Three old men from Yorkshire who have never grown up face the trials of their fellow town citizens and everyday life and stay young by reminiscing about the days of their youth and attempting feats not common to the elderly.
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The series fell foul of ITV watchdog organisation the Independant Broadcasting Authority several times. To try to improve the perceived lack of quality in the finished product, the IBA insisted on cutting the editions back from five a week to four (beginning 3rd July 1967) and then down to three (starting on 8th April 1980); towards the series' close ITV pruned this further to twice a week (from 23rd December 1987). The IBA also frowned on some script topics due to the late afternoon/early evening timeslots used by the regions, when impressionable children may have been watching. This was particularly the case during 1970 when the series ran Satanist, murder and ghost storylines. See more »
We've all criticized Crossroads at times. We've all commented on the wooden sets, the intentionally bad acting and the lack of guests at Crossroads Motel. However, it was addictive in some way and was on air from 1964-1988.
Meg Richardson was in charge of the Crossroads Motel for awhile. That woman had one long bad life and everyone else in the show did as well. It seemed odd that people could live such eventful lives but that is soap for you.
One of the shows favourite characters was Benny Hawkins played by Paul Henry. Benny was the motel idiot but we liked him all the same. He was an odd character with his woolly hat but even odder, he once went AWOL from the show for several months without any explanation. The actor who played Benny opened up a pub in Birmingham. I last visited it in 1994 but I'm not sure if it is still there.
There were some rather odd stories on the show which perhaps ensured it's enduring popularity. Bizarre is the only word to describe some of the plots at times but hey, it was a lot better than Brookside ever was.
All in all, Crossroads will always have a place in my heart even if it was never clear whether it was a soap or comedy. It made a comeback in the 21st century but I haven't watched the new show. I don't have the time or inclination (at least currently) to watch the new version but I am sure nothing could ever compare to the original.
I wonder if, in the pilot episode of the new version, they still said, "Crossroads Motel, may I help you?"
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