"I make shows for the viewers, not for the critics. 16 million people can't be wrong." - Lord Lew Grade, boss of ATV Network 1962-1976. "Of   course   [wobbly   walls   and   bad   acting]   is   a   terribly   sweeping   generalisation   about   a   series   which   a   lot   of   the performances   and   storytelling   was   really   good.   In   defence   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   capable   of nudging ahead of it in the ratings."  - Sir David Jason, Bernie Kilyroy, 1967-68 "Rather   than   watch   it   die   slowly   with   a   smaller   and   smaller   audience   we   decided   to   end   it   while   it   was   still   popular."   - Ted Childs, Central Television controller of drama. "The   show   was   always   despised   by   the   executives.   They   got   rid   of   all   the   best   characters,   and   did   everything   they could to make the public turn against it before they pulled the plug." - T ony Adams, Adam Chance, 1978-1988. "Well   it   was   a   funny   time,   Crossroads   was   extraordinarily   popular   with   ITV's   mass   audience   in   those   days.   Very successful,   completely   harmless   -   but   the   IBA..   ..were   rather   sniffy   about   it   and   in   those   days   it   was   rather   a   predacean   bunch   of   the   great   and   the good. And they were rather embarrassed as they couldn't really be proud of Crossroads at dinner parties and so on. "And   they   didn't   like   the   fact   that   Independent   Television’'s   top   ten   every   week   was   dominated   by   episodes   of   Crossroads   and   they   tried   to   either   get its   episodes   reduced   per   week   or   get   it   canceled. This   is   the   regulator,   who   are   supposed   to   be   looking   after   the   interests   of   the   public,   and   when   they were   pressed   as   to   why   they   wanted   it   axed,   the   IBA   Chairman   said   to   a   gathering   of   regional   Independent   Television   Chiefs   that   'the   authority   finds   it distressingly popular.' What an age that was!” - Michael Grade, Chairman of ITV, 2007-2009 and former boss of LWT. "To   be   honest,   I   don't   watch   Crossroads   regularly   but   I   am   very   impressed   by   the   way   they   deal   with   human   problems   which   are   introduced   from time   to   time.   For   example,   the   storyline   surrounding   the   handicapped   boy   and   the   business   of   malaria   cases   in   Britain.   This   last   issue   was   based on my own personal experience and I acted as an advisor for Crossroads on that storyline for a short while. "Crossroads   went   to   enormous   trouble   to   get   all   the   fact   just   right   and   won   the   respect   of   an   eminent   professor   at   the   School   of Tropical   Medicine in   Liverpool."   -   Mary   Whitehouse,   Former   President   of   the   National   Viewers'   and   Listeners' Association.   Who   became   an   advisor   for   a   period on the soap . “I   hitch-hiked   to   Birmingham   to   audition   for   Crossroads.   I   worked   for   two   weeks   on   the   show   in   1965,   after   being   titled   Miss   Crossroads   and   then   left.   I joined   the   Bristol   Old   Vic.   About   a   year   later   the   casting   lady   called   me   up   and   asked   if   I’d   like   to   come   back   for   eight   weeks.   That   was   seven   years ago, I’ve been here ever since.” “As   my   character   in   the   show   has   changed   so   has   the   letters   I   receive.   When   I   was   a   little   goody-goody,   I   got   letters about   my   hair   dangling   in   the   soup   or   silly   stuff   like   that.   Now   I   get   letters   from   men   saying   if   Vince   isn’t   satisfying   me, they will!” -  Susan Hanson, Diane Lawton, 1965, 1966-87. "I   wrote   Lonely   Old   People   [for   the   Venus   and   Mars   album]   and   I   was   struck   by   the   image   of   two   old   people   sitting down   in   front   of   the   TV   on   a   cold   winter   night.   They'd   be   sipping   a   cup   of   tea   and   what   else   would   they   be watching   other   than   Crossroads?   I've   always   had   a   soft   spot   for   the   programme   myself."-   Paul   McCartney,   speaking in 1987 about how he came to record the theme tune with his 70s group Wings. "I   think   it   is   [popular]   because   it   portrays   life   as   people   like   it   to   be.   It   is   escapist   enough   for   that.   It   doesn't   offend.   It doesn't   over   stimulate. And   it   does   go   along   in   a   way   that   people   can   recognise   and   accept   what   is   happening   without making   them   think   terribly   hard.   