BBC bans fans of The Archers from posting on the radio show’s Facebook page after audiences criticise its ‘woke’ storylines
- The Archers fans have been stopped from posting on the show’s Facebook page
- The Corporation has told fans ‘regular posting’ to the page is ‘being paused’
- Fans claim it is a move to silence critics over the long-running shows storylines
- BBC claims that pausing comments on the group is not a response to criticism
The BBC has banned The Archers fans from putting messages on the show’s official Facebook page after they criticised its ‘woke’ storylines.
The Corporation, which launched the rural radio soap in 1951, told the 92,000 Facebook users ‘regular posting to this page is being paused’.
Diehard fans say the move is an attempt to silence critics who believe the Radio 4 show, set in the fictitious village of Ambridge, is focusing too much on politically correct issues such as climate change.
Prior to the ban, several fans had used the official page to vent their fury about recent plotlines.
While many accept that the show should reflect the realities of modern life, they also describe writers’ attempts to crowbar issues into storylines as clumsy and boring.
Diehard fans say the move is an attempt to silence critics who believe the Radio 4 show, set in the fictitious village of Ambridge, is focusing too much on politically correct issues such as climate change
In one episode, former eco warrior Kirsty Miller, played by Annabelle Dowler, (pictured) made the case for an electric vehicle charging station
One listener wrote: ‘I have to say The Archers is just becoming a cliché. It’s script writing by numbers.
‘It used to have big storylines, everyday storylines, and a sense of humour. Now it just seems a box-ticking exercise of all the trendy issues of the day. Sad.’
Another added that ‘the current storylines don’t match the first, say five decades’.
In one episode, former eco warrior Kirsty Miller, played by Annabelle Dowler, made the case for an electric vehicle charging station proposed for a plot of land being sold by David and Ruth Archer.
She said: ‘We are going to need them if they’re serious about phasing out petrol and diesel within the next ten or so years… You can’t campaign for a greener future and then block the infrastructure that is needed to support it.’
When she was told others might regard the station as an eyesore, she replied: ‘Here we go – battle lines being drawn already.’
She is not the only Ambridge resident to have signalled their green credentials.
In another episode, Kate Madikane, played by Perdita Avery, outlined plans to make her family’s Home Farm business more sustainable, saying: ‘It’s not something that I am planning to announce to dad just yet, but I am really excited about Home Farm and the road to net zero.’
In the episode, the electric vehicle charging station proposal was made for a plot of land being sold by David and Ruth Archer (Pictured – Tim Bentinck and Felicity Finch as David and Ruth Archer)
The Archers has a huge presence on social media and fans of all ages delight in sharing their thoughts about storylines.
Some have expressed their sorrow about the ban, with one writing: ‘This is such sad news and I feel we deserve a proper explanation.’
Several unofficial Archers Facebook pages say they have been inundated with applications to join in the wake of the BBC’s actions but are turning away fans to preserve the integrity of their groups.
A BBC spokesperson said: ‘We have limited resources… Pausing the Facebook group is in no way a response to any criticism.’