Crossroads From The Archive and 45th Anniversary Set
A television milestone, Crossroads (in its original incarnation) ran for three decades and became a staple part of Britain’s popular culture.
Many of its shows have now been lost forever but in Crossroads Archive Network DVD and Granada-Ventures have created a series of ongoing releases which will feature all remaining episodes, in order.
The DVDs now contain sixteen episodes per release rather than twelve. Although Volumes Four and Five contain a total of nineteen episodes – as these include omnibus editions. The original archive releases were packaged as a box set in 2009 to mark Crossroads’ 45th anniversary.
Volume 4, Volume 11 and Volume 14 contain extras.
Archive Volume One:
Episode 496 from November 1966 – In this earliest surviving episode Bill Baker proposes to Marilyn. Andy pours his heart out to Meg about Ruth who has been out with Derek Maynard searching for his wife Sarah. Meg is persuaded to model for Jimmy’s mural.
Episode 497 from November 1966 – Ruth and Andy’s wedding is back on and Meg’s busy making arrangements at the motel. A picture in the paper alarms Kitty. Andy asks Sandy to be his best man. Marilyn confronts Bill about his ‘wife’.
Episode 498 from November 1966 – Bill is dissuaded from marrying Marilyn, which is what she wants. Sandy worries about his best man speech. A race to save Angela’s sight is on.
Episode 499 from November 1966 – Sandy takes the witness stand over Miss Tatum’s dog. Meg sits for Jimmy’s mural and breaks up a fight between Sandy and Carlos.
Episode 500 from November 1966 – Meg is in a foul mood and Carlos’ highly-strung personality gets the better of him as the kitchen descends into chaos. Marilyn gets to see a squad of soldiers strut their stuff on the parade ground.
Episode 986 from November 1968 – Diane is appalled at Marcus’ business ethics. Nathanial recites a ghost story for Meg and Malcolm in the cottage. Miss Tatum receives hospital visitors and gets inundated with work. Ex-con George visits Vince in search of work and accommodation.
Episode 1009 from January 1969 – With Vince Parker in hospital after the accident, Meg receives the notification of criminal proceedings against her for dangerous driving.
Episode 1182 from November 1969 – Commander Boone is searching for his daughter and her boyfriend. Archie gets into trouble when his workmen don’t clear up the mess they make.
Episode 1192 from November 1969 – Archie comes to an arrangement with Diane. Meg is confined to bed after being taken ill at Tessa’s wedding. Is her illness all it seems to be?
Episode 1304 from May 1970 – Amy, Diane and Mr Lovejoy consider the prospect of winning the pools. George Baxter returns unexpectedly with consequences for Claire Thomas. Jill dines with John Crayne, on a second date. (He saved her from witchcraft in episode 1300.)
Episode 1366 from September 1970 – Meg is away and Mr Lovejoy is left running the motel. All is not well with the staff, however, and a dispute between Mr Booth, Amy and Vi turn nasty. A stranger turns up in the kitchen claiming to have planted a bomb there. Nick makes Mr Lovejoy a proposition.
Episode 1481 from April 1971 – Alan escapes a prison sentence and gets off with a fine; he discusses his future with Meg. Vince and Diane’s relationship hits a rocky patch.
Episode 1495 from May 1971 – Sandy tries to revive a lady who has collapsed in front of him; he succeeds but is surprised to find her suffering from amnesia. Mrs Hope asks Mr Booth back to her place to watch the ballet.
Episode 1674 from March 1972 – Amy and Miss Tatum settle their differences over Wilf only to find that he has found himself a new dancing partner. Harry Wade is back negotiating with Cyril but is told to bring Sheila Harvey to dinner as part of the arrangement. Jill and Sheila have a miserable time in Vera’s salon.
Episode 1688 from April 1972 – David Hunter has an upsetting phone conversation with Rosemary. After handing over some old items for a jumble sale Meg tells off Sandy for eating toast in reception.
Episode 1736 from July 1972 – Meg’s sister is struggling without an assistant so she sends across Keith Westley to help. He’s streets ahead of her previous assistant and even manages to charm Amy Turtle!
Special Release – Volume 1.1:
We’re incredibly proud of this release. For years the Crossroads Fan Club has believed there were full black and white ITC film episodes in storage. ITV finally took our suggestion seriously to check the film vaults, and the result was an amazing find.
Originally there were more ITC episodes, but over time some seemingly (since 1986) have gone missing. What did survive however were two from 1973 – as we had suspected (although we knew their previously had been a full week of four at one point). What no one realised was that the Granada Ventures team would unearth an episode from early 1965. The ITC library, we also discovered, hold many film inserts for the show including footage from 1966 and 1967 recorded in Spain and Tunisia.
Episode 126 from April 1965 – Philip gets a surprise visitor, recently released from jail. A leather-clad Carlos is full of enthusiasm for his impending trip to Malvern, but he ends up hiding out in an exclusive girls’ school. Meg entertains Hugh with her imitation of a Brummie accent.
Episode 1884 from March 1973 – Sheila returns home to a warmer reception from Wilf than she expected. Timothy and Kevin discuss Meg’s eligibility for marriage and end up making a gentlemen’s bet to see who gets her first. It’s Jane’s first day at the motel and she mistakes David for a guest.
Episode 1886 from March 1973 – Vera, the victim of sinister phone calls, is encouraged by Sid Gilbert to confide in him. Timothy and Kevin’s bet to catch Meg continues, though she has thwarted them both by disappearing to the Hotel Droitwich for the week. Vera’s watch is stolen.
Episode 1754 from August 1972 – Amy clashes with Alice Loomis. The motel staff are reeling from the news of Sandy’s accident. Meg is dismayed at Liz’s revelation. Episode 1755 from August 1972 – In a moment of closeness with Sheila, Diane confesses that there was nearly a time when she had an abortion. The hospital vigil for Sandy continues, as Wilf insists that trouble always comes in threes…
Episode 1756 from August 1972 – Everyone at the motel awaits news about Sandy, and Meg is told that he will never walk again. Timothy Hunter leaves the hospital and is blamed for the accident by Chris. Vince Parker’s father turns up at Miss Tatum’s shop.
Episode 1757 from August 1972 – Diane is shocked by the unexpected arrival of Vince’s father, as is Vince who hasn’t seen him in many years. David Hunter breaks the news to Timothy that Sandy will be paralysed for life.
Episode 1758 from August 1972 – Meg is still deeply distressed over Sandy’s accident and the ward sister asks David for help. Vince tries to reconcile with his father. Tish accepts Ted’s proposal.
Episode 1759 from September 1972 – Sandy awakes from unconsciousness to be told about the accident and his paralysis. Mrs. Loomis apologises to Amy. Meg meets Timothy Hunter at Coventry Cathedral.
Episode 1817 from November 1972 – In the wake of Diane and Vince’s separation, Vera asks Wilf to help in the purchase of a houseboat for both her and Diane to live on. Sandy’s recovery is enlivened by the presence of an attractive physiotherapist.
Episode 1868 from February 1973 – Sandy breaks up a knife fight between two girls by charging them with his wheelchair. Vera and Diane have fallen out and Jill is suffering from a fit of the miseries.
Episode 1890 from April 1973 – Wilf is in a foul mood and Jill is concerned for him. Cliff seeks personal advice from Vera. Rosemary Hunter arrives at the motel and immediately starts an argument with David.
Episode 1891 from April 1973 – Jill suffers an electric shock from one of the pieces of salon equipment. Hugh Mortimer makes his move on Meg and books a nice quiet table for two at the Hotel Droitwich.
Episode 1892 from April 1973 – Sheila has confessed to Wilf that she’s having Roy’s child and he is appalled. Sandy convinces Chris Hunter to change his mind and go back to school.
Episode 1895 from April 1973 – David persuades Rosemary to see a doctor. Wilf and Stan debate abortion whilst Jill considers adoption. Diane ditches Cliff Leyton. Meg and Hugh say their goodbyes.
Episode 1900 from April 1973 – Kathie is perturbed by the arrival of a mystery letter – Meg advises her to involve the police. Vince confesses to Vera that he’s been having a bad time lately. Sheila seeks some sensitive advice from Diane.
Episode 1905 from May 1973 – Wilf is stunned when Sheila tells him that she’s considering adoption. Sandy has a problem with money, and David has a problem with a new member of staff who Sandy has appointed.
Episode 1924 from June 1973 – Mr. Crawford purposely ignores a packing crate that’s just arrived but is overjoyed at its contents when Kathie finally opens it. Amy is appalled when she is accused of stirring up trouble.
Episode 1925 from June 1973 – Meg and Joan discuss the implications of helping the victims of crippling accidents. David Hunter tries to persuade Meg to make an investment that she’s very uncomfortable with.
Episode 1927 from June 1973 – Amy pesters Meg to let her off work early for a beer- tasting session. The session descends into anarchy, however, when a very drunk Miss Tatum shows the others a special skill..
Episode 1942 from July 1973 – When his brother becomes seriously ill, Wilf becomes exceptionally happy – so much so that Sheila, Stan and Jill become concerned for his new zest for life. Amy has concerns about Vince’s solitary habits.
Episode 1946 from July 1973 – Vince’s date with Lorna hits a rocky patch before it even starts. Uncle Isaac gets a visit from the Salvation Army band. Amy gets her bottom spanked in public by a figure from the past..
Episode 1961 from August 1973 – Vince apologises to Don for his previous behaviour. David is annoyed when his transistor radio stops working. Sally asks Vera for advice on how to make her hair look less dowdy.
Episode 1969 from August 1973 – Don is put on the spot when Patricia asks him if he wants to go through with the marriage. Vera’s godson Martin plays on her emotions to stop being sent back to his dreaded Aunt Bertha.
Episode 1971 from August 1973 – Wilf and Stan have a birthday drink with a misery. Sheila buys herself a wedding ring in order to stop the idle chatter about her impending birth. David has his hands full with a predatory Italian lady…
Episode 1976 from September 1973 – While Sandy mopes, Meg has a minor domestic argument with Hugh over breakfast. Don and Pat’s wedding increasingly becomes taken over by her interfering, but well-meaning, mother.
Episode 1977 from September 1973 – Don is appalled to find out that his nice quiet wedding is now expanding to ridiculous proportions, thanks to his mother-in-law-to-be. Hugh and Meg hunt for a new house to move into once they’re married.
Episode 1978 from September 1973 – Martin is concerned for his prospects and convinces Jane that he’s on the run from the Mafia. Don’s impending mother-in-law trouble increases and Amy tells Hugh a secret.
Episode 1979 from September 1973 – David makes a faux pas with a Swedish VIP, who just happens to be female, blonde and gorgeous… Vera lays down the law to Martin and threatens to throw him out.
