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C'mon everyone!! Let's talk about The Archers :-)

amanda2463 have almost started a separate convo about Ambridge, but it's too good not to share.

C'mon. We know you're out there.

People who want Brian Aldridge banged up. Who hate Ruth. Who think Adam has the dullest voice on radio. Who want Freddy to get life. Who feel sorry for Alistair and have always always always hated Shula.

C'mon. Get it off your chest.

Makes a change from all this bl***y running about. And you can eat cake at the same time.

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Right ,

I bl***y hate ruth “daaaaaaaaaavid” the extended vowels, awful. I really hope Freddy goes to prison (obnoxious brat)and Elizabeth is just bl***y awful, a good days work house cleaning would sort her out.

Rant over

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More, more, more!!

Ruth makes me scream just by opening her mouth!!

You'd never guess that Elizabeth's grandparent ran a pub would you? Lol

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Mmmmm bit harsh on Lizzie

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I concur. Freddy - totally spoilt entitled little twerp. I wish her llama had escaped to a life of freedom and big field of other over friendly llamas 😂

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So ... what you're saying is if I can't choose what music or educational podcast to listen to on my runs, I should give the Archers a go?

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Absolutely is fabulous

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Tonight's episode will be about what happens when a college lecturer breaches professional boundaries by having a relationship with an A level student and then offers to write a character reference for her drug dealing brother...…

Tomorrow, it will be back to talking about Ed's prize sheep, the mystery of Lynda's missing Lama and the milk yield at Brookfield :)

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sold!

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Closely followed by a gambling addict who can deliver a cow 🐮!!😂

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I feel sorry for Alistair. Am I alone?

Never like Shula. Even as a child. When we were both children. Gosh. Doesn't life go by quickly?

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He would sell a herd of cows for a handful of beans.

Linda Snell is the best 😀

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There was a magical episode a while ago when she went off on one about how awful Tolkein was. Priceless. My goodness, Robert is boring. Worse than Adam.

What did Charlie see in Adam?

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I think he just enjoyed being taken up the polytunnel.

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That New Year's Eve "kissathon" caused a bit of a stir :-)

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I was disappointed Debbie didn't whizz back from Hungary to sort that one out.

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🤦🏼‍♀️😂

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Adam is a mood hoover

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Love it!!

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Shula annoys me! I love the Archers yet struggle to name a character I actually like ! Pushed I’d go for ..... Rex Fairbrother. 😀 Love this convo thanks Sallenson

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Perfect idea! Finish 5k in 13 mins!!!!

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Of course! I love listening to the Archers when I run! After all my user name was inspired by my favourite character (pour me another G&T, darling!)

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Ahh Lilian of course...are you still holding a candle for Matt, puss cat?

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Of course, darling! Justin's a lovely man but he's no Tiger.

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Justin's no more than a Robber Baron. She does pick 'em eh?

The Affordable Housing subplot will go on for years....

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The actor who plays Susan is also an academic psychologist. I find this factoid deeply satisfying for some reason.

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😂

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She's also great at abducting llamas :-)

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So that’s how you spell llama

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Not to be confused with alpaca. Even by a drunk Susan Carter. And pronounced "yama". Not by either Susan or Linda. xx

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Susan should get Mike on C52K. Now he's got a job with a swivel chair and has to use Excel and everything.

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Neil!! You mean Neill!!

Who's Mike btw?

Lol

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Yes. I do mean Neil.

Mike was Neil's friend, husband of Betty, who died abruptly of contractual renegotiations. He then took up with common woman from Birmingham and eventually moved there, and is now an unperson.

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I'd forgotten about him. Funny how we forget the important stuff...

I'll avoid any quips about "Birmingham" and "unperson" :-)

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If anyone on here knows Mike Tucker, can they let us know if he's alright and has he done C25K?

My wife now wants to know also. And she's a laywer. Tho obviously less versatile than "beloved by Sussexmalc" Usha.

This is getting very complicated.....

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Justin’s voice annoys me !

