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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Three Book Suggestions...
Crossroads features in three recent books. Firstly we suggest David Jason's official autobiography, My Life, where he talks about his time with Crossroads, Noele Gordon and the way the series was put together.
On the 'accusations of bad acting' David Jason notes: "Of course that's a terribly sweeping generalisation about a series which a lot of the performances and storytelling was really good. In defense of the production staff and the cast most of the shows 'failings' to hit the mark were the result of hitting everything in a blind hurry, the series was running at a heart-attack rate of five half-hour episodes a week... And yet, for all that, it was a big hit. A television juggernaut, massively popular, the ITV network's second watched show after Coronation Street and sometimes even capapble of nudging ahead of it in the ratings."
The second great read is Armchair Nation by Joe Moran which, like TV Heaven before it, looks at the show from both sides - but most importantly the viewers view of it rather than the critics.
"The different ITV regions showed it out of synch so Crossroads’ Christmases could happen in the summer and vice versa, which added to the sense that the motel existed in a wonky angle to the rest of the universe, unbounded by the linear tyranny of seasons and years.
During the ITV strike of 1979 viewers had rung ATV daily to ask what was happening at the Crossroads Motel. By the end of the 1970s its viewing figures had exceeded 20 million and it vied with Corrie as Britain’s most popular programme, remarkable for a serial shown before many people had got in from work.
....Crossroads had long excited conflicting responses. Some of the assumed awfulness was folk legend perpeuated by non-viewers.... not since its earliest days, when it was filmed in a disused cinema using theatre flats had the walls of the motel lobby wobbled.”
The third is the unofficial Crossroads Quiz Book by Nigel Freestone. 350 questions on the daily saga to test your memory.
"Was the long-running British soap opera Crossroads, compulsive viewing in your house? Can you recall the cast of memorable characters such a Meg Richardson, Sandy and Benny? Was this hugely popular British soap opera one of your family’s all-time favourite TV shows? If so, you are certain to enjoy The Crossroads Quiz Book.
In what year was Crossroads aired for the first time? Approximately how many months in advance were Crossroads storylines planned? Which character spoke the opening line in the first-ever episode of Crossroads? The answers to these brain-teasers and more can all be found in this new book."