Episode 1980 from September 1973 – Amy is appalled at the lack of gossip currently emanating from the kitchen. Sandy finds out that the anniversary of the motel opening is imminent and plans a surprise for his mother.
Episode 1981 from September 1973 – Plans for Sandy’s anniversary party proceed apace, but keeping the secret from Meg is harder than he anticipated. Rita Witton teeters on the edge of a nervous breakdown and tries to hand in her notice to Meg.
Episode 2012 from November 1973 – David finds Mrs Bullock collapsed on the floor with a head injury. A problem with two oriental guests who can’t speak English is solved by Cynthia Cunningham, who speaks English at them – loudly and clearly.
Episode 2013 from November 1973 – Jill feels guilty after telling Sheila that Roy has been looking for her. Vince feels guilty as he knows he can’t adequately provide for the new flat, now that he and Diane have got back together again.
Episode 2014 from November 1973 – In a fit of guilt, David offers Mrs Bullock the job as his new housekeeper. Jill and Stan become frantic when Sheila doesn’t return home with the baby at the agreed time.
Episode 2015 from November 1973 – Sheila, disillusioned with King’s Oak generally and Stan and Jill especially, tries to get a job away from the district. A tall, dark and handsome stranger arrives at the motel looking for Meg…
Before episode 2519, which comes from the WestWard TV archive, we are treated to how the line-up for ITV looked on that evening back in 1976 with the full WestWard continuity announcements before Crossroads begins. Just for those curious; the edition of Crossroads was taped in error by WestWard TV when they left their tape running beyond 6.30 pm. The recording in question was only supposed to record the local WestWard News programme which aired in the slot before Crossroads.
Episode 2018 from November 1973 – Vince and Diane get drunk on sherry – Vince gets frisky but Diane’s not so keen, a situation which soon erupts into a major domestic argument. Jill and Stan are kept awake at nights by the baby’s restlessness.
Episode 2028 from December 1973 – After extensive hospital tests, the seriously ill Amy is discovered to be suffering from malaria. Jane interrupts a barefoot Sandy conducting an imaginary orchestra. Episode 2173 from August 1974 – Diane is alarmed about Vince’s allegations; Vera returns to find that she has moved out. Wilf Harvey and Myrtle quarrel. Jill is in hospital about to give birth. Cliff Leyton leaves the motel and asks Diane to go with him.
Episode 2174 from August 1974 – Wilf is being pestered by Myrtle to change pubs and it’s not long before Myrtle and Amy indulge in some barbed conversation. A newly returned Vince is shocked to find out that Diane is about to get married.
Episode 2247 from December 1974 – Meg and Hugh reminisce about 1974. Bernard Booth challenges Shughie to pipe in the new year with a rendition on the bagpipes.
Episode 2262 from January 1975 – Stan is miffed at Shughie when his thoughtless comments put Wilf into a sulk. Hugh’s new business deal may not be quite the sure thing that he leads Sandy to believe it is.
Episode 2293 from March 1975 – Meg has a major row with Hugh over the insurance money he’s trying to claim from Stan. Unfortunately, Meg’s anger stops her from seeing just how grief-stricken Amy is. Shughie has women trouble.
Episode 2294 from March 1975 – Amy’s grief is causing her to do strange things and she gets arrested for shoplifting. Jane is concerned that the payment for Hugh’s painting is coming from the motel insurance.
Episode 2301 from April 1975 – Meg and Hugh’s big day finally arrives as they tie the knot and bring Birmingham to a standstill.
Episode 2302 from April 1975 – As the wedding reception is in full flow, Diane returns to the motel to claim her old job back; David, however, has other ideas.
Episode 2450 from December 1975 – David, who normally frowns on the holiday season, is looking forward to Christmas. Meg is missing Sandy. Jill discusses her distrust of Hugh with Stan.
Episode 2451 from December 1975 – The residents of King’s Oak gather in church and at the motel for Christmas celebrations. Everyone, that is, except Ted Hope.
Episode 2506 from March 1976 – David comes into conflict with Bill Warren over the bar renovations. His mood gets no better when he is paid a visit by Dr. Farnham, who’s getting increasingly concerned over Lia’s behaviour.
Episode 2518 from April 1976 – David becomes increasingly concerned when Lia begins to send him threatening letters. She then turns up at the motel bar and causes a scene. Diane is surprised to find out that Benny is trying to track down his father.
*Episode 2519 from April 1976 – Tom Reed gets into a heated argument with Benny’s gran over his welfare. Sheila comes info conflict with both Vera and Mrs. Witton over her moonlighting. Lia goes missing. *Domestic recording.
Episodes 2523/4/5/6 Compilation from April 1976 Two decades after being involved in the massacre of innocent civilians in Malaya whilst on National Service, David Hunter’s past catches up with him when he is stalked by the sole survivor… Benny comes into a lot of money and Miss Diane is concerned.
Episodes 2527/8/9/30Compilation from May 1976 – Diane tries to convince Ed that Benny should be a partner in the farm, but he has his doubts. David tries to entice Kelly to a riverside picnic. Vera is mugged for the cashbox she was carrying.
Episode 2581 from August 1976 – Mrs. Witton accuses Glenda of theft, David sets up dinner plans he will come to regret and Sandy has to deal with an old woman who had expected to die before her bill became due for payment.
Episode 2582 from August 1976 – David has to explain Bob’s outrageous behaviour from the previous nightís meal. Stephanie gets a gentleman caller at her flat while Vera is given a lesson in boutique economics.
Episode 2583 from August 1976 – Glenda and Vera discuss Rita Witton’s trouble-stirring behaviour. Rita Witton takes her suspicions of theft to Sandy but he is reluctant to involve the police.
Episode 2602 from September 1976 – While Meg tries to decide whether sheís either being blackmailed or bribed by Sir Hector Prince, she expends her wrath about the potential scandal on Rex Oliver. Hugh appals David with his plans for a new disco at the motel.
Episode 2603 from September 1976 – Hilary confesses to Meg that she’s being brought up on charges of professional misconduct. Rex is asked out on a lunch date by a predatory woman with curious intentions.
Episode 2622 from October 1976 – David accuses Hugh of waging a campaign to oust him from the motel in favour of Anthony, Hughs son. Stan finds his skills in demand, but is he prepared to put up his house as collateral in a business venture?
Episode 2651 from December 1976 – It’s high intrigue at the motel when Faye is left a mysterious phone message by a man from Moscow. Ed complains to Diane that he doesn’t like the cut of his new undergarments, but Benny thinks they look lovely.
Episode 2653 from December 1976 – Stan lays down the law when Jill drives their baby around without using a proper child seat. Meg broaches a sensitive subject with Sandy. Sandy reciprocates.
Episode 2654 from December 1976 – Carney tries to placate Vera while Jane gives Faye her thoughts on the commercialisation of Christmas. Benny’s awful grandmother takes advantage of Diane’s good nature.
Episode 2655 from December 1976 – Faye’s telephone messages from Moscow have unforeseen repercussions and Meg asks her to break the news gently to Sandy. Stan and Jim have an argument about their divergent business philosophies.
Episode 2656 from December 1976 – Meg is concerned about Sandy’s reaction to Faye’s news but he takes it on the chin. Jim and Stan show deep appreciation for their new calendar while Benny is more concerned about what to do with his gran over Christmas.
Episode 2657 from December 1976 – Tish Hope organises the Christmas decorations while David discusses her upcoming marriage with Faye: a bit of domination will do you good in these days of sex equality.
Archive Volume Six:
Episode 2658 from December 1976 – Clive grudgingly takes personal advice from Carney. Benny surprises Ed and Diane by trimming up the living room, then he breaks the news that he’s invited his senile Gran to stay with them for Christmas.
Episode 2660 from December 1976 – David gets frisky with Vera when he discovers her wearing a mistletoe brooch. Benny regales the house with a burst of God Rest ye Merry, Gentlemen while Stan gets a turkey-related shock from Jim.
Episode 2661 from December 1976 – Meg makes David’s Christmas by telling him that Anthony will be staying permanently in New York. Stan laments the fact that his next meal is still turkey-centric. Vera has a bit of a chat with Gus.
Episode 2674* from January 1977 – Vera is worried when Clive stays out overnight, Benny ponders ownership of a caravan and David comes into conflict with Rosemary when she confesses that she has designs on a directorship of the motel. *Domestic recording.
Episode 2680* from January 1977 – Jim and Stan have strong words about the direction the business is taking. Vera becomes upset as she helps Clive pack his things, and Benny confesses to Josie that he’s scared of his Gran. *Domestic recording.
Episode 2687 from February 1977 – David and Rosemary weigh up the pros and cons and ponder on whether they should re-marry. Benny spends time wrestling with a jigsaw while Ed tries his best to sell Gran’s cottage.
Episode 2688 from February 1977 – Frank decides that he will become the power behind the throne for Stan and his business. Rosemary has a heart-to-heart with Sandy and drops a few none-too-subtle hints about David.
Episode 2689 from February 1977 – Vera has a serious talk with Mrs Merrow about Clive. Jim winds Frank up so much that a blow is exchanged. Stan explains his plans for expansion and Meg agrees to be a guarantor for a bank loan.
Episode 2690 from February 1977 – Vera gets the feeling that Meg knows her little secret. Stan has words with Jim when he nearly makes him late for an appointment, and Diane gets annoyed with Benny when she finds out he’s letting Josie stay at the cottage.
Episode 2816 from September 1977 – Meg is surprised when Anthony returns unexpectedly. Stan and Sheila intend to sell the boat – Sheila is given the first refusal but can she find the money? The Chaudris get a shock when an unexpected visitor calls at their house.
Episode 2817 from September 1977 – Max puts the moves on Vera but she’s concerned as to what Diane will think. Anthony pays a visit to Jill and laments the lack of sex and violence in New York. Episode 2818 from September – Sandy gets to grips with Toni Ross – David’s temporary replacement. In the midst of packing for a trip to Delhi, the Chaudris are presented with a dilemma of upsetting proportions.
Episode 2819 from September 1977 – Sandy hectors Jill about her dependency on retail therapy to combat her depression. He then turns on the charm with Toni, but she is feeling very self-conscious about her employment.
Episode 2820 from September 1977 – Max plays the field – one minute he’s giving Vera his house key, the next he’s making a date with Diane. Anthony is still casting around in the hope of finding an amusing diversion.
Episode 2821 from October 1977 – Diane is beginning to see through Vera’s story and suspects that something is happening between her and Max. While Anthony is overjoyed at meeting Jill’s au pair, Sandy spends his time hiding from Lynn Baxter.
Episode 2822 from October 1977 – Toni makes a fool of herself when she accuses Lillian of rummaging through her personal effects. Diane’s suspicions become stronger, leading to a confrontation with Vera.
