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The Archers Highlight the Issues of Domestic Abuse

| September 15, 2016

We’ve mentioned before that the BBC long running audio drama series The Archers have been helping a charity highlight the issues of domestic abuse. As this story line winds down, Helen Titchener, is on trial for the murder of her husband. The Slough Express writes: A domestic abuse charity from Slough is hoping a hit radio […]

Getting Fresh with the Archers

| April 29, 2016

Stoke-on-Trent seems to be just getting stoked now that their alternative soap to The Archers has gotten national attention. The Colcloughs is the first radio drama to be made outside of BBC‘s London headquarters. Check out the full story from The Stage: A radio soap opera first aired in Stoke-on-Trent 25 years ago is to be […]

Fixsoniced by The Archers

| April 14, 2016

The tale of Helen and Rob Titchener, characters in the BBC’s radio soap opera “The Archers”, has an entire nation transfixed as the violent conclusion Sunday night’s past saw Helen stabbing her abusive husband in front of their young son. During the episode,  #TheArchers was trending on Twitter as tens of thousands of listeners vented their […]

The Social Contract of Radio Drama

| March 31, 2016

At the Sonic Society we try to demonstrate that radio drama opens up conversation in the areas of social and political concern. Many communities around the world may not have wide distribution to televisions or Internet, but they have radio. Radio can teach and delight (to borrow from Philip Sidney). Case in point, from The […]

The Next Generation

| March 2, 2016

From Worcester News a group of students from Tudor Grange Academy Worcester toured BBC Birmingham last week. While making their own news on March 10th, they were excitedly given the tour of The Archers recording room and had a chance to record their own radio drama programme. Would we all had that opportunity!

Archers Reign Supreme

| April 1, 2015

Speculative fiction may be the most popular of the modern Internet-age audio drama but for 33 years The Archers have been England’s favourite radio drama. Tim Bentinck provides some background into his role of David Archer and some work he’s done as a children’s author in this Daily Mail interview.