to be openly gay. He's trying to enjoy Britain's more open culture while making a few quid. In the process he gets drunk with his boss and goes to bed with him. They are both adults. (Freda Fry on the message board)

He is far too entertaining a character to be allowed to leave, and must remain in the village, sleeping with everyone in sight and stalking Adam without mercy. (Katja2 on the message board)

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When it comes to the "Floorboard hokey cokey", listeners seem just as keen as Arthur and Joyce are for it to be over. There's some speculation about the couple, with Twitter folk thinking they might be "Russian sleeper spies" and message board posters saying they're "Vaudeville veterans", but not everyone's a fan...

Now that all the floorboards are up there's space to fit in, ooh I don't know, a couple of narky OAPs? #thearchers @BBCTheArchers (@headlineandrew on Twitter)

I love Joyce & Arthur....certain they are retired assassins who will soon be back at work! #TheArchers (@Mistress_Fiona on Twitter)

Joyce and Arthur are obviously veterans of the vaudeville. Old troopers like them ought to be able to manage to tread to boards. Never moind 'er 'ip - the show must go on, you know! (JustJanie - Fairweather Jogger on the message board)

Please let darrell find his backbone and put the floorboards back it's boring now (Janet Walton on Facebook)

I LURVE the elderly couple - they are wonderful on so many levels: Matt's comeuppance - he regards them as a project to be DEFEATED .. alpha male against old fogies ..The conversations with Darrell - so bizarre they are up there with Becket and Pinter.The brokers men in a panto .. (JustPodiumedBunny_Silver_medalist on the message board)

Read all about it in the Floorboard Hokey-Cokey and 'Soideways?! With 'er 'ip?!' threads on the message board.

Tayler Cresswell is host of The Archers message board.

Ambridge ups and downs - 24 September 2012

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Keri Davies Keri Davies | 08:59 UK time, Monday, 24 September 2012



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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

Mike Tucker
Family and friends rallying round

Kenton Archer
Closer to Jolene than ever, post-NZ

Kirsty Miller
Hit it off with Ifty

Flippin' nippy, innit?

Fallon Rogers
The joke's on her

Lilian Bellamy
Memories of a near miss

Pawel Jasinksy
Just wants a proper goodbye

Keri Davies is an Archers (and Ambridge Extra) scriptwriter and web producer.

Rosalind Adams to retire from the role of Clarrie

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Keri Davies Keri Davies | 13:14 UK time, Sunday, 23 September 2012

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Rosalind Adams (Clarrie Grundy)

Rosalind Adams (Clarrie Grundy), has announced that she is leaving The Archers to spend more time with her grandchildren.

Rosalind has been playing Clarrie since taking over the role from Fiona Mathieson in 1988. Previously Clarrie was played by Heather Bell, who created the role in the 1970s.

Rosalind said: "I have been playing Clarrie for 25 years. I'm 68 now and have very young grandchildren with whom I want to spend more time. It has been a brilliant job for me and now I'm happy to hand it over to someone else."

We will be re-casting the part and now have to look for a new actress to take on the role.

Archers editor Vanessa Whitburn, said: "Rosalind has been a much-valued member of The Archers cast. We will miss her and she goes with our very best wishes and thanks.

"Listeners have taken Clarrie to their hearts as we've laughed and cried with her through the years. She has dealt with the various challenges presented to her by the men in her life with amazing fortitude and enviable stoicism. Our challenge now is to find an actress who can continue with the great work that Rosalind has done down the years, ensuring Clarrie retains her special place in listeners' affections."

What is your favourite Clarrie moment?

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer

Ambridge ups and downs - 17 September 2012

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Keri Davies Keri Davies | 09:23 UK time, Monday, 17 September 2012



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Getting the barley drilled

Vicky Tucker
So thankful for Mike's support

David Archer
Has two sisters again

Jim Lloyd
Bravium specialis pro pane*

Getting a tooth drilled

Darrell Makepeace
Caught between a Matt and a hard place

A breadmachine? Disgraceful!

Kathy Perks
Will never see Jamie in a mortar board

(*a special prize for bread)

Keri Davies is an Archers (and Ambridge Extra) scriptwriter and web producer.

"Vicky is just as frightened as Mike" - listener discussions to 12 September 2012

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Tayler Cresswell Tayler Cresswell | 16:28 UK time, Friday, 14 September 2012


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Listeners think it's time Mike and Vicky had a proper talk, but is Vicky capable of listening to Mike's view?

