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2 November 1964 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
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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Cast

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Noele Gordon ... Meg Mortimer / ... (219 episodes, 1964-1981)
Susan Hanson ... Diane Parker / ... (203 episodes, 1966-1987)
Ronald Allen ... David Hunter (195 episodes, 1969-1985)
Paul Henry ... Benny / ... (172 episodes, 1975-1988)
Roger Tonge ... Sandy Richardson (151 episodes, 1964-1981)
Jane Rossington ... Jill Harvey / ... (126 episodes, 1964-1988)
Sally Adcock ... Jane Smith (119 episodes, 1964-1978)
Kathy Staff ... Doris Luke (107 episodes, 1978-1985)
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Series Directed by
Michael Hart (90 episodes, 1972-1980)
Geoff Husson (48 episodes, 1978-1980)
John Scholz-Conway (42 episodes, 1976-1981)
David Dunn (35 episodes, 1977-1988)
Jack Barton (17 episodes, 1966-1973)
Sid Kilbey (12 episodes, 1973-1976)
Kenneth Carter (12 episodes, 1974-1977)
Alan Bromly (12 episodes, 1977-1978)
Teddy Abraham (10 episodes, 1978-1983)
Desmond McCarthy (10 episodes, 1979-1980)
Mike Holgate (9 episodes, 1978-1981)
Malcolm Taylor (8 episodes, 1977)
Darrol Blake (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
Peter Croft (6 episodes, 1978-1984)
Alan Coleman (4 episodes, 1964-1972)
Ron Francis (4 episodes, 1978)
Henric Hirsch (3 episodes, 1973)
Reg Watson (3 episodes, 1973)
Dennis Vance (3 episodes, 1976)
Mervyn Cumming (3 episodes, 1984-1987)
John Sichel (2 episodes, 1966)
Rollo Gamble (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jonathan Wright-Miller (2 episodes, 1971)
Nicholas Mallett (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Nicholas Prosser (1 episode, 1987-1988)
 
Series Writing credits
Peter Ling (62 episodes, 1964-1986)
Hazel Adair (60 episodes, 1964-1986)
Michala Crees (34 episodes, 1969-1982)
David Garfield (34 episodes, 1974-1984)
Arthur Schmidt (26 episodes, 1975-1984)
Raymond Bowers (8 episodes, 1976-1979)
Dan Douglas (7 episodes, 1965-1966)
Robert Gould (7 episodes, 1977-1978)
Malcolm Hulke (6 episodes, 1972-1974)
Ivor Jay (6 episodes, 1972-1973)
Edward F. Barnes (5 episodes, 1981-1982)
Aubrey Cash (4 episodes, 1972)
Joan Paget (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Anne Valery (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
Lew Schwarz (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Wendy Greengross (2 episodes, 1972)
Jon Rollason (2 episodes, 1976)
Alan Wiggins (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Helen Leadbeter (2 episodes, 1988)
Paula Milne (1 episode, 1973-1974)

Terrance Dicks (unknown episodes)
Matthew Robinson (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Jack Barton .... producer (290 episodes, 1974-1985)
Reg Watson .... producer (56 episodes, 1964-1974)
Michele Buck .... producer / associate producer (5 episodes, 1986-1988)
William Smethurst .... executive producer / producer (4 episodes, 1986-1988)
Phillip Bowman .... producer (3 episodes, 1984-1986)

Pieter Rogers .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Tony Hatch (4 episodes, 1966-1973)
 
Series Casting by
Pam O'Connor (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Production Design by
Rex Spencer (12 episodes, 1964-1980)
Martin Davey (10 episodes, 1977-1985)
Don Davidson (8 episodes, 1966-1978)
Jill Oxley (8 episodes, 1972-1979)
Elizabeth Dorrity (6 episodes, 1964-1973)
Norman Smith (5 episodes, 1969-1982)
Nevil Dickin (4 episodes, 1966)
Jay Clements (4 episodes, 1969-1972)
Ann Croot-Hawkins (3 episodes, 1974-1976)
John Hickson (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Alan Hunter-Craig (2 episodes, 1980)
John Lageu (2 episodes, 1981-1988)
Kenneth Ryan (2 episodes, 1983-1986)
 
