When the script hits the fan: Why Archers fans stop listening (and why they can't completely keep away)

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According to the BBC Archers website, “Listeners to The Archers are loyal fans but take no prisoners” (BBC, 2016). But are fans of The Archers always loyal listeners? This paper presents stories of Archers fans who stopped listening, for various lengths of time, but still considered themselves to be fans of the show.
“I listen so that you don’t have to”; “Well, I won’t be listening for a while – again!”; “I have only listened once since they murdered Nigel”. These comments come from one online Archers fan community, and are not uncommon among those who continue to have an interest in Ambridge, despite choosing not to listen regularly.

The assumption regarding members of serialised media fandoms is that they watch or listen to all of the episodes. This paper will consider the phenomenon of nonconsuming fans of The Archers: people who do not actively listen, but who read synopses of episodes, keep up to date with storylines, and participate in fan communities.

BBC. (2016). Five Things the New Editor of The Archers Needs to Know. Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2XJYhZlXZrV6vjrt6MxjBQb/five-things-the-new-editor-of-the-archers-needs-to-know
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFandom Culture and The Archers
Subtitle of host publicationAn Everyday Story of Academic Folk
EditorsCara Courage, Nicola Headlam
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781802629675
ISBN (Print)9781802629705
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2022

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NameFandom Culture and The Archers: An Everyday Story of Academic Folk


  • radio
  • drama
  • fandom
  • fan community


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