Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Ambridge Extra

Yes, that's right I am an Archers listener (I hesitate to say fan, although Radio 4 fan most definitely). The Archers has always been something fun to listen to while doing housework or cooking dinner. Since moving abroad however, I've found it has become much more a necessity to me. A mental link to the green and pleasant land or what have you.

My circle of friends appears to include many (initially closet) listeners. Afraid of the definitely not-on-trend stigma it conveys perhaps? But we listen ironically! Of course we do! A certain husband of mine though, he's another story. He "hates" it, but avidly listens from the next room, asks me to clarify bits of the story he missed. Tut tut, there's no point hiding your shame, just be honest, we're all friends here.

So yes, first there was The Archers, and then came Ambridge Extra (thrilling title, don't you think?) Did you ever think you'd hear the words "Archers" and "spin-off" in the same sentence? I certainly didn't. However, it's been about a week now since the oft-heralded Ambridge Extra arrived for our listening pleasure, and I really don't know what to think. I'm listening almost out of a sense of duty, not so much with enjoyment. It seems a bit too Hollyoaks, not really what you want when you're supposed to be following characters from Ambridge. Although, if there's more Alice and Chris that will be quite fun to listen to, I like these two characters, and they remind me of some very dear friends of mine...you know who you are! What do you make of it all? Enjoying it, or not much?

- Confused Archers listener

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