Archive Volume Seven:
Episode 2823 from October 1977 – Diane has a final showdown with Vera over Max. Anthony, sporting a lovely green cravat, decides that he’ll only stay at the motel for another month. Sandy is surprised to find that Anthony has made up with Jill.
Episode 2824 from October 1977 – Toni hatches a plan designed to make Sandy take things a little easier – unfortunately, it’s to do with Lynn Baxter, whom he has been studiously avoiding. Carney has a bit of a cough.
Episode 2825 from October 1977 – Benny pays Carney a visit and eats most of his biscuits whilst canvassing holiday advice. Diane and Max cause a scene in Reception while Anthony takes Jill out for a night on the town.
Episode 2826 from October 1977 – Jane lectures Sandy on his dietary habits. The ravages of old age are brought home to Benny as he watches Carney trying to put on his shoes. Jill and Anthony have a moment of weakness…
Episode 2827 from October 1977 – Sandy’s curious as to why Anthony turned up at Reception at 4 am but is sidetracked when he compels Carney to eat a breakfast cooked by his mother. Diane tries to have a bit of a word with Vera, but Vera’s not interested.
Episode 2828 from October 1977 – Diane explains to Vera that Max is doing something far more devious than playing both of them against each other. Carney butters up Meg over her cooking while David makes a surprise return to the motel.
Episode 2829 from October 1977 – Diane and Vera move into a motel chalet together and take the opportunity for some small revenge on Max. Meg confides her worries about Jill to Anthony while, later, she mistakenly leads Toni to believe that she can stay on now David has returned.
Episode 2830 from October 1977 – Meg becomes increasingly concerned over Jill’s behaviour. Benny nursemaids Carney and refuses to let him go to work in his condition. David tells Sandy about his plans for Toni.
Episode 2868 from December 1977 – Benny, Carney and Jane rush to the hospital after Maureen is hit by a car. Jane confesses to Sandy that she’s having Anthony’s love child. Sandy brightens the mood by announcing his engagement.
Episode 2869 from December 1977 – Sandy is still basking in the glow of his engagement announcement. Kate is pleased with herself when Tony asks her out for a meal. Carney and Ed try to cheer Benny up but fail miserably when he announces that Maureen has just died.
Episode 2870 from December – Carney and Ed are concerned for Benny’s mental state. Benny visits Maureen’s family to break the bad news. Kate asks David if he minds her getting a second job at the casino.
Episode 2871 from December 1977 – Stan and Jill discuss the impending legal situation. Meg and David have a good laugh at some customers, though David confesses that he’s a bit concerned over Tony’s influence on Kate. Anthony tries to do the gentlemanly thing.
Episode 2872 from December 1977 – Sandy takes Lynn on a trip to buy her engagement ring. Lucy gets prickly with Tony and they have a heart-to-heart. Meg goes into shock when Stan tells her about Anthony’s proposal to Jill.
Episode 2873 from January 1978 – Sandy and Lynn ponder whether their wedding should be in a church or a registry office. David asks them where they intend to live but they’ve no idea. Anthony confesses his plans to Sandy.
Episode 2874 from January 1978 – Lucy is decidedly unhappy with her mother after she catches her kissing Tony. Lynn’s parents make a surprise visit to their daughter while Jim and Sharon clean up the garage in anticipation of Mr Osimoto’s visit.
Episode 2875 from January 1978 – Stan becomes concerned when he finds out that Jim dealt with Mr Osimoto during his visit. Stan tells Meg that Jill has taken their daughter and run off to live with Anthony. Lynn’s parents disapprove of her marriage to Sandy.
Archive Volume Eight:
Episode 2876 from January 1978 – Carney’s lapse of social etiquette gives Jane a momentary shock. Stan and Ingrid come to an understanding, whilst Lynn’s parents continue to believe that their daughter should not marry Sandy under any circumstances.
Episode 2877 from January 1978 – Kate is surprised when Rick turns up out of the blue. Meg is both surprised and shocked to discover that Jill is with Anthony. Sandy begins to fume but Meg makes him promise not to interfere, even when Anthony pays a surprise visit.
Episode 2878 from January 1978 – Stan and Sharon await the repercussions of the Osimoto situation, but things aren’t as bad as they fear. David has an awkward moment with Rick, whom Kate still believes he has an agenda. Muriel goes a bit tonto.
Episode 2879 from January 1978 – In an atmosphere of curiously tense sexuality, Ingrid and Stan indulge in a philosophical dialogue on the meaning of life. Lynn confesses to Sandy that she is very disappointed in her parents’ behaviour.
Episode 2880 from January 1978 – Kate’s lapse of judgement puts Lucy in a tizz. Stan is surprised when his solicitor suggests moving Ingrid out of the house but is aghast when Sharon suggests Jim as his temporary replacement. Ingrid makes her move.
Episode 2881 from January 1978 – Jim’s concern for Muriel is heightened when she confesses that she watched their daughter get beaten up without lifting a finger to help. Meg awkwardly confesses to Stan that she knows where Jill is staying.
Episode 2882 from January 1978 – Rick tries to get a rise out of David by dropping uncouth hints, prompting Tony to ponder Rick’s real reason for returning. Meg is overjoyed when she finds that Jill has finally made a sensible decision. Jim begins to understand the extent of Muriel’s illness.
Episode 2883 from January 1978 – Tony becomes even more suspicious of Rick. Muriel confesses her fears to Jim, his sympathy manifesting itself as lots of shouting and arm-waving. Lynn’s father slowly begins to side with his daughter on the subject of Sandy.
Episode 2884 from January 1978 – Rick colludes with Lucy to try and manufacture a situation where both he and Kate are left alone. Sharon tries to get to the bottom of Muriel’s illness, but she gets defensive. Their chat is interrupted by Jim when he arrives home early. Much shouting ensues.
Episode 2885 from January 1978 – Sandy is horrified when Lynn’s father suggests that they live in sin rather than get married. Victor, Stan’s temporary replacement, arrives at the garage and immediately gets up Jim’s nose.
Episode 2886 from January 1978 – Carney shares his suspicions about one of the guests with Jane – suspicions soon realised when a tall, dark stranger arrives at the motel with a keen interest in the guest. Meg finds a strange man in her bedroom.
Episode 2887 from January 1978 – A ghost from Hugh’s past returns to haunt Meg, causing behaviour so strange that even Sandy takes notice of her none-too-subtle subterfuge. Rick explains his plans for the future to Tony. Tony is not really that impressed.
Episode 2888 from January 1978 – Whilst Meg continues her covert activities, Mr Black maintains his watchful vigil in Reception. Rick tries to unearth some background information on David but Kate isn’t biting.
Episode 2889 from January 1978 – Victor’s bloody-mindedness causes a scene, but Dr. Butterworth saves the day with some handily concocted fibs. Sandy voices his conspiracy theory about Mr Black and his prey. Meg plays coy. Rick tries his best to inveigle David in a risky business deal.
Episode 2890 from February 1978 – Sandy reveals his chauvinistic plans for the future to Jane, but she comes down firmly on Lynn’s side of the argument. Rick’s plans gather momentum, while Victor tries to get to the bottom of Jim’s attitude problems. Diane finds something surprising in Meg’s bedroom.
Episode 2891 from February 1978 – Mr Black pounces on Diane in Reception. Sandy sulks when another nail is hammered into the coffin of his dreams of Utopian domestic bliss. Dr Butterworth’s therapy treatment results in some surprises for Muriel.
Archive Volume Nine:
Episode 2892 from February 1978 – David canvasses Tony’s opinion of Rick’s scheme, and is surprised to find it cautiously optimistic. Victor’s plan to make himself the most unpopular person in King’s Oak continues apace, ensuring that Jim’s dander is well and truly up…
Episode 2893 from February 1978 – When Jim is squashed by an engine block, Victor can’t help but feel a little guilty. Rick gets a shock when his foreign backing is pulled, and Mr Black’s flabber is well and truly ghasted when Philip Warner-Bligh strolls languidly into the reception.
Episode 2904 from February 1978 – Carney descends into his own personal hell when he tries to deal manfully with a late-night customer whilst being handcuffed. Meg takes Sandy to task about his untidy room. He takes it on the chin.
Episode 2928 from April 1978 – David is shocked at Chris’s lack of emotion when he discovers that Pierre has been killed. Victor makes plans to move on as the gossip and malicious notes continue to do their damage.
Episode 2930 from April 1978 – Meg hears the fourth most incredible thing she’s ever heard in her life. She then pays a visit to Chris and gives him a piece of her mind. Phoebe tempts David to become involved in a business venture in Florida.
Episode 2931 from April 1978 – Meg ponders sedation as her search for the key continues to go unrewarded. While Phoebe continues to push David for a decision on Florida, Diane becomes more concerned over Jackie’s behaviour.
Episode 2974 from July 1978 – Benny and Grogan gang up on Mr Rogers. Throat-slitting is pondered as an option and he flees the scene. They top their victory by stalking a goat that has just eaten some of Benny’s money.
Episode 2975 from July 1978 – Benny’s not particularly sold on the idea of changing his surname, much to Tom Reed’s chagrin. Meg behaves brusquely when a strange man knocks at her door, brandishing a toothbrush.
Episode 2976 from July 1978 – Glenda is mildly disconcerted when Godfrey confesses to murder. Jim, radiant with a new perm, becomes vexed when Sandra refuses to agree with his plans for the future. Sandy discusses the rules of the road with Lloyd, who just can’t get his head around right-hand drive vehicles.
Episode 2977 from July 1978 – Sandy is thrilled when actor Bill Farrow comes to stay at the motel while Lloyd discovers that Meg’s misery fit is down to Hugh’s recent death. Sandy tries to twist Diane’s arm into dropping her lawsuit against Jim, for the good of the motel…
Episode 2978 from July 1978 – Mr Matthews pressures Jim into paying Meg a visit. This Jim does and, in a fit of honesty, tells her the real reason why he wants to buy the cottage. Daisy tries to entice Godfrey to an evening of culture.
Episode 2979 from July 1978 – Benny and Mrs Reed have a chat about his future, but she doesn’t have his best interests at heart. Daisy provides Bill with a shocking revelation and Lloyd regales Meg with tales of his swizzlestick.
Episode 2980 from July 1978 – Reeling under the news that he’s the fruit of Godfrey’s loins, Bill is circumspect when Daisy tries to invite him round for tea. Jane makes Benny a nice drink while Doris gives the Reeds a piece of her mind.
Episode 2981 from July 1978 – Benny deals a hammer blow to Tom Reed’s future business plans. Jim confesses his idiocy to Diane in an attempt to avoid a costly court case, while Meg turns down the chance to sell her cottage so she can live in maudlin loneliness.
Episode 2982 from July 1978 – It’s a big day for Benny when Ed is brought back from hospital by van. Unfortunately, he immediately begins to get up Doris’s nose. Sandy is mildly perturbed to discover that Lloyd has almost taken up residence at his mother’s cottage.
