Tony    Adams    took    some    time    to    answer    some    questions about    his    time    as    Adam    Chance    on    Crossroads    and    his thoughts on the 40 years since Crossroads first aired. What do you think Adam got up to during 1988-2001? Adam   went   to   South   Africa   to   see   his   brother   Andrew   who owns   a   vineyard   and   worked   with   him,   learning   the   wine trade.      Adam   eventually   decided   to   return   to   the   UK   and used his new found skills to start a new career as a wine supplier. What   was   your   opinion   of   Crossroads   "series   three   (2003)",   much   has   been   said   of   the   time   slot   it   was   given,   particularly   since   it   was   apparently targeting an audience it couldn't get, but was such a massive revamp in the way it happened helpful to Crossroads' cause? I   don't   think   Crossroads   MK   3   did   much   to   help   the   Crossroads   cause.      I   personally   loved   it   and   never   missed   an   episode.      The   time   slot   did   the   show   no favours,   neither   did   the   title   "Crossroads".      Fans   of   the   original   tuned   in   hoping   for   more   of   the   same   and   the   new   show   did   not   appeal   to   them. The   sort   of people who would have enjoyed the new format would not have watched it because they thought it was going to be like the old show.  A no win situation! Do you keep in contact with ex cast members? Yes.   I   worked   with   Jane   Rossington   this   Christmas   in   "Peter   Pan"   at   the   Grand Theatre   in   Wolverhampton   which   was   great   fun   and   I   regularly   speak   to   Kathy Staff. I also keep in touch with Lynette McMorrough, Sue Hanson, Sue Lloyd and Paul Henry. What was it like to work with Noele Gordon? Wonderful. She was a great lady. What was Adam's 2003 storyline to be and how long were you contracted for? Angel   Samson   meets Adam   in   a   church.      He   is   dishevelled,   dirty   and   very   much   down   on   his   luck.     They   start   talking   and Angel   takes   him   back   to   the   hotel, he   cleans   himself   up   and   she   takes   him   under   her   wing.      She   gives   him   money,   provides   him   with Armani   clothes   and   consults   him   on   absolutely   everything.     He becomes her personal "guru". Were you sent any un-filmed scripts of your proposed 2003 storyline? No I just had a meeting with Yvon Grace where the storyline was explained to me. What is you opinion of the 2003 axing? I   was   devastated.   My   partner   and   I   used   to   video   the   show   every   day   and   watch   it   at   about   7   p.m.   with   a   pre-dinner   drink!      We   never   missed   an   episode.      It was   glamorous,   fun,   at   times   hysterically   funny   and   the   cast   were   brilliant.      If   it   had   been   put   on   as   a   completely   new   show   called   "The   Samsons",   with   a better time slot, I think it would have been an enormous success. What is your favourite storyline from the original Crossroads? My favourite storyline has to be Adam and Jill's honeymoon in Venice. What are your favourite TV shows? I   don't   watch   much   television   but   I   love Ant   and   Dec's   shows,   Stars   in   their   Eyes,   any   holiday   programme, A   place   in   the   sun,   Location   Location   and   I   miss Blind Date! What are your plans for the future? At   the   moment   I   am   rehearsing   to   take   over   as   Grandpa   Potts   in   "Chitty   Chitty   Bang   Bang"   at   the   London   Palladium   on   a   long   contract,   so   I   think   that   will keep me very busy for the next few months! What would be your dream role on stage, film or TV? Anything   set   on   a   luxury   private   motor   yacht!      I   used   to   have   my   own   yacht   charter   business,   which   regrettably   I   sold   a   long   time   ago,   and   boats   are   my passion! Do you visit any of the Crossroads Internet sites such as Crossroads 2001 or The Crossroads Appreciation Society? Not personally, because I am not computer literate at all, but my partner has visited all of them and keeps me up to date with what's going on. What is your favourite music? I have no particular favourite.  I just love music of all types, classical, modern, pop, jazz.  My favourite music radio station is Classic FM. What are your favourite films? Any Bond film and "Pretty Woman"... What are your favourite memory/memories of your time in Crossroads 2001/2? It   was   great   to   be   working   on   television   again.      The   studios   were   wonderful,   the   staff   were   like   one   big   happy   family   and   I   loved   going   in   to   work,      as   did my Jack Russell "Ryan", now sadly no longer with me, who was treated like royalty by everyone.  It was a very happy time. Much   has   been   said   about   how   New   Crossroads   failed   to   build   on   the   past   and   facts/continuity/style/feel   of   Old   Crossroads   and   was,   to   all   intents   and purposes, not "Crossroads as we remember it". How would you respond to that? I   think   Crossroads   2001   did   build   on   the   old   Crossroads   -   it   had   a   similar   style   and   feel   to   it,   but   it   was   still   axed.      The   third   attempt   had   to   be   completely different and as I have said before in this interview, this should also have included a name change. What did you think of Jill's murder and Adam's madness? I   don't   think   Jane   was   really   murdered,   they   never   found   a   body.      As   to   Adam's   madness   -   not   one   of   my   favourite   storylines   and   the   scripts   were   a nightmare to learn!  Also working in that crypt was not exactly a pleasant experience! Do   you   have   any   memories   of   having   to   improvise   or   change   the   prepared   script   with   Crossroads   rather   than   them   having   to   re-do   the   whole scene/part again if someone had made a mistake a'la Amy Turtle style? We   could   not   do   the   scene   again   once   we   started   recording   so   there   was   no   second   chance.      The   only   time   we   had   to   improvise   was   if   the   episode   was running   shorter   than   anticipated   and   we   would   be   asked   to   fill   in   -   I   spent   a   lot   of   time   at   the   ends   of   episodes   talking   to   imaginary   guests   on   the   'phone!     There   was,   however,   one   stage   direction   that   had   to   be   changed,   due   to   the   sheer   impossibility   of   performing   what   was   required   -   the   script   read   "Adam raises a third eyebrow"! Do you feel you've been typecast as a villain because of Adam Chance? To   some   extent   yes,   although   I   have   played   a   wide   range   of      roles   since   Adam   including   Tevye   in   "Fiddler   on   the   Roof",   Von   Trapp   in   "Sound   of   Music", Higgins in "My Fair Lady" none of whom are exactly villainous.  In pantomime, however, I am usually cast as the villain which I love. Finally, do you have any message for your fans who will be reading this interview? Thank   you   all   for   the   loyal   support   you   are   still   showing   to      "Crossroads".      My   time   in   both   shows   was   very   special.   It   gave   me   the   chance   to   work   with some   wonderful   actors   and   actresses.      The   show   always   had   a   great   family   feeling   and   there   was   a   huge   gap   in   my   life   when   the   show   ended.   I,   like   the fans, miss it greatly.
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