2019 News Reg Watson passes away aged 93 Reg,   who   brought   Crossroads   to   life   and   gave   the   show   its   name,   has   died   after   a   short   illness.   Originally   a   theatre   actor he   transferred   to   radio   and   then   finally   as   a   television   executive   with ATV   in   the   UK   from   1955   to   1974   before   returning   to his   native   Australia   to   join   the   Grundy   Organisation   to   help   create   their   drama   department   alongside   original   Crossroads director Alan Coleman. For   Reg   Grundy’s   company   he   devised   many   successful   serials   including   The   Young   Doctors,   Prisoner:   Cell   Block   H,   Sons and Daughters and of course the major television saga Neighbours that has been on-screen for over three decades. ‘Everyone   at   Neighbours   is   sad   to   hear   of   the   passing   of   our   creator,   Reg   Watson.   He   was   a   pioneer   of   drama,   prolific   in   his   output   and   by   all   accounts a lovely person to work with. His legacy lives on in Ramsay Street to this day.’ – Jason Herbison – Neighbours Executive Producer Reg   retired   from   television   in   the   mid-1990s.   He   became   a   Member   of   the   Order   of Australia   in   2010,   an   order   of   chivalry   established   by   Queen   Elizabeth   II in   1975,   “for   the   purpose   of   according   recognition   to   Australian   citizens   and   other   persons   for   achievement   or   for   meritorious   service”.   Before   the establishment of the Order, Australian citizens received British honours. Reg was issued his gong “for service to the media as a pioneer in the creation and production of serial television drama.” The   shows   that   Reg   Watson   devised   and   produced   continue   to   remain   popular;   Crossroads,   Sons   and   Daughters   and The Young   Doctors   have   all   had   re-born success   on   DVD   recently   –   with   Prisoner:   Cell   Block   H   seeing   every   classic   edition   released   to   buy   and   a   rebooted   new   drama   titled   Wentworth   taking   the prison saga into the 2010s. Classic serials also continue to air around the world in repeat runs. His legacy in the world of television will long live on. A detailed report can be found at ATV Today here . An obituary is here  at Television.Au Original ‘motel’ buildings demolished The   exterior   of   the   Crossroads   Motel   from   1964   to   1981   has   finally   been   demolished.   The   site,   found   by   Reg   Watson   in   the   1950s   when   producing   ATV’s   Midland   Farming,   is   actually   a   college   near   Baschurch   in   Shropshire.   Walford   Hall’s   1950s buildings   doubled   as   the   motel   and   its   grounds   while   a   Grade   II   listed   Georgian   house   doubled   as   the   Richardson   family home. The   site   also   hosted   another   manor   house   and   several   farm   buildings   that   were   used   to   illustrate   the   series’   fictional village   of   Kings   Oak.   Storylines   shot   at   the   complex   include   the   very   first   scene   showing   a   car   driving   up   to   the   motel   and the motel explosion of 1967 as well as the Miss Crossroads of 1968 featuring Bob Monhouse on the driveway. While   the   buildings   built   in   the   1940s   and   50s   are   being   demolished   the   house   will   remain   as   part   of   a   new   college   complex.   Sadly   out   of   100s   of   scenes r ecorded at Walford Hall, only one 30 second film clip of the location survives in the ITV Archive. Image courtesy of CAS FAcebook/Dave Matthews. (August 2019) Tony Adams opens Crossroads Care Telephone Box Tony   Adams,   best   known   for   television   medical   drama   General   Hospital   and   daytime   serial   Crossroads,   on   Monday   (June 24th)   opened   the   Crossroads   Caring   for   Carers   Worcestershire   ‘information   kiosk’   in   a   ceremony   attended   by   local dignitaries,   a   BT   representative   and   members   of   the   local   community   including   the   village   postman   and   regional   BBC Radio.   Supporters   of   the   charity   as   well   as   members   of   the   saga’s   official   fan   club   also   popped   along   to   the   site   to   see Tony open the fundraising and promotional kiosk. More information at ATV Today here .   (June 2019) Actress Sandy Ratcliff dies aged 70 Sandy   is   best   known   of   course   for   her   iconic   role   of   Sue   Osman   in   BBC   One   saga   EastEnders,   however   she   made   her   first   so ap   opera   regular   appearance   in Crossroads in 1974. She   was   first   seen   (in   a   photograph)   in   episode   2219,   before   making   her   entrance   fully   in   the   following   edition.   