In the 63 years it has been on the airwaves, The Archers has had its fair share of controversies.
In September 1955, Grace Archer was crushed to death by a falling stable beam, in a storyline so shocking at the time that it made international headlines.
The Brief We noticed that 3600 people per month search for the term 'Facebook for older people' in Google.
In two weeks’ time, the site (uk/dna/mbarchers), or “Mustard Land” as it is known to fans because of its yellow background, will be no more.The official reason is dwindling numbers: the BBC claims that, out of five million listeners who tune in to The Archers, just 1,000 regularly post on the forum, so it can no longer justify the cost. They say the BBC is trying to censor them, in particular their candid comments on last week’s episode that was based on the David Lean film Brief Encounter (which was branded a “lame, utterly humourless parody”), and the recent, unpopular replacement of the actress who plays Clarrie Grundy.“How to get rid of the pesky, wrong sort of listener!The BBC's technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones, goes undercover to find out what life is like for silver surfers in the newly launched Saga Zone. That's a question I asked earlier this year after signing up to Facebook, My Space and Bebo and struggling to find friends of my own vintage.The answer was a resounding no - within days of voicing my concerns I had hundreds of new friends and was spending far too much time socialising online.Later popularity of the series brought about a 1983 feature film and two "revival" television series in 19.