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First shown on ITV in 1964, Crossroads rivalled Coronation Street as the biggest British soap of the 1960s and 1970s. Created by Peter Ling and Hazel Adair Crossroads was originally set in a motel in the Birmingham area of England and was aired several times a week.
Important characters included the show's matriarch and owner of the Crossroads Motel Meg Richardson/Mortimer, played by Noele Gordon, the suave David Hunter (Ronald Allen) and Adam Chance (Tony Adams), likeable bumpkin Benny (Paul Henry), Meg's disabled son Sandy Richardson (Roger Tonge) (who in a sadly ironic twist ended up in a wheelchair in real life), and glamour girls Diane Parker (Susan Hanson) and Jill Harvey (Jane Rossington). Jill was also Meg's daughter. Other popular Crossroads characters were kitchen assistant Amy Turtle (Ann George) and cleaner Doris Luke (Kathy Staff).
Following Noele Gordon's departure from Crossroads in 1981, Nicola Freeman (Gabrielle Drake) took over as the owner of the Crossroads Motel in 1985. But, Crossroads was, by then, already in decline and the initial run of the series ended in 1988.
However, Crossroads was relaunched in 2001, but in a different setting, and with only a handful of major characters from the original series, including Adam Chance, Jill Harvey, and Doris Luke. Again shown on ITV, the soap's revival proved to be short-lived and it was pulled again in 2003.
Tony Hatch wrote the memorable Crossroads theme tune, which was also recorded by Paul McCartney's band Wings in the 1970s. Curiously, Macca's long-time girlfriend in the 1960s, Jane Asher, appeared in the Crossroads remake.
Punk icon Johnny Rotten, aka John Lydon, was a famous fan of the show, and his made-up story about securing a role in Crossroads as David Hunter's long lost son was published in The Sun!
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Crossroads Main Cast List
Noele Gordon as Meg Mortimer (219 episodes)
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