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Thursday, April 15, 2010

My favorite Brit radio

The Archers was an institution. There were Archer Addicts. Fan clubs. Archer get-togethers. Many a flagging dinner party conversation could be enlivened by simply voicing a concern for one of the principal characters, such as, “I’m very worried about Shula.” During the year, Lew would airmail cassette tapes every two weeks, and I would try to listen to the recorded show at nine thirty on Sunday mornings, the same time the show’s omnibus edition was broadcast in England.


Anonymous said...

Aww, nice story. I listened to the Archers again just this week. Even if I lived in England I would find it tough to be listening to Radio 4 the same time each day. Would still have to listen to the recording later.

Mike said...

Ah the Archers and institution in my childhood days, Dan and Doris etc etc
Good stuff.

The Prodigal Tourist said...

Melissa--that's why I like the omnibus edition, once a week for an hour--just right!
Mike--I didn't listen to it much as a kid, got into it more after I'd left, nostalgia I guess. Remember The Grundies? Never trust an Archer!

Limey said...

If you are able, you can download them as a podcast off the BBC Web site or iTunes!

PixieMum said...

I have been listening to The Archers for so long that at 7pm on a Saturday when the show is not broadcast I still find myself cshecking my watch for the time.

If you go to The archers website (www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/archers) you will find a lovely community on its Message board. There are discussions about the programme and other boards covering everything else. There is a great tradition (if one can have tradition on the Internet) of mutual help and support too.

Regards, Madeleine/PixieMum