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Where and when?

At the moment I am trying to sell the concept of The Archers to a friend across the pond. What she will make of it, I don't know, but I'm hoping that after a couple of omnibus editions she will be hooked!

As I have explained elsewhere this week, I have been listening since I was in the womb, or so I believe: Elizabeth Archer was born a couple of weeks before me and my mother followed Jill's pregnancy with great interest as I was her first baby, and she was a young mother (her own mother was living half way around the world at the time and she had nobody to talk to about it). It was when I was a teenager that I started listening to it myself and my decision to go to agricultural college I can lay firmly at Ruth's door.

Apart from a couple of spells when I was getting too wound up to listen (one of them a few years ago when Helen was still at college and being particularly vile) I have listened to nearly episode over the last 25 years or so. I can't claim to be an authority because I have a lousy memory and I am often doing something else while I listen, but it is the one thing I cannot live without (I even smuggled a radio into hospital when I was going to have my last child, rather than miss an episode).

bisonfish listens when he is in the same room but claims that he can't get past the idea that it is a group of people standing around a microphone. To me it is a whole world with people and places I know as well as the ones that live in my village, much more real to me than a television series or even a good book.

Where and when did you get hooked??


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Oct. 17th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
I spent lots of weekends and holidays with my friend Polly, who lived on a farm. Her parents didn't own a television set and were avid Radio 4 listeners and her mother was an Archers obsessive.

The Archers theme tune and the gentle rumble of Radio 4 in the background always makes me feel comfortable and at home, wherever I am. I do sometimes chortle at the idea of them all standing round a microphone, but most of the time to me Borsetshire is a couple of counties away. I imagine it just beyond the Cotswolds. Oh dear, I am deranged.
Oct. 17th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
I was born to it, too. My mum had been listening to the Archers almost all her life, and I can't remember not knowing what was going on in it.

And, like your mother, I have a mother-twin on the show: it's Emma. I know. (George is 3 months younger than my Gnome, actually.)
Oct. 17th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
It was when I was a student living in a shared house in Leeds6 and I should have been writing an essay but instead I was trying to find something interesting to listen to when I happened upon Caroline and Brian in the middle of a tryst.
Been hooked ever since.
Aside from my much missed Auntie Marie who died a couple of years ago I'm the only member of my family who listens to it. She used to do her ironing whilst listening to the omnibus.

Mr Pops finds it very difficult to follow as he has trouble distinguishing between the voices and one of the house rules when we moved in together was 'don't talk to me during the Archers' in return I had to promise not to take the piss out of Radiohead.
Oct. 17th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
That was a hard bargain :-)
Oct. 17th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
Apparently my mother used to remember when I was a child but I cannot remember that - and indeed I cannot remember it even being broadcast by the National Programme but she tells me it was.

When I lived in Denmark during the early 1990s, I could get Radio 4 on long wave all day, but Radios 1, 2 and Scotland only in the evening on medium wave. So during the day I would listen to Radio 4.
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