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I missed the first few (thousand) episodes and just can’t get into it... I’ve tried several times. I like the odd radio play and lots of comedy podcasts. Maybe I need to join it just as a big storyline has ended?

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the thing about the Archers is that nothing much happens for 90% of the time. It's 'slow' soap :)

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Can’t watch them on tv... but running and driving are times I can... I’ll try again.

Girl round the corner asked if I’d been watching Corrie... I said I’d missed a few and asked if mike and Deidre were still at it... apparently not 😂

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Eana Sharples?

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Yes, and Albert Tatlock

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There’s always a big story line. Xmas panto soon!

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Will Linda. Or won't she. Or will she be in prison for the attempted murder of Susan after Costanza-gate....

We should offer to write some storylines :-)

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I wrote a sample episode for them a few years ago. It's more like a rubik's cube than alt.archers fan fiction.

Is there alt.archers fanfic?

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It must be fraught with complexity. My last client had a big map of Ambridge (and surrounding district) up on a kitchen wall for a while. It accidentally fell down one day and somehow appeared in the back of my car during a weekend office move....

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Many, many rules. You have to alternate interior/exterior (ideally); you can only have I think seven characters per episode because of actors' costs; you can't have the same character in two consecutive scenes, generally. Stuff like that.

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I think some vague elderly in-law did some Archers writing years ago. Probably around the time of enclosures or the introduction of the potato...

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The omnibus is perfect for a longer run. If you haven't yet heard it, 'Dead Ringers does the Archers' is hilarious....

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A very fine Joe Grundy :-)

I thought he was about to die a couple of months back.

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Even better was Joe Grundy and a Clanger recreating *that* scene from When Harry Met Sally on ISIHAC.

I very nearly soiled myself.

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Careful FT. We try to avoid talk of "soiling" and "voiding" around here :-)

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Sorry. I can only say I'm a noob and not up to speed on running innuendo yet.

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You'll learn!! In exchange for the inside scoop on The Archers xx

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oh that was *absolutely hilarious* and I don't even know who Joe Grundy is ... (though at this rate it looks like I soon will). Love running to comedy - it's a great distraction from your body yelling at you!

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Sorry. I was off embracing my "Inner Jill" and made some scones for tea :-)

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Confession I am in love with Elizabeth, Jill is the perfect mum and Nigel should NOT have died. Freddie needs to understand what he’s done to Elizabeth.

Finally Nelson was the best ever voice of reason.

That feels better!!

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Nelson was brilliant....

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I must confess, given the opportunity I would have cheerfully pushed Nigel myself 😬

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Does anyone else remember him in his Mr Whippy era?

Rubbish scream too :-)

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Apparently to scream for that long means that Lower loxley is the height of a tower block

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What? You mean...it's not...actually...real...?

* gasps *

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No, just saying it’s a BIG stately home 🏠

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There must be a lot of room in there for drugs then. Especially now all the booze has been shipped over to The Bull :-)

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Ahhh Nelson

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I don’t remember Nelson I’m afraid, but I’m in total agreement about Nigel. He was a lovable fool. Could they mimic the Dallas shower scene and it all will have been a dream? Although, coming back and finding the mess that Elizabeth has made of his children might send him back up to the roof.

I would like Jill to adopt me, although as I would then have at least three annoying siblings (I don’t really believe in Kenton), I would be a little nervous of taking on their character traits. Character is clearly nurture rather than nature, as neither Jill nor Phil (I miss him) really needed the kick up the b*m their offspring do.

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Ok you lot! Talk about spoilers! I save up my podcasts for when I go on holiday or a long journey so I don’t have a clue what’s going on! As far as I’m concerned Freddy isn’t in any (obvious) trouble. Lily’s teacher hasn’t been found out and the ‘family’ are still consulting about selling the family home. Btw - Pat drives me mad when she’s in one of her ‘downer’ moods moods, Tom still doesn’t sound right - he’s too well spoken and yes I loooove Lilian and her dirty laugh 😂 oooh now you’ve got me started lol. I haven’t actually tried listening whilst running ....🤔

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Agree re Tom voice not right

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Me too

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Clarie went weird (voice wise) but then got back to normal

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I love Clarrie....

