Judy   Matheson   in   the   late   1970s   played   Hugh   Mortimer's secretary   Vicky   Lambert   in   the   serial,   who   he   tried   to   woo into   an   affair.   One   of   his   heart   attacks   however   got   in   the way   of   any   attempted   romance.   She   was   also   one   of   Sandy Richardson's girlfriends. You   played   the   part   of   Vicky   Lambert,   in   Crossroads,   can you tell us a little of how you came to take on the role? Well, I auditioned some months earlier for another, smaller, role. I wasn't thought right for that, but some while later was offered Vicky. I was delighted! Were you aware of the soap before you joined? Did you ever watch it? Yes, I was very aware of it and watched it when I was able to. I was actually quite a busy actress at that time. What was it like working for ATV in Birmingham? It   was   huge   fun.   The   atmosphere   was   terrific,   both   in   the   rather   dingy   rehearsal   room   we   rehearsed   in   and   at   the   studios   on   recording   days,   which   were also quite tense for everyone. Was the time on Crossroads a happy experience, do you have any fond memories from that era from behind the scenes? It   was   tremendously   happy.   I   made   some   good   friends   on   the   show.   Lynnette   Mcmorrough   was   one,   and   Sally Adcock   another;   Ronald Allan   was   very   witty and he and Roger Tonge would make us laugh a lot during rehearsals. We would have a lot of fun. Do   you   have   a   favourite   storyline   from   the   series?   Vicky   was   quite   close   to   Hugh   (John   Bentley)   and   he   being   a   ladies   man   did   try   to   snog   her,   but suffered a heart attack before anything could happen… But it was Sandy (Roger Tonge) who was her main love interest. I enjoyed being part of the Mortimer household, and "working" for the Mortimers as secretary. And I loved all my scenes with Roger. (Sandy) Tell us about Vicky, how she came about and was she anything like yourself? Well,   I   think   the   writers   thought   it   was   time   for   Sandy   to   have   another   girlfriend.   Roger   was   quite   wary   of   me   when   I   first   started,   because   I   don't   think he   was   all   that   keen   on   playing   "romantic"   scenes.   But   then   we   became   very   close   friends   and   he   relaxed   a   little!   I   was   very   flattered   that   the   producers brought   in   the   very   glamorous   Dawn Adams   for   just   one   week   to   be   my   mother,   and   to   sort   of   introduce   the   character.   Vicky   was   quite   similar   to   me,   in   as far as she was quite posh(!) and very strong minded! Playing Sandy's Girlfriend you had many scenes with Roger Tonge, What was he like? He was quite simply one of the nicest, and most interesting, people I have ever met. The   Mortimer   family   were   the   main   characters   in   Crossroads,   what   was   it   like   working   alongside   other   already   well   established   actors   in   the   series such as Noele Gordon and John Bentley? Well,   they   were,   of   course,   very   professional   to   work   with.   When   I   first   joined   the   show,   everyone   was   extremely   kind   and   welcoming,   and   John   Bentley took me out for dinner a few times, just to get to know me a little so that we would work well together. And I think we did. How much input did the scriptwriters give you to your character? The   schedule   was   extremely   tight.   You   were   given   your   script   each   Monday   and   by   Tuesday   it   had   to   be   learnt. All   quite   intensive,   and   very   hard   work,   so not a lot of time to change things, though I remember the directors were always very accommodating, if there was anything one wanted to change. How did you come to leave the show? It   was   always   a   fixed   contract   for   a   certain   number   of   months,   but   actually   how   I   left   I   can't   remember,   except   I   can   recall   doing   some   fairly   emotional scenes with Roger, and of course those are some of the scenes I'd love to see again. Who was your favourite character? And why? That's   a   difficult   one.   I   liked   so   many   of   them.   I   suppose   I   must   say   Sandy,   because   I   had   so   many   of   my   scenes   with   him,   and   he   was   so   different   from   the actor who played him. Who was your favourite actor to work with or watch work? Once again, it must be Roger, but I also loved working with Edward Clayton, who was a lot of fun, and also a fine actor. The series was loved by the viewers, and hated by the TV critics, why do you think this was? I   think   the   public   loved   it   because   the   characters   were   well   drawn,   and   acted,   but   I   think   some   of   the   production   values   were   perhaps   not   as   high   as   they could have been. Were you surprised when Crossroads was eventually axed in 1988? Well, after Noele Gordon left, I think a lot of the impetus was lost. She bought star quality to the show. You've   also   appeared   in   many   other   television   productions,   in   what   is   now   considered   the   'golden   age'   of   British   TV,   do   you   think   television   is better now or was the 1970s really golden? I think television has definitely improved overall. But some of the earlier shows are hard to beat! What is the highlight of your time on Crossroads? I   just   remember   my   time   in   Birmingham   as   mostly   enormous   fun,   and   the   people,   cast   and   crew,   were   very   supportive. And   I   really   enjoyed   staying   in   that much maligned city. Unfortunately it was discovered all of Judy's episodes had been wiped by ATV.
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