Archers - It's time to put it down like a TB riddled badger

(217 Posts)
NigellaTufnel Thu 01-Nov-12 19:39:21

I have been a devoted listener for a fair few years. I have cried, cheered, and giggled through various ups and downs.
But I am now finding it so depressing. With the current episodic storylines - which are all quite unpleasant - you no longer get that lovely feeling that you are eavesdropping on a community that you would quite like to live in.
It just feels a bit nasty. It also feels a bit like Eastenders.

It feels ridiculous to be sad, but the good people of Ambridge have been my companions all the way through having very young children. They felt like friends when I hadn't had. Grown up conversation all day.

Hopefully this will pass and I can come back when they' ve finished mucking it up.

PseudoBadger Tue 04-Dec-12 21:55:37

He's an illegal chicken slaughterer? Chicken porn? Battery farmer prosecuted by the RSPCA?

R4 Tue 04-Dec-12 22:23:20

This should please Lillian. Here is Michael Fenton Stevens in a previous life Paul being naughty with latex.

ArtexTheHallWithBoughsOfMonkey Tue 04-Dec-12 22:23:39

Criminal record.... He wasn't involved with the Chicken Song in any way was he? That's actually on a par with war crimes.

ArtexTheHallWithBoughsOfMonkey Tue 04-Dec-12 22:24:20

X posts, I get ten points and a bottle of cognac.

R4 Tue 04-Dec-12 22:34:32

Well done artex! I'll get Matt to leave you a bottle on the hall table.
I was footling around on the Archers A-Z list and I notced that Paul was played by MFS. I thought that I recognised the name so looked him up: he's been knocking around for quite a while. He was in The HeeBeeGeeBees too.

GrimmaTheNome Tue 04-Dec-12 22:39:01

I looked at the who's who and scarily, Clive Horrobin is apparently played by Clive Horribin.

The others are imposters, very few of them look like they should.

R4 Tue 04-Dec-12 22:52:58

They used to have a hide-the-photo button in the good old days when it was a potted biography of the character, not the actor.

ppeatfruit Wed 05-Dec-12 09:12:21

Thanks for that R4 The first good laugh I've had today grin. I think MFS has a SEXY voice actually! Not singing that song obviously!

Acekicker Wed 05-Dec-12 09:33:29

Nooo! Paul is Mike Flex from KYTV <shows age>, how did I miss this! grin

TheElfOnThePanopticon Wed 05-Dec-12 09:46:47

I rarely listen any more. I have a theory that someone wants to get rid of it, but it would cause an outcry so they are making it rubbish on purpose to drive all the listeners away. Maybe that could have an alternative Ambridge Extra consisting if Lynda Snell, Jim, amateur dramatics, jam rivalry and church politics, with the odd bit of milking thrown in.

ppeatfruit Wed 05-Dec-12 13:20:21

Thanks for supplying the slapper Annabelle's name silverbaubles afraid I can't fill you in on the Leonie and James saga I wasn't listening properly either blush Am quite enjoying it though.

Nah I don't think they want to get rid of TA; the uproar would be heard from the U.K. to Timbuctoo IMO shock

GrendelsMum Wed 05-Dec-12 19:40:56

No, Matt has realised one way to Lilian's heart is via James, so he's started being lovely to James and Leonie, including watching golf DVDs and leaving them expensive cognac.

ppeatfruit Wed 05-Dec-12 20:50:24

Yes poor Matt is desperate grin

GrendelsMum Thu 06-Dec-12 15:50:58

Well, it's hammy and obvious but the latest episode of AmEx (the horrible Horrobins argue among themselves and fall into the Trap of Pay Day Loans) is huge fun, plus Emma comes out of it looking pretty good, which I think someone said they wanted to hear.

ppeatfruit Mon 10-Dec-12 16:08:27

I just listened grendels but I must admit the Horrible Horrobins live up the their name and I'm not sure I want to continue listening esp. as CLIVE has turned up shock I reckoned he was one of Keith's gang before but now we are supposed to believe (or is it dozey Donna who's s'posed to believe) he's going straight?

I LIKE Emma grin

ppeatfruit Mon 10-Dec-12 16:09:37

"live up to their name" of course!

Songbird Mon 17-Dec-12 16:10:15

Have just been catching up with AmEx (for my sins!). Good God, Donna really is dozey isn't she? The pay day loan thing was tied up very quickly wasn't it? And Tracey really is awful isn't she? She has been royally stitched up at work though hasn't she? Something else for her to get all 'everyone picks on the Horrobins' about. Oh, and is that a new Bert?

That is all grin

MrsDeVere Mon 17-Dec-12 16:20:01

Is there going to be a co2 story in Amex? They are doing one in corrie tsk, tsk.
I just heard a boiler trailer.

Are Elizabeth and Iftikar going to get together?
I need to know....

ArtexTheHallWithBoughsOfMonkey Mon 17-Dec-12 16:28:49

It sounds like Elizabeth is going to get it on with ifti, yes. Poor old unlucky in love Kirsty, she is like the Jennifer canesten of ambridge.

ArtexTheHallWithBoughsOfMonkey Mon 17-Dec-12 16:37:52

Right, some random thoughts here:

I know it's wrong,but I love Lillian and paul. The archers is great when it does infidelity IMO.

I want nic and emma to become besties and cackle drunkenly together about the shortcomings of william's sexual technics.

What happened to Amy? Is it me or did that storyline just END really abruptly?

What is with this thing of signalling people bonding and having a meaningful conversation together by the overuse of 'you know?' ? FUCK OFF YOU ARE ANNOYING. everyone from the old gimmers to the young teens is bloody at it. "Oh I love Christmas lights, you know? Reminds me of when this very personal and special important memory happened, you know?" STOP. IT.

choccyp1g Mon 17-Dec-12 21:36:28

Did anyone notice that Lillian and Paul are going shopping in Cheltenham, and Mike is taking Vicki to Cheltenham, ON THE SAME DAY!!!! The made it so obvious, they must be going to meet.

GrimmaTheNome Tue 18-Dec-12 08:58:49

>Is there going to be a co2 story in Amex?
A what? confused <as a chemist I can't imagine a story about carbon dioxide so it must mean something else>

R4 Tue 18-Dec-12 09:56:23

"I can't imagine a story about carbon dioxide"

Oooh, there's a new story...
Matt installs Joyce in her new flat: he spends money on minor items like grab-rails but, true to type, skimps on major items eg proper fitting of fire and/or boiler and Joyce dies of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Actually, change that. Can Tom be the tenant who dies of CO poisoning and Willyum be the prosecuted landlord. Result! grin

TeaandCake Tue 18-Dec-12 10:10:18

grin ooh yes R4, that nasty bastard Will going to prison and killing off the unbearably smug Tom into the bargain. Genius!

I was pleased to hear Will being brought down a peg by Eddie on last night's edition.

I don't mind the vast majority of characters on TA but Will, Tom and Shula really make my teeth itch.

R4 Tue 18-Dec-12 10:59:52

PS Grimma we have already had a carbon dioxide story - it's a by-product of the anaerobic digester.

Ten points to me!

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