News Archive 2
DVD: VOLUME 3 – NEW RELEASE DATE (08-11-06)
The ongoing saga of exactly when the third volume of Crossroads is to be released “may” have been settled by Network DVD. For the first time, a scheduled date of 26th February 2007 has appeared on their website in the “Forthcoming” section.
RAMON TIKARAM NOT RETURNING FOR “THIS LIFE” REUNION (23-10-06)
It has been reported that Crossroads actor, Ramon Tikaram will not be joining the rest of the cast of “This Life” when it returns for a reunion special later in the year.The actor has said he was not invited to the comeback because his character - courier Ferdy - is to be killed off. "They didn't want me to do it. I wasn't asked," Tikaram, 38, said. "All I got told was: 'There's a funeral. It's yours. That's why this episode is happening.'"
Ramon played the popular character of Eddie Weaver during the later months of Crossroads 2001.
“THIS IS ENGLAND” SCOOPS PRIZE IN ROME! (23-10-06)
Director Shane Meadows has picked up the special jury prize at the inaugural Rome Film Festival for “This Is England”. The film, featuring Keiran Hardcastle (Scott Booth in Crossroads) set in 1983, is about an impressionable young boy who becomes involved with a gang of skinheads.
LIONEL BLAIR SAVES MAN’S LIFE (21-09-06)
As ludicrous as it may appear, the following story has been reported on the BBC news site…Crossroads Series 3 star, Lionel Blair and comedian Alan Carr have helped save a man about to fall from the end of a Blackpool pier. Lionel had just finished filming a pilot programme with comedian Alan Carr when they heard a man was trying to jump from the North Pier. By the time the entertainers reached the end of the pier the man was holding on by his fingertips, but they managed to grab him.
TWO CROSSROADS STARS HEAD FOR THE DALES (21-09-06)
Emmerdale is getting ready to welcome two stars of Crossroads in the next couple of weeks. Anne Charleston (Betty in series 3) is set to play Lilly, the estranged sister of Edna Birch. Meanwhile, actress Raine Davison will also return after a five-year absence from the Yorkshire-based soap. Raine played Abbie Baker in Crossroads 2001. Anne and Raine are due to start filming on Monday, September 25, and appear on screen for three episodes in early November.
JOANNE FARRELL MEETS SANTA CLAUS IN LIVERPOOL! (17-09-06)
Fans of the evil, scheming Louise Dixon (aka Sarah Jane Harvey…aka Joanne Farrell) will be overjoyed to learn that the lady herself will be appearing in “Santa Claus – The Musical” at the Liverpool Empire from Friday 15th December until Sunday 7th January alongside soap legend Roy Barraclough. Further details are available from the Ticketmaster website HERE.
SHERRIE RETURNS TO CORONATION STREET (16-09-06)
We’re a little late reporting this compared to other sites, but we’re including it for completeness. Sherrie Hewson is to return to Coronation Street in the role of Maureen. She is to begin filming at the end of October, and will be on-screen in December.
CROSSROADS STARS ON FIVE THIS AUTUMN (01/09/06)
Five's autumn schedule was unveiled recently by director of programmes Dan Chambers. “Tripping Over” is a six-part drama from the writer of “Cold Feet” and with a cast including Ramon Tikaram (aka Eddie Weaver in Crossroads). The plot follows a group of twenty-something strangers whose lives collide on a one-night stopover in Thailand. Also, Les Dennis is to front “Speculation”, a 30-minute gameshow - where contestants battle each other psychologically to win cash prizes.
KATE RUSSELL’S BADGE AVAILABLE ON EBAY (01-08-06)
A rare opportunity has arisen to buy a genuine prop from the Crossroads 2001 TV series. The prop in question is the badge worn by Jane Gurnett as Kate Russell. It is currently available to buy on ebay.
YET MORE DELAYS FOR VOLUME THREE (30-07-06)
Speculation that the third volume of original episodes was not going to be ready for an August release has been confirmed. The official Network site has had a release schedule online for some time – Crossroads has not featured.
Play.com have revised the expected release date of Volume 3 on their website. It is now due on 16th October.
