I have a fond childhood memory where I’m sitting in my grandparents living room on a Sunday – watching television sitting in front of my grandads chair while he pokes the TV with a big stick to change the channel – his remote control.
Then the clock would turn and he would dissapear into the kitchen and the radio would sound “Dum di dum di dum di dum dum di dum di dum dum” and the Archers would start.
A while later he would come out of the kitchen with something really nice to eat, kick me out of his chair and change the channel with his big stick.
I’ve never liked The Archers, I tried listening to it but it always bored me silly. Silly in much the same way that I can’t stand Coronation Street or Eastenders.
I’ve never lived in the country and I’ve never much liked the country either – I suffer from Hayfever and am allergic to animal hair – so listening to a programme full of people speaking with stereotypical farmer type accents talking about things that either don’t concern me or I can’t be arsed with.
So when I saw the Archers podcast in the top five on iTunes podcast list – I was struck with two emotions – fondess for the memory of my grandad on one hand and complete indiference for the dull nonsense that the programme actually is.
So I downloaded it – listened to the theme tune and skipped to the next song in my podcast.
But I still want to say thanks for the Archers as a podcast and I love the fact that such a stalwart of ‘old BBC’ is in the top five podcasts on iTunes – just goes to show Podcasting really is the fourth media.