Episode 2983 from July 1978 – Tish tries some none-too-subtle questioning of Lloyd regarding Meg’s hermit-like behaviour. Diane and Glenda are shocked when Jane hands in her notice. Bill scandalises Glenda when he tells her that he’s off on a date with Daisy..
Archive Volume Ten:
Episode 2984 from July 1978 – Daisy’s teatime guest provides a bit of a shock for Godfrey. Ed and Tom Reed have a serious discussion about Benny’s future. Harsh words are spoken until Doris intervenes, but she’s not best pleased with the outcome.
Episode 2985 from July 1978 – While Diane’s octogenarian neighbour is convinced she’s seen a prowler, Godfrey is verging on the apoplectic when Daisy confesses the secrets of Bill’s parentage. Meg indulges herself in a maudlin conversation with Hugh’s spirit…
Episode 2986 from August 1978 – Sandy treads warily when he’s invited to tea at the cottage by Meg and becomes mildly uncomfortable at Lloyd’s presence. Daisy enjoys the fast life in Bill’s sporty car whilst Ed is shocked to find Benny eating his tea in the parlour instead of the kitchen.
Episode 2987 from August 1978 – Ed becomes peeved when Tom Reed offers him money to persuade Benny to change his mind, a situation which eventually comes to a head when Benny finds out. Tish indulges in a bit of badinage with Clifford Howes – a singularly curious customer with surprising hair.
Episode 2988 from August 1978 – Benny’s temper is heated with both Tom Reed and Ed, while Diane’s neighbour, Miss Willis, continues to insist that they are being targeted by a stalker. Tish discovers that Lloyd is actually a published psychiatrist and relationship guru. She even has his book.
Episode 2989 from August 1978 – Diane discovers that Miss Willis’s suspicions are right. Or does she..? Godfrey gives Daisy a nice surprise when she comes home to find him doing his thing in the living room. Diane is grilled by the fuzz over her neighbour’s neurotic tendencies. Meg discovers Lloyd’s book.
Episode 2990 from August 1978 – Meg roasts Lloyd for his duplicity and then determines to go back to moping. While Tom Reed decides that Benny’s learning curve should start with a couple of pamphlets, both Benny and Ed suffer from the rough edge of Doris’s tongue. Sandy gets a surprising call from Stan.
Episode 2991 from August 1978 – After discussing the situation with Ed, Diane comes to believe that perhaps this change of lifestyle could be good for Benny, but he is more concerned about what happens to his goat. While Glenda sponges Lloyd’s knees, he regales her with tales from when he was a busboy.
Episode 2992 from August 1978 – While Daisy pampers Godfrey, Bill contemplates setting a cunning scheme in motion. Tish is jealous of Lloyd’s relationship with Meg but needs his help to return the status quo. Diane is shocked when Clifford asks to draw her portrait as she’s not convinced that he is the full shilling.
Episode 2993 from August 1978 – David demands that Meg just snap out of it and return to work. Misery levels run high at the farm as Benny moves out to work with Tom Reed. Daisy annoys Tish when she gives a day’s notice to quit her job. Meanwhile, Diane gets a bit of shock..
Episode 2994 from August 1978 – Trapped in her flat with a demented artist, Diane has to think on her feet. Sandy and Tish are shocked at the enormity of Meg’s phone bill, though both are afraid to bring it to her attention. Meg confesses to Lloyd that she has felt Hugh’s spirit in the night.
Episode 2995 from August 1978 – For reasons best known to herself, Diane defends Clifford against PC Cater’s accusations. Benny experiences culture shock as he tries to acclimatise himself to his new environment. Things get worse when Tom Reed’s secretary complains that Benny smells.
Episode 2996 from August 1978 – Diane remains shocked at Glenda’s gullibility while David raises an eyebrow when Mr Matthews offers the motel the chance of obtaining a catering franchise. Meanwhile, the reception area suffers from a surfeit of chefs as the rush to find a replacement is on.
Episode 2997 from August 1978 – Meg is having second thoughts about selling the cottage, but her attention is diverted when her search for a new chef falls short of her expectations. Benny’s trials go from bad to worse – not only is he forced into a three-piece suit, but Tom Reed also takes him to task for his lack of dexterity when eating peas.
Episode 2998 from August 1978 – Tom Reed finally comes to realise the folly of employing Benny in an office environment. Unfortunately, he pushes too hard and Benny throws a wobbler. Meg can’t resist a bit of a gloat when Mr Matthews fails to reach the winning bid on the cottage but is a bit shocked when she discovers the identity of the new owner.
Episode 2999 from August 1978 – Lloyd confesses to Meg that he really bought her cottage by accident. She wants him to cancel the bid but he refuses, so she works her energy out on remonstrating with Shughie and Diane in the kitchen.
Archive Volume Eleven:
Two promotional trailers are included before the VT Clock of Episode 3013. The trailers are in a raw state and are minus the ATV voice over.
Episode 3000 from August 1978 – Ed tries to convince George that it’s in his best interests to work at the farm but, despite Benny’s winning smile, he’s not convinced. Diane continues to behave friskily with Steve and works off her sexual tension on Shughie, who’s foolish enough to wind her up.
Episode 3001 from August 1978 – George starts to act spitefully to Benny, while Meg and David are surprised when Bernard Booth returns under an alias. Much to Shughie’s horror, Bernard is intending to return as head chef, but he tells Meg he’ll only do it under one condition..
Episode 3002 from August 1978 – Lloyd diagnoses a motel guest as suffering from a stroke and has a run-in with Dr. Butterworth who accuses him of misdiagnosis. Diane provides Steve with something to nibble on while he plies her with alcohol and Benny complains to Ed that George treats him like an imbecile.
Episode 3003 from September 1978 – Josie’s sister Linda, a dubious character, turns up at the farm, surprising Ed when he finds out she’s George’s girlfriend. Lloyd and Dr. Butterworth continue their professional spat over Irene Bailey’s treatment while Shughie bends Sandy’s ear about Bernard’s impending return.
Episode 3004 from September 1978 – David is more than annoyed to find that his car has been pilfered, while Linda and George’s sneaky plans gather momentum. Lloyd believes motel guest Irene Bailey is a suicide case. Steve apologises to Diane for being a berk and Glenda is schmoozed by a ginger stranger.
Episode 3005 from September 1978 – Diane’s not best pleased when her sponging brother Terry turns up out of the blue and immediately shows himself to be a grade-A pest. Jane gets a shock when she finds a semi-nude man in her living room and Meg and David’s preconceptions of a dowdy Helen Booth are shattered when it turns out that she’s a stunner.
Episode 3006 from September 1978 – Helen’s flirty demeanour and obvious sex appeal do nothing to stem husband Bernard’s insecurities. Diane berates Terry for being a filthy pig – she wants him out but Jane, being a weed, thinks it’s okay for him to stay. Doris believes that Linda is a “lardy spoon”, deliberately stirring up trouble for Benny.
Episode 3007 from September 1978 – Jane’s appalled that Diane let Terry get arrested, but Diane thinks it’s the best laugh she’s had in a long while. Bernard takes exception to Shughie’s organisational skills and Dr Butterworth is concerned when Irene behaves outrageously towards him.
Episode 3008 from September 1978 – George contrives to wangle his way into Ed’s good books, much to Doris’s disgust. Meg is involved in a strange dialogue with the demented Irene Bailey, while Terry’s choice in shirts leaves much to be desired.
Episode 3009 from September 1978 – Terry’s feeling a tad delicate after a night on the pop while Vera, now in Mexico, sends Diane a bottle of Mandingo as a present. Bernard takes Diane’s quiche to task in a very boorish manner. Irene picks up George in the motel bar, but he doesn’t get what he expects..
Episode 3010 from September 1978 – Dr. Butterworth takes Irene to task and she immediately breaks down in a fake flood of tears. Terry makes a grave faux pas in social etiquette when he mistakes David for a waiter. Linda and George wind Benny up over him reading that week’s issue of Battle Picture Weekly.
Episode 3011 from September 1978 – Ed, in another spectacularly bad business decision, tries to browbeat Benny into letting George buy into the farm. Jane catches Terry in the act of telling fibs and he confesses that he was the one who thieved Diane’s bottle of Mandingo. David believes that Bernard is hiding a dirty secret..
Episode 3012 from September 1978 – Diane’s temper flares when she finds that Terry has stolen the tea money. Dr Butterworth gives Irene some spectacularly obvious advice, yet she continues to demand his personal services. Terry does a moonlight flit and Diane reckons that he’s the one who purloined David’s car.
Episode 3013 from September 1978 – Shughie, pondering designs on Helen’s time, contemplates locking Bernard in the cold store. Doris disapproves of Benny and George wrestling in the yard while Ed remembers that he’s forgotten something important. Glenda draws Shakespearean parallels between Shughie and the Booths.
Episode 3014 from September 1978 – Diane’s feelings are still conflicted over Steve and she takes out her frustrations on her aged neighbour. Shughie, still fancying his chances as The Other Man, gets caught schmoozing Helen by Bernard – increasing his jealousy by leaps and bounds. Ed foolishly asks Benny to do the farm accounts.
Episode 3015 from September 1978 – Irene Bailey goes slowly mad in her motel room. Steve is angry with Diane as he thinks she sent a poison pen letter to his superiors at the police station. David pursues his theory that something is amiss with Helen, causing consternation for her and a showdown with Bernard.
Archive Volume Twelve:
Episode 3016 from September 1978 – Steve makes a short-list of his suspects in the case of the poison pen letter. While Shughie tries to tempt Jane to excess, Bernard throws a considerable wobbler in the kitchen. Shughie accuses him of amateur dramatics.
Episode 3017 from September 1978 – Steve confronts Bernard but soon finds out that he’s barking up the wrong tree. Sandy tries to winkle some gossip out of Meg but she becomes coy and evasive. Doris is none too sure about her new hat.
Episode 3018 from September 1978 – Irene Bailey’s designs on Dr Butterworth progress slowly. Ed, in another foolish business decision, accepts £2000 from George to buy into the business. There’s just one catch – he has to get rid of Doris.
Episode 3019 from September 1978 – Dr Butterworth is perturbed when Irene tracks him down to his surgery. Archie tries to inveigle Shughie into a dodgy transaction. Benny finds out what’s happened to Doris and occasions violence upon George’s person.
Episode 3020 from September 1978 – Diane, still in shock over Steve’s proposal of marriage, finds out from Ed that Benny has gone missing. Irene has another soul-searching chat with Dr. Butterworth then goes and seeks some personal advice from Sandy.
