Foreword By John Jameson-Davis, founder of the Crossroads Appreciation Society. A   few   years   ago   Peter   Kingsman   spent   a   full   week   at   Central Television   working   for   UK   Gold   and   managed   to   get   hold   of   a copy   of   these   items   thanks   to   the   archive   team   in   Birmingham.   ATV   and   Central   kept   every   episode   of   Crossroads   in script   form;   a   valuable   source   of   information   on   the   show   now   stored   on   microfilm   rather   than   the   paper   documents   to save space. Central   allowed   us   to   make   duplicates   of   the   first   six   episodes.   However   they   copied   very   badly.   I   later   typed   them   all out   on   my   old   Amstrad   and   have   only   recently   had   the   file   formatted.   Here   it   is   in   all   its   glory,   our   exclusive   look   at episode one of Crossroads, as originally penned by Peter Ling. I'd   forgotten   so   many   aspects   of   this   wonderful   first   episode,   especially   the   ending.   Episode   Two   must   have   the   cliff- hanger where Meg meets Carlos, expecting him to be a woman.
ATV Episode One
The    Crossroads    cast    pose    for    the    first   ATV official photograph in October 1964. Back Row: L-R: Roger     Tonge,     Jane     Rossington,     Malcolm Young, Brian Kent and Anthony Morton. Front Row: L-R: Noele    Gordon,    Beryl    Johnstone    and    David Fennell.
STORY LINES FOR CROSSROADS These story lines are the property of: ASSOCIATED TELEVISION LTD, 150, Edmund Street, Birmingham, 3. Telephone: Central 5191 E P I S O D E  I. Monday November 2nd. We begin by establishing Meg Richardson at the Reception desk of the Motel. She   is   on   the   telephone   -   refusing   a   booking   for   tonight,   because   the   Motel   is   full   up,   due   to   an   advance   booking   for   three   rooms   taken   by   a   wedding party   this   evening.      Her   daughter   Jill   is   bothering   her   to   let   her   go   to   the   pictures   tonight   with   her   school   friend   Sarah,   but   Meg   is   adamant;   what   with the   wedding   party,   and   the   meals   to   be   cooked   and   served   (until   the   new   cook   arrives,   Meg   is   doing   a   lot   of   the   Kitchen   work   herself,   she   and   Jill   will have all their time cut out. In   the   middle   of   all   this,   a   man   arrives   -   Gillow,   the   over-seer   of   a   road   construction   gang   working   on   repairs   to   the   main   road   that   runs   past   the Motel.   He   is   a   rough-looking   character,   none   too   pleasant,   and   wants   a   room   for   tonight.   Jill   is   obviously   a   bit   scared   by   his   manner,   but   Meg   has   to pretend   a   calmness   that   she   doesn't   feel   as   she   tells   him   politely   that   the   Motel   is   full   up.   He   is   disposed   to   argue,   and   almost   turns   downright abusive, but Meg manages to get rid of him. We realise that Meg's job is not an easy one for a widow to tackle, with no man around the house. The   only   man   of   the   family,   in   fact   is   Sandy   Richardson,   aged   fifteen,   who   now   comes   home   from   school.   He   mentions   casually   that   it   is   Brian's birthday   today:   Brian   Jarvis   being   Meg's   nephew.   Meg   had   completely   forgotten   the   date.      She   is   about   to   ring   her   sister   Kitty   when   the   phone   goes.     The   Wedding   party   has   been   cancelled.      Jill   takes   this   opportunity   to   renew   her   request   to   go   to   the   pictures   as   now   Meg   will   not   be   needing   her.      Meg agrees,   but   is   more   concerned   about   the   lobsters   and   wine   she   has   bought   specially   for   the   party:   suddenly   she   gets   an   idea,   and   rings   Kitty   to   wish Brian a happy birthday, adding that she is sending Sandy over on the next bus with a rather unusual present for Brian. Kitty   Jarvis   is   serving   in   her   newsagent's   shop.      Brian   comes   home   from   work,   and   passing   through   the   shop,   greets   his   mother.   She   tells   him   that   his father   is   getting   the   tea   ready   and   that   there   are   two   letters   for   him   -   one   from   Australia;   this   must   be   from   his   sister   Shirley,   and   one   from   Kitty's brother,   Uncle Andy,   in   Gibraltar.     A   minute   or   two   later   Sandy   arrives   with   the   lobsters   and   wine.   (Comedy   potential   here,   from   customer's   reactions to the lobsters.)  Sandy sees Patrick Wade passing  through, enquires who he is, and learns this is Kitty's new lodger.
Jane   Rossington   opens   the   first   episode   as, Jill    Richardson,    with    the    line    “Crossroads Motel, good evening…” Script Note: The     original     script     synopsis     shows     that originally   Noele   Gordon,   as   Meg   Richardson, was    to    have    the    opening    line    before    the scene    was    re-jigged    giving    Jane    the    now famous opener.
