Terry and Bob from The Likely Lads (1964) continue their life after Terry arrives home from serving in the Army to discover that Bob is about to marry his girlfriend Thelma. Can Thelma lead... See full summary »
Two men who are nextdoor neighbors constantly battle it out over seemingly trivial offenses. Their wives, on the other hand, are best of friends. The two couples attempt to win a 'love-thy-neighbor' competition by lying...
Comic goings on in this series set in an English holiday camp called Maplins. The title comes from the camp's greeting, which the staff are meant to say with enthusiasm but all too often ... See full summary »
"Doctor in the House" follows the misadventures of medical students Michael Upton, Duncan Waring, Paul Collier and Dick Stuart-Clark. The lads basically mean well, but their habits of ... See full summary »
The show was responsible for launching several singles into the UK charts: first was Sue Nicholls' July 1968 release "Where Will You Be?" (Marilyn Gates' nightclub song hit number 17). 'Stephanie de Sykes' guested in the soap in 1974 as singer Holly Brown, who checked into the motel under the assumed name Harriet following a breakdown. Her big hit, much-played in the series at the time, was July 1974's "Born With A Smile On My Face" which raced to number 2, whilst "We'll Find Our Day" (the Mortimers' wedding song) reached 7 in April 1975 for her. Simon May's October 1976 record "Summer of My Life" similarly peaked at 7. May also composed "Benny's Theme", released by Paul Henry with the Mayson Glen Orchestra in January 1978 (reaching 39, it centred around Benny Hawkins' abortive wedding to Maureen Flynn). More successful was Kate Robbins and Beyond's track "More Than In Love" from May 1981, which went to number 2; Robbins was currently playing chanteuse Kate Loring, who recorded the song in the Crossroads basement. 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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