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News Blog. Meg returns briefly in for a reunion with Jill and Adam on their honeymoon in Venice. In , new producer Phillip Bowman was planning to bring the character of Meg Mortimer back into the show as a "permanent occasional.
Edward Clayton was brought back as Jill's ex-husband Stan Harvey to read the lines originally written for Gordon. With the revival in , changes were made to characters and stories. Jill Chance had married John Maddingham Jeremy Nicholas and been widowed, but was calling herself Jill Harvey again, the name by which she had been known prior to her marriage to Adam Chance in References were also made to the Russell family taking over a "failing motel", despite Crossroads having become a hotel in the late s. In the final episode of the original series, the name 'King's Oak Country Hotel' was seen over the entrance doors.
Lack of real links to the past, and the killing of Jill a few months into the new run, turned many fans away. The storyline of the final episode was the revelation that the revived series and glamorous hotel had been a dream of supermarket worker and Crossroads fan Angela, with all the other characters revealed as shoppers.
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Angela even approaches a female customer in the supermarket and tells her she recognises her as "Tracey Booth from Crossroads". Tracey's mother-in-law, Kate, was also shown as one of Angela's colleagues in the supermarket. Crossroads began its run on Monday 2 November and was first shown five days a week.
The episodes were then recorded "as live", a very common practice at the time, with very limited opportunities for retakes. Within a few months, 10 of the ITV companies had started broadcasting the series, though Granada never screened it during the s. The Independent Television Authority ITA decreed in that Crossroads should be reduced in frequency to four episodes per week to improve its quality. The series was widely derided by critics who criticised the wobbly sets and fluffed lines, but gained many fans, most famously Prime Minister Harold Wilson 's wife Mary who complained when the newly formed Thames Television the franchisee for the London area , decided to stop showing the series in The decision proved unpopular with viewers and was reversed six months later, although initially it was placed in a late afternoon slot like few other ITV stations  but, as a result of the gap in transmissions, viewers in the Thames region were about six months behind the rest of the country for several years.
Each ITV station was able to broadcast the episodes at different times on the same day. Though by the early s it was second only to Coronation Street in the ratings  it did, occasionally, in the mids beat Coronation Street gaining audiences of up to 15 million viewers during the decade. In , the Independent Broadcasting Authority IBA - then commercial television's regulator - decided production should be reduced further to three episodes a week from April , with the chairman of the IBA Lady Plowden reportedly  describing the soap opera as "distressingly popular".
Viewers reacted negatively at the dismissal of Gordon in , an action taken by head of programming Charles Denton who became a "national hate figure". The actress herself was terribly upset by the decision she was the only cast member on a permanent contract and, had been led to believe that the meeting where she was told she was being dismissed was simply the annual negotiation for the next years contract. In numerous interviews at the time she made it clear that she did not want to go.
Some people have speculated that Gordon's dominant attitude on the set and within the company had put a few executive backs up and they simply wanted shot of her. She was very passionate about the soap and would regularly defend it against the many critics.
Others have believed that ITV found Crossroads an embarrassment and wanted to find a way of decreasing the viewing figures by sacking Gordon the biggest audience draw so that it could be used as justification to axe it. Whatever the reason the series never really recovered from her loss.
ATV, having lost its ITV franchise at the end of , was ordered by the IBA to reform into Central Independent Television , which took over the franchise on 1 January , and was thought to show limited enthusiasm for the programmes it inherited. Many storylines began to revolve around the new motel owner, Nicola Freeman played by Gabrielle Drake. More long-term characters, such as David and Barbara Hunter, were axed. The theme tune was also updated, and the opening titles replaced with a longer version. Finally, the show was renamed Crossroads Motel - although this fact was never formally announced by the show's production team and the word "Motel" was simply incorporated into the opening titles.
The closing titles, which had scrolled in multiple 'crossroad' directions since the earliest episodes, were replaced with conventional scrolling credits. In , a new producer, William Smethurst, took over the series following the sacking of his predecessor, Philip Bowman. Smethurst, who had been brought in by Central Television's new head of drama, Ted Childs , ordered changes, aimed at creating a wittier, more upmarket serial, and at improving the production values of the show. Smethurst shifted the narrative centre to the nearby village of King's Oak.
Yet more long-running characters, such as Diane Hunter and Benny Hawkins, were dropped; as with earlier changes, this was unpopular with viewers, who telephoned Central in protest. Smethurst gained the nickname "Butcher Bill" but was unfazed; he had, after all, reversed the declining fortunes of the BBC radio soap The Archers. Smethurst insisted he only got the flak because his was the name the public knew.
Further changes included the series being renamed Crossroads Kings Oak for a time, with the intention in the future of shortening this to merely King's Oak. However, this final change was overtaken by the decision in June by Andy Allen, Central's director of programmes, to axe the series. The familiar theme tune was replaced in September by a new theme composed by Max Early and Raf Ravenscroft.
New titles were introduced to accompany the new theme, which featured stills of King's Oak and the new King's Oak Country Hotel. Michele Buck guided the show through its final few months on air as series producer, with William Smethurst still on hand as executive producer.
In January , the series was reduced to only two episodes a week, with Crossroads King's Oak finally coming to an end on 4 April the Easter bank holiday. Asked what name she would give the hotel she would be running in her new life, the character remarked, a little sadly, "I always thought Crossroads was an awfully good name".
The first revived episode was broadcast on 5 March with a glossy format Carlton having bought Central back in to the surprise of the wider media. Initial reactions were favourable;  however, changes in story from the original were puzzling for fans and did not help ratings. Kathy Staff left in dismay at the amount of sex,  and told ITV Teletext she felt it was no longer the family-friendly show she had originally been part of. The decision to kill original character Jill Harvey, who was murdered by ex-husband Adam Chance three months into the series' revival, proved unpopular with fans of the original show.
Episode of the second revived series remains the only episode never to be shown in full on ITV. As the afternoon went on and the seriousness of the situation became clear, all ITV Network daytime programmes, starting with CITV transmissions at , were relegated to ITV2 to continue rolling news coverage.
As a result, the episode remains unseen by most of the programme's regular fanbase, including the entire Channel Islands who could not receive ITV Digital. A short re-cap of events in Episode was screened before both the and showings of Episode on 12 September The episode was included in the Omnibus edition that Sunday.
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