Dick   Jarvis   and   Brian   in   the   back   parlour   laying   the   table   for   tea.   Brian   is   reading   a   letter   from   Australia.   Sandy   enters   with   lobsters   and   wine   and gives   them   to   Brian   as   a   birthday   present   from   Meg.      Brian   thanks   him   politely   but   is   obviously   none   too   keen.   Dick   is   reminded   by   this   that   he   hasn't bought   his   son   a   present   but   quickly   assures   Brian   that   he   has   seen   just   the   thing;   a   very   smart   cigarette   lighter.   He   couldn't   buy   it   at   the   time because   he   was   a   bit   short   of   change,   but   promises   he'll   get   it   in   the   next   day   or   so.      Brian   thanks   him   but   a   little   half-heartedly.   Kitty   entering,   notes Brian's   reaction.      Sandy   goes   in   order   to   catch   the   next   bus.   Kitty   stops   him   and   tells   him   that   she   has   something   for   him.   The   two   of   them   leave   with Dick still going on about this cigarette lighter. Kitty   and   Sandy   in   shop.   She   gives   him   some   fireworks   and   he   thanks   her   politely   but   he's   obviously   a   bit   above   such   childish   things   as   fireworks. There is   a   ring   at   the   shop   door.   Kitty   is   surprised   as   the   shop   is   closed.   Opens   the   door   to   find   George   Petersham,   (a   friend   of   Dick's)   asking   if   he   can   see Dick   for   a   minute.      Sandy   says   he   had   better   get   off   as   his   Mother   is   on   her   own   back   at   the   Motel.   Kitty   calls   Dick   into   the   shop   and   leaves   him   with George.  George explains to Dick that there is a job going as a sales rep. for a local pottery firm. Dick is enthusiastic about the prospect. Kitty   and   Brian   at   the   tea   table:   Brian   reading   letter.   Kitty   asks   why   Brian   didn't   tell   his   father   that   there's   no   point   in   giving   him   a   lighter,   since   he   has given   up   smoking.   Brian   says   "What's   the   use?   I   gave   it   up   a   month   ago,   and   he   still   hasn't   noticed.   Anyhow,   he'll   have   forgotten   about   it   again   by tomorrow - it's just another of his promises." In   the   kitchen   of   the   Motel,   Meg   is   explaining   to   Mrs.   Blundell   (a   hired   cook   from   the   village)   that   her   services   won't   be   required   to   cook   the   lobsters etc.   as   the   Wedding   party   has   been   cancelled.   Mrs.   Blundell   leaves,   a   little   put   out,   by   way   of   the   kitchen   back   door.   Meg   locks   the   door   behind   her and   hearing   a   noise,   turns,   assuming   it   is   Sandy   coming   back.   She   is   surprised   to   see   Gillow,   unshaven   and   a   little   worse   for   drink,   standing   in   the doorway   which   links   the   kitchen   to   the   main   reception   hall.      He   demands   a   drink,   she   tries   to   explain   that   the   bar   is   in   the   other   room;   that   he   has   no right to be in the kitchen, and that they have not yet got a liquor license. Gillow does not accept her explanation and starts to move towards her, obviously ready to make trouble.
Not   a   fun   close   to   episode   one:   Noele   Gordon as   Meg   is   confronted   by   a   drunk   construction worker   ready   to   make   trouble   as   the   final scene unfolds. Script Note: In    the    early    episodes    the    legendary    ‘stop shot’   (the   brief   scene   following   the   closing credits)    wasn’t    present,    so    no    one    would know   if   Meg   was   safe   or   not   until   episode two.
E P I S O D E  I. These story lines are the property of: ASSOCIATED TELEVISION LTD, 150, Edmund Street, Birmingham, 3. Telephone: Central 5191 "CROSSROADS" by Hazel Adair and Peter Ling. Transmission Date: Monday 2nd November, 1964 SCENE I. MOTEL RECEPTION - EARLY EVENING JILL AT DESK: TELEPHONE RINGING - SHE ANSWERS IT JILL: Crossroads Motel, good evening, Yes, we do, For which night? .. .. Saturday - hold on a moment, will you? SHE TURNS SOME PAGES IN THE BOOKING SCHEDULE. Yes, that'll be all right…  Oh, not single - all the rooms are double, I'm afraid. Each with private bathroom and their own garage, Oh - haven't you? Well,   a   Motel   is   a   bit   different--you   see,   it's   really   designed   for   motorists…   Yes,   we   do   serve   meals--we   have   a   restaurant,   and   there's   a   bar   in   the reception lounge... SHE LOOKS UP AS GILLOW ENTERS, COMES UP TO DESK. As a matter of fact it isn't fully licensed yet, but you can get a glass of sherry before - GILLOW:  How much are the rooms? JILL:  I'm sorry, I couldn't quite hear. Oh, yes, I see .. No, I'm sure you'll be very comfortable... GILLOW: I said 'how much?' JILL:  Excuse me (TO GILLOW) I won't keep you a moment, sir. (ON PHONE) What was the name? ... Thank you very much. Goodbye.
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The items shown on this page have never been published in any books or magazines, and are exclusive to the Crossroads Appreciation Society. These script features have been provided by Central Television Archive, Birmingham. With thanks to John Jameson-Davis and Peter Kingsman. The Birmingham Mail cutting is courtesy of Reg Watson.