Foot­ballers’ Wives boss to switch to The Archers

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JUSTIN DUNN justin@sun­

FANS of sleepy ra­dio soap The Archers could be in for a shock – as the show’s new boss was the man be­hind racy Foot­ballers’ Wives!

The BBC Ra­dio 4 cult drama’s new edi­tor Sean O’Con­nor (right) pro­duced the slick 2004 se­ries about a fic­tional Pre­mier League team and the play­ers’ cheat­ing and cash-ob­sessed spouses.

Dur­ing his time in charge of the ITV show, there was a plot about a schem­ing wife who killed her older hus­band by hav­ing sex with him af­ter spik­ing his whiskey with Vi­a­gra.

It also fea­tured steamy SEX SCENES – with the likes of siz­zling Zoe Lucker ap­pear­ing top­less on screen along­side side other stunnas like Susie Amy, Laila Rouass and Sarah Bar­rand.

O’Con­nor is no stranger to The Archers. He worked as a pro­ducer on the se­ries in the late 90s be­fore go­ing on to a ca­reer in TV.

He worked on Hol­lyoaks, EastEn­ders and Fam­ily Af­fairs – and has also di­rected in theatre.

Archers fans have been quick to protest at his ap­point­ment, with many tak­ing to on­line fo­rums to voice their con­cerns.

The farm­ing soap, which has nearly five mil­lion lis­ten­ers, has been un­der fire re­cently from tra­di­tion­al­ists for sto­ry­lines in­clud­ing drug ad­dic­tion, adul­tery and vi­o­lence.

One fan wrote: “Worst fears con­firmed, EastEn­ders and Hol­lyoaks. Strap in, we’re in for a bumpy ride.”

O’Con­nor takes over from Vanessa Whit­burn, who stepped down ear­lier this year af­ter a stag­ger­ing 22 years in charge of the show, which is set in fic­tional Am­bridge.

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