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The Archers proves it can tackle the big issues

Moving: John Rowe gave a terrific performance as the abused Jim Lloyd
Moving: John Rowe gave a terrific performance as the abused Jim Lloyd Credit: Amelia Troubridge

The Archers (Radio 4, Friday) has done that thing it sometimes  does where it muddles along for a while without any proper drama as  the storylines get sillier and everyone just gets progressively more annoying, and then, all of a sudden, you remember why it’s the best soap  opera in the world.

We’ve had months of Jim Lloyd exhibiting increasingly strange and prickly behaviour, including being unreasonable at a party thrown in his honour and demanding his son, Alistair, move out of the house. On Friday, Jim tearfully revealed to Alistair and pal Jazzer the reason  why he’d been having such a difficult time. He told them that when he was eight years old he had been sexually abused by a neighbour....

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