Tom Archer's ready meals have caused a stir; and a few want to buy Pawel a pint.

As Darrell talks about a new job on the horizon, eyebrows are raised at the mention of Paul Morgan, or "Fit Paul" as he's been described on the message board. Should Matt watch his back?

Young Freddie is castigated for taking to his bed after his riding accident - listeners think he should be back at school.

And the Ambridge Extra finale has listeners pondering where the next series will take us.

Here's my pick of listener discussions on The Archers message board, Twitter and Facebook between 15-17 May

Neil's gentle chat with Mike Tucker had some in tears. There has been a huge debate over whether there been too much time given to Vicky's more positive view of her future as a mother of a child with Down's syndrome. Should we have heard some "dissenting" voices? Or have these been communicated, as one listener put it, in "unstated but obvious fears and behaviours" from Mike?

It's fair to say that I haven't listened to a minute of the Mike and Vicky storyline without crying. #thearchers (@ruththevet on Twitter)

Good advice from Neil. He's a brick. #thearchers (@NebulaHugo on Twitter)

Mike you can't treat Vicky like this. You have to talk. Vicky has the patience of a saint. I'd have strangled Mike by now. (binocular on the message board)

Yes! I think Vicky is just as frightened as Mike - she gave a hint of it at the end of her conversation with Kathy, when Kathy said "kids eh? etc...." They're not helping each other, in equal degrees, but you can sympathise with them. (ermintrude on the message board)

Why should Mike think that Vicky is going to listen to anything that she doesn't want to hear? She Has Decided. (Lakey_Hill on the message board)

Why should Mike speak to Vicky. He is depressed, he cannot see anything positive in his future, in his mind there is no alternative to Vicky having the baby, and his spending the rest of his life bringing it up. I would guess that he sees nothing to gain by speaking to her at all. That may not be the way that those of us on the outside looking in see it - but we are not Mike. (RAFromSw on the message board)

Read more of the debate on the message board: Mike you can't treat Vicky like this

Brenda might need someone to talk to, but it seems that "selfish" Tom is preoccupied. His ready meals are off the back burner, to the delight of many listeners

Shut up Tom shut up Tom shut up Tom shut up Tom #thearchers (@archelina on Twitter)

Did you all get the same impression that I did, that Tom was trying his hardest to get Brenda to volunteer to do the cooking again? (charmingAnnielynn on the message board)

Beware, Brenda. He will have you in a pinny tied to the Aga before you know it. #thearchers (@boorach2 on Twitter)

Share your views about Tom on the message board.

Over at Home Farm, flirty Pawel is attracting a few new fans. Whilst some listeners think Adam should tell Ian about the one night stand, others say that he's left it far too late. What you don't know won't hurt you, right?

I think I owe Pawel a pint after winding Adam up so wonderfully. #thearchers (@janewright on Twitter)

OK, so now Pawel is my new favourite character! (Nik Tobutt on Facebook)

The longer you leave it, the less likely Ian will forgive your one-night-stand. (clarityjames on the message board)

I would let sleeping dogs lie if I were Adam. He will just have to learn to live with his betrayal I'm afraid. Oh and if I were Adam I would boot Pawel back to Poland as soon as possible. He is a nasty little scrote and I wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw him. (Scarlett the Harlot on the message board)

Add your advice in the Own up Adam thread on the message board.

Some were intrigued to hear that Darrell was off to work for Paul Morgan over in Fawcett Magna. Is Matt going to lose Lilian and perhaps Amside too?

Paul Morgan? PAUL MORGAN? Isn't that Matt's half-brother who Lilian nearly had an affair with when Matt was inside? EXCITING! #thearchers (@jtwentyman on Twitter)

This may get interesting, especially if he meets Lilian again. (jennet_device on the message board)

It's time Lilian got a nice man. #thearchers. (@Ellen27 on Twitter)

. . . and there was me hoping it was Eddie's mate, Fat Paul. A man noted for his interest in ecclesiastical architecture. (Torch_Brookfield on the message board)

This Paul might have gained a few mature pounds, but by no means is he Fat Paul. In fact he is Fit Paul. (The devil wears Burberry on the message board)

#TheArchers Oh, Lillian, you're going to break your heart again. (@modicana on Twitter)

Read the speculation on the Paul Morgan thread on the message board.

Is Freddie being spoilt? Many listeners think he should be back at school, not whingeing in bed, constantly supplied with treats. Some wonder if he has a weak constitution?