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So that’s how you spell Clarrie

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Like "llama" but different :-)

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He's definitely not "falling in love" material. I liked the old insufferable one more. I keep forgetting who this one is....

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Josh. Oh dear. Now there's trouble waiting to happen. Mark my words :-)

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I've just remember how much I hate Will Grundy. Love Ed tho :-)

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Well Sallenson, you have just established a place in my heart

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And you too. A fellow Archers fan. We should huddle for warmth :-)

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Will Grundy is cold and slightly disturbing. Ed is grand, like his dad. Joe is hilarious and unbelievable, Clarrie always sounds like she needs to breathe more.

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Will Grundy has the most unappealing voice on radio. Nasty piece of work....

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Usha amazes me

She seems to specialise in Crime, Family, Property and Divorce law

I was surprised she didn’t defend Helen Archer😊

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Forgot I love her too!

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Malcolm, hon, you have a very busy love life.....

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It only takes 13 minutes a day an I promise no one gets hurt!!!

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As well as being the poster girl for tolerance and religious integration

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Tokenism!! It's tokenism I tell you!!

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Usha?

Helen?

Or (most likely I fear) both?

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She did a rubbish job on Freddy. Thankfully.

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Freddy is going down

Hopefully

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Like some form of neo-Horrobin :-)

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🤣🤣🤣 I’ll be sitting this one out. My mum did all the rebelling for me but I could at least rebel against Sunday morning’s Archers (and my step-dad’s ELO - although I came to my senses about ELO later, it’s just Adam Ant was way cooler at the time, and I understood I didn’t have to dislike one to like the other). Anyway.... The Archers......

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It will gradually creep up on you over time.

I have a work colleague who has to disappear at 7pm every evening to sit by himself and have a listen. It's one of the highlights of his day...

You'd never guess to look at him :-)

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🤣

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Yes, Stephen, I bet you love eating a cake while listening to The Archers on Radio 4, even when running you are tempted to stop at a bakery and buy a cake unless you are running a timed race.

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Sounds like a plan, Alan. I just made scones. Sadly not Glaswegian Treacle Scones, but good enough :-)

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Is this the place to casually mention I have fondled Jill's Aga?

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Did she insist on you having a slice of cake too?

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Let's just say she had nice pair of buns.

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She was on Broadcasting House yesterday morning. Sounding alarmingly like Jill Archer.

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I was expecting her to start slagging off Mr Gently Benevolent.

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Ripely Fecund was my favourite...

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I feel as confused as a Frenchman who has just been told that he can have as many cheap suits and lascivious glances at women as he wants, but first he must fight properly in a war...

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Is that the winner of the Britain’s most misshapen goat competition you have with you? Ah, no, it is my daughter...

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🤭

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When I was at University in the early 80’s, sporting blue hair, wearing tartan and safety pins, every day I would take 15 minutes off from being an anti establishment punk, to listen to the Archers😊

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Completely fabulous!!

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Photos?

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....have all been destroyed 😉

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Billy Connolly used to say that the theme tune to The Archers should be our National Anthem because it would make our athletes look more chipper and spritely at international sporting events.

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It’s sounding a bit french these days with the old accordion bouncing along .

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That's only the Sunday Omnibus I think. I don't know why they did that.

Didn't Phil used to do "Nature Notes" at the beginning of the omnibus edition? Blimey I'm sounding older than ever now...

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Omnibus version?

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Omnibus version on Sunday Morning after BH. In case you missed the daily episodes which are themselves broadcast twice. Now I think about it, R4 is just wall-to-wall Archers.

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Alistair HAS to do the Felpersham Half-Marathon. He could start by doing C25K!! Can we start a campaign on Twitter?

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Try Archers Appreciation on FB

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I wonder if any of the actors on the Archers have done C25K!!