Episode 3021 from October 1978 – Jane thinks that she may be acting the gooseberry, but Diane is more concerned about her missing bath oil. Shughie’s Stalinist behaviour earns shrugs of indifference from the catering staff. He retires to peel his potatoes.
Episode 3022 from October 1978 – Diane and Jane are convinced that their flat is being targeted by a prowler, but Steve is sceptical. When they find one of Jane’s dresses sliced up, he changes his tune. Helen’s promises of fun for Bernard turn out to be a big tease.
Episode 3023 from October 1978 – Steve’s innocent enquiries cause consternation in the kitchen. Helen buys a somewhat gauche object for her wrist but everyone’s kind enough to say it looks lovely – despite it being expensive, she hides its true worth from husband Bernard.
Episode 3024 from October 1978 – Bernard is aghast when he discovers that his chalet has been robbed. Dr. Butterworth deliberates the pros and cons of foisting demented motel guest Irene Bailey onto another practice. Diane gets ravished on the landing.
Episode 3025 from October 1978 – Bernard introduces Archie to the Spanish Inquisition. Archie protests his innocence loudly. Irene stuns Meg with a sweeping comment on women in general while Bernard seems in need of a hug.
Episode 3026 from October 1978 – Bernard pays a visit to Dr. Butterworth to discuss the efficacy of his sperm. Archie’s furtive creeping leads to nought and he’s finally cornered by Steve who, in turn, shocks Diane with his theory on who’s been breaking into the flat.
Episode 3027 from October 1978 – Meg invites Tish Hope to a threesome with her and Edith Tatum. Jane and Diane remain concerned about Benny’s disappearance. Jane goes on to confess that she’s been having nightmares, feeding Diane’s paranoia about her possible instability.
Episode 3028 from October 1978 – Diane is shocked to find that their midnight prowler has pinched some more of her objets d’art. Helen gets twitchy when she discovers that Bernard has written to the police – an action which results in dire consequences for Steve.
Episode 3029 from October 1978 – Suspended due to Bernard’s accusations, Steve has a good old rant at Diane. Edith buys Dr Butterworth a book about stamps for his birthday. Diane is paid a visit by the police, who search her flat for incriminating evidence.
Episode 3030 from October 1978 – Dr Butterworth’s sensibilities are held to ransom when Irene Bailey gatecrashes his solo birthday celebrations. Edith is shocked to discover the price of drugs. Steve foolishly pays a visit to Bernard Booth.
Episode 3031 from October 1978 – Dr Butterworth earns Marian’s disapproval when she finds out about Irene’s latest stunt. Meg gets a surprise call from Jill, who appears to be in some state of distress. The midnight prowler strikes again.
Archive Volume Thirteen:
Episode 3032 from October 1978 – Interrupted mid-slash by Jane, Diane ponders on her own mental state and finds it lacking. Irene Bailey shocks Dr Butterworth to the core, leading him to question her behaviour. Steve accuses Helen of stealing the pen.
Episode 3033 from October 1978 – While Edith Tatum considers whether she has enough energy to heft a bunch of flowers, Bernard Booth reels under the revelation that Helen is the thief. David opines that Irene Bailey is having trouble getting serviced. Bernard Booth feels compelled to fib to the police.
Episode 3034 from October 1978 – Benny slopes into Reception looking like he’s been living in a ditch, which he has. After catching him trying to have a siesta in the garden shed, David gives Benny a lecture on economics. Steve becomes sorely peeved when he realises that Mr Booth has lied to the superintendent.
Episode 3035 from October 1978 – Benny regales Jane and Diane with tales of his life as a hobbledehoy. While Bernard Booth’s libido takes another thrashing, Shughie warns Helen of the dangers of communicable diseases. Diane gives Benny a lecture on the Welfare State.
Episode 3036 from October 1978 – Diane sweet-talks David and Sandy into giving Benny a job in the gardens. Bernard Booth and Helen get their just desserts when they’re confronted with evidence of their own duplicity. Shughie nearly gets squished by a lumbering Benny.
Episode 3037 from October 1978 – Irene Bailey’s behaviour is even stranger than usual, giving Dr Butterworth pause to consider that she may be better off in a hospital. Bernard tries to get to the bottom of Helen’s recalcitrance for visiting hospitals. Sharon has trouble managing her manager.
Episode 3038 from October 1978 – Sharon discovers the hard way that certain MOT certificates have been fraudulently issued. Helen confesses to Dr Butterworth that she thinks her husband may kill her. Benny gets a short, sharp lesson in hygiene from Mr Booth.
Episode 3039 from November 1978 – Bernard Booth turns his back on Helen, Irene Bailey vents her spleen and Shughie’s authority is undermined in the kitchen. Sharon is surprised when Victor makes a reappearance. Shughie confesses to Diane that he’s a bit bereft in the pants department.
Episode 3040 from November 1978 – Doris confides to Diane that Ed’s well on his way to losing everything. Benny tries to get Shughie to give Doris a job – a situation which earns him the rough edge of her tongue. Irene Bailey’s plans to have an enjoyable suicide are almost thwarted by Jane.
Episode 3041 from November 1978 – Guilt is handed around by the sackful as David and Dr. Butterworth philosophise over the meaning of life and death. Bernard Booth, resplendent in a lovely yellow dressing gown, ponders the benefits of jogging. Sharon offers to move in as Diane’s lodger when Jane moves out.
Episode 3042 from November 1978 – Dr Butterworth is shocked when Marian asks him to conceal Mrs Bailey’s suicide note. While Victor is hot on the trail of the missing MOT certificate, Shughie muses as to whether the joint he’s just cooked came from a sudden death at Dudley Zoo.
Episode 3043 from November 1978 – Helen uses her wiles to try and tempt Bernard Booth into stumping up for a flat for them to live in. Doris comes creeping back, cap in hand, to try and get the job she previously spurned. A blonde stranger books into the motel, asking questions about Victor.
Episode 3044 from November 1978 – Sharon and Victor are deliberating on where they should continue the night’s frolics when they are interrupted by Adrienne – a ghost from Victor’s past. Shughie’s quiet time reading the latest Barbara Cartland is interrupted by a well-meaning Benny.
Episode 3045 from November 1978 – Doris, now installed in the kitchens, is given her day’s instructions by an exceptionally waspish Bernard Booth. David tries to let Benny down gently when it becomes obvious he’s viewing his gardening job as long-term. Bernard gets the cold shoulder from Helen when he starts to get frisky.
Episode 3046 from November 1978 – Benny, proving that he does have enough sense to come in out of the rain, manages to lock Bernard in the cold store. Meg is worried that a few ‘spicy questions’ may be asked at Irene Bailey’s inquest. Shughie commits Wounding With Intent on a cabbage.
Episode 3047 from November 1978 – Sharon is dragged, against her better judgement, into a lunchtime liaison with Victor and Adrienne. At the inquest, Philip Bailey denies any responsibility for his wife’s mental state, while Dr Butterworth foolishly confesses that an intimate relationship existed between himself and Irene Bailey.
Archive Volume Fourteen:
Extras on this release include 8 minutes (approx) worth of re-takes for episode 3049, 3 minutes (approx) promotional trailer for episode 3062.
Episode 3048 from November 1978 – Adrienne indulges in a subtle bit of emotional blackmail with Victor. Whilst Dr Butterworth doesn’t quite get the drubbing he believes he deserves from the inquest, Bernard Booth frowns on Helen’s friend – a woman who earns her keep by ‘speciality dancing’.
Episode 3049 from November 1978 – Philip Bailey hounds Dr Butterworth, much to Marian’s distress. Helen has a bit of a blub and confesses to Doris that she’s actually on the pill. Bernard Booth’s authority is flouted when Benny brings a kitten he’s found into the kitchen.
Episode 3050 from November 1978 – Benny has his hair cut to make an impression at the garage, but Doris Luke thinks he may make the wrong one in his filthy overalls. Victor has a bit of a pout about the daily workload while Bernard takes Doris to task for talking to Helen.
Episode 3051 from November 1978 – Victor’s a bit surprised when he learns that Benny’s ambition exceeds his skillset. Meg is amused when David throws a hissy fit but confesses that she’s concerned by the impending advent of Hugh’s ex-business partner – Adam Chance.
Episode 3052 from November 1978 – David takes Victor to task over the issue of some unpaid bills, and they discuss Benny Hawkins’ suitability to become skilled labour. Bernard Booth passes a waspish comment on Shughie McFee’s ancestry, but his attention is diverted by Doris’s flagrant disregard of kitchen clothing regulations.
Episode 3053 from November 1978 – Jane Smith remains thankful for her career as a serving wench. Bernard – in a fit of spite – decides that Doris should be sacked, but Shughie manages to stonewall him. Adam Chance arrives, charming Helen Booth with his cheesy line in chat-ups.
Episode 3054 from November 1978 – Meg Mortimer begrudgingly hands over tumps of paperwork to Adam for him to scrutinise. Helen gets shirty with Doris Luke when she becomes holier-than-thou about her use of contraception. Victor Lee ponders whether Sharon is being deliberately thick.
Episode 3055 from November 1978 – Meg nearly goes into an apoplectic fit when Adam Chance explains that Hugh’s liabilities now leave her £50-100,000 in the red. Benny tips Joe MacDonald the wink that he can move into their lodgings with them but Doris has a bit of a shock when she discovers the cut of his jib.
Episode 3056 from November 1978 – Adam, now co-owner in trust of Crossroads thanks to Hugh’s dodgy dealings, congratulates Meg on her business acumen. Shughie McFee, nearly trampled by Helen Booth in a speedy exit, warns Doris that she’s in Bernard Booth’s gunsights.
Episode 3057 from December 1978 – Adrienne continues to haunt the office, much to Sharon Metcalfe’s annoyance. Helen accuses Bernard of being a nag – he believes that Doris is the root cause of all her ills but his plan to get her sacked fails miserably. Adam Chance continues to schmooze his way through the motel.
Episode 3058 from December 1978 – Adam plays Twenty Questions with Deborah Crisp, but she gives as good as she gets. Benny Hawkins has a big sulk when he realises that he’ll never get beyond floor sweeper – foolishly, Mac offers to train him up. Shughie smiles benignly as Doris Luke takes off her shoes.
Episode 3059 from December 1978 – Victor’s disappointed when Sharon can’t accommodate him that evening, so he casts his libido in Adrienne’s direction. Much to her consternation, Dr Butterworth tells Helen that she ought to come off the pill.
Episode 3060 from December 1978 – Bernard Booth is aghast to find out from Dr Butterworth that Helen has an almost pathological antipathy towards pregnancy. Adrienne and Sharon indulge in a bit of verbal sparring. Meg is overjoyed when she finds out that Jill Harvey is flying home.
Episode 3061 from December 1978 – Adam smarmily reveals to David and Meg that he thinks that Deborah Crisp may well be a blackmailer. While Sharon takes great joy in dampening Adrienne’s enthusiasm, Benny fails miserably when he’s asked probing questions about box junctions.
