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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Noele Gordon ...
 Meg Mortimer / ... (219 episodes, 1964-1981)
Susan Hanson ...
 Diane Parker / ... (203 episodes, 1966-1985)
Ronald Allen ...
 David Hunter (195 episodes, 1972-1983)
Paul Henry ...
 Benny / ... (172 episodes, 1976-1987)
Roger Tonge ...
 Sandy Richardson (152 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)
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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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The survival rate of episodes is very hit-and-miss: the first edition currently known to exist in the archives is episode 126 from April 1965, with the next, sequential, run of installments comprising 496-500, aired over one week in November 1966. Thereafter some years are represented by no editions (or merely one), with some surviving only as edited compilations, monochrome film copies or off-air audio/home video recordings. A complete run only appears to exist from October 1980. Additionally, some pre-transmission trailers from 1964 were kept, as were sections of '60s film inserts discovered in early 2008. 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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