In   short,   it   appeals   to   a   large   section   of   the   tea-time   viewing   public."-   Michael   Hart, Crossroads Director, 1960s-1980s. "I   love   singing.   I   met   my   husband   when   we   both   sang   in   'Iolanthe'.   I   wish   Mrs   T   had   a   better   voice.   Still   her   heart's   in   the   right   place   even   if   her musical   notes   aren't..   ..If   ever   they   create   a   musical   version   of   'Crossroads',   I'd   love   to   direct   it.   I   enjoy   being   involved   in   the   theatre.   I've   been able   to   pass   on   my   passion   as   I   was   head   of   drama   at   the   Elliott-Clarke   School   in   Liverpool   until   recently..   ..I   was   given   the   part   in   'Crossroads' after a former student of mine put my name forward for the part!"- Elsie Kelly, Mrs Tardebigge, 1986-88. "At   TV   Times   we   have   always   recognised   what   a   fantastic   show   Crossroads   was.   TV   Times   has   always   had   a   great   relationship   with   Crossroads   and   has featured   it   on   the   front   cover   many   times.   We   certainly   would   not   want   to   poke   fun   at   one   of   the   most   important   shows   in   television   history."-   Ian Abbott, TV Times Editor, 2006. “I   joined   Crossroads   four   years   after   I   first   had   my   casting   interview.   They   just   rang   up   and   said   there   was   a   part   they   thought   would   be   suitable for   me   and   would   I   like   to   play   her.   I   began   my   professional   career   as   an   assistant   manager   at   the   Harrogate   Opera   House,   followed   by   a   spell   at the   Theatre   Royal   York.   I   first   performed   for   an   audience   in   am   dram   aged   four.   My   ideal   role   would   be   to   play   Peter   Pan.”   -   Sally Adcock,   Jane Smith, 1973-79. "If   Crossroads   was   shown   throughout   the   country   on   the   same   days   and   at   the   same   time   -   preferably   7pm   -   we   would   be   numbers   one,   two   and   three in the ratings all the time." "I   was   surprised   that   they   did   [axe]   it   when   they   did.   Because   it   was   doing   terribly   well,   it   had   very   good   ratings   and   they'd   done   all   the   advertising and   stuff.   And   we'd   met   all   these   targets   in   terms   of   "audiences   between   the   ages   of"   and   all   that.   So,   yes   I   was   surprised."   [by   the   time   the   last episode aired the show had started to appeal to the younger audiences that ITV wanted.] - Jane Rossington, Jill Richardson, 1964-88. "Soap   opera   goes   back   a   long   way,   I'm   sure   critics   from   time   in   memorial   up   to   Dickens   criticised   'the   serial'   which has   now   assumed   the   title   of   'soap'   due   to   the   involvement   of   Proctor   and   Gamble,   back   in   the   early   days,   back   in America   in   the   1930s.   Soap   opera   will   always   be   criticised   at   various   levels,   its   the   rate   of   time   we   have   to produce   it,   the   frequency   of   which   it   is   shown   and   the   sheer   volume   precludes   excellence   one   may   wish   for   in   say a single play or a film. "But   soap   opera   has   its   own   standard   of   excellence;   by   the   way   it   engages   everyday   people   in   the   lives   of   everyday people   on   the   screen.   It   must   have   been   a   very   successful   format,   or   it   wouldn't   have   lasted   this   long."   -   Phillip Bowman, Crossroads Producer, 1985-86. "When   I   had   to   play   some   very   hot   love   scenes   with April   Clark,   Nolly   felt   it   was   really   going   a   bit   too   far.      She   told   the producer   so,   but   he   wouldn't   change   it.      Afterwards   she   said   to   me,   'I   don't   mind   you   doing   it,   Ronnie,   but   I   wish   you hadn't done it on my sofa! .. “Very   often,   newcomers   to   Crossroads   would   act   as   though   she   [Noele]   was   the   Queen,   a   star   who   was   difficult   to approach.  But she wasn't. She just wanted to be treated like the rest of us." “I   like   the   continuity   of   work   in   a   serial,   the   chance   to   develop   a   character.   In   a   series   you   encounter   an   enormous   amount   of   situations,   working   with one   group   of   people   and   also   there   is   a   lot   of   contact   with   the   audience.   We   are   very   much   a   people   show,   for   the   viewers   and   they   love   to   let   us know   how   they   feel.   