Episode 3062 from December 1978 – Victor Lee finds himself playing the pointy bit in a love triangle of his own making. Joe MacDonald’s plan to teach Benny to drive gets short shrift from both Doris and Shughie. Meg has a bit of a chat with Wendy and is shocked to hear her story.
Episode 3063 from December 1978 – Bernard calls Helen’s bluff by offering her a divorce – an option she’s only too happy to accept. Meg Mortimer discusses with Adam Chance and Tish Hope whether she should continue to subsidise her recently deceased husband’s illegitimate offspring. Shughie indulges in a bit of grave dancing over Bernard’s situation.
Archive Volume Fifteen:
Episode 3064 – from December 1978 – Meg Mortimer experiences the Booths’ marital tumult at close quarters while Sharon tries to entice Diane into having a glass of wine and a nice bath.
Episode 3065 – from December 1978 – Sharon Metcalfe confides her convoluted love life to Diane Parker, who displays equal parts horror and amusement. David Hunter demands to know the identity of Magic Herbert. Meanwhile, Deborah Crisp throws a tantrum at Meg. Meg takes it like a gentleman.
Episode 3066 – from December 1978 – Jill Harvey, now back in residence, falls short of offering marital advice to Helen Booth. Sharon tells Diane that she’s already warned Victor Lee that Adrienne’s after marriage, but he’ll have none of it. Meg asks daughter Jill a serious question.
Episode 3067 – from December 1978 – Adam once again tries his hand at philandering with Deborah Crisp. Victor finds himself in a situation not to his liking while Meg Mortimer decides that she wants to meet Hugh’s daughter before she parts with any more money.
Episode 3068 – from December 1978 – Benny Hawkins and Joe MacDonald try to get Sharon to do their dirty work for them. Shughie passes a disparaging remark on Doris Luke’s festive decorations, while David is the recipient of bad news from Bernard Booth.
Episode 3069 – from December 1978 – Christmas day in Kings Oak sees the residents gather at the village church for their festive celebrations. Helen Booth, however, is in a far from merry spirit. Adam Chance and Jill Harvey meet for the first time.
Episode 3070 – from December 1978 – The Mortimer family, motel staff and friends gather around the Christmas tree and indulge in a small libation. A shifty looking Benny flees from Doris’s attention and hides under a car. Shughie shows that he’s not short of a few moves on the dance floor while Diane and Meg prove to be the musical accompaniment to the party.
Episode 3071 – from December 1978 – Even Victor cannot help but notice that he needs to do something to rectify his precarious personal situation. Adam, shirt open far more than it needs to be, continues to bamboozle Meg with figures, though she’s soon distracted by the arrival of Hugh’s love child.
Episode 3072 – from December 1978 – Wendy Crisp asks her mother a searching question. Sandy Richardson gets a waspish response from Meg when he phones Jill and Shughie McFee opines that he has no empathy with the fairer sex.
Episode 3073 – from January 1979 – Bernard Booth tells wife Helen that it’s obviously fate that she’s not able to go to Harrogate. Helen demurs. Shughie begins to throw his weight around in the kitchen, but Doris Luke puts him in his place. Benny’s enthusiasm for mending his wreck of a car begins to get on Mac’s pip.
Episode 3074 – from January 1979 – Bernard’s reconciliation with Helen brings a smile to his libido. Jill Harvey has finally made her mind up to have a divorce, despite receiving some emotional blackmail in the shape of a letter from Germany. The claws come out as the trench war between Sharon and Adrienne continues.
Episode 3075 – from January 1979 – Shughie’s dander is well and truly up when Doris refers to his pom frits as chips. Then his professional reputation takes a hammer blow when a customer spurns his kedgeree. Deborah Crisp pointedly refuses Adam’s offer of a threesome with him and Wendy for dinner.
Episode 3076 – from January 1979 – David, resplendent in a lime green shirt and paisley tie, ponders the outrageous cost of redecorating the restaurant. Meg tells Bernard how much she’s looking forward to consuming his sweetbreads. Doris enquires of Shughie how he got on at the Swinging Cat discotheque.
Episode 3077 – from January 1979 – Straining under the weight of a frozen chicken, Shughie confesses that his arm is sore due to martial arts training. Bernard is slightly stunned when McFee confesses that he has a girlfriend called Cynthia, a situation he is at pains to keep from Doris. Crisp senior finds that her frosty demeanour gives her a degree of immunity from Adam’s ‘charms’
Episode 3078 – from January 1979 – Tish and Meg ponder Jill’s imminent divorce over a bottle of sherry, while Adam ponders buying Chimneys. Benny goes missing, for the second time in a matter of weeks, but they find him asleep in the back of his car. Wendy pours her scorn on Adam’s admittedly poor attempt at an apology.
Episode 3079 – from January 1979 – Meg informs Jill that Stan is ready for a fight over the custody of their daughter, Sarah-Jane. Doris Luke is concerned by Benny’s unhealthy interest in a motor car while Adam Chance eyes up the possibilities of being the new owner Jill and Stan’s former love nest. Shughie McFee is thrilled by Bernard Booth’s recollections of gourmet food.
Archive Volume Sixteen:
Episode 3080 from January 1979 – Meg is deep in thought regarding Jill’s personal situation, however, has unwanted issues with Deborah Crisp who now claims she has proof that Hugh Mortimer is the father of her child – Wendy. Jill ponders her future and how she intends to keep Sarah Jane, telling David of her plans. Bernard and Helen Booth discover their marriage is on the skids while Tish finds Meg in a state of distress.
Episode 3081 from January 1979 – Diane discusses love and marriage with David, informing the motel manager that PC Carter has ‘moved on’. Shughie prepares for his gourmet evening. Benny is worried about his car passing its MOT while he’s blissfully unaware he has a bigger shock heading his way.
Episode 3082 from January 1979 – Benny is heartbroken when he is informed his beloved car is actually stolen and belongs to someone else. Shughie dresses up to impress his ‘date’. He engages in conversation with local café waitress Cynthia aiming to impress the lady of the teas and coffees.
Episode 3083 from January 1979 – Jill hits the bottle again as the whole mother thing takes its toll. Shughie’s world of fantasy is taking on Disney proportions while Joe MacDonald sets his eyes on an old school flame. Stan Harvey gets an earful of abuse from afar.
Episode 3084 from January 1979 – Benny says he’s not keen on talking to people over the telephone as he often makes mistakes when using such newfangled technology. Bernard Booth puts Shughie McFee back in his place, if not entirely out of his dream world. Adam tries to get to the bottom of the Wendy, Hugh and Deborah situation. But will they offer blood as proof? It seems unlikely as Adam’s tact fails to charm Wendy.
Episode 3085 from January 1979 – Adam informs Crossroads Motel co-owner David that Meg’s financial affairs are in tatters and Hugh has left her in a money-less pit. He confirms that once Hugh’s estate is wrapped up things will look pretty bleak for the once well-off Meg. Joe MacDonald plans to get old flame Trina Jameson a job as a receptionist at the motel. Meg is left stunned when she is offered a deal to buy her shares in order to clear Hugh’s debts.
Episode 3086 from January 1979 – Adam tries to reassure Meg that he has no plans to take over the motel, and has her best interest at heart. He also continues to urge Wendy to part with blood to prove Hugh is the father of her daughter. Doris discovers Shughie has been living one great big lie.
Episode 3087 from January 1979 – Doris Luke is indignant at the number of lies Shughie McFee is reeling out. He, however, claims he has many a good reason for the tall tales. Wendy Crisp gets a shock, while Bernard Booth becomes increasingly jealous as Joe woos Helen as part of his ploy to bring Trina into the motel family.
Episode 3088 from January 1979 – Bernard Booth indulges Shughie McFee and Doris Luke in a dialogue of Shakespearian proportions in order to get a cup of tea. Meg turns her magnanimity into fine art in her ultimate dealings with the Crisp family. A new chapter opens at the Crossroads Motel as Adam Chance becomes the third director. Jill decides he’d be perfect to live with and offers Adam a home at Chimneys.
Episode 3089 from January 1979 – Joe is declared a bit of a fool by Helen. Jill gives Adam a guided tour of her home, avoiding any double entendres. Meg rethinks her feelings and upon the sorry state of affairs, the Crisp family are in offers Wendy a job at the motel.
Episode 3090 from January 1979 – Diane catches Benny lurking in the motel staff room and ponders what he’d look like as a waitress. Joe and Trina head off to the hippest bar in Kings Oak – The Swinging Cat. Doris and Shughie are not so lucky, their night out ends up at the Kings Oak Café for a plate of chips.
Episode 3091 from January 1979 – Adam and Jill converse in general chit chat She tells him she’s not as ‘easy’ as he thinks she may be, while he indulges in some psychoanalysis of the soon-to-be-divorced Mrs Harvey. Shughie tries to entice Helen with his Scampi Provencal but she’s not interested. Diane catches Trina flouncing around, she tells her about the little prank she’s playing on Mac.
Episode 3092 from February 1979 – Bernard Booth is overjoyed when he discovers he’s about to become a father. Meg is concerned that Jill shacking up with Adam, no matter how innocent it is, could give Stan the ammunition he needs to keep Sarah Jane in Germany. Lloyd flounces into the reception with a strange woman. Adam is thrilled when Jill gives his libido a tickle, only for her to then smash it to bits with a hammer.
Episode 3093 from February 1979 – Glenda and Gerry have a row over money, the latter just out of prison. So we know he’s no good. Jill takes geordie waitress Valerie under her wing, it seems the motel is once again a magnet for unmarried mothers. Meg is surprised to learn that Lloyd has brought his daughter to the motel. But that’s his business. Tish and Lloyd share a kiss, which gets Ted’s jealousy level rocketing.
Episode 3094 from February 1979 – Adam takes Jill to task, although stops at putting her over his knee when she invites pregnant and alone motel waitress Valerie Saunders to stay with them at Chimneys. Sandy is left feeling bruised after meeting Lloyd’s daughter Kathryn. David informs Meg that he intends to bring ex-wife Rosemary back to the motel following the funeral of his former mother-in-law, Stella. Trina and Mac go to a party.
Episode 3095 from February 1979 – Bernard Booth is in a disapproving mood and gives any unfortunate member of the motel staff to venture near him a word or two of negativity. Gerry worms his way back into Glenda’s good books but advises her not to tell Benny. Shughie is worried the village may discover he’s been on a date with local spinster Doris Luke.
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Episode 3096 from February 1979 – Meg ponders the value of her Derby figurine, Valerie confides in Jill that her father wouldn’t accept her situation well and is possibly more stubborn than Bernard Booth. Sandy catches Shughie McFee talking to his food while it cooks. Ted is the recipient of a highly unwelcome visitor.
