Don’t read this if you haven’t heard the most recent episode!
I can’t believe what they did with the Archers last night. Normally they avoid the utterly, gratuitously cruel; the heartbreaking; the vicious – but Tom’s last-minute jilting of Kirsty took the biscuit. It was horrid. There was very little build-up to it, as there normally is with Archers story-lines, and frankly it was so unpleasant to listen to that it moved the entire series a giant step closer to the misery-gulch that EastEnders inhabits. Not good! Now, if they’d had some build-up over the previous weeks or months; some insight into what was going on with Tom and how John’s death had affected him, then it might have been understandable: but it more or less came out of nowhere. There was no indication at all to listeners that Tom was anything less than devoted to his pigs and to the farm – if anything the break-up of his relationship to Brenda was caused by him being too devoted; too obsessed. He and Kirsty seemed ideally suited: they were planning their house, she was understanding of his devotion to pigs – it all seemed good. The only build-up to this catastrophe was on Wednesday night after Tom visited John’s grave – and frankly this whole plot-line – or plot-bomb – looks like a desperate headline-grabbing attempt to outdo EastEnders in shock and misery. Bad move, BBC! Bad, bad move!
If you can’t listen to the Archers any more, what can you listen to?
As someone on the message-board said, he’s only just got over Nigel’s scream and now he has to deal with Kirsty’s howl.
I have nothing more to say today. Oh, except that I watched episode 2 of Jamaica Inn and had to resort to the computer so I could have subtitles. Really indecipherable.
I wish last night’s Archers had also been indecipherable.