Britain’s longest running soap opera The Archers has broadcast its controversial 60th anniversary episode angering many fans and seeing over 3,000 complaints made to the BBC.
The radio programme, which regularly attracts audiences of over 100,000 listeners every weekday, usually centres around the goings on of drug riddled, polygamous, thieving, bi-sexual, murderous, communist alcoholics as they kill, fuck, snort, steal and lie their ways throughout the rural village of Ambridge. Fans were left stunned after the anniversary broadcast which contained members of the cast directly involved in activities such as farming, both agricultural and horticultural, and other countryside issues.
The time travelling, cross-dressing, heroin dealer character, Eddie Grundy, who is his own father, grandfather and brother started a campaign to ensure that local rights of way for ramblers are maintained, through the hashish fields of Home Farm owned by Simon Archer, local black high priest and known serial killer. The episodes writers had previously said that the 60 year special programme would "send shockwaves through the series for years to come" but many listeners were completely unprepared to deal with the shock of the subject of walkers rights.
Fans have reacted strongly with a series of orchestrated radio burnings planned outside of the BBC’s Broadcasting House. The boycott is spearheaded by head of The Archers fan club, David Coyne, who explained; “For over 40 years I have been able to sit down on my comfy chair, with a cup of tea and slice of cake, at 7 o’clock each evening knowing that I am about to listen to some pure filth. Like many, many others I will not stand aside and let the BBC ruin another British Institution with so called political correctness. No one wants to hear about cows, failing potato crops or any of that rubbish.” Mr Coyne explained, “for shame BBC, for shame.”
The BBC has set up a premium rate phone-line with partially trained work experience kids on hand to provide support and advice. So if you, or someone you know, has been affected by the issues raised in recent Archers broadcasts, or if you haven't, or you get lonely, or just fancy a chat, then please call 081 811 81 81. Calls may, and will, be recorded, slowed down and rebroadcast late at night on Radio4.
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