Harriet of Shambridges fame sits in with Roifield this week as Lucy is away and in place of the usual summary she provides a wonderful soundalike of various characters having phone sex with Justin. Yes like Lucy, Harriet is highly attuned to the extensive sexual activity now replacing the gaslighting.
Roifield credits Smethurst with the affair between Kathy and DS Barry – but this happened some years later under the editorship of Ruth Patterson. It was during this period and subsequently that the balance of the programme changed and the women became dominant and steadily the males in the programme were less well defined and written.
Harriet claimed she only had four items to discuss – but later proved she had pages and pages. Roifield asked for discussion points for men’s hour in a couple of weeks and so please send him some. Harriet is bored by cricket and prefers football.
Graham Blockey is the alter ego of Robert Snell and is rarely available to the team as he is a GP in Dorking in Surrey which is why he cannot appear regularly. Perhaps when he retires he will appear more often.
Harriet also likens TA to the class and social comedy of Jane Austen which Roifield admits that he has never read. If Austen was translated into super heroes then Roifield feels he would understand it. Social observation is a turn on as we all like people watching.
The love triangle was Shula, Doc Locke and Alastair Lloyd. Lizzie was happily married to Nigel. Hence the difficulties between Doc Locke and Alastair when both play cricket. By the way it is the same Alastair – he has not been replaced – Michael Lumsden is still responsible according to published lists.
I like Harriet as she was very nice about me in the podcast. She also read a report on Alastair’s vet accounts most beautifully. Of course we will also be pleased to see Lucy return – perhaps Roifield should consider a regular threesome?
On this week’s episode we have calls from
Claire Astbury who has two bites of the cherry and worries about Shula and Alistair
Witherspoon who wants Rex to biff Toby
Dusty Substances who wonders about the village’s replacement of Lynda
Andrew Horn who has thoughts about boarding school and empathy.
Blithe Spirit who is worries about brotherly love triangles being repeated.