Eleanor Oliphant listens to the Archers in the book. The Archers is a radio serial that is on 6 days a week for about 12mins each. Non listeners, upon hearing a fragment can misunderstand and think it is about triviality and is outdated and boring. I think the author chose listening to the Archers as Eleanor’s hobby to present her as a fuddy dudy.
However the Archers is current and topical. Mark my words this time next year goat yoga 🐐 🧘♀️will be massive and it was mentioned first on the Archers.
This blog, I follow gives a weekly parody update. Yes there are lighted hearted stories ( 🐐 🧘♀️) but also drama; vets having one night stands and college lecturers having relationships with students.
I do not believe in Eleanor as a character because she would not be so unworldly wise if she listened to the Archers. The author is obviously not an avid Archers fan and has not portrayed an avid Archers fan correctly. It would not be Ed Grundy’s tractor troubles that Eleanor was concerned about missing.
The other blog, related to the Archers that I follow is: