That Fish suggests that one might reasonably put together a boardgame about The Archers.
No, I don’t mean this one.
Nor even this one.
I mean an actual, competently-designed, modern boardgame. (Strictly non-commercial, unless the BBC hears about it and decides to offer us pots of money. Somehow I don’t suppose this will happen.)
My idea is that each player would take the part of a script writer. You’d have particular Ishoos you want to have worked into the programme, but you’d need to make deals with other players to keep your Ishoo in the narrative from week to week. (And other players don’t necessarily know what your favourite Ishoos are, at least at first.)
Each turn consists of a player putting together one week’s scripts (and deciding which characters to use, which Ishoos they’re dealing with, and so on). You’d have some resource, perhaps plausibility points, which you’d spend on twisting the plot in the direction you favour. Last player in the round goes first in the next round, so they get two turns in a row. If the week is well received you get a boost to your plausibility points.
Random events would be a new editor (with a different set of Ishoos they favour), an anniversary, a celebrity guest to be worked in, a particular actor not being available, etc.
I don’t have time to do much work on this at the moment. Does the core idea seem workable?