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I love The Archers, but I love the sketches on John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme when they parody The Archers even more. Oh hello one of the tired-sounding men.

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Have you heard Dum tee dum? It’s hilarious

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Ha, you have been censored, quite right too 😉I always thought the signature tune to The Archers was a cue to turn the radio off or at least to another channel....

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Is there another channel? :-)

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Well that was prescient; Alistair entered for a HM, or had you heard a trailer? 🤔

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I posted after 7:15 :-)

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I haven't heard it this weekend. I usually listen to the podcasts in the gym, but I've been away so not been to the gym.

My big bug bear at the moment is Freddie! He deserves to get a custodial for being such a spoilt brat. And his sister isn't much better, although I think they should throw the book at Russ... he's just a sleaze!

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Russ could face charges of breaching his position of trust (which is now a criminal offence). The dilemma will be, should Elizabeth tell the police and risk Lily hating her forever🤔

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I do't know Elizabeth knew about it yet. Haven't heard Thursday, Friday, Sunday or today's episodes yet!

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Oops

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And Bodyguard? Really? Up till 2 minutes ago it was exciting. It’s now turned into a one man anti-terrorist show. Also, I’m waiting for someone to point out that the same guy has been involved twice now. Suspicious? I think so. 🤦‍♀️

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My wife also thinks that Bodyguard has "lost it" a bit. I guess we'll see.

Meanwhile "GBBO" starts again this evening. I know it's not the "real thing" any more, but I'm still excited :-)

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whoah wait you shush now it's just as good as ever!! Noel and Sandi are so great! Thanks for the reminder though, I was contemplating either an evening run or daytime swim, this has made my decision!

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I really like Pru Leith. My family throw things at me.

It's Biscuit Week. Not really my thing, apart from eating them, but I'll still be glued to every second :-)

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I’ve tried to stay away from the C4 rip off version out of loyalty to Mary, Sue and Mel. Paul Hollywood was spotted in a local pub recently. In Buckinghamshire although he lives in Kent I believe. Has he followed me? Am I being stalked by a baker? We have just moved, and the oven in this house is decrepit and mind boggling complex (thank God I have a toaster and microwave or we would starve) so baking is a challenge too far at the moment. New kitchen in September 😃.

I may just peep at GBBO after I get back from my run. It’ll be short. I’m rather worn out after a day at Bletchley Park. Anyone in the area, go to Bletchley. The code breaker place, not the town. I can’t say anything about the town having zipped round the edge, but the museum is worth a visit. £18 for adults and go back free as often as you like for a year! My 13 year old youngest, went begrudgingly, but was really interested.

At what point did this forum become a modern culture review? We’ll be kicked off the site soon!😂🏃‍♀️🍰 📺 🎥

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Admin will say

"Get away you fiend! Or I shall buy a badger, spend several months training it to attack you and then let it do just that."

:-)

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I'd like to point out that I've mentioned running in every one of my comments. Running running running. And rewarding myself with a biscuit ... not one I'll have baked myself, but still!

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You are superb, focused and "in the zone" -)

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Don't get me started on Peggy, either.

And what happened to "Hilda Ogden" the Angry Cat?

And in case you think we're bad:

paranormal.org.uk/mustardla...

There's also a board on the same site for "Fantasy Archers" :-)

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This is a load of rubbish, Adam has the sexiest voice on radio!!! 😊

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Charlie thought so. But that didn't go well :-)

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Okay I must get into this conversation! 😊 I have been an occasional listener for over 50 years...yikes!! I agree obnoxious Freddy should be jailed and return to the programme in 6 months time with a completely new personality... and voice...

Shula does not know when she is well off and why has Jill taken her side against Alastair??? Poor Alastair ☹️

I could go on but the next episode has just started!!!

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SUSAN CARTER!! HOW VERY DARE YOU!!!

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I really find Lilly very annoying , and not keen on Alice either . But i like that both Pargeter children have gone off the rails !

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