The   letters   I   get   show   that   people   really   do   take   an   interest   in   what   goes   on,   and   for   half   an   hour   four   nights   a   week   really   do believe there is a village called Kings Oak.”  - Ronald Allen, David Hunter, 1969-85. "It   is   a   dilemma   which   could   come   from   a   prime-time   serial:   it's   no   good   having   12,000,000   loyal   viewers   if   they   don't   have   the   spending   power." [on the demise of the programme being put down to 'the wrong type of audience'] “When   we   first   started   the   series   we   told   the   actors   more   about   what   was   going   to   happen   in   the   future   and   it   seemed   to   spoil   their performance.   Now   they   are   only   told   a   fortnight   in   advance   and   the   majority   would   not   want   to   know   what   is   to   happen   beyond   that. Any   of   the regulars   are   free   to   leave   any   time   they   want,   we   do   not   believe   in   lumbering   an   actor   with   a   character   if   they   are   getting   restless.   Even scriptwriters may opt out of a storyline lif they do not like it.” “Everything   is   carefully   researched   to   make   sure   we   have   no   inaccurate   impressions   given.   For   example   when   Sandy   had   the   accident   we   argued for   a   long   time   about   whether   he   would   really   have   let   someone   who   was   obviously   drunk   take   over   the   driving.   We   were   talking   to   one   of   the surgeons   at   Stoke   Mandeville   Hospital,   which   were   our   source   of   information   for   the   spinal   injuries,   and   he   said   'The   same   thing   happened   to   me, only luckily we did not have a crash.’ We   had   to   take   the   whole   storyline   very   seriously   we   also   had   advice   from   ATV's   own   Dr.   Richard   Hudson-Evans and   the   Robert   Jones   And   Agnes   Hunt   Orthopaedic   Hospital.   We   had   to   make   sure   that   the   actor,   Roger   Tonge, realised   it   would   mean   sitting   in   a   wheel-chair   for   the   rest   of   his   time   in   Crossroads.   Yes   it   would   have   been wonderfully   dramatic   if   suddenly   he   could   stand   up   and   walk,   but   we   knew   from   the   start   medically   that   just cannot   happen,   so   it   will   not   happen.   Crossroads   is   about   people,   real   every   day   people,   so   it   has   to   be   real   we cannot cheat.” - Reg Watson, Original Producer, 1964-74. "I   first   joined   Crossroads   just   before   Noele   was   sacked   so   sensationally,   she   wasn't   easy.      She   wanted   everything   to   be right and when half the time it was wrong she would say:  'I'm going back to my dressing room until.' But   on   my   first   day   when   I   was   feeling   nervous   and   unsure,   she   was   the   only   one   who   wished   me   luck.      The   last   time   I saw   her   before   she   died   of   cancer   was   at   a   Crossroads   celebration.      Tony   Adams   carried   her   in   his   arms   up   the   stairs.     However   difficult   she   might   have   been   she   is   remembered   with   a   great   deal   of   affection."   -    Charmian   Eyre,   Mavis Hooper, 1981-1986. “I   travel   1,000   miles   a   week   to   work   on   Crossroads.   I   live   in   York   and   commute   to   Birmingham   every   day,   I’ve   done   the   three   hour   train   journey each   way   for   the   past   three   years..   Its   a   labour   of   love   working   on   Crossroads.   I   have   got   used   to   the   journey   time   and   just   turn   the   railway compartment into an office and use the time to learn my lines.” “Before   becoming   an   actor   I   worked   as   a   railway   engineer   for   nine   years,   then   decided   to   try   acting   so   went   off   to   drama   school   for   two   years. I’ve   tried   the   London   lifestyle   and   I   don’t   like   it.   Its   not   a   place   to   raise   children.   I’m   currently   buying   a   cottage   with   my   wife   Rosaleen   in   the village of Crayke in Yorkshire where we hope to bring up our three sons in a blissful country lifestyle.” - Albert Shepherd, Don Rogers, 1970-74. "Crossroads was the kind of show that generated a lot of myths and stories but, as one of its actors, I never once saw the set wobble. “I'm   the   character   everyone   remembers   and   I   think   the   [new   2001]   show   wouldn't   stand   a   chance   without   me.   I   made   up   the   story   about   going   away for a spanner for a year and not coming back, and everyone believed it." - Paul Henry, Benny Hawkins, 1975-87. "Whatever   the   critics   in   the   press   said,   Crossroads   did   a   very   good   job!   