Morrissey reveals Archers approach

Congleton Guardian: Morrissey is a prominent vegetarian and vocal opponent of the livestock industry Morrissey is a prominent vegetarian and vocal opponent of the livestock industry

Chart star Morrissey has revealed he has been approached to appear on Radio 4's rural soap The Archers.

The former Smiths frontman is a prominent vegetarian and vocal opponent of the livestock industry, who has been known to ban meat products from venues at which he performs.

Morrissey, who is 55 next week, is "fascinated" by the offer, according to the website he uses to air his views.

He is understood to have been approached about a potential idea for a storyline for the Ambridge-based series, which has had a number of celebrity cameos over the years.

The most recent guest visitor was cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins who made an appearance to coincide with Sport Relief in March.

The Duchess of Cornwall was on air three years ago and Princess Margaret famously featured in the show 30 years ago.

Morrissey is himself no stranger to guest appearances.

He appeared in the Brookside spin-off South in 1988, in a scene where he was recognised by character Tracey Corkill who gasps: "I know who you are."

He responded: "So do I."

The BBC declined to comment on any possible Archers appearance.

The corporation usually stays tight-lipped about future plots in order to avoid spoilers for listeners.

But a BBC radio publicist got into the spirit by posting a message on Twitter which echoed the lyrics of Smiths hit Ask, which said: "We don't comment on future plots so please don't ask us ask us ask us."

Morrissey's website explained to fans who may be unfamiliar with the show: " With six episodes per week, The Archers is the most popular show on Radio 4, and is considered to be a British institution."

The singer, whose Smiths albums have included Meat Is Murder, issued a new single this week called World Peace Is None Of Your Business ahead of his first new album for five years being released.

He won acclaim last year for his memoir Autobiography and has told how he is going on to write a novel.

Just days ago he was mobbed by fans as he appeared at a gig in California and had to leave the stage.

Last year the long-time Archers editor Vanessa Whitburn stepped down from the show and has been replaced by Sean O'Connor, who had previously worked on EastEnders and Hollyoaks as well as spending time as a theatre director and film producer.

:: Here are some Smiths songs which may be suited to Morrissey's possible move to the shires:

1. This Farming Man

2. How Soon Is Plough

3. Sheila Take A Cow

4. Work Is A Furrow Letter Word

5. Meat Is Murder

6. Girlfriend In A Combine

7. Pigmouth Strikes Again

8. Never Had No One Heifer

9. You Just Haven't Churned It Yet Baby

10. I Don't Hoe You Anything

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