Someone who professionally (I assume, who would do it for a hobby?) Knows All About The Archers Team has said elsewhere that Sue Teddern wrote for The Archers during the 1980s; I have no idea where it gets its information so cannot vouch for this, but one wonders, if that is the case, what made her leave: did she jump or was she pushed?
This sort of bio sounds to me like the sort of “old reliable” writer that you get in at short notice because you need someone who can absolutely deliver a recordable script on time; it may not be great, but nor will it be terrible.
The then editor was male and didn’t like Guardian-reading single women from Hampstead, she claims. (Or maybe didn’t like having to have an entire week’s scripts rewritten in a hurry because of incompetence…) William Smethurst didn’t suffer fools gladly. He was about to leave the series, in May that year, for more pay in a better job (according to him); perhaps he didn’t want to leave a liability for Liz Rigbey to deal with.
I wonder why they think it is a good idea to get her back?
However, after recent developments, by which I mean O’Connor’s carryings-on and the rather odd things the HyphenatEd has been doing in their wake, the number of writers not actually starving in garrets who are likely to regard TA as a positive move must be pretty small.
I found it very strange that they would entrust a SL so dependent on knowledge of TA history - as well as very emotional for both characters and actors - to a SW who’s brief and no apparently very successful association with the programme was so long ago as to make her to all intents and purposes a newbie.