FREEMA AGYEMAN CONFIRMED AS COMPANION FOR DOCTOR WHO (04-07-06)
A poster on the TV forum website has revealed the news that Freema Agyeman has been confirmed as Martha Jones the latest companion for the Doctor in series three of the BBC sci-fi show. Freema is of course best known to Crossroads fans as “Series 3” Lola Wise. Congratluations to Freema from everyone at Crossroads2001.
TONY ADAMS IN “DOCTORS” ON BBC1 (05-06-06)
Too late to be of any use, but included here for reference: Tony Adams (aka Adam Chance) made a guest appearance in one of last week’s episode of Doctors (2nd June - Series 7, Ep 26), playing a volunteer in a charity shop. Although sadly not on screen for long it was a lovely understated performance.
SHERRIE LEAVES EMMERDALE BEHIND (09-05-06)
Fans of Emmerdale’s Lesley alias Sherrie Hewson (aka Virginia Raven) will be sad to learn that the character is set to leave the soap this week in the arms of ex-70’s lover Bobby John. “I wanted Lesley to get it on with Carl King,” Sherrie told Inside Soap. “I think Tom Lister, who plays him, is gorgeous!”
CROSSROADS DVD DELAYED AGAIN? (05-05-06)
Speculation is mounting that the eagerly awaited third volume of Crossroads episodes has been temporarily delayed by production company “Network”. Despite being available on pre-order from sites such as play, the title has been removed from the “Forthcoming” section on the Network Site. This follows the recent news that Network had been in touch with CAS regarding the selection of appropriate episodes. We will keep you posted.
A NIGHT WITH CINDY (27-04-06)
The Crossroads Appreciation Society is hosting an event to welcome Cindy Marshall-Day as patron of the Crossroads Network. The event has been planned by CAS’s 'Droitwitch Lloyd' and will be held at the Wortley House Hotel in Scunthorpe on 3rd May. This is a great opportunity to meet Cindy and all are welcome to the event. Further details are available at the Crossroads Network Forum or contact us here firstname.lastname@example.org
ANOTHER LENTON LANE SHOW SET FOR REVIVAL? (13-04-06)
Although the Lenton Lane studio complex was renamed the King’s Meadow Campus by the University of Nottingham exactly one year ago, traces of its past glories appear to be returning to the television network…
The success of “Family Fortunes” on Ant and Dec’s Gameshow Marathon prompted news of a revival fronted by Vernon Kay. We are also promised the delights of Bullseye on Challenge TV with new host Dave Spikey. Now we hear that “Supermarket Sweep” is set for a revival with Dale Winton himself.
It is sad that shows originally proudly made in the Midlands now have to be filmed in London, Leeds or Manchester as the facilities to produce them have been sold off.
I wonder if Granada fancy a stab at “Crossroads”…..?
TRACEY BOOTH’S BAR UNIFORM FOR SALE ON EBAY (09-04-06)
Tracey Booth’s bar uniform from the third series of Crossroads is currently available to buy on ebay. This is the genuine article as worn by Cindy Marshall-Day. It comes complete with heart badge, signed photo, script and certificate of authenticity.
DESTINATION CROSSROADS RETURNS! (AGAIN) (08-04-06)
After a brief spell as a central information point for details about contacting Crossroads actors, the Destination Crossroads site has returned in full and glorious orange.
When the original Destination Crossroads disappeared from the internet we were pleased to step in as the official series two site for the Crossroads Appreciation Society. Now that is has returned we are pleased to step aside once more. Never fear, we’re not going anywhere though…You can never have too much orange can you?
THIRD DVD ON THE WAY – CONFIRMATION! (05-04-06)
After months of speculation we are pleased to confirm that a third volume of Crossroads episodes is to be released by Network during June 2006. Early reports indicated a release date in April, but play.com are now advertising the title on their site at the reduced price of £17.99
CROSSROADS SLOT A RATINGS GRAVEYARD (05-04-06)
It may have come as a shock to ITV executives, but the 5pm slot continues to be something of a graveyard slot as far as ratings are concerned. Crossroads managed a respectable 3 million at 5pm in August 2002, but was taken off air for the ill-fated 2003 revamp. The channel did eventually achieve just over 3 million for the Paul O’Grady Show in early 2006 but celebrations were cut short with Paul’s so-called “defection” to Channel 4.