Series Makeup Department
Lynette Braid .... makeup supervisor (1 episode, 1985)
Dee Hickin .... makeup supervisor (1 episode, 1986)
Dorinda Lamb .... makeup supervisor (1 episode, 1987)
 
Series Art Department
Kip Walker .... stagehand dressing props (14 episodes, 1980-1988)
Stuart Kettle .... graphic designer (3 episodes, 1985-1987)
Gill Edwards .... props buyer (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Sound Department
Frank Lapworth .... sound supervisor (3 episodes, 1985-1987)
Bill Todd .... sound dubbing (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Stunts
Riky Ash .... stunt coordinator / stunt driver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dennis Skinner .... o.b. unit supervisor (3 episodes, 1985-1987)
Claude Walters .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Bob Gould .... o.b. cameraman (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Peter Hamilton .... o.b. vision control (2 episodes, 1986-1987)

Simon Albu .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janey Evers .... wardrobe supervisor (1 episode, 1986)
Anna Taylor .... wardrobe supervisor (1 episode, 1986)
Maureen Parris .... wardrobe supervisor (1 episode, 1987)
 
Series Editorial Department
Graham Thompson .... vtr editor (3 episodes, 1985-1987)
Linda Rampal .... vision mixer (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Pete Woods .... vision control (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Music Department
Tony Hatch .... composer: theme music (49 episodes, 1966-1987)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Meredith .... production driver (3 episodes, 1981-1985)
 
Series Other crew
Ivor Jay .... script editor (38 episodes, 1974-1983)
Rosalie Grayson .... script editor (4 episodes, 1966)
Harold Wolfenden .... stage manager (3 episodes, 1985-1987)
Frank Baker .... script editor (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Wendy Greengross .... script advisor (2 episodes, 1972)
Alison Fuller .... production secretary (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Kate Henderson .... script editor (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Eddie Mares .... location manager (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Marcus Prince .... floor manager / senior floor manager (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Veronica Henry .... script editor (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
 

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30 min (4510 episodes)
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As the series progressed, a small team of scriptwriters (usually three) would each contribute to an episode, following an overall plan laid down by the storyliner from story conferences. One would handle the main 'dramatic' story arc, one the 'humorous' strand and another would write up the remaining topic(s). They worked independently of each other, and their segments would be pieced together by the script editor into the finished programmes.See more »
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Soap made for fans not TV critics, 18 May 2004
Author: mike-1655 from Birmingham

To sum up Crossroads is a task which is practically impossible. The wobbly set legend is a strange one, we know when the show started it was filmed in a old cinema, so the sets were of a stage-production quality, but when Crossroads moved into ATV Centre (1970) those wobbles became no worse than any other TV show. (In fact I noticed a wobble in one of the sets on Coronation St a few months ago)

Was the 'so bad, its good' true? Well no, the cast and crew put in 110% into the programme, ATV were not exactly generous with cash, so maybe it did look cheap, however unless other soaps they were doing Crossroads five times a week on less cash than the rest so the fact they made anything at least half decent should be praised not knocked.

The show was a ground-breaker, but people prefer to knock it and insult its 17 million fans in the process. Crossroads made television history time and time again, yet how many people know of any of these feats?

Maybe the legend of the wobbles and the poor standards have actually stood the show well as even nearly 20 years after it disappeared everyone still knows of Crossroads.

Today compared with the poor Carlton version, the original Crossroads now stands out as a classic. The show boasted a host of stars, David Jason, Bob Monkhouse, Max Wall, Elaine Paige, Ken Dodd, Sue Nicholls and Johnny Briggs all stayed within the motel to name only a few.

The story lines at the time were said to be sometimes far fetched, but nothing compared to some that appeared later in Brookside or Coronation Street. Crossroads set the trend for real-life issue based plots, it also aimed to entertain. It was a family soap, something that is rare on television today. It wasn't afraid to be different, and it never gave in to the TV Critics, as Lord Lew Grade said, he made the show for the fans, not for the ATV cash generator or critics. Something ITV could learn from today. It might have been cheap but it was popular, and thats something many expensive shows have failed to be!

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