It is a crying shame that there is now a huge hole in the Midlands. But I think the plans to close Nottingham had been on the cards for a while - there's a theory that the controversial second, Yvon Grace-led reboot of Crossroads was done deliberately with the sole intention of killing off the show, and taking the whole of Lenton Lane with it. The first reboot was starting to show real promise and at that precise point it was pulled off-air, rested for 4 months, and then re-rebooted in the most ridiculous, garish way possible with the PR very deliberately engineered to alienate the existing audience. It was then very quickly junked by the network - after less than 2 months on-air I believe.
Crossroads took up a good two studios in the complex I believe, and had it been allowed to grow and develop could have kept a facility open in the Midlands. Indeed, who knows? Nottingham could have become a major "meedja" city instead of Salford.
I agree that the Yvon Grace reboot was a complete disaster for the show and should never have happened, but if ITV had really wanted to kill off Crossroads, surely they would have just axed it, rather than wasting money on a rebrand which they knew wouldn't last long.
I seem to remember reading somewhere that the original set for the 2001 version cost over £1 million to create, so it seems crazy that they would deliberately waste time and money on a new set if they were intending to axe the show after a few months.
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