O’Grady has steadily built his audience on 4, who seem to have traveled with him to the new channel while ITV has struggled to find a suitable ratings winning alternative. A recent repeat of Poirot managed only 552,700 viewers (a 4.1% share). The Broadcast Now site reported this as their “worst performance in that slot for at least five years.”
CINDY JOINS THE FORUM (29-03-06)
Yet again proving that the stars of Crossroads are just as loyal as the many fans, Cindy Marshall-Day alias Tracey Booth has agreed to become the honorary patron of the Network forum. She joins Tony Adams as the patron of this very site and Jane Rossington who is the patron of the official Crossroads Appreciation Society (alongside creator Peter Ling).
We would all like to thank Cindy for agreeing to become the patron and welcome her warmly to the world of Crossroads fandom.
ALL QUIET ON THE DVD FRONT (23-03-06)
As yet there is still no news on the possible release of a third volume of Crossroads episodes on DVD. Rumours surfaced last month that stockists could expect the release as early as April 24th, although internet retailers and even Network DVD’s own site are still not carrying any further details.
CROSSROADS STAR’S DOG STOLEN (20-02-06)
The dancer Lionel Blair has told how he has been reduced to tears by the suspected theft of his beloved dog Florence from Nonsuch Park. The 10-year-old crossbreed collie disappeared on Wednesday last week while walking with Mr Blair's wife, Sue, in the Warren Farm area of the beauty spot. Nonsuch Park has been the site of several reported dog thefts, raising fears that Florence may be a victim of the growing trend of dog-napping.
CROSSROADS SLOT LEFT VACANT BY PAUL O’GRADY (04-02-05)
ITV are yet to decide on what to do with the 5pm slot left vacant by Paul O’Grady’s defection to Channel 4. The current programme “Richard Hammond’s 5 o’clock Show” is due to end shortly - to be replaced from February 13th by half an hour of “You’ve been framed” followed by a spin-off from hit Saturday show “Dancing on Ice” Both of these are expected as “stop-gap” measures until a replacement programme is found. Many suspect that the eventual programme will be very similar in style to O’Grady’s show – which with 3 million viewers was seen as a ratings success. Ironically, the magic 3 million figure recently reached by O’Grady is level to the audiences watching Crossroads at the end of August 2002 when it was rested.
VOLUME THREE ORIGINAL SERIES DVD ON THE WAY! (29-01-06)
Rumour has it that the eagerly awaited third volume of Crossroads episodes is set for release in April. There has been no news from Network since their last release in August but a recent post on the Crossroads Network Forum suggests that stockists have been told to expect the release during the second quarter of the year.
Possible episodes for inclusion on the release could see the continuation of Adam and Jill’s wedding from 1983. Their honeymoon in Venice featured the last appearance of Noele Gordon as Meg Mortimer. With “the fire” featuring on Volume II it is possible that Meg’s departure aboard the QE2 could make yet another appearance although this is all speculation. We will (of course) keep you posted!
CROSSROADS CUPS FOR SALE ON EBAY (29-01-06)
We are currently selling a limited number of Crossroads props on ebay to raise funds to pay for the hosting of this site. If you would like to own a genuine Crossroads hotel saucer and cup then this is your chance! We are also selling a large picture of Lucy Pargeter from the 2003 series. This picture used to stand in the reception to Carlton Television in Nottingham. CLICK HERE to see the cup and saucer listing and CLICK HERE to see the Lucy Pargeter listing.
LUCY GETS THE BRONZE! (15-01-06)
Congratulations to Lucy Pargeter and the team behind Soapstar Superstar. At the end of the series she made it through to third place and showed why Helen’s karaoke nights in the Cat in the Moon were so popular!
LUCY PARGETER BACK ON TV IN SOAPSTAR SUPERSTAR – ITV (04-01-06)
Ex Crossroads star Lucy Pargeter is lined up to appear in ITV1’s new celebrity based entertainment show beginning in January. Each night, Soapstar Superstar will see ten popular soap stars showcase their musical talent live in the studio competing for a big cash prize for a charity of their choice. Viewers will vote for their favourite performance every night. She will be joined by several other past and present stars of the soaps.
