Welcome to 'Crossroads Motel' the website of the official ITV fan club for the long running television serial 'Crossroads'. The show, produced by ATV Network and Central Television, ran on ITV in the UK from 1964 to 1988 and a new version of the series ran from 2001-2003.
'Crossroads' revolved around the village of Kings Oak, near Birmingham, and the main location of the Crossroads Motel. Our website hosts information on the groundbreaking series as well as details of the fan club, which launched in 1987.
While Crossroads, the UK's first full-length daily soap, wasn't much liked by many critics, the show reached up to 18 million viewers at its peak and became an award winning daytime serial. In fact, to date, the saga is Britain's most successful daytime programme ever!
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Stan Stennett Dies
Entertainer Stan Stennett, best known for his several years as Sid Hooper in Crossroads has died aged 88. Stan sadly suffered a stroke a couple of weeks ago, and died earlier today (16th November) in hospital. Our sympathies go to his sons and wife Betty.
Stan, described as ‘Wales’ Premiere Entertainer’, began his career as a jazz musician during the Second World War, after a stint in the Army he became a full-time entertainer working with some of the biggest names in show business over the next six decades. He performed on everything from BBC Radio variety shows to hit BBC One entertainment series'. He added comedy to his act in the 1950s and by the 1960s was also making moves into serious acting.
His first love however was the theatre and performed in over 70 pantomimes as well as hundreds of variety shows across the country over the past six decades. For us he was a strong supporter of Crossroads. In 1989 he put together the 25th anniversary celebrations in association with the fan club and also shared his vast Crossroads archive and memories with us in more recent years.
I met Stan for the final time in 2010, spending two days in his company, firstly at his home near Cardiff, and the next day while he put on a show at St David's Hall in the city. All I expected was an interview, what I was given was the warmest welcome by Stan and his wife Betty, who put on a lovely spread! He also spent three hours opening up all his Crossroads archives for CAS to read and copy. He was a gent, a professional and loved entertaining. But most of all Stan was a kind and generous man, we will all miss him at Crossroads. - Mike Garrett
Jean Kent Dies
Movie and television actress Jean Kent has died aged 92. In the 1940s and 50s she was one of cinema’s biggest UK stars and by the 1980s had joined ITV’s most successful daytime serial.
Born in Brixton in 1929 Kent’s career began as a child in the theatre thanks to appearances with her variety performer parents Norman Field and Nina Norre. It lead to her own stage career which she launched aged thirteen at the Windmill Theatre in London as a saucy dancer. However it was her appearances in Gainsborough melodramas which made her a movie star of the 1940s and 50s, starring in forty-five films. Her movie roles saw her star alongside names such as Laurence Olivier, Stuart Granger, Marilyn Monroe and Michael Redgrave.
Kent became a regular face on ITV with her first soap opera role in ATV’s Emergency Ward 10 as hospital patient Gillian Blaine, she also appeared in numerous ITV Playhouse strands in the 1960s and 70s and also BBC serials United! and Angels. Jean would frown upon sad and depressing plots, often hoping for something a little more harmless and fun. In 1982 she promised to inject happiness into soap opera Crossroads, which she felt had become too serious since the departure of lead actress Noele Gordon the previous year. She played Jenifer Lamont in the series for six months in 1982.
Award winning producer and director Alan Coleman who began his television career with ATV in the sixties has died aged 76.
Alan Coleman was born in Birmingham, he began his career as an actor, but ventured into the world of television as a cameraman at the Alpha Television Studios in Birmingham, home of ATV and ABC Weekend. Alan was the first director on Britain’s founding daily serial, Crossroads, later becoming head of Children’s Drama at ATV; before moving to Australia where he over saw such shows as Neighbours and Home and Away.
Joining ATV in the early 1960s he worked on many programmes including pioneering live daytime entertainment series Lunch Box. In 1964 he moved from cameraman to director bringing to life the first five-nights a-week 25-minute serial broadcast on UK television with the goings on at the Crossroads Motel.
In 1974 Alan was headhunted by Reg Grundy and flown out to Australia to help set-up and run the Grundy Organization’s Drama Department. While with Grundy – now Fremantle Media Australia – he produced, wrote and directed many shows which have in recent years become known as “soap operas”. These include Australia’s first teenage-aimed serial Class of 74 – and it’s follow-up Class of 75, Glenview High, female inmate drama Prisoner: Cell Block H and it’s male-prison spin-off, Punishment. He was also one of the leading figures in getting The Young Doctors into production.
In the 1990s he was the Executive Producer on Neighbours and later established Shortland Street – which was New Zealand’s first-ever weeknight soap. In the same decade he returned briefly to the UK and joined Thames Television to produce the Channel 5 daily soap Family Affairs. To mark the 55th anniversary of ATV Alan re-joined the company as Honorary President.