Sandy   played   Barbara   Wells,   the   love-interest   of   George   Parker   played   by   Harry   Beety.   George   was   the   father   of   series   regular Vince   portrayed   by   Peter   Brookes.   The   storyline   saw   Vince   highly   disaprove   of   the   relationship   between   Barbara   and George - as his father was 30 years her senior, however things took a twist when he found himself falling for her charms. Barbara   and   George   Parker   however   departed   Kings   Oak   in   early   1975   when   she   decided   Vince   wasn’t   the   man   for   her. After    Crossroads    Sandy    appeared    in    many    popular    television    series    of    the    1970s    and    early    80s    including    Granada Television’s   Crown   Court,   Thames   TV’s   The   Sweeney   and   BBC   One’s   Shoestring.   She’d   found   fame   in   her   20s   as   a   model which   had   lead   to   movie   work   notably   1971’s   Family   Life,   The   Final   Programme   of   1973,   Yesterday’s   Hero   in   1979   and   a year later Hussy. It will be Sue Osman in EastEnders that Sandy will be best remembered, however. She appeared from the serial’s launch in 1985 through to 1989. Crossroads Caring for Carers raises funds via new Lottery scheme The   caring   charity   was   founded   by ATV   and   the   Crossroads   team   in   1974   following   a   storyline   in   the   serial   which   saw   Sandy   Richardson   (Roger   Tonge) unable to walk after a car crash. The needs of his carer mother Meg (Noele Gordon) were later highlighted. This   lead   to   a   fictional   care   scheme   launching   in   Kings   Oak,   which   became   a   reality   following   research   into   the   needs of   carers   in   the   UK.   Crossroads   Care   and   Caring   for   Carers   is   now   one   of   the   biggest   charities   of   its   kind   in   the   world, however each regional outlet has to raise its own funding. The   Crossroads   Caring   for   Carers   Worcestershire   branch   is   hoping   to   raise   funds   via   a   new   local   Lottery   scheme, www.worcesterlottery.org Anyone   wishing   to   support   Crossroads   Caring   for   Carers    can   buy   Lottery   tickets,   or   find   out   more,   at   the   website: https://www.worcesterlottery.org/support/crossroads-caring-for-carers   (April 2019) Dorota Kwiatkowska who played Paloma Gazarowski has died Actress Dorota Kwiatkowska, who also performed under her marriage name of Dorota Rae, died last month. She   played   receptionist   Paloma   Gazarowski   in   the   ‘Crossroads   Kings   Oak’   era   of   the   ITV   soap   opera   in   the   late 1980s.   She   also   appeared   in   programmes   such   as   BBC   One   science   fiction   series   Doctor   Who,   playing   Flight Lieutenant   Lavel   in   two   1989   episodes.   Her   most   recent   work   included   Hotel   52   for   Polish   TV   Channel   Telewizja Polska in 2011 and Blondynka for the same network last year. Born   on   September   15,th   1957   in   Warsaw,   Mazowieckie,   Poland;   the   actress   passed   away   on   December   19th   2018 aged 61. She was residing in Australia at the time. Crossroads   co-star   Graham   Seed,   who   played   Charlie   Mycroft   alongside   Dorota   in   the   late   1980s,   paid   tribute   to   her   on   social   media,   noting   to   the fan club “How sad. RIP dear Dorota.”   (January 2019) Actor Lew Luton passed away aged 84 News   that   just   reached   us   in   January   2019,   however   dates   to   early   last   year.   We   have   recently   been   informed   Crossroads   actor   Lew   Luton   died   in April 2018 aged 84. Lew   played   motel   manager   Geoffrey   Steele   in   the   programme   in   the   mid-1960s,   wooing   receptionist   and   secretary   Julie   Shepherd   (Jean   Rogers)   and over   saw   the   motel   staff   fly   out   to   Tunisia   to   work   at   the   Desert   Coral   Hotel   while   Crossroads   Motel   was   being   re-built   following   a   bomb   explosion   in 1967. Unfortunately all of Lew’s episodes were wiped by ATV, however footage recorded in Tunisia survives showing the working-holiday storyline. Lew   was   born   in   Murwillumbah,   New   South   Wales,   Australia   as   Ambrose   James   Gerard   Luton   on   the   22nd   June   1933,   he   passed   away   on   the   25th   of April 2018. (January 2019) Earlier News Stories can be found here .
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