CINDY JOINS THE LUXURY SHOPPING CHANNEL (29-12-05)
Fans of Cindy Marshall-Day can now catch up with the lady herself on The Luxury Channel (698), where she presents a Jewellery shopping feature from her luxury mansion. The feature is entitled “Crowns and Regalia” and focuses on the stones and gems used in famous pieces of jewellery including the Crown of India and the Imperial State Crown. To find out when the slot airs, CLICK HERE and then check the listings section.
CROSSROADS VOLUME 1 FOR £12.99 (12-10-05)
Fans of the original series will be pleased to hear that NETWORK have slashed the price of volume 1 to £12.99 (from a rrp of £24.99) as part of their Autumn sale. Prices are reduced until the end of November on a range of titles when purchased directly from the Network website. So far Volume 2 does not seem to be included in the sale.
ITV 50 - CROSSROADS 2001 FEATURED (29-9-05)
With ITV celebrating the first 50 years of commercial television in England it seemed only right that Crossroads was acknowledged for playing a part in broadcasting history. While mentions of the soap were few and far between on the network celebrations, ITV Central devoted a large part of their regional programme to a look back at the Midlands’ most famous motel. CLICK HERE to visit our special feature on ITV @ 50.
MORE UNUSUAL ITEMS AVAILABLE ON EBAY (26-8-05)
Great news for Crossroads collectors – One of our favourite Crossroads sellers has some more fantastic stuff available to buy on ebay including: scripts, call sheets, dressing room allocations and all manner of studio based goodies!
PLAY.COM DISPATCH DVD VOLUME 2 (26-8-05)
We received confirmation today that initial orders of the second volume of episodes from the original series of Crossroads have been posted today by the nice people at play.com – If you have already ordered yours you can expect them to arrive shortly!
CROSSROADS FANS WITH “LOADSAMONEY!!!!” (26-8-05)
Wow! Even we’re stunned by this one!
A Crossroads Cup and Saucer (both branded) are currently on sale for £46 on ebay – proving once again that there is plenty of interest in the old dog yet! – We admit to trying to get this item for the site –but the current winning bidder REALLY seems to want it so we had to drop out of the auction. The last coffee cup sold for £42 in March.
BUY IT NOW CUP AND SAUCER FOR £10 (24-8-05)
Even more Crossroads memorabilia is available to buy on ebay now. There are currently five cups and saucers as used on the show (although only the saucers have the familiar logo) going for the princely sum of £10 each.
SERIES THREE HEART BADGE FOR SALE ON EBAY (23-8-05)
There is a very rare chance to buy a series three heart lapel badge on ebay at the moment. It has a starting price of £20 although a previous series three badge sold in excess of £53!
UPDATE: CROSSROADS DVD RELEASED SOON! (22-8-05)
The eagerly awaited second volume of classic Crossroads episodes will be released on 29th August. This time the episodes will come from 1966 – 1983 with the disks having a total running time of 250 min (approx). The disks are available to pre-order from amazon and play.com.
CROSSROADS AUCTIONS STILL GOING STRONG! (21-8-05)
Proving that Crossroads fans are a dedicated lot, the recent auction of a badge from the hotel reached the princely sum of £51. In an unrelated auction, we bought a Crossroads cup and saucer which was being sold for charity. This raised £22 for the BBC Children in Need appeal.
CROSSROADS BADGE FOR SALE ON EBAY (11-8-05)
For fans of Crossroads series II there is a rare opportunity to bid on a badge used in the production of the show. It features the character name “Jake Booth” as played by Colin Wells. It has a starting price of £15, although a similar badge sold for over £40 about a year ago.
LUCY PARGETER GIVES BIRTH (29-6-05)
Fans of Lucy Pargeter aka Helen Raven will be delighted to hear she has given birth to a baby girl weighing 7lbs 7oz. Lucy is currently on Maternity leave from Emmerdale. She will return to our screens in the autumn. Everyone at Crossroads 2001 wish both baby and parents well.
