Has The Archers had its day?

David Blunkett says he is “losing the will to live” over the new plotlines in The Archers.

He also criticised the frequent changes in stories and characters.

It’s the world’s longest-running soap opera and a national institution. It is the everyday story of country folk that has gripped the nation for more than 50 years, with its gentle exploration of rural life and family drama.

Yet celebrity fans of The Archers on BBC Radio 4 have said they fear for its future and complain it is changing beyond all recognition.

Do you listen to the Archers?  Is Ambridge over or is it  an institution?

Has The Archers had its day?

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25th Feb 2015
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Like Emerdale all the farming bits are almost nil.
17th Jan 2015
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I have been an avid Archers listener since it started broadcasting,with a slight hiatus during nursing training in the late 50's early 60's. However 18 months ago I felt so fed up with the story lines that I ceased to listen. They seemed to forget all original ideas & had to compete with soap trash. No this was not a good policy ,the writers had abandoned the original brief, we
dedicated followers listened because of the old format,it worked.
I have clocked on a few times just to see what was happening but didn't listen for more than a couple of episodes . Sorry sadly you have lost your way and so old friends & audience .
15th Jan 2015
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I have been listening to the Archers since 1964. Lately the program has started to sound like a soap opera. I find some of the characters tedious and only listen because David, Ruth, Jill and Carol have something worthwhile to say. The script writers have lost the plot.
Lizzie Ocean
23rd Dec 2014
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I have been listening to the Archers for 46 years and I now download the Omnibus to listen on my I-phone as I travel.
I love it, although I am very unhappy about David and Ruth leaving Brookfield and taking Jill with them. This leaves Pat, the new Tony, new Tom and Helen as the main Archers family in Ambridge.
I am worried that The Archers is being phased out; but why bring in all these new voices if that's the case.
Mr. Editor, as sparky3 says they are a gloomy lot now, Eastenders on radio. More humour, more joy, more farming info and less misery please. Cancel the beastly road and rescue David and Ruth from exile to the North.
I will keep listening.
22nd Dec 2014
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As an avid listener I still enjoy the daily time in Ambridge. Some story lines are a bit strange but we certainly are entertained; and also learn some farming info. Will Rob get his due rewards in time?
20th Dec 2014
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I no longer listen regularly, but when I do catch it, I have trouble working out who's who. Are we supposed to care whether the impostor who has taken Tony Archer's place lives or dies? Is it going to be the real Tony Archer back again when he comes out of his coma? I can't understand where the humour has gone. It's all doom and gloom now. A bit like a rural version of Eastenders. I'm afraid I'm still missing Nelson Gabriel. There were times when the Archers scripts used to have me laughing out loud. They are a sorry lot now.
25th Nov 2014
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I took to listening to the Archers whilst living in France. Now back home again I listen if I have nothing else to do.

I find that a lot of the voices sound similar to one another! The new Pip (thank goodness the other ghastly one has gone) sounds very like the Helen Archer character. Often the actors sound as though they're reading from the script and not actually acting.

Oh dear I'd better stop before I get voted off!
Starry Eyes
25th Nov 2014
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Why are listeners worry about the dramatic story lines in our beloved Archers? Have we forgotten that Grace Archer was burned to death while trying to save her beloved horses from a burning barn at the beginning of the series nearly 60 years ago? Or that Brian Aldridge was injured by Joe Grundy's bull leaving him with epilepsy? Large animals are dangerous whether "domesticated" or not and do sometimes cause horrible injuries to their handlers.
This Clarrie Grundy is the original one back for a second go. And no doubt we'll get used to the new Tony, Tom and Pip.
Bring it on, I say - wouldn't miss it for the world.
Mike Brightman
18th Nov 2014
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Definitely lost its way. It seems to have the change for changes sake disease. It's as if the "bull in the China shop" approach has been implemented. A more subtle and sensitive (they may need to look up the word in the dictionary) approach is needed. I agree with those who say the characters are losing their identity and its a pity as in the main they are a great team. I haven't given up entirely but it may come.
14th Nov 2014
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I agree that the story lines have got a little over complicated ... but what would we do without the Archers???? I'm sure the writers will listen to the feedback and bring things back on track. Don't loose faith!
13th Nov 2014
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I used to be a regular listener, even downloading podcasts to take away on holiday to catch up, but story lines would start and then nothing more would be heard about it as other story lines took over. It became unfocused and confusing at times. Now i only tune in if I'm in my car at 2pm. It doesn't seem to matter whether I've missed a whole week as not much seems to happen very quickly. I can't understand why they change the actors either. I still find the voice of the 'new' Clarrie still strange, and why have they sacked Tom and replaced him with another actor? Do they think we won't notice?
13th Nov 2014
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The writers need to remember fundamentaly exactly what the soap is about, although most of the stotry lines could relate to real life in the case of the Archers they need to focus on the needs of the audience and whilst change is a common everyday happening, think of the pleaure this show gives to so many.
12th Nov 2014
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I guess they struggle with the storyline as its been going for so long but it is a national institution!

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