2011 & 2012 News


Unforgettable Noele Gordon rates for ITV

The tribute to Noele Gordon, which aired on May 16th, drew in over three million viewers for ITV at 7.30pm, up against tough competition from BBC One's flagship soap EastEnders. The programme wasn't shown on UTV - which is surprising as Crossroads was hugely popular in Northern Ireland, nor was it shown on STV in Scotland.


Despite this the programme pulled in more viewers than other fully networked editions of the Unforgettable series, proving Noele and Crossroads remain popular.


Crossroads Documentary

Due to going 'on hold' for ITV's Unforgettable Noele Gordon, it has been decided to release the Crossroads documentary in 2014 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the serial. It also gives the production more time to interview former staff of the show.


ITV to air Noele Gordon tribute show

ITV has aired a primetime celebration of one of their founding stars. Noele Gordon helped launch the network in 1955 and remained a face of the broadcaster until 1981.


From the 1950s to the 1980s Noele won many awards thanks to her apperances on ITV, including from 1969 to 1978 many TV Times gongs. In 1978 she was the first to be entered into the TVT Hall of Fame, which also saw her no longer allowed to be nominated. The programme will look at her huge popularity with the viewing public and her personal life, which included a long-running affair with ATV boss Val Parnell, the company which made Crossroads. The programme will air in May.


BBC Repeat Noele Gordon

BBC Radio West Midlands re-aired an hour-long special with Noele Gordon on Sunday 19th February 2012 at 11am. Recorded in Venice in 1983 Noele is also joined by Crossroads producer Jack Barton to talk about her return to the soap. The original interview was conducted by Midlands' broadcasting legend Ed Doolan. The interview has been kindly donated to the Noele Gordon website by Ed and can be heard here.


BBC Wales Margaret John tribute show

BBC One Wales are to pay tribute to the actress Margaret John who played Marion Owen in Crossroads from 1978 to 1985. Margaret is best known these days as the naughty granny Doris in BBC hit comedy Gavin and Stacey, but had a long theatre and TV career. The show also looks at her private life, which had its fair share of personal dramas. BBC One Wales, 11.05pm, January 16th 2012.


ATV Video, Kathy Staff memorial window revealed

An exclusive ATV video report can be seen in our video page on a new memorial to the Crossroads and Last of the Summer Wine actress Kathy Staff. The stained glass window was dedicated on Advent Sunday to the personality who played Doris Luke in the motel saga and of course the unforgettable Nora Batty in the BBC sitcom.


2011


Vic Minett returns to Crossroads

Tony Adams returned to the Vic Minett show on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire to star in A Christmas Carol re-staged on a sprout farm! (Nov 22nd)


BBC London with JoAnne Good

Thursday 17th November you can join two former Crossroads stars on BBC Radio London, JoAnne Good and Nadine Hanwell on the popular 'dog slot', Barking at the Moon. 10pm in the capital on 94.9fm and also online here.


There is Hope on the BBC with Nadine

Nadine Hanwell (Marilyn Hope in the saga) has spoken to JoAnne Good on BBC Radio London, you can hear the Saturday morning show again here until November 5th.


Sue Lloyd dies

We were very sad to hear that Sue Lloyd, who played Barbara Hunter in Crossroads from 1979 to 1985, has died aged 72.


The Weekly News

ATV and TWN newspaper had a special relationship; a one that proved useful for ATV and one which gave the newspaper a rare insight into inside the studios. Our latest video sees Ian Towers of THE WEEKLY NEWS discuss the 1985 changes and the arrival of the popular actress Gabrielle Drake. Now online in our video page


Recent other videos added to the video page include ATV boss Charles Denton, the wife of John Bentley, Chris Stacey visits Nolly's East Ham birth place, also Richard Thorp, Carolyn Jones, Christopher Douglas, Lynette McMorrough and Angela Webb are all added to the video previews.


BBC Interview

On Tuesday 11th October CAS was proud to support the Vic Minett BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire 'Poke a Bonfire' cause which is to help save Hedgehogs sleeping inside the woodpiles from being burned. The fan club's Mike played 'Simple Handyman' against Crossroads actor Tony Adams' Mr Afternoons of the Afternoon Motel. You can hear it here courtesy of the BBC team.


Crossroads Actress' latest book

Nadine Hanwell took over the role of Marilyn Hope from Sue Nicholls in September 1968. Today she’s a successful director and producer with her own theatre company, Nadine’s Window.