NETWORK TO RELEASE DVD VOLUME 2 (15-06-05)
A member of the Crossroads Network Forum has posted that Network Video will be releasing the second volume in their Crossroads series some time in August. There is no news yet of exactly which episodes will be included, but the cover illustration suggests that they will again be from the 1970’s. More news as we get it.
JO’S AD WORK CONTINUES (05-06-05)
If you’ve been out in town recently the chances are that you’ve seen Joanne Farrell looking out at you with her tongue sticking out! Jo appears in vodafone’s recent poster campaign. The image is now available on her site HERE as a desktop calendar.
VOTE FOR CROSSROADS! (13-05-05)
ITV are asking for your opinion to choose the greatest programmes from their 50 year history. The original series ofCrossroads has long been recognised as one of TV’s greatest soaps – so it came as quite a shock when it was left out of the “Top 50” programmes eligible for a place on ITV’s voting page.
However, all is not lost – you can STILL vote for Crossroads by entering the details in the text box at the bottom of the voting page. You will (of course) need to vote for 5 other programmes – which will leave Crossroads at a bit of a disadvantage – but it still gives Crossroads fans a chance to show their appreciation – for whichever version you prefer…
BEENA THE BAD GIRL! (06-05-05)
Fans of Rebecca Hazlewood will be pleased to learn that she has joined the cast of Bad Girls for its seventh series. Rebecca played Beena Shah in Crossroads from 2001 and returned to the third version of the show in 2003. She will play a character called Arun Paramar – convicted of credit card fraud. Apparently she also has something else on her mind…
CROSSROADS BONANZA! – LOADS OF GROOVY STUFF ON EBAY! (24-04-05)
There are currently some very rare items of Crossroads memorabilia on ebay at the moment – which are sure to be snapped up by eager fans of the series. The 2001 series is represented by several of call sheets from the studios from a wide range of episodes. These feature location details and other bits of wonderful trivia…
The 2003 series is represented by some lovely large glossy photos of cast members including Jim Dunk and Roger Sloman – They are essentially the images used on the autograph cards – but bigger.
FRIENDS REUNITED (21-04-05)
Crossroads cast members Jane Rossington and Kathy Staff were reunited on screen during today’s episode of the Paul O’Grady show. Essentially they were there to promote the new DVD of the original series – due for release on Monday. Have you reserved your copy?
FROM KING’S OAK TO KING’S MEADOW (14-04-05)
The new name for the home of Crossroads 2001 has been announced following the sale of the former Carlton Studios to the University of Nottingham. A former Lord Mayor and two members of staff are the winners of a contest to choose a name for new campus at Lenton Lane.
The former site is to be named the King’s Meadow Campus, apparently inspired by the adjacent King’s Meadow Nature Reserve, which runs by the side of the River Leen, just to the north of the new campus – although who knows - perhaps King’s Oak had something to do with it as well!
CARLTON STUDIOS SALE COMPLETE (07-04-05)
“So long, farewell….”
The sale of Carlton Studios to the university of Nottingham has finally been completed. Staff and visitors arriving at the site have been greeted by new signs in the University’s familiar green colours, proclaiming the new ownership. The site becomes the sixth campus for the University of Nottingham. A competition to find a new name for the campus has been launched and the results are expected shortly…
PRESS BROCHURES ON E-BAY (06-04-05)
For the first time in a long while, the complete pack given to journalists at the press launch (See Features Page) is now available on e-bay. It has a starting price of 99p but this will no doubt rise shortly.
SARAH JANE SLIMMING ON TV (05-04-05)
In the most unlikely piece of casting ever, the extremely slim Joanne Farrell has recently been spotted advertising a slimming club on television.
DVD COVER REVEALED (11-03-05)
Details of the discs and an image of the cover of the forthcoming DVD release from Network Video are now available on the Network site.
UPDATE: CROSSROADS CUP MAKES £42 ON E-BAY (02-03-05)
In an update to our recent news story, the Crossroads branded cup and saucer finally sold for £42 – proving that yet again the Crossroads brand is a strong seller. We hope this proves equally as true for the forthcoming DVD release…
CLICK HERE to see other Crossroads items that have sold on e-bay.