Look   away   now   if   you're   one   of   those   people   who   compare   a   daily   soap   opera   to   a twice-weekly   drama   serial.   If   you   understand   that   for   almost   twenty   years   Crossroads was unique in British broadcasting, then welcome to the motel. This   is   the   creator   and   production   company   endorsed   fan   club   for   the   long   running Midlands   saga   -   a   show   which   became   one   of   Channel   3’s   most   popular,   and   famous, daytime   programmes. The   series   was   commissioned   in   1964   by   Lew   Grade,   devised   by Peter Ling and Hazel Adair, and the format developed by soap-legend Reg Watson. Crossroads,   despite   what   some   write   about   it   these   days,   at   its   peak   was   one   of   the most popular programmes ever and became greatly loved by millions of fans. The   show   was   knocked   by   critics   and   those   who   didn't   watch   it   enough   to   understand it,   but   for   nearly   20   million   viewers   the   saga   was   a   must   see   daily   treat.   Crossroads was   finally   seen   in   each   UK   commercial   TV   region   (at   varying   times   rather   than networked)   from   1972   onwards   with   it   storming   up   the   TV   top   ten.   By   the   end   of   the year it was only a few thousand viewers behind some prime time series'. During   periods   in   the   1970s   Crossroads   was   the   UK's   number   one   programme.   Not   just   beating   all   other   Channel   3   productions,   but   the   BBC   ones   too.   The show also won numerous awards; as did its cast. For many years the series was the UK's second watched soap-opera. And even when it ended in 1988 it was the UK's third most favourite serial, Yorkshire Television’s Emmerdale Farm was fourth. This was a daytime soap that reached prime time ratings! The   Crossroads   Fan   Club   launched   in   its   original   form   as   The   Noele   Gordon   and   Crossroads Appreciation   Society   on April   4th   1988   -   on   the   same   day   as   the last-ever episode aired. Contrary   to   what   television   critics   may   claim   the   network   didn't   actually   axe   Crossroads.   One   executive   at   the   Central   production   company   who   didn't   care much   for   soap   opera   discontinued   it.   He   wanted   their   Midland   studios   to   be   creating   big   budget   drama   content   rather   than   what   was   deemed   as   a   cheap filler programme. We know most people at Central were sorry to see the series end just as much as the viewers were. With   12   million   fans   still   keen   for   a   dose   of   motel   life   Crossroads'   unfair   removal   from   Channel   3   has   kept   the   shows   fans   united   together   far   more   than many other departed programmes. We    have    been proud   to   work   with   Central,   Granada   and   Carlton   over   many   years   and   we   thank   all   the   staff   at   the   companies,   past   and   present, who   went   beyond   their   paid   duties   to   help   the   fan   club.   These   are   the   people   who   make   commercial   broadcasting   great; Without   them   we   wouldn't   have   had   so   many   great   events,   the   wonderful   photograph   archive,   documents,   fact   files   and many   lost   episodes   back   in   the   archives.   They,   like   us,   do   it   for   the   love   of.   And   we   know   Nolly   would   be   so   pleased about that. Crossroads   is   still   greatly   loved,   and   much   missed.   Andy   Allan,   the   former   Programme   Controller   at   Central   Television, said   in   1988,   when   the   series   ended,   it   would   be   forgotten   in   eighteen   months…   nearly   30   years   later   it's   certainly   gone but   very   much   not   forgotten!   No   one   needs   to   defend   Crossroads   -   it's   legacy,   when   looked   into,   speaks   for   itself.   This   site   we   hope promotes the achievements which made the show a national institution and one of Channel 3’s long running successes. To   date   it   is   still   the   network’s   number   one   rating   weekday   daytime   programme   and   continues   to   be   screened   in   various   parts   of the world. And even Andy Allan later admitted taking it off had been the biggest mistake of his career!
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