Judging by social media this evening, it would seem that The Archers had produced a particularly dramatic episode involving fields of wheat.
But the dozens of allusions on Twitter referred not to the farmers’ drama but to the mockeries of Theresa May by Labour sympathisers, after a 10pm poll exit predicted a failure by the Prime Minister to secure a majority.
Asked by Julie Etchingham on the ITV’s Tonight programme what the naughtiest thing she had done as a child had been, the Prime Minister said that she had upset farmers by trampling fields of wheat. The response has prompted amusement on social media, with #wheatfields galore trending since Wednesday.
Again there were rural images tonight.
When you’ve lost your parliamentary majority but it’s okay because people are watching election coverage not guarding their wheat fields pic.twitter.com/jHeHeH9LZH
— Dan Wootton (@WoottonDaniel) June 8, 2017
If, as appears, this is an historic failure for Theresa May, we should perhaps celebrate by a summer weekend of running through wheat fields
— el laurence (@ajhanlaurence) June 8, 2017
With Paddy Power, one of the bookies to have slashed the odds of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister, joining in the fun:
Theresa: “Take me to the wheat fields”
Driver: “But, Ma’am…”
Theresa: “TAKE ME TO THE BLOODY WHEAT FIELDS”
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 8, 2017
— Abdi (@abrmohamoud) June 9, 2017