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Crossroads was a UK
soap series which originally ran during the 1960s and 70s based on a motel in
the middle of England, somewhere around Birmingham in a fictional village called
Kings Oak. The series was produced in the ATV television studios, based in
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The motel was run by Meg Richardson (Noele Gordon), daughter Jill (Jane Rossington) and son Sandy (Roger Tonge). The guests either said nothing at all (cheap, like the mute barmaid who did nothing but grin between 1978 and 1986), or stayed three months, the standard length of a contract for the series (indeed, even the regulars were only on three month contracts, which explains a lot of mysterious disappearences for lengths of time divisible by three months).
Other staff included various chefs (Carlos,
Shughie McFee) and waitresses (Miss Diane) and there was a cleaning lady - the
gossip centre of the motel, Amy Turtle . The manageress of the local post office, Miss Tatum who
always wore tweed skirts, hair in a bun. Who could forget Benny (Paul Henry -
for a photo see The Sweeney - Famous People in Series
1) who apparently owned a dog called
Moses, a goat called Starry and a donkey named Miss Diane.
(Thanks goes to Angie Welford for these last two items
of information) In later years there was a garage, run by Jill's first husband,
Stan Harvey who left for
In the 70's Meg appointed a General Manager -
Adam Chance. After Noele Gordon was sacked from the show (causing a public
outcry in the
Theme music was by Tony Hatch and Paul McCartney & Wings did a memorable version on an LP - Venus And Mars which was often used as an episode closer, particularly if that episode had a particularly poignant ending.
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