It is annoying, but the podcast does update very quickly (almost always) - you can find it here. Our broadband connection is good enough that I don't have to download to hear this, I just click on it and it starts to play. Others might have to download it first but at least it's there! Very much second best, though, as you don't get the continuity announcer's comments before/after the episode, says Mrs Archers Saddo.
Why not just say Archers... perfectly obvious then - frequent listener, wish I was a young man hardly young these days.
I wonder if some things make it to podcast before they make it to iPlayer? I agree, it's a pain how some things take a while and others do not. Surely the Archers should have a high priority in the queue and should be encoded before transmission, so can be released on iPlayer at the same time as transmission.
It's The Archers. It is pre-recorded and plays every night, except Saturdays, on the wireless. It is the longest-running soap opera in the world. It is the bedrock of BBC Radio 4. If they haven't got a system then there is no hope for anyone.
I missed TA last night. Never mind, thinks me, I'll get it later on catch-up. A few hours later, it's not on. Nearly bedtime, still not on. Early next morning, still not on.
They manage to broadcast, six days out of seven, at precisely 7:02. Why isn't there a similarly precise release-it-to-catch-up time? It feels like it's a job that is left to the office junior, who often forgets to do it. Is there supposed to be a standard for this? DH often has similar grumps about TV programmes - you never know when they will eventually pop up.