It   did   the   job   it   was   designed   to   do.   Its   ratings   were   amazing   and   a   heck- of-a-lot of people still like it." “When   I   was   in   the   theatre   as   a   touring   actress   on   one   production   I   noticed   as   the   further   south   we   travelled   the   smaller   our   audiences   were. The plays   were   getting   less   patrons   due   to   television.   That   changed   my   career   path.   I   decided   television   was   the   place   to   be,   although   I   always intended   to   be   a   behind-the-scenes   member   of ATV.   Indeed   when   I   joined   the   company   at   its   launch,   after   studying   television   for   a   year   at   New York University, I was a producer and programme executive with no intention of appearing on-screen. That was for ATV London. “It   was   really   due   to   a   financial   crisis   that   saw   me   hop   onto   the   other   side   of   the   cameras,   I   presented   ten   shows   in   one   week   for   London   viewers before   moving   to   the   Midlands   to   executive   women's   programming   and   present   lifestyle   shows. Those   days   were   hard   work,   but   was   such   a   varied life.   I   hosted   the   first   chat   show   for   the   network,   a   quiz   show,   daily   magazine   series,   a   little   bit   of   continuity   announcing,   news   reading,   weather forecasts and sport shows. We’d give anything ago back then. All   that   changed   nine   years   ago   when ATV   asked   me   to   return   to   acting   to   star   as   Meg   Richardson.   No   one   at   that   time   knew   if   Crossroads   would be   a   success   or   not,   I   was   worried   about   whether   the   viewers   would   accept   me   as   a   character   having   been   so   involved   as   myself   in   programmes for ATV   for   so   long.   But   it   worked,   and   there   is   now   a   lot   of   me   in   Meg   and   she’s   my   best   friend.   I   think   she’s   very   much   had   a   good   effect   on   me too.” “The   response   to   incidents   in   the   series   can   be   tremendous.   When   Meg   was   supposed   to   be   in   prison   on   a dangerous   driving   charge   the   local   prison   was   jammed   for   weeks   with   phone   calls.   They   were   not   amused,   in   the end ATV   had   to   have   a   line   installed   to   redirect   callers   to   the   ‘Meg   Update’   switchboard.   But   this   is   all   part   of   the business,   and   if   you   don’t   enjoy   the   public   response   then   this   lifestyle   isn’t   for   you.   We   get   a   lot   of   interaction with   viewers   in   mail   and   in   the   street   because   we   go   into   their   homes   four   nights   a   week.   We’re   their   friends   in many cases. It’s   a   hectic   life,   at   weekends   I   sleep   most   of   the   time,   catch   up   on   my   mail   and   go   out   sometimes,   but   mainly   its all    about    learning    next    week’s    lines.    I    am    quite    happy    though,    as    an    actress    Crossroads    gives    me    more opportunities   to   act   in   dramatic   scenes   than   some   actors   will   in   an   entire   career   on   the   stage.   Every   week   we   have to   learn   the   equivalent   number   of   lines   as   a   full-length   play   in   the   theatre.”   -   Noele   Gordon,   Meg   Mortimer, 1964-81, 1983. "A   television   milestone,   Crossroads   has   enjoyed   a   new   lease   of   life   on   DVD   and   has   become   one   of   our   best-selling   ranges over   the   years.   Due   to   popular   demand   this   ongoing   series   of   releases   has   been   created   to   showcase   all   the   remaining   episodes,   in   transmission   order. In its day Crossroads was one of television's most popular and enduring soap operas.." - Network DVD, producer of Crossroads DVDs, 2005-2009. "For   me   it   was   a   tremendous   experience.      I   was   really   thrown   in   at   the   deep   end.      It   was   my   first   television   part   and   it   was   very   difficult.      The pressure   is   tremendous.      At   first   I   was   like   a   rabbit   caught   in   headlights.      I   didn't   know   what   to   do   or   what   to   think.      But   I   was   lucky,   nothing drastic   went   wrong.      The   great   thing   was   that,   unlike   Play   of   the   Week,   if   something   was   not   so   good   in   episode   one   you   could   always   try   to   do better with episodes three and four." -  Jan Todd, Lucy Hamilton, 1977-79 and 82. “At   my   age   you   don’t   worry   about   being   type-cast.   We   are   a   very   happy   company,   its   nice.   