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!
Actor Norman Jones has died aged 78.
(May 2013) In the sixties he became best known as Milkman Ralph Palmer in Crossroads, and later starred in 15 episodes of cult BBC sci-fi drama Doctor Who. Norman Jones was born in Shropshire in 1935 and died on April 23rd in the Shropshire market town of Newport.
Crossroads on This Morning
(April 2013) ITV magazine show This Morning has always been pretty good to Crossroads, and on Thursday 11th April 2013 it was featured as part of soap expert Sharon Marshall's just for fun competition to guess an old serial. Early clues given included a photo of Birmingham's famous Rotunda towerblock, The QE2, Spaghetti Junction motorway and cleaning utensils. Clips included scenes with famous characters such as Benny Hawkins, Meg and Hugh Mortimer and Shughie McFee. Pictured above, This Morning's viewer interactive presenter Stephen Mulhern introduces a Crossroads clip.
Crossroads star gets the Californian Life
(April 2013) Crossroads fans can catch up with Carolyn Lyster – who played Janice Gifford, later Janice Jarvis, in the 1960s – when she appears on stage in London later this month in Californian Lives.
Californian Lives is a production of three monologues written by award-winning writer Martin Foreman. In one of the monologues Carolyn plays a grandmother talking to her husband at the end of the day, remembering details of their life together.
It’s a difficult role, says Carolyn, “The character goes from being a relatively timid unworldly person to a strong fearless one. She makes quite a journey. I hope I can do justice to it.”
The run, at the King’s Head, Islington, London, is from 21st April to 26th May. More information here
Daily Mirror Crossroads Quiz
(April 2013) To mark 25 years since the end of Crossroads newspaper The Daily Mirror have put together a 14-question quiz to test your memory on the storylines and characters from ITV's biggest daytime saga, see how well you do here.
Crossroads Famous Faces recalled
(April 2013) To mark 25 years since the end of Crossroads ATV Today looks back at all the major names to appear in the saga over its original run. From the likes of Bob Monkhouse, David Jason and Ken Dodd to Carl Wayne, Elaine Paige and Olympian Duncan Goodhew to name a few.
Birmingham Mail report on ten years since the end of Crossroads
(February 2013) Midland newspaper The Birmingham Mail have run a story on the tenth anniversary since the end of Crossroads on ITV. It can be seen here. The article also looks ahead to the show's 50th anniversary next year and how this fan club continues.
More stories can be found in the News Archive here.
(May 2013) Events page added, including photos and details of the 1989 25th Fan Club event and the 2010 45th anniversary reunion here.
(May 2013) Further locations from the series added to the page, which can be seen here.
Crossroads Story 1964-2003 online
(March 2013) Information updated. The revised page can be found here. Crossroads the 1960s, also updated with more information here.