Enjoy Celebrity Radio Crossroads Documentary At Central ITV….
Crossroads was a British television soap opera set in a fictional motel near Birmingham, England. Created by Hazel Adair and Peter Ling, the commercial ITV network originally broadcast the series between 1964 and 1988.
Produced by ATV (until the end of 1981) and later by Central it became a byword for cheap production values, particularly in the 1970s and early 1980s.
The series was revived in a glossier version by Carlton Television in 2001, but was again cancelled in 2003.
The original theme tune was composed by Tony Hatch, and notably covered by Paul McCartney & Wings on their 1975 album Venus and Mars.
Hear a rare and exclusive insight behind the scenes….
A new version, which was first aired in 1987 when the series was relaunched as Crossroads, Kings Oak, was composed by Raf Ravenscroft and Max Early.
Belfield travelled to Nottingham’s Central Studios to meet the cast and team behind one of the UK’s most loved and mocked soaps.
An entirely new theme aired in late 1987 when the series was relaunched as Crossroads, Kings Oak, composed by Johnny Patrick, with Raf Ravenscroft and Max Early, with the CBSO. This later formed the basis of the single released by actress Shona Linsdey, “Goodbye”, to commemorate the end of the show in 1988.
The 2001 revival brought back the original Tony Hatch theme, this time arranged and performed by Tony Flynn. Another version, in 2003, was arranged by Patrick Dineen and performed by the Liverpool Philharmonic.
Recorded by Alex Belfield for the BBC and Celebrity Radio.