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Crossroads returned to the London area on the 3rd Jan 1969 after being off the air since summer 1968. Thames TV, who were the new London contractors, initially refused to purchase the programme, but gave in under viewer's protest and pressure. On its return, Noele Gordon explained the storylines to Thames' viewers, but the region still remained several months behind most parts of UK. Only the Granada region, in the North-West, were further behind (by around 12-18 months), having only taken up the series in 1972 alongside Tyne Tees, who went with ATV's current editions. The regional variations were brought into line - barring timeslot differences - on April 3rd 1975 for the wedding of Meg Richardson and Hugh Mortimer. Gordon again provided a special plot round-up for those who would be skipping episodes to catch up. See more »
The previous reviewer is quite right. Crossroads was of the "so bad, it's good" ilk. Still, during its peak it had its followers including the (then) prime minister's wife, Mrs. Mary Wilson, a staunch follower. Crossroads suffered from a hectic schedule, originally five days a week. No time for retakes, so it was not uncommon to see a camera crew whizzing by in the background, or to witness an overhanging microphone at the top of the TV screen. Fluffed lines guaranteed in every episode. In its favor, it did not bring dead and buried characters back to life, or have five different actors play the same character (as is common in US soaps). Aside from those mentioned, there were many other memorable characters such as the mousy postmistress Miss Tatum (Elisabeth Croft), the "tart with a heart" hairdresser Vera Downend (Zeph Gladstone), and the kitchen gossip Amy Turtle (Ann George, who deserved an award for worst actress).
Looking back years later, and having spent ten years in the States, I can only compare Crossroads star Noele Gordon to Susan Lucci, the queen of US soaps. Gordon was hardly the glamorous star that Lucci is, but she was undoubtedly THE queen of the UK soap. When she was unceremoniously dumped from Crossroads in 1981, there was a public outcry, and the soap's fate was sealed (as was Gordon's who never quite got over her dismissal and died four years later). Crossroads was given an overhaul and plodded on for a few more years. In the last episode, Jane Rossington (Gordon's screen daughter who spoke the first lines in 1964) drove off into the distance (sunset unavailable) and it was the end of an era. Crossroads and Coronation Street often replaced each other at No. 1 in the charts, just as Coronation Street and Eastenders do these day. That's how good/bad it was.
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