Crossroads   is   such   a   happy   atmosphere   which   is   good   as we’re all thrown together so much during the week in rehearsals and recording.” -  Morris Parsons, Wilf Harvey, 1971-75 “Through   Crossroads   I   have   made   some   good   friends,   a   lot   of   good   friends.   I   think   without   the   job   I   would   just   die.   I   would   feel   like   a   right cabbage. If you keep working you have an alert mind and it makes I think for a long life. It makes you feel younger, I feel half my age. I   used   to   go   to   garden   fetes   and   things   like   that   and   read   people’s   palms   and   tell   people   their   future.   Then   one   day   a   man   came   up   to   me   and told   me   that   everything   I’d   told   him   would   happen   had   come   true.   It   scared   me   a   bit   so   now   I   just   stick   to   palm   reading.”   -    Ann   George,   Amy Turtle, 1965-76, 1987. "Until   Charlie   appeared   on   the   television   screen   I've   been   able   to   hop   onto   buses   if   I   wanted   and   go   anywhere.   Now   if   I   get   on   a   bus   people   want   to discuss   the   latest   developments   in   Crossroads.   It's   a   good   way   to   make   friends   but   often   I   can't   stop   chatting   and   miss   my   stop."   -    Graham   Seed, Charlie Mycroft, 1986-88. "It   wasn't   Crossroads   they   took   off.   Crossroads   had   been   killed   off   years   before.   You   cannot   suddenly   say   I'm   going to   play   to   a   totally   different   audience,   to   ignore   the   existing   loyal   viewers..   ..you   can't   slaughter   the   cast   and   take out all those old familiar friends. "It   was   never   a   chore   for   me   or   the   people   I   worked   with.   We   loved   it,   that's   why   it   hurt   when   people   slagged   us off.   My   aim   was   to   make   viewers   happy,   to   help   them   while   entertain   them.   After   all   these   years   I   still   derive satisfaction   from   the   fact   that   there's   a   four-bedded   unit   in   a   Birmingham   hospital   for   people   suffering   from kidney   disease   that   Crossroads   founded.   We   gave   Downs   Syndrome   children   a   sense   of   pride   when   we   showed   a [DS]   child   and   gave   an   idea   what   her   life   was   like.   Parents   wrote   in   to   say   they   held   their   heads   up   high   after   we did that. My   successors   took   a   totally   different   outlook.   They   weren't   interested   in   the   family   aspect,   the   caring   aspect.   It was   all   pretty   pictures   and   smart   speeches.   Smethurst   has   changed   it   beyond   all   recognition.   ..I   can   hardly   believe what was done." - Jack Barton Crossroads Producer, 1974-85. "The   sex   movies   ruined   my   career.   But   you   know   how   it   is.   I   was   out   of   work,   the   birds   were   smashing,   and   I've   always   been   a   born   flasher".   Speaking on his sex films after leaving Crossroads. - John Hamill, Dave Cartwright, 1967-68 and 1972-1974. "The   over-55s   are   a   growing   section   of   the   population   and   a   valuable   market   because   they   frequently   have   no   mortgage   to   pay   and   no   children   at home to support. It is still a very popular programme. If   Central   were   able   to   change   the   audience   profile   to   younger   viewers   then   that   could   be   of   interest,   but   I   would   want   to   look   very   closely   at what   is   going   to   replace   it."   [In   response   to   the   fact   many   Crossroads   viewers   were   over   50]   -   Donald   Byles,   media   director   at   the   advertising agency, J Walter Thompson, 1987. "I   told   them   [Coronation   Street]   to   forget   it.   I   didn't   plan   to   do   any   more   soaps,   not   after   Crossroads. You   slammed   the   door   and   all   the   pictures   fell   off the wall - it was too embarrassing." "It   was   when   I   was   in   Crossroads   playing   taxi   firm   boss   Clifford   Leyton   that   the   Coronation   Street   producer,   Bill   Podmore,   wanted   a   Londoner.   He   said to   the   Crossroads   producer,   Jack   Barton,   'That   Johnny   Briggs,   is   he   alright?'   Jack   said   'Yeah,   he   knows   his   lines,   he   turns   up   to   the   set   on   time,'   so   I   was asked   to   do   it   and   I   said   'Ok,   I'll   do   three   months.'   Then   the   years   have   just   crept   up.."   -    Johnny   Briggs,   best   known   these   days   as   Mike   Baldwin   in Corrie. "A   TV   show   would   give   its   eye   teeth   for   that   kind   of   viewership   today.   