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I’m thinking I’d like to start listening to The Archers. Could someone brief me, in what’s happened in the last few months. And maybe a rundown of some of the characters. Many thanks :blush:

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Welcome!

I think it would be fair to say it’s probably not at its best at the moment, but several of us here are still carrying on with it anyway… I’ll leave it to an actual listener, rather than merely the spouse of a listener, to give more details.

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Welcome Bannon to our wee corner of the interwebby thang

TA as we call it is not at its best with the elfin safety rules meaning we had monologues

The big story at the minute is that philip who is a dodgy builder was re flooring the kitchen in Grey Gables (the local poshish hotel) when one of his slave workers managed to cause an explosion which left another slave with a broken back and one of the receptionists (Lynda) with horrific burns that have left her marriage in difficulties as she thinks her husband (Robert) is repulsed by her

On Home farm One of the owners adult children had caused an expensive mistake by loading wheat in the malted barley bin thus losing both crops

This girl (Alice) is having a few drinks at work and hiding them so could be seen to have a drink problem

The village pub (The Bull) is not getting much business due to Corvid

Others here will tell you more including family trees

Do introduce yourself in the cellar on the not the archers board here

A crowd of daft full of fun folk will welcome you

Well they welcomed me!

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Any sane man would be. Because she is a pretentious and overbearing harpy, not because of the Hideous Scars. But her husband, Robert, is not a sane man so much as a hen-pecked and babbling lackwit. V popular with the Archers audience in general, though, oddly enough.

Bannon, perhaps you should be advised that there are v few, if any, denizens of Ambridge whom I do not loathe.

ETA: wotcher and welcome, Bannon.

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I like Lynda and Robert

I also like Ruth and David Archer who farm at Brookefield

Not all of us are as twisted as Gus!

Blows raspberry at said Gus

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Hello, Bannon, and welcome to the board.

One place to find out a bit about The Archers, or at least about the characters, is the BBC’s website: the pictures it paints of them are inaccurately approving and its little pieces are not always accurate (Shula and Alistair are divorced rather than separated, for instance; Will does not live at Greenwood Cottage any more, Alf is not “back”, and so on with examples too numerous to mention) but it does tell you who is whom, with whom they live, and to whom they are related. It also unfortunately gives you a picture of an actor, which as we know may not be anything like the character. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/3VLG6MxxfQpKXF2Chky4Fmh/characters

This bit of their site used to be more complete but for some reason the BBC has cut back on it and removed many minor characters.

Unfortunately it seems to have been decided that the listeners do not need to be able to read the BBC synopses for each day, which used to be on the same website going back to 2010 under “Catch Up”, but has been reduced to only nineteen days of them. Still, it’s a start!

Twellies too is not absolutely accurate: where she writes “The big story at the minute is that philip who is a dodgy builder was re flooring the kitchen in Grey Gables (the local poshish hotel) when one of his slave workers managed to cause an explosion which left another slave with a broken back and one of the receptionists (Lynda) with horrific burns that have left her marriage in difficulties as she thinks her husband (Robert) is repulsed by her”
she means “one of the slave workers, Blake, was left on his own to do the job and used petrol as a solvent whilst making himself toast on the kitchen grill. As a result there was an explosion which broke his back and left Lynda with severe facial burns and a broken pelvis.” This happened on 8th March this year; Lynda was discharged from hospital on 13th April, and has been out and about, doing the gardening for instance, since 10th August. Blake meanwhile was discharged from hospital with his broken back on 18th April, and is back at work on building-sites. Yes, people in Ambridge have remarkably short recovery times from injury which would leave most of us laid up for rather longer than six weeks…

Alice didn’t load the wrong crop into the wrong bin herself: she told the temporary Home Farm tractor driver Ed Grundy to do it.

The village pub is always either packed with customers even on Tuesday lunchtimes or else doing so badly Jolene-the-landlady has to invent some daft publicity stunt to “pull in the punters” or they will go bust.

There is information about some historical events at this site’s webpages, at https://ambridgereporter.org.uk/
only I don’t think they are all that relevant to current Ambridge events, apart from the Residences and Occupiers. Which are slightly out of date. (memo to self: update web pages…)

Honestly, I think the only way for you to do this is to start listening, and then ask actual questions here about the whys and wherefores, which we can then explain. Trying to tell you everything from a cold start is not going to happen, really.

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I stand corrected and am happy to be corrected

It’s as our Fish says Tune in and ask questions that will be answered to the best of our abilities

It’s the custom for newbies to be bought a huge drink in the Bull so my card is behind the bar for your welcoming drink

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