In her new book “Nadine Who?...and a dog called Shoe” you can Join Nadine and her Doberman, Shoe, to savour a slice of life in West London. Escape into the lush green world of Kensington Gardens with its lingering memories of Princess Diana. Visit beautiful Hyde Park and walk along the Serpentine. See the less beautiful side with the ‘Can people’ of Shepherd’s Bush.


Wander along Queensway, feel its tourist buzz, meet Irish ‘Crocodile Dundee.’ Walk through Notting Hill Gate into Holland Park. Get to know the ‘regulars’ in the café and the local dog walkers. Laugh at Shoe, the picnic thief extraordinaire! The book is now onsale Click Here for more


Neil Grainger Great North Run:

“Hey lovely Crossroads fans. Neil Grainger AKA Phil Berry from Xroads Mark 2 here. I am running the Great North Run on September 18th and would love it if you could sponsor me. I am running for Cancer Research, and as it's 5 years since I lost Mum to Cancer, it would be great to give a big fat cheque to an amazing charity. Please do give all you can and I promise to do all 13 miles in under 2 hours. Or die trying. Muchos Luvos xx" Neil told the fan club Facebook page.


BBC Local Radio

We featured on the Vic Minett show on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire on August 17th alongside actor Tony Adams who was the wonderfully smooth Adam Chance. The debate was mainly looking at the enduring popularity of the saga. Music from Crossroads also features including the theme tune and the 1981 Kate Robbins Crossroads track More Than In Love. Vic on Facebook here


Weekly News, Newspaper

CAS and ATV appeared in an issue of the Weekly News to discuss the Return to Crossroads documentary.


Video Clip Update

Lots of new clips added including Angela Webb, Lynette McMorrough, Richard Thorp, Christopher Douglas, Tony Adams, Carolyn Jones and more!


Heather Chasen for BBC One's saga EastEnders

The TV Times say: "Noticed that Janine's grandmother Lydia, is looking a bit different? Eastenders bosses have had to recast the role because the actress originally selected to play her, Margaret Tyzak, has pulled out due to personal reasons. The actress now playing Lydia, 83 year old Heather Chasen, is probably best remembered as super bitch Valerie Pollard in Crossroads"


Nolly's Grave

ATV and CAS visited Noele Gordon's grave on April 14th. We are pleased to report the grave now is in good condition and ATV paid to have the grave (and Noele's mothers) cleaned up. Flowers have been placed.  We were pleased to see others had also been leaving flowers before our arrival.


Charles Stapley, who played Ted Hope, has died.

He had a long and varied career. He starred in ATV productions over three decades from The Adventures of Robin Hood to award-winning daytime serial Crossroads - for which he is most fondly remembered. In later years he became a regular in the press when commenting about his stepdaughter Heather Mills.


Charles joined the cast in 1970 having several spells as a main character as well as semi-regular periods up until 1979. In the series he played a retired navy captain who wooed and married a former theatre actress Tish (the late Joy Andrews) and together they ran The Hope Chest antique shop.


With an eye for the ladies his real-life months out of the show - often to do theatre work - were brought about by the fictional philandering of Ted and his saucy affairs. – Ted notably in 1973 and 1979 was seen to woo other women.


Crossroads co-star and personal friend Janet Hargreaves, who played Rosemary Hunter in the show, told ATV that Charles was “A dear friend and a fine actor.” And added that he was “always helpful” to his colleagues in offering support when learning lines and rehearsing new theatre parts. She added, rather sadly, that "I miss him terribly."


Video Clip update

An interview with original Crossroads director (1964-1972) Alan Coleman is now online in our video section.


Margaret John has died aged 84.

In 1978 she was cast in the semi-regular role of doctors receptionist Marian Owen in Crossroads, who was also the Aunt of regular Kevin Banks. She was last seen in Kings Oak in 1985. In more recent years she became a comedy hit starring in BBC Three sitcom Gavin and Stacey.


2010 In Brief


On the Radio

Radio 2's Paul O'Grady Show has featured the serial and this very fan club  a number of times in 2010. A special Friday Night is Music Night celebrating 'soap opera' also featured a live version of the Crossroads theme conducted by Tony Hatch and for Christmas 2010 Jane Rossington read the Nativity at Coventry Cathedral for Sunday Half Hour. The theme also has featured on the Chris Evans breakfast show too.


In the Press

The fan club has featured in the press three times across August 2010. It follows the long hunt for lost locations used in the series. Stories surrounding this news appeared in Midland paper The Shropshire Star and later national newspaper The Express. The documentary 'Return To Crossroads' is in production with ATV Network, you can see previews of this in our Video Clips section.