Let revolting child starve #TheArchers (@Mistress_Fiona on Twitter)

Blimey...if Freddie were my child, I'd send him back out on Topper #thearchers #spoiltbrat (@babyniss on Twitter)

Broth is what is needed. I do not know if Jill has managed to ease any into Freddie's brittle frame- I am envisaging the painting 'Death of Chatterton' here- but that is clearly what the feeble wee fellow needs. (Country Squire on the message board)

Perhaps he's turned into Colin Craven from The Secret Garden and will never get up again, believing himself to be a cripple, until Molly Button comes and tells him he isn't. (Auntie Molly on the message board)

Read more on the message board: With puny Freddie now an invalid...

And as this series of Ambridge Extra comes to a close, listeners wonder where they'll go next? Hungary? Back in time?

@BBCTheArchers Have loved it, especially the recent homage to "Dead Calm" on Jolene and Kentons trip to Oz. Classic! (@JoDoZitBest on Twitter)

The only question I keep pondering is... What will they do for the next Am-Ex? Where will they go? Could it be.... (I'll whisper this very quietly) we get to see something of Debbie's life in Hungary? (Minihohum on the message board)

Next series - we've been around the world - what about some time travel - 19th century Ambridge? #ambridgeextra (@helencyb on Twitter)

@BBCTheArchers This series of #AmbridgeExtra has been the best yet, will mark 4th December on my calendar! No....seriously. I'm going to. (@Shippers1983 on Twitter)

Join the post series Ambridge Extra discussion on the message board.

Tayler Cresswell is host of The Archers message board.

Ambridge ups and downs - 10 September 2012

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Keri Davies Keri Davies | 08:38 UK time, Monday, 10 September 2012



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Cultivating the seedbeds

Shula Hebden Lloyd
An apology from Elizabeth? (looks for flying pigs)

Oliver Sterling
Meet the dough boy

Pawel Jasinski
What's sauce for the gander... is sauce for the gander

Cultivating bad habits

Freddie Pargetter
Bit off more than he could chew

Tom Archer
You couldn't knock up a few ready meals, could you?

David Archer
Missing his crocked nephew

Keri Davies is an Archers (and Ambridge Extra) scriptwriter and web producer.

Elizabeth "shot down in flames" - listener discussions to 5 Sept 2012

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Tayler Cresswell Tayler Cresswell | 11:48 UK time, Friday, 7 September 2012


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Hurray for Shula! She was applauded for telling Elizabeth some home truths on Sunday after Freddie's fall. But did Elizabeth's apology on Tuesday fall short? And is it time to make up with David?

As the Flower and Produce show approaches, listeners are looking forward to the bake-off between Jim and Oliver.

And as we reach the penultimate episode of this series of Ambridge Extra, they're wondering "who will end up in Davey Jones' Locker?"

But first to Mike and Vicky who have dominated discussions on the message board, Twitter and Facebook. It's practically impossible to sum up all the differing viewpoints posted, but there has been much praise for the way the storyline is being handled - as well as a little disquiet from a few listeners who think it's not the right subject for The Archers.

Here's my pick of listener discussions on The Archers message board, Twitter and Facebook between 30 August and 5 September 2012.

Listeners clearly didn't want to miss last Thursday's episode which saw Mike and Vicky visiting the consultant (played by Anton Lesser)

Elderly couple sat near us in restaurant this eve brought a radio & had @BBCTheArchers on in the background. #timeforlouddubsteponheadphones (@RoystonShuff on Twitter)

The really sad thing about Mike & Vicky's dilemma is that they're both right. #thearchers (@BeckyIBe on Twitter)

No 'right' decision is possible in this situation @BBCTheArchers - not even Anton Lesser's balanced reasoning can help! (@languedoclinda on Twitter)

Reaching into the radio to hug/cwtch Mike & Vicky #theArchers In tears here :-( (@pollypanad on Twitter)

Could their heartbreaking dilemma bring about the end of Mike and Vicky's relationship? Listeners are split when it comes to what kind of mum Vicky might make: "amazing or "smothering"?

I am angry with Mike... He needs to look into himself and find what it is he loves about Vicky and decide whether he wants to continue their life together including his child or leave them. The child is a reality and he either makes the best of that reality or retreat into what could be a lonely life. (Skyebird on the message board)

The baby and teenage years will take up the rest of Mike's life. Even if the child grown up to be an independent adult, this decision is basically a decision on how Mike will live from now on. Whilst it is Vickies body, and therefore, ultimately her call, the baby is theirs, and the decision needs to be theirs too. (Perkin Warbeck on the message board)

Vicky will make a great mum, and hopefully she will also do occasionally what this type of mum needs to do - when faced with intransigent or uncaring authority, she will turn into what Mrs B cheerfully calls "Special needs Mum Bitch". This is Paralympic year and a big kiss to the prod team for taking this on. (Froginaock on the message board)

Have your say on the message board

The debate continues about whether this storyline should be aired on The Archers at all.

