Now   a   television   and   radio   presenter   with   the   BBC,   JoAnne has   had   a   varied   career,   including   in   recent   times   being   part of   her   own   Sky   One   series   and   a   regular   ‘dog   expert’   on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show. However   her   'big'   acting   break   came   on   Midland   institution.. yes of course, Crossroads. How   did   you   get   the   part   of   Carol   Sands   -   had   you   done much television before? I'd   done   lots   of   light   entertainment   for   the   BBC   and   I   had   wanted   to   appear   in   it   for   ages   so   I   wrote   twice   a   week   every   week   for   about   6   months   and   so when   the   audition   came   there   was   a   huge,   huge   file   on   me   and   the   producer   was   someone   called   Jack   Barton   and   he   said   "I   can't   believe   you've   applied   to us! Everyone else leaving drama school wants to join the RSC and you want to join Crossroads!" And   he   said,   "We're   looking   for   a   car   mechanic   and   it's   to   be   quite   a   butch   part"   and   then   they   thought   it   might   be   quite   funny   if   they   had   someone   very small playing the part so I think probably because of my enthusiasm that's why I got it! So you were a bit of a fan of the programme before? Huge fan! What was it like for a young actress coming into a well-established series and working alongside people like Ronald Allen and Sue Lloyd? Well   Ronnie   and   Sue   almost   adopted   me   really   because   all   my   storylines   were   with   them   because   I   started   off   by   playing   their   housekeeper   and   they   used to cook for me on a Monday night, they were very parental. So it was lovely it wasn't intimidating at all, not at all. It was literally like one big family. Carol   Sands   was   a   very   rebellious   young   lady   -   she   regularly   gave   David   and   Barbara   the   benefit   of   her   political   opinions   when   she   was   their   housekeeper and   ended   up   blazing   a   trail   for   women's   lib   by   becoming   a   trainee   mechanic   at   the   garage.   What   did   you   think   of   the   character   and   were   you   like   her   at all? No I'm not at all like her! I'm   quite   sexist   really,   I   trail   my   feminine   foibles   or   I   certainly   did   at   that   age.   I   don't   know,   I   remember   I   kept   saying   "How   political   do   you   want?"   and   I used   to   wear   badges   with   "Save   the   Whale"   and   all   that   written   on   it   and   that   was   quite   interesting   and   maybe   if   I'd   been   older   I   would   have   used   it   more as   a   political   statement   but   at   the   time   I   enjoyed   very   much   the   more   indulgent   storylines,   the   intrigue   between   characters   and   the   affairs   and   all   that sort of thing, that's what I loved. What was the atmosphere like on set? Was it very serious or were you able to have a bit of fun? It   was   very   nerve-wracking   actually   because   it   wasn't   live   but   there   were   very   few   editing   facilities   so   it   was   quite   scary   to   be   quite   honest   and   on   Friday nights   we   all   wanted   to   get   the   last   train   back   and   wanted   to   get   back   down   to   London   and   the   last   train   from   New   Street   was   at   8.40   so   if   you   were   in that   last   episode   that   was   recorded   on   Friday   everyone   was   saying   "please   don't   dry,   please   don't   dry"   because   we   want   to   be   on   that   train   so   that   was   even more nerve-wracking. But   all   the   camera   crew   were   like   family   in   fact   lots   of   the   actors   married   camera   crew   and   they   were   all   filming   Tiswas   and   we   used   to   go   and   sit   in   on Tiswas, ATV and later Central Television was like one big family. It's   often   been   said   that   some   people   blurred   fiction   with   reality   and   believed   that   the   Crossroads   Motel   was   real.   Did   you   ever   come   across   people who believed that you really were Carol Sands from the Crossroads Garage? Yes   they   do,   people   used   to   call   me   that,   they   used   to   call   me   by   that   name   (Carol   Sands)   and   they   still   do,   it's   strange   to   think   back   on   it   but   it   is confusing. But we all do that don't we with soaps, we all tend to call people in Coronation Street by their character names. In the series your character had an affair with Glenda's husband, Kevin Banks. Is it true that you and David Moran became an item in real life? Yes, we lied together for two years and he and I bought our first flat together in Dulwich actually so on-screen and off-screen we had the same storyline! What reactions did you get from the public to the various storylines you were involved in? David   Moran   was   hit   in   Boots   for   having   an   affair   with   me   when   he   was   married   to   Glenda   and   I   remember   him   coming   back   and   telling   me   about   that.   But I think because people used to think Glenda was a bit boring they used to feel "oh go on Carol, go for it!" I   remember   we   went   to   Crete   and   there   was   a   train   delay   and   we   were   stuck   in   departures   with   loads   of   viewers   in   the   departure   lounge   for   ages   and   they all were totally obsessed with the storyline and for about two hours David and I were sat there answering questions. And did they believe it? They   half   believed   it!   When   they   saw   that   we   were   actually   having   an   affair,   because   also   Ronnie   and   Sue   were   having   an   affair   so   it   was   like   you   all   lived your storylines, I don't know whether you'd begin to believe in your own publicity yourself! Have you managed to see any of the new series of Crossroads? How do you think it compares? I   don't   watch   it   because   I'm   so   jealous   that   I'm   not   in   it!   I'd   love   to   be   in   it   and   that's   why   I   don't   watch   it.   You   know,   the   whole   thing   about   our   Crossroads was it was so shoddy it was cult viewing and this one I think tries to be a bit more sophisticated and I am very bitter that I'm not in it! So you were sorry when you were written out of the original? Oh   God   yes!   It   was   like   the   best   job   I've   ever   had   in   my   life.   You   know,   my   friends   were   in   it,   it   was   home   really   it   was   like   being   kicked   out   of   your   family and you always believe you'll be asked back. And   I   think   probably   the   problem   with   me   is   that   I   ended   up   having   an   affair   with   someone   in   it   and   I   don't   think   they   liked   that,   I   think   they   felt   that   you should keep the two things separate. So that was probably my downfall! What have you been doing since you left Crossroads? I   still   do   bits   of   telly   but   I   do   loads   of   radio   now,   I   have   my   own   radio   show   now   on   the   BBC   which   is   nice   so   I   do   the   Breakfast   Show   for   Brighton   on   the   BBC and   I   do   local   television   for   BBC   South   but   it's   mainly   more   newsy   stuff   now   I   don't   act   very   much   at   all   really.   I   do   a   pantomime   about   once   a   year   and that's as far as the acting goes really. Are you still in touch with any of the other members of the cast? I'm   still   in   touch   with   Glenda   (Lynette   McMorrough),   and   I'm   in   touch   with   Ange   who   played   Iris   and   who   Lynette   is   also   very   much   in   touch   with,   and   Ian who   played   Lynette's   brother   (Ron   Brownlow)   I   still   see   him.   Many   of   them   have   died   you   see,   Pam   Vezey   was   a   great   mate.   I   speak   to   David   from   time   to time 'cos he's living in Ramsgate. Tony Adams I see loads of because he lives down here. What would you say were your fondest memories of Crossroads? I   loved   every   bit   of   it!   One   of   my   best   memories   was   Tony Adams   saying   "Let's   go   and   see   the   poor   people   shopping   in   the   Bull   Ring"   in   his   Rolls   Royce! And he   played   "Chariots   of   Fire"   and   it   was   like   everyone   was   in   slow   motion   and   we   were   just   watching   them. And   then,   blow   me   down,   6   months   later   Tony Adams and I were the poor people in the Bull Ring because we'd both been written out!
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