Look   away   now   if   you're   one   of   those   people   who   compare   a   daily   soap   opera   to   a   twice- weekly   drama   serial.   If   you   understand   that   for   almost   twenty   years   Crossroads   was   unique in British broadcasting, then welcome to the motel. This   is   the   creator   and   production   company   endorsed   fan   club   for   the   long   running   Midlands saga    -    a    show    which    became    one    of    Channel    3’s    most    popular,    and    famous,    daytime programmes.   The   series   was   commissioned   in   1964   by   Lew   Grade,   devised   by   Peter   Ling   and Hazel Adair, and the format developed by soap-legend Reg Watson. Crossroads,   despite   what   some   write   about   it   these   days,   at   its   peak   was   one   of   the   most popular programmes ever and became greatly loved by millions of fans. The   show   was   knocked   by   critics   and   those   who   didn't   watch   it   enough   to   understand   it,   but for   nearly   20   million   viewers   the   saga   was   a   must   see   daily   treat.   Crossroads   was   finally   seen in   each   UK   commercial   TV   region   (at   varying   times   rather   than   networked)   from   1972 onwards   with   it   storming   up   the   TV   top   ten.   By   the   end   of   the   year   it   was   only   a   few thousand viewers behind some prime time series'. During   periods   in   the   1970s   Crossroads   was   the   UK's   number   one   programme.   Not   just   beating all   other   Channel   3   productions,   but   the   BBC   ones   too.   The   show   also   won   numerous   awards; as   did   its   cast.   For   many   years   the   series   was   the   UK's   second   watched   soap-opera. And   even when   it   ended   in   1988   it   was   the   UK's   third   most   favourite   serial,   Yorkshire   Television’s   Emmerdale   Farm   was   fourth.   This   was   a   daytime   soap   that   reached prime time ratings! The   Crossroads   Fan   Club   launched   in   its   original   form   as   The   Noele   Gordon   and   Crossroads Appreciation   Society   on April   4th   1988   -   on   the   same   day   as   the last-ever episode aired. Contrary   to   what   television   critics   may   claim   the   network   didn't   actually   axe   Crossroads.   One   executive   at   the   Central   production   company   who   didn't   care much   for   soap   opera   discontinued   it.   He   wanted   their   Midland   studios   to   be   creating   big   budget   drama   content   rather   than   what   was   deemed   as   a   cheap filler programme. We know most people at Central were sorry to see the series end just as much as the viewers were. With   12   million   fans   still   keen   for   a   dose   of   motel   life   Crossroads'   unfair   removal   from   commercial   television   has   kept   the   shows   fans   united   together   far more than many other departed programmes. We   have   been   proud   to   co-operate   with   Central,   Granada   and   Carlton   over   many   years   and   we   thank   all   the   staff   at   the   companies,   past   and   present,   who went       beyond their   paid   duties   to   help   the   fan   club.   These   are   the   people   who   make   commercial   broadcasting   great;   Without   them   we   wouldn't have   had   so   many   great   events,   the   wonderful   photograph   archive,   documents,   fact   files   and   many   lost   episodes   back   in   the archives. They, like us, do it for the love of. And we know Nolly would be so pleased about that. Crossroads   is   still   greatly   loved,   and   much   missed. Andy Allan,   the   former   Programme   Controller   at   Central   Television, said   in   1988,   when   the   series   ended,   it   would   be   forgotten   in   eighteen   months…   nearly   30   years   later   it's   certainly   gone but   very   much   not   forgotten!   No   one   needs   to   defend   Crossroads   -   it's   legacy,   when   looked   into,   speaks   for   itself.   This site   we   hope   promotes   the   achievements   which   made   the   show   a   national   institution   and   one   of   ATV   and   Central Television’s long running successes. To   date   it   is   still   the   network’s   number   one   rating   weekday   daytime   programme   and   continues   to   be   screened   in   various   parts   of   the world. And even Andy Allan later admitted taking it off had been the biggest mistake of his career!
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