Episode 3097 from February 1979 – Meg and Lloyd discuss ‘daughter problems’. Glenda Brownlow confides in Benny Hawkins – village idiot – that she has fallen in love with baddie Gerry Hurst. Doris Luke, always one for an eye for the good and bad in the world isn’t keen on Gerry. No good will come of it, mark her words. Diane gets involved in Valerie’s world of misery while Doris catches Shughie in a state of undress.
Episode 3098 from February 1979 – Adam puts down his regular sleeping habits to a clear conscience. Glenda confesses she has a secret passion for David. Valerie is allowed to remain at Chimney’s for the foreseeable future, Jill little realising what problems it may cause in the months to come.
Episode 3099 from February 1979 – David and ex-wife Rosemary indulge in some serious conversation before being interrupted by Adam, much to David’s relief. Shughie is far from impressed at the cost of renovation as Doris urges him to invest in some new soft furnishings. Ted Hope, the husband of Tish, gets a bit frisky with Lloyd Munro’s daughter Kathryn.
Episode 3100 from February 1979 – Sandy is left unimpressed by the news that Adam Chance and his sister are shacked up together at her house, the home she shared until recently with her daughter Sarah Jane and husband Stan Harvey. Tish Hope is feeling even worse as she wonders just what is going on with Ted, especially as he’s seen partaking in tea and scones with Kathryn.
Episode 3101 from February 1979 – Jill sets herself up as Valerie’s life coach. That should worry Valerie immensely. After all this is Jill Harvey, who married an already married man, became addicted to alcohol, managed a shop which went bankrupt, had an affair with her half brother resulting in a child – Matthew – and was brainwashed by a local witchcraft cult. Rosemary reacts in a predictable way when she discovers David has been hiding from her that their son Chris is an international terrorist who was responsible for the death of Hugh Mortimer. Shughie is smacked by Gerry.
Episode 3102 from February 1979 – Trina and Doris pamper Shughie following his bruising. Ted and Kathryn get close. Meg confesses to son Sandy that she isn’t Rosemary Hunter’s greatest fan.
Episode 3103 from February 1979 – Tish continues to become increasingly suspicious of Ted. After all, it isn’t the first time he’d had an affair. Remember Constance? A conversation with Lloyd far from helps matters. Diane tries to winkle some gossip out of Jill but she is saying nothing. Adam enjoys being pandered to by two women and reveals his fetish for onion rings.
Episode 3104 from February 1979 – Lloyd verbally puts his daughter over his knee and spanks her for being so terrible. Kathryn in return kicks and screams like a child. David raises an eyebrow when son Chris turns up at the motel. Diane accuses Glenda of being a bit of a thick cow. Chris raises an eyebrow when he discovers his mother is at the motel.
Episode 3105 from February 1979 – Meg, often very nice, accuses Jill of being too nice. Sandy informs his mother that the murderous Chris Hunter is at the motel. Meg retires to her room. Adam informs Jill that Diane has been dropping hints about Valerie to him. He believes the motel staff think he’s put the waitress in the family way. Shughie gets an unwelcome visitor.
Episode 3106 from February 1979 – Ted accuses Tish of being overdramatic. Gerry hogs Shughie’s bed, while he makes do with the sofa. Lloyd tries to get inside the mind of his daughter.
Episode 3107 from February 1979 – Meg warns Tish that the village is talking about Ted and Kathryn. Diane reacts badly when Gerry grabs her bum and Shughie is so out of sorts he barely reacts to the news his nemesis Bernard Booth has decided to quit the motel for the second time.
Episode 3108 from March 1979 – Lloyd has mixed emotions when his daughter informs him she’s returning to America. Adam attempts to give Valerie a back rub while Tish says she won’t be making a fuss over Ted’s bit on the side anymore. David attempts to have a father-son conversation with Chris, but it fails badly.
Episode 3109 from March 1979 – Rosemary decides she’s mourned enough for her mother and is heading back home to Geneva. David has the audacity to ask Meg if Chris, who was responsible for Hugh’s death, can have a job at the motel. Jill congratulates Adam on his flare for the obvious while Doris decides to play Jessica Fletcher and find out what is really going on in Shughie’s flat.
Episode 3110 from March 1979 – Chris tells Diane he has no intention of working at the Crossroads Motel. Jill’s plan to transform Chimney’s into a home for unmarried mothers gets the red-light from Adam. Shughie is concerned that Doris has discovered his secret concerning Gerry.
Episode 3111 from March 1979 – Lloyd accuses Kathryn of stirring things up with a big wooden spoon. In a total change of direction, Chris decides to take up the offer of the barman at the motel. Ted plans an afternoon of debauchery.
Archive Volume Eighteen 3112 from March 1979 – Tish bushwhacks Lloyd with a thorny question, it concerns infidelity. Jill runs into piles of red tape over her plans to open a home for unmarried mothers. Benny warns Glenda over the perils of gin while Kathryn drops hints to her father that she’s having a fling with Ted. She fails to enjoy however the backlash of such revelations.
Episode 3113 from March 1979 – Gerry Hurst attempts to fill Glenda Brownlow with copious amounts of gin to get his leg over. Luckily for Glenda the pair are interrupted by Shughie who encounters some violence for his troubles. He later makes a confession. Chris winds up David with his chirpy outlook while at work.
Episode 3114 from March 1979 – Diane temps Chris back to her flat while Tish once more ponders Ted’s wayward ways. Adam ponders the benefits of returning to Australia. Trina gets one over on Joe, much to his annoyance. Rosemary Hunter examines the issues surrounding her ex-terrorist son. Most importantly that others may see him as a bad influence. Lloyd waits up for Kathryn.
Episode 3115 from March 1979 – Valerie Saunders accuses Jill of getting a kick out of being the new Mame Dennis, patron saint of unmarried mothers. Jill throws a wobbler. Mac is concerned that his engagement to Trina is being taken far too seriously. Chris panders to David’s idiosyncrasies over a cup of coffee. Jill begins to fret when Valerie fails to return to Chimneys after work.
Episode 3116 from March 1979 – Jill ponders harm on Valerie when she returns after staying out all night. Linda brings a ray of misery into Benny’s life when she returns to Kings Oak, showing up at the garage. While most people find her a skanky lowlife garage boss Colin Dutton is attracted to the bit of rough. Ted gives Kathryn something to think about.
Episode 3117 from March 1979 – Lloyd reluctantly takes a call from his daughters husband. Rosemary true to form informs David waspishly that their son has outgrown her. Linda informs Benny she needs more fun in her life. David’s gloomy outlook for the day is lifted by Lloyds obvious own misery. Diane gets Chris half naked.
Episode 3118 from March 1979 – Ted gets a shock when Kathryn’s husband phones up for a chat. Jill is discovered sitting in the dark deep in contemplation. Rosemary has a chat with Diane over the ownership of her son. Sandy admits to Kathryn he finds her a bit scary.
Episode 3119 from March 1979 – Jill, who had suffered a miscarriage a few years earlier, is outraged that Valerie has partaken in an abortion. Chris is informed he is due a large sum of money from his late gran. But it has a few terms attached to it. Lloyd has been busy prodding his builders.
Episode 3120 from March 1979 – Meg takes Sandy to task over his eating habits. Joe MacDonald is getting nervous over his relationship with Trina Jameson. Garage boss Colin Dutton falls under the spell of Linda Welch’s cleavage. Rosemary Hunter enjoys a gossiping spree at the expense of Tish concerning Ted and Kathryn.
Episode 3121 from March 1979 – Linda stuns Benny by apologising for her lack of manners. However all is not as it seems. Mac believes it won’t be long before wedding bells are ringing for him and Trina, which isn’t a great thought for him. Chris tries to wrangle some of his legacy money from his parents. Unfortunately he’s not entitled to any until he’s 35 or gets married. Jill takes out Valerie’s abortion on Diane.
Episode 3122 from March 1979 – Chris Hunter proposes marriage to Diane Parker, but it wouldn’t be a ‘love match’ just a money making venture. She does a runner. Jill has a feeling that Stan is up to something. And she intends to find out just exactly what. Linda and Benny have a leg slapping match.
Episode 3123 from March 1979 – Sharon Metcalfe complains to Colin that Linda is lurking around the garage far too much. Kathryn says tom-ayto while Chris says tom-arto. Meg is stunned to learn that Stan is taking Jill to court for full custody of Sarah Jane. Benny is accused of having sex with Linda.
Episode 3124 from March 1979 – David informs Rosemary that he believes their son is up to something devious in order to get hold of his inheritance money. Benny mopes around the garage miserably. Tish and Lloyd indulge in an evening of culture. Diane and Sharon ponder the pros and cons of arranged marriages. Lloyd confesses to Meg that he enjoys winding up Ted Hope.
Episode 3125 from April 1979 – Mac describes the joy of living with a dysfunctional family to Doris Luke. Kathryn tries to get her father to do her dirty work. In an astonishing display of hypocrisy she believes he’s having an affair! Jill is to expect an arrival at East Midlands Airport at 3pm, but who is arriving from Germany?
Episode 3126 from April 1979 – Jill is informed that Stan won’t be coming back to Birmingham to deal with their divorce. Rosemary is positively outraged at the impending marriage between Chris and common waitress Diane Parker. David is also rather indignant about the whole suggestion. Doris lectures Joe MacDonald on his responsibilities once he’s a husband. Jill is allowed to spend some time with Sarah Jane.
Episode 3127 from April 1979 – Rosemary with a mad glint in her eye takes Diane to task. Ted gives Kathryn the push. Kathryn doesn’t take it too well. Chris takes great pleasure in his parents displeasure at his latest ploy.
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Episode 3128 from April 1979 – Colin comes to the conclusion that Linda’s attentions are becoming a tad overbearing. Ted and Kathryn decide to make a public display of their personal situation. Mac gets a three-line whip to move back in with his parents.
Episode 3129 from April 1979 – David Hunter comes to terms with his son’s latest wayward actions. Although makes it clear he is still unhappy about using Diane to gain money. Kathryn tells Tish that she’s going back to America. Later Tish informs Ted with glee, and then gives him an extra kick when he’s down.
Episode 3130 from April 1979 – Sandy Richardson is left nearly speechless when Tish Hope moves in to the motel. David takes ex-wife Rosemary to task when she attempts to ‘buy off’ Diane Parker over the pending marriage of convenience to son Chris. Chris will inherit a large sum of money from his late grandmothers will should he marry. Lloyd mopes around when he learns of Tish’s situation. David and Rosemary plan a different way to scupper their sons cash-making plans.
Episode 3131 from April 1979 – David informs Rosemary they have no legal powers to thwart Chris’ plans. Edith Tatum sits around enjoying the motel atmosphere. Doris Luke has had quite enough of Linda Welch and calls the scrubber a slut to her face. Rosemary makes Chris an offer he is compelled to reject.
