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Dick Barton - Special Agent

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41627.  Fri Dec 23, 2005 4:11 pm Reply with quote

Further to Dan Dare, what about Dick Barton - Special Agent. Which was a daily thriller series on the 1950s wireless in the 5.45pm slot, and was sadly replaced by The Archers - an everyday story of country folk.

41656.  Sat Dec 24, 2005 5:36 am Reply with quote

And the idea for the Archers is said to have arisen when a farmers' representative, in a meeting with BBC executives, said "What we need is a farming Dick Barton!"

I suppose he meant by that, something which the whole country would listen in to avidly, but which would be about milk yields rather than espionage. In any case, it's a neat quote with which to counter those who (mistakenly) believe that The Archers has become more sensationalist in recent years.


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