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Archers is 'playing to the audience'

April 4th, 2016

Episode 907 of 1333 episodes

Warning: This story contains spoilers The controversial Archers domestic abuse storyline involving Helen Titchener and husband Rob reached its climax on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday. Listeners heard Helen (Louiza Patikas) stab her husband Rob (Timothy Watson) in front of her young son Henry. "Helen has become the attacker – it’s not fair, Rob has got off lightly," Kate Chisholm, radio critic for The Spectator, told presenter Justin Webb. "I wonder if what they’re doing now is playing to the audience," she added. "One can’t help thinking that they are now manipulating the storyline according to how the audience responds, which in a way is a bit like what they did with Serial."

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