The Archers has always been a world of strong women and weak men. Peggy Woolley, still fighting the good fight in her 90s after burying two husbands; Jennifer Aldridge, her daughter, wife of serial adulterer Brain, who has lost the family home; and above all the saintly Jill Archer, the ultimate matriarch among flawed men. And little is changing in Radio 4’s “everyday story of country folk” as it approaches its 70th birthday.
The former Labour leader Neil Kinnock once made headlines by describing The Archers as the story of the political underclass – as in the downtrodden Grundy family and their overlords, the Archer/Aldridge clan. But I would argue we can say something similar for the genders....
Start a 30-day free trial for unlimited access to Premium articles
- Unlimited access to Premium articles
- Subscriber-only events and experiences
- Cancel any time
Free for 30 days
then only £2 per week
Save 25% with an annual subscription
Just £75 per year