Episode 3132 from April 1979 – Linda reeling from Doris’ comments takes out her annoyance on Benny, then delivers more to Colin for an encore. Trina talks to Joe about the virtues of fitted kitchens. Tish remonstrates with David, asking him to keep out of her business, or in this case personal life. Edith Tatum has sold the post office and new owner Cyril Watkins is raring to go, as he fills up the shop with baked beans.
Episode 3133 from April 1979 – Trina confesses to Doris she’s been winding Joe MacDonald up to teach him a lesson. Sandy suggests to Diane that Chris’ plans for the wedding reception are becoming a tad excessive. Rosemary Hunter indulges in a favourite past time, poking fun at Diane Parker. Doris offers to help out at Cyril’s shop, showing him how much of a scrubber she can be.
Episode 3134 from April 1979 – Chris indulges in some emotional blackmail when Diane changes her mind about the wedding. Cyril basks in the joys of running his own shop. Ted confides in Lloyd that Rosemary puts him off eating while Tish decides to accept an offer of a date. Edith Tatum cuts a dashing figure when she appears in a stylish woollen tam o’shanter.
Episode 3135 from April 1979 – Lloyd tries to lure Sandy into a large amount of lying as part of a plan he’s trying to put into place. Cyril’s daughter Eira is nicely surprised to discover her father’s shop isn’t a hovel. Colin makes it clear to Linda what their situation is, she’s not entirely impressed by the information.
Episode 3136 from April 1979 – It takes Ted and Tish over an hour to realise they’re being set up by Lloyd Munro. Benny discovers Linda having a tearful moment in a car, he offers her a mucky shoulder to cry on. Colin Dutton tells Sharon Metcalfe that if Linda turns up at the garage again she’s to tell her to bugger off.
Episode 3137 from April 1979 – Joe sulks when he learns that Trina has another fella, but is beaten in the sulking stakes by Linda when she’s made aware that Benny is no longer at her disposal. Diane decides upon her wedding dress, a spring frock. Colin comes to realise that Linda is not a tart that likes to be trifled with.
Episode 3138 from April 1979 – Diane gets her frisk on, but finds that her latest husband is sound asleep thanks to large amounts of booze. Sandy throws a wobbler at Meg, much to both their surprise. Colin is made fully aware of Linda’s blackmail plans. He’s not happy.
Episode 3139 from April 1979 – Chris decides its time to claim his inheritance and ponders a trip to Switzerland to sort out the finer financial details. Diane Hunter is left stunned and shocked when she’s informed she has to remain married to Chris for a further two years. She is left further stunned when Chris says he has to also move in.
Episode 3140 from April 1979 – Sandy still has the hump and continues to be grumpy around the motel. Cryil attempts to get the Kings Oak Post Office service reopened while Colin calls Linda’s bluff. Benny wants to shut her up for good. Meg confronts Sandy over his miserable demeanour. She doesn’t like his answer.
Episode 3141 from April 1979 – Trina realises she’s put herself into a corner by trying to be too clever with Joe. Rosemary takes a great deal of pleasure in informing Chris that she’s had his inheritance payment put on hold. Diane is far from pleased with the news. Colin accidentally kills Linda at the garage with a sink. He decides to blame Benny.
Episode 3142 from April 1979 – Meg ponders whether she’s driving Sandy away from the motel with her overly protective mothering of her son. Meanwhile Sandy tells David he’s sick of being mothered and longs for independence. Colin tells Benny that he’s been a little bit naughty in killing Linda and the police will be after him. Benny falls for Colin’s lies and does a runner.
Episode 3143 from April 1979 – Joe MacDonald and Sharon Metcalfe react badly to the news Benny has apparently murdered tarty Linda Welch. Chris gets the silent treatment from his new wife of convenience Diane. Meg is disappointed to learn that Sandy will be leaving the motel for a new job out of Kings Oak. Benny is on the run with the police on a woolly hat search.
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Episode 3144 from May 1979 – Diane is beside herself with worry over Benny, disbelieving that he could be responsible for the murder of the wretched whore Linda. The police however have several questions for her about her dim-witted pal. Rosemary Hunter is also in no mood for niceties as she decides to take the nuclear option over Chris and Diane. Colin Dutton tells endless fibs to cover up the fact he really is the killer the police want.
Episode 3145 from May 1979 – Chris Hunter begs his father for help in order to thwart Rosemary’s plans. Doris Luke indulges in a mournful soliloquy, Meg Mortimer is accused of emotional blackmail by her own son. Sandy is still in a mood. Harry puts his foot in it, which proves a problem for him.
Episode 3146 from May 1979 – Rosemary’s plot to stop Chris getting his inheritance hits a wall when David decides not to support her ploy. Colin continues to place the blame with Benny. In the real world a ‘Benny is Innocent’ campaign had started across the nation with banners hanging from Uni buildings and posters in City centres! Having already been accused of it, Meg decides to lay on some heavy emotional blackmail with Sandy.
Episode 3147 from May 1979 – Benny makes the front pages of the local press as the manhunt continues. Sharon Metcalfe tells Diane Hunter that her behaviour is just a bit hysterical. Sandy discusses leaving the Crossroads Motel for his new job. Doris smiles as she looks back to the good old days when Benny used to chase Starry the goat around the farmyard. Diane admits she fancies the pants off Chris Hunter.
Episode 3148 from May 1979 – Diane gets a visit from a disturbed looking Rosemary who informs her that she intends to make Diane feel guilty, cheap and frightened. Victor Lee turns up much to the displeasure of Colin Dutton. Rosemary meets her match when she encounters Sharon. Mac finds Benny hiding in a hovel.
Episode 3149 from May 1979 – Sandy has a bit of a rant at Meg. Rosemary attempts to get the majority of the motel staff to side with her over Chris and Diane, however it fails to take off with the staff. Meg isn’t too interested in Rosemary’s ramblings. Benny, back at the motel, is pleased that Colin has been revealed as the man who killed, all be it accidentally, Linda Welch.
Episode 3150 from May 1979 – David tells Rosemary if she can’t forgive Chris she may lose her son forever. Elsewhere Diane and Chris share a snog over the good news that Benny is innocent. Sandy plans his move to London, away from his over-concerned mother. Victor Lee and Sharon Metcalfe enjoy a catch up.
Episode 3151 from May 1979 – Victor Lee decides he may help Benny on the road to car success and suggests he sends him to a technical college. Benny is bemused by the suggestion. Diane is bemused when Chris says he’s prepared to drop everything to save her feelings. Sandy is saved from reading a boring book to chat with Joe, who is surprised to learn Sandy has finally decided to go. Mac offers to drive Sandy to the big smoke. Trina boasts to Mac that she’s on the evening shift and tries to sound happy about Benny being innocent.
Episode 3152 from May 1979 – Harry indulges in a fit of the miseries over his visit to the doctor. Rosemary shocks David by admitting she was wrong. Joe gets masterful with Trina following advice from Sandy. Cyril thinks Doris is worth £10 for eight hours of action. Mac does a little filling on the telephone while Diane asks Chris not to be sentimental over their sham marriage.
Episode 3153 from May 1979 – David and Meg discuss their sons, Chris waits for his money while Sandy has his final day at the motel. Trina announces to Meg and David that she’s to be married to Joe. Meg is indignant that Sandy has left the cafeteria accounts to fall behind. Doris Luke wears her motel uniform in the village shop, while Victor Lee suggests he has Sharon Metcalfe on the carpet.
Episode 3154 from May 1979 – Meg and Doris admire Trina’s ring. Sharon admits to Victor she was involved in a car crash. Chris hands in his notice and prepares to flee the motel. Benny has trouble with the phone. Sharon is in bits over a car crash at Harpers Cross which saw a woman crash through the window, the car arrives at the garage. Benny assesses the damage and confirms it is ‘a mess’. Victor gives the virtues of wearing a seat belt. Lloyd Munro invites David and Meg to dinner. Chris Hunter learns that Meg can ‘slap a face’ from a distance.
Episode 3155 from May 1979 – Chris and David have a heart to heart. Then Chris stuns his father by informing him that he won’t be claiming his grandmother’s inheritance after all. Harry, still reeling from being practically accused of being a fake over his bad back by Doris, throws another wobbler. Chris thanks Meg for giving him a chance. Lloyd wears a fancy cravat as he prepares to dine with Meg, David drops out in an attempt to cover up the fact the motel accounts are not finished. Meg doesn’t fall for it. In the village shopCyril and his daughter ponder if its possible to fake pain as Harry continues to ‘suffer’. Lloyd bamboozles Meg with his dining etiquette and procedures. But he’s hiding a dirty secret. Meg pulls on her rubber gloves and takes care of Lloyd’s hidden problems.
Episode 3156 from May 1979 – Benny’s sent on his way when Cyril asks for a private audience with Doris. Victor is concerned by Sharon’s keenness to hang around the hospital waiting for news. Meg is horrified by Lloyds home lifestyle and plans to sort him out with a housekeeper. Mrs Green and Timmy gets their shopping from Cyril while Marion Owen passes on a message for lazy Harry. Barbara Brady arrives at Lloyds cottage to apply for the housekeeping job.
Episode 3157 from May 1979 – Lloyd flashes his dentures in alarm at Barbara his new housekeeper as she probes him. Mac dashes Trina’s idea of moving in with her parents. Harry has issues as Doris falls over and does herself an injury which will see her recovering for three months in Last of the Summer Wine. Sharon and Benny discuss the death of Mrs Foster following the car crash earlier in the week. Benny thinks back to his ill-fated love Maureen who was killed on their wedding day in a road accident. Benny offers some rare sensible advice.
Episode 3158 from May 1979 – Mr Foster turns up at the garage and deals with Sharon over his late wife and her car. Lloyd and Barbara continue to get to know each other and chatter includes tales of rodeos and the Raj. Harry gets an earful from Eira and Cyril when they discover Doris has had an accident in their shop. Doris is residing at Castlewich General Hospital as the motel learns of her accident. Meg puffs down the phone as she awaits news of Doris, she later tells Lloyd that he can’t have it both ways.
Episode 3159 from May 1979 – Sharon continues her maudlin behaviour much to Victor’s annoyance. Harry winds up Cyril over Doris’ accident and the possible compensation claim. Benny gets a letter from Ed Lawton informing him he’s sold their farm and is moving into a retirement home. Victor is suitably unimpressed when Benny asks for time off. Mac sneaks up on Trina and she rattles her pen chain. Marion Owen informs Cyril Watkins that Doris has broken ribs, one has perforated a lung and she’s sprained her wrist.
The DVD releases end with Victor Lee noting he’s a ‘hard man’.
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