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JamesM0984
Central (East) East Midlands Today
There's always been a theory that the awful second reboot was deliberately designed to get Lenton Lane shut but at thay point there were other places Crossroads could have moved to.

That said I remember reading that there were three studios, of which Crossroads took up two. So it must have kept the place pretty busy at the end.
Neil Jones5,257 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
As things turned out the 2001/2 series was fairly solid, slightly iffy in the early couple of months but after the summer was over and they had the first set of character culls it soon became a semi decent little soap. Never rated particularly well but was in good company there with the rest of ITV1's afternoon schedule at the time.

It's easy in hindsight years down the line but the loss of Home & Away hurt ITV badly in the early 2000's and getting a replacement for it in the schedules was like pulling teeth. A 13 month gap filled with heaven only knows what, it's plausible they could have aired a test card all afternoon and pulled in more viewers with that.

But then 2003 came along and, oh well. Seemed to bank more on the names it "attracted" than much else over its 98 episodes and the Dallas style ending.

Regarding Lenton Lane, Crossroads took over two studios for it including the main entrance of the hotel built over a real fire exit. It was tooted as the last roll of the dice for the studios and that if the soap failed, the studios would go. As things turned out, the studios were sold to the University of Nottingham who I believe now use it as an archive storage facility.
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DJF204 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Central (East) East Midlands Today
The main Crossroads hotel set took over Studio 8, then they also used Studio 6, and converted what was the music studio plus some of the props store to create a Studio 11 and provide some more space for the smaller sets (i.e. hotel rooms). Both that and Studio 7 are still available to hire as empty studios (albeit without gallery facilities etc.).

They also built the 'hotel corridor' inside a real studio corridor, I seem to remember the double doors leading into the hotel corridor being visible when I looked down towards 6&8 from the entrance to Studio 7.

Apologies if it's been posted previously, but there's a video from a few years ago by an Auf Wiedersehen Pet fan who pretty much went around the whole complex with two former studio employees. Two hours long but it's great viewing for the geeks. Still some remnants from the various shows around the place, including a prop sign from Boon and one of the fake stone god reliefs from Blockbusters above the staircase. He does eventually get into Studio 8 towards the end, which is indeed their manuscript archive.

You may notice from his dashcam footage that we still have roadsigns for the studios 15 years after they closed...

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Neil Jones5,257 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
You may notice from his dashcam footage that we still have roadsigns for the studios 15 years after they closed...


If you poke about on the Sabre Roads forum you can see all kinds of botched roadsigns, road markings and junctions from all over the country which make the presence of out of date signs to the Carlton Studios pale into insignificance. Smile
TIGHazard418 posts since 3 Jan 2014
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
The main Crossroads hotel set took over Studio 8, then they also used Studio 6, and converted what was the music studio plus some of the props store to create a Studio 11 and provide some more space for the smaller sets (i.e. hotel rooms). Both that and Studio 7 are still available to hire as empty studios (albeit without gallery facilities etc.).

They also built the 'hotel corridor' inside a real studio corridor, I seem to remember the double doors leading into the hotel corridor being visible when I looked down towards 6&8 from the entrance to Studio 7.

Apologies if it's been posted previously, but there's a video from a few years ago by an Auf Wiedersehen Pet fan who pretty much went around the whole complex with two former studio employees. Two hours long but it's great viewing for the geeks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P33IZ-dFi8


There used to be one for TVC just after it shut, I wish I could see that video again.
Mike W4,889 posts since 30 Apr 2006
London London
Not gold, are we calling fake on this one? The logo not only being dog mess and badly redrawn, it makes no sense that a 'prototype' or screen test would ever end up on a published VHS.

Oh it's such a perfect day, I'm glad I spent it with you...
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Neil Jones5,257 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Apparently tipped off by an entry on closinglogos.com which from everything I've seen seems relatively sane as a website although its anybody's guess who runs that but it seems to have been around for 20 years. The text in question says it was found "The [video posted above] was found on a 2001 Italian VHS print of Teletubbies: Tubby-Toast!""
Mike W4,889 posts since 30 Apr 2006
London London
Bloody hell. So more worryingly, is this a bad recreation by the Italians for their presses of the VHS, or a BBC Worldwide cockup sending out 'concept art or something more sinister?

It's awful. Given ML-N recently told me that the ribbons were in fact real, filmed in a tank (not sure he's remembering correctly there) why would there ever exist such an awful CGI version.

I'm siding with recreation given it's 2001 dated VHS, and the badly redrawn BBC blocks with the wrong font!
Oh it's such a perfect day, I'm glad I spent it with you...
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