A HARROWING three-year plot line involving psychological bullying, alleged rape, a tug-of-love over a child and culminating in a woman on trial for the attempted stab murder of her controlling husband has divided followers of BBC Radio 4’s The Archers.
Was it, as David Banks puts it, an inappropriate subject for a 65-year-old radio soap which presents itself as “an everyday story of country folk”? Has it driven away many regular, traditional listeners in favour of an ever-more dramatic story line which has produced spikes in listenership but might well see long-term listener figures decline?
Or has it, in Brenda Dinsdale‘s words, done “an incalculable service by uncovering and highlighting a problem which afflicts millions of either sex and costs the UK economy billions”?
Perhaps you share Julian Cole‘s view: “clever writing; the story of cruel intimacy . . . a rising ride of misery. . . intense emotional claustrophobia [which]made for a difficult listen”?