I'd prefer not to have this sort of storyline on The Archers. It's not that I don't face up to the realities of life, it's just that I don't want to do so when I'm listening to The Archers. (Blue Horizons on the message board)

As someone who has faced this predicament, I think the Archers are tackling this storyline with tact and sensitivity. Nobody should presume they 'would' or 'would not' abort - it is a totally personal decision that can only be made by the couple going through an affected pregnancy. (Ingrid White on Facebook)

Add your thoughts to the message board

As Freddie nursed his broken collar bone, Shula was applauded for her furious outburst in her conversation with Elizabeth.

#theArchers Shula's voice was massively scary, she does angry quite well and self righteous anger even better. (@janeskinner2 on Twitter)

Gad, Shula! You are so rotten! (Heather Moulson on Facebook)

There wasn't any need to be such so denunciatory ...grief can last a lifetime and surface like a boxing glove when one least expects it. (Arrow-shower on the message board)

How lovely for the Wistful Widow to be for once so thoroughly and obviously in the wrong and have each one of her 'I was thinking of Nigel, gulp, sob' excuses so rightly shot down in flames. (JustJanie - Fairweather Jogger on the message board)

Going to be a quiet Christmas at Lower Loxley at this rate #lizzienomates #thearchers (@CEMichael on Twitter)

Have your say on the Shula who the hell do you think you are? thread on the message board.

After Elizabeth's apology on Tuesday, some thought she ought to stop playing the "poor me" card. And will this herald a rapprochement with David?

Shock news from #TheArchers ... Elizabeth Pargetter admits she's fallible. There's hope for David yet! (@x33xxx on Twitter)

Bringing them up on your own, Lizzie? What about the servants and the extended family? Some women really do it alone #selfpity #thearchers (@opheliaknee on Twitter)

In other news, there's some excitement about the coming Flower and Produce Show as Jim and Oliver look set for a bake off.

F & P almost upon us ... harvest festival (or Bunter's free supper as we call it) imminent... (aquaticDougal on the message board)

Let the DOUGHLYMPICS begin! Jim and Olly in mortal combat for that coveted Gold Cookie Award. Oooh....I can't wait. (Angela Stepney on the message board)

#thearchers So that's where Harry's breadmaker went. Hope Jazzer got a good price. (@SteveBrooks13 on Twitter)

Join the excitement on the Bread making! thread on the message board.

As Ambridge Extra draws near to its stormy conclusion, listeners debated whether Kenton would a) drown b) split with Jolene or c) save the day in the final episode. Some were confused about the details of Mel's abortion, and thought the music was distracting in places, but most said it was thrilling stuff.

Loving the boat trip. Now that really is Terror. Bit concerned about Eccles (Nelson_G on the message board)

I am now totally confused about the abortion. If it was lance's baby why did Mel tell Jolene that Kenton had forced her to have an abortion? Have I missed something? (Lyra on the message board)

Just listened to #AmbridgeExtra. Wow. Suddenly don't see Kenton as quite such a loveable fool any more @bbcradio4extra (@pboropixie on Twitter)

Whatever happens, I'm sure that the Kenton Jolene relationship is at an end. The question is, will Jolene give up the Bull or hand it over to Fallon? (Dee on the message board)

Will Lance survive? They couldn't possibly kill Kenton, could they? Not given Jolene's previous for losing spouses in New Zealand. That would be a bit harsh. (JustJanie - Fairweather Jogger on the message board)

Catch up on all the Ambridge Extra chat on the message board.

Tayler Cresswell is host of The Archers message board.

Ambridge ups and downs - 3September 2012

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Keri Davies Keri Davies | 08:50 UK time, Monday, 3 September 2012



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Back to school (parents' perpective)

Matt Crawford
Dodged the bullet

Jamie Perks
Just be careful with that chainsaw, lad

Badgers of Borsetshire
Better a hypodermic than a shotgun

Back to school (kids' perpective)

Mike Tucker
Feeling railroaded

Elizabeth Pargetter
Doesn't want to lose another

Does nae begger wannae share a flat?

Keri Davies is an Archers (and Ambridge Extra) scriptwriter and web producer.

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