Each   episode   only   cost   £10,000   to   make   and   brought   in   £100,000   worth   of advertising   revenue.   I   think   the   truth   is   that   they   were   ashamed   of   it.   They   axed   it   because   it   affected   their   egos.   I   think   it   was   a   very   short- sighted   decision..   ..I   simply   consider   the   criticism   to   be   dreadfully   insulting   to   our   huge   following   of   viewers."   -   Sue   Lloyd,   Barbara   Hunter, 1979-85. "Demographics   is   what   it   is   all   about   these   days,   any   future   serial   would   have   to   attract   a   large,   young   audience   with   substantial   disposable   incomes. Crossroads was beaten by its image. My predecessor, Phillip Bowman, worked hard for two years and improved the technical quality enormously. I   brought   in   National   Theatre   actors   and   wittier   writers.   But   the   audience   profile   refused   to   budge   and   media   people still slated Crossroads without watching it." -  William Smethurst, Crossroads Producer, 1986-88. “I   was   in   the   show   for   four   years,   happily   so,   with   quite   a   major   part   and   I   never   once   saw   the   sets   wobble"   -   Sue Nicholls best known now as Audrey in Coronation Street, she started her TV career on Crossroads in 1964. "It   is   with   great   personal   pride   and   joy   to   realise   that   the   scheme,   Carers   for   Carers   is   still   running   at   no   cost   to   sole carer's in all areas of the country" - Crossroads' original director Alan Coleman, 1964-1972 "In   Mile   High   I   had   a   bit   of   a   conscience   so   that   wasn't   too   bad   but   Crossroads   was   a   baptism   of   fire.   It   was   tough.   I was   in   a   Jacuzzi   at   7am   of   a   Monday   morning   with   Emma   Noble,   Freema   Agyeman,   Lucy   Pargeter   and   just   about any   other   girl   who   set   foot   on   the   show.   And   now   I'm   on   to   Patsy   Kensit   [in   Holby   City]."   -   Luke   Roberts,   Ryan Samson, 2003. "There   is   a   rich   seam   of   comedy   here   [Birmingham]   and   lots   of   great   characters.   I   grew   up   on   Crossroads,   so   it   always struck me as odd that TV has moved towards setting everything in Manchester and Leeds and not the heart of the country.” -  actress Jo Enright “It   is   not   everyone   who   gets   a   chance   to   develop   a   character   like   we   do   in   Crossroads.   In   a   long   running   play   you   have   to   do   the   same   thing   every night. Here the characters can develop in many, many ways - just as much as people do in real life.” - Elisabeth Croft, Edith Tatum, 1966-83. "I've   often   been   asked   on   whom   I   based   my   portrayal   of   Miss   Babs   in   Acorn   Antiques,   the   TV   comedy   I   did   with   Victoria   Wood   and   Julie   Walters,   and which   later   became   a   hit   West   End   musical.   Many   people   cite   the   Prisoner   Cell   Block   H   governor,   Erica   Davidson.   It   is   amazing   to   watch   how   similar   our characters are, but in fact I didn't get to see Prisoner Cell Block H until after we had finished making the first series. The   hair   is   similar   too,   but   that   was   a   simple   coincidence.   Miss   Babs   came   first.   My   main   study   was   the   marvellous   Noele   Gordon   playing   Meg Richardson in Crossroads." - Celia Imrie, Acorn Antiques “I   was   18   and   working   in   the   post   office.   In   the   local   paper   there   was   a   story   abut   them   not   being   able   to   find   anyone   to   play   Sandy   in   this   new twice   weekly   series, The   Midland   Road.   [ATV   were   keeping   it   a   secret   at   the   time   it   would   be   daily]. Anyway   my   dad   said   to   me   why   don’t   I   give   it a try? I   was   interested   in   acting   and   had   joined   a   dramatic   society,   but   they   never   gave   me   a   part   in   two   years.   I   was   also   rejected   by   the   Birmingham rep.   Feeling   very   nervous   I   went   along   to   the   studios.   The   photograph   I   had   had   taken   was   so   awful   I   didn’t   dare   send   it   in.   I   walked   in   and   a cleaner   told   me   which   room   to   go   to.   At   first   they   refused   to   see   me,   but   after   some   persuasion   gave   me   a   script   and   told   me   to   go   away   and learn it. I auditioned twice and got the part.” - Roger Tonge, Sandy Richardson, 1964-81.
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 Research by Mike Garrett, Alex Loveless, Doug Lambert, Elizabeth Garrett, Tony Wilson and Ian Armitage.