The four or five times a week adventures of a motel owner, son, daughter and her staff. Drama was never far away from the ringing of the reception bell.

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Noele Gordon ...
 Meg Mortimer / ... (220 episodes, 1964-1981)
Susan Hanson ...
 Diane Parker / ... (204 episodes, 1966-1985)
Ronald Allen ...
 David Hunter (195 episodes, 1972-1983)
Paul Henry ...
 Benny / ... (172 episodes, 1976-1987)
Roger Tonge ...
 Sandy Richardson (153 episodes, 1964-1980)
Jane Rossington ...
 Jill Harvey / ... (126 episodes, 1964-1988)
Sally Adcock ...
 Jane Smith (119 episodes, 1973-1978)
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 Doris Luke (107 episodes, 1978-1982)
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The four or five times a week adventures of a motel owner, son, daughter and her staff. Drama was never far away from the ringing of the reception bell.

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2 November 1964 (UK)  »

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The Midland Road  »

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(4510 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

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Benny Was The Star Of This Ridiculous Soap
21 April 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

The very first producer of this Brummie based soap opera was a gentleman called Reg Watson . This name may not be recognisable but it will ring a bell at the back of your mind and when I say he moved to Australia and created a show called PRISONER CELL BLOCK H you'll know who he is now . And like PRISONER this soap based at a Midlands motel was total turd , but often highly entertaining . In fact both myself and many of my peer group would discuss the previous night's episode at school

Every episode starts on a cliff hanger opening : " What you mean you're having my husbands baby " . The actors freeze , but it not a freeze frame camera shot as you can clearly see the actors tremble in fright at their dialogue . The caption CROSSROADS flashes up and Tony Hatch's guitar theme tune blasts in - Ding Ding Ding - Ding Ding Ding Ding . Then the actors get back to what they were doing before . Very bizarre and there's another idiosyncratic revealing mistake in almost every scene and that's the actors waiting for their cue . When the action cuts from one location to another you can clearly see for a brief moment the actor standing still like a statue then they go on to pour a cup of tea or make a phone call etc

But it was the script and characters that made the show entertaining garbage . Shugie McPhee was a master chef and head of the kitchen and in one subplot tried to bring down the motel by contaminating guests food . In one memorable scene a big plastic spider finds itself becoming dessert . And there was Adam Chance who was Ken Barlow's only rival in British Soapland's least convincing hetrosexual character

For me and many others the real star was Benny the retarded oddjob man at the motel . If Channel 4 did a programme called 100 GREATEST RETARDED CHARACTERS IN TELEVISION Benny would win by a mile and unsurprisingly the more ridiculous plots revolved around him . Benny is maimed trying to stop a couple of joy riders , Benny is left 25,000 pound in a relatives will , and Benny is framed for murder . Don't worry he was innocent , it turned out the manager of the garage killed his lover , heard someone walk in and hid as Benny found the body then gasped " My god Benny what have you done ? " . Benny was something of a national institution and no amateur talent contest of the late 1970s was complete without an impressionist trying - And failing - to capture Benny's mannerism

I stopped watching it in the early 1980s and I heard that the producers at the time tried to make it a serious drama which caused the viewing figures to drop and led to its ultimate cancellation .


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