An episode from 1981 and Noele Gordon’s This Is Your Life have been recovered from home recordings.
The majority of episodes of Crossroads, after mid-1977, were retained. However several small gaps in places remained.
One such gap was the episode directly after Noele Gordon’s last episode in November 1981. The edition, 3534, was randomly wiped which was the reason UK Gold started with episode 3535 when they began the re-runs in 1996.
The edition sees Jill (Jane Rossington) return to Kings Oak after her rush to Southampton to say farewell to Meg (Noele Gordon) on the QE2 following the character’s decision to leave the motel and start a new life elsewhere.
The departure of Meg built up over several months of declining relations with co-director David Hunter (Ronald Allen) in both motel business decisions and personal friendship.
David had tried to sell the motel from under Meg to J.Henry Pollard (Michael Turner) in the summer of 1981 when we also learned that Meg had changed her will following the death of son Sandy (Roger Tonge) and was becoming ‘frustrated’ with life in Kings Oak.
The second Crossroads related find is Noele Gordon’s 1973 edition of This Is Your Life produced by Thames Television. A very poor VHS copy was held by fan club mainstay Peter Kingsman for many years, however, the source of the best-quality version remained elusive.
This has now been found on a ‘Phillips tape’
The finds have been restored and cared for by the archive experts Kaleidoscope headed by Chris Perry, who said on social media of This Is Your Life; “It’s a lovely episode. Starts on the Crossroads set and ends with Larry Grayson singing her praises.”
These finds are to be screened at the forthcoming Missing Believed Wiped event taking place in August at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham.