Those of us who are Archers fans have been glued to our radio sets recently, following the latest stressful storyline – stressful for the characters and fans alike – involving the trial of Helen Titchener (aka Archer). Although it is fiction – and exciting fiction at that – there are lots of issues that have been thrown up by this storyline such as abuse, controlling behaviour and custody disputes which all too often happen in real life. Although Helen’s barrister, Anna Tregorran, eventually triumphed spectacularly in both Courts (Criminal and Family) we have to remember that it was scripted and a lot of dramatic licence was taken, so I was delighted to spot an excellent article written by four real life barristers from 42 Bedford Row who specialise in Family Law.
Thank you Jennifer Kotilaine, Pauline Troy, Emma Romer and Eilidh Gardner for a very helpful explanation of what could happen to a real life “Helen”. They give their opinions about might happen to the children in a disputed case like this and what the future might hold for Helen. http://www.42br.com
Meanwhile, to lift the spirits – something good has come out of all this. An Archers fan, Paul Trueman, was inspired to help all the real life “Helens” out there and so set up The Helen Titchener (nee Archer) Rescue Fund – We’re raising money for Refuge because for every fictional Helen, there are real ones.
Since February 2016, Paul’s fund has raised £168,975. His JustGiving page is still open for donations
Finally, in traditional voiceover style, if you or anyone you know have been affected by Helen’s storyline, experts at Refuge (www.refuge.org.uk) are ready to help.