Crossroads (1964–1988)

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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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Series cast summary:
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)
Kathy Staff ...
 Doris Luke (107 episodes, 1978-1982)


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)  »

Also Known As:

The Midland Road  »

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(4510 episodes)

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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 time-slot differences - in time for for the wedding of Meg Richardson and Hugh Mortimer on on April 3rd 1975 . Thames TV in London jumped forward 6 months on 1st April 1975 as Gordon and other major characters spoke directly to the camera from Meg's sitting room to provide a special plot round-up for those who would be skipping half a year of episodes to catch up. Six months of storylines were summarised in under 10 minutes, with London viewers catapulted to part 2 of the episode then being transmitted in the rest of the UK. See more »


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Wonderfully awful
13 January 2000 | by (York) – See all my reviews

For about 25 years, this was British TV's best loved bad soap. Shaky sets, some over the top storylines and a host of okay actors revelling in the whole affair.

Set in a fictitious Midlands town, it centres on the staff and guests at the eponymous Motel - in the early days run by Meg Mortimer (Noelle Gordon) and later by Nicola Freeman (Gabrielle Drake).

The best characters included irascible Scots chef Shughie McFee (from The Great Escape); David Hunter (Ronald Allen from a Night to Remember) and Hammer veteran Sandor Eles (Countess Dracula) as a cliched chef.

Look out too for the late Jeremy Sinden (Donald's son) who went on to play one of the ill-fated pilots in Star Wars - a little movie he shot inbetween breaks from Crossroads.

However, head and shoulders above them all was scruffy, backward, lovable Benny Hawkins who never had much luck - his gypsy girlfriend was knocked down and killed on his wedding day - but with his woolly hat and good heart, he was the Midlands version of Forrest Gump long before Tom Hanks cornered the market in loveable simpletons.

The whole thing was repackaged and revamped as Neighbours, a show also boasting a Tony Hatch theme tune. At one point in the late Seventies, Paul McCartney and Wings even provided a rockier theme tune for this Seventies slice of nonsense, nicely spoofed as Acorn Antiques in Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV.

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