I have followed The Archers since the late eighties and it is the only “soap” I follow.
However, I am really unhappy about the new storyline involving David & Ruth Archer and their family.
David is the main witness to an assault on his cousin and the gang involved are intimidating him to not give evidence. So far they have mutilated their lifestock, obtained the children’s mobile numbers and threatened them, shot out security lights, cause a stampede on an open farm day, opened gates allowing lifestock out, interfered with farm equipment and so it goes on.
While such things might be normal goings-on in Albert Square, this is NOT Ambridge. The storyline is unreal.
I have no problem with the original assault on Adam, but the intimidation is ridiculous.
Threats to witnesses happen to fewer than 1% of people and, even then, are firmly dealt with by the police and usually defused once and for all. Systems are also put in place by police to identify the culprits and further more serious charges brought. See police crime statistics.
This storyline is giving the impression that intimidation actually works and David has been put in the situation where his own mother and wife are pleading with him to cave in to this bullying.
What message does this send out to criminals – who also watch and listen to soaps, incidentally?
I don’t know whether there has been a change in writers for the Archers, but this is all way off normal Archers stories and someone needs to do something about making this particular storyline end quickly and effectively. To think that this nonsense might drag on until the September court case is anathema.
I cannot be the only person who feels like this. BBC take note. You are changing the character of your programme for the worse. There are a multitude of interesting rural and agricultural storylines which could be followed without inventing something so rare and so unrealistic as this.
Dare say the writers will do what they want anyway. Criminals must be getting some great ideas from this particular storyline.