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kernow995 posts since 18 Jan 2006
The talk is carlton wanted rid so it could close down Nottingham before the merger with Granada.



This has been discussed previously, but do you really think Carlton would have deliberately wasted time and money on the 2003 relaunch of Crossroads with the sole intention of making it fail so that they could close down the studios?

The original 2001 set cost in the region of £1 million, so the 2003 revamp wouldn't have come cheap.

If they really wanted to get rid of Crossroads they would have just axed it after it ended in 2002 and not brought it back in 2003.
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Neil Jones4,694 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
The talk is carlton wanted rid so it could close down Nottingham before the merger with Granada.


I sincerely doubt this. If Carlton wanted rid of Nottingham they could have done it with or without the help of their soap or the impending Granada Merger. If anything Crossroads kept Lenton Lane around for three years longer than it would have done otherwise.
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Square Eyes7,634 posts since 31 Mar 2001
2003 Crossroads was actually quite fabulous. But totally wasted on a 5pm audience. It should have gone out at night for the after pub audience. I wonder if it will ever see the light of day on another channel ever?
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JamesM0984589 posts since 21 Jun 2018 Recently warned
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Unlikely.

As a new show late at night the whole camp, heightened tacky format might well have worked - look at the "structured reality" shows we have now which, although pitching to slightly different people, still have that "so bad it's good" thing about them. Indeed, we saw a number of what we now know as memes on here at the time.

The mistake was rebooting a show an otherwise growing and loyal audience enjoyed into a niche product. When it's a case of get more figures or die, you have to be more mainstream, not more niche. Ironically, for what the second reboot cost, Carlton could have probably dropped a plane on King's Oak!
JamesM0984589 posts since 21 Jun 2018 Recently warned
Central (East) East Midlands Today
The synopsis of the first 2 episodes is now on Digiguide. If anyone can work out the start date / episode from this info.

Sarah is surprised when Jack returns, while Joe wants to buy Jack's share of the farm. Matt calls out the vet after seeing the condition of the sheep in a Tate truck.

and

Rachel is devastated to hear that Lynn's pregnant. Chris manages to put his foot in it with Kathy. Matt is shocked when Dolly tells him she wants a divorce.


First episode is 1403 - the first to be broadcast as merely "Emmerdale."

Assuming no breaks in transmission or episodes skipped, the Plane Crash will be the second episode on Thursday 14th November this year.

Be interesting to see if they take the scissors to the Post Office siege.
Tony Yeboah2 posts since 12 Sep 2018 new member
Granada North West Today
Sorry to continue the off topic chat but I think the rumour that YTV has links with H&A came about because one of the earliest YouTube uploads was of a broadcast on YTV which had “a Yorkshire Television presentation” caption at the end, seen only by viewers of YTV. Someone put 2 and 2 together and got 5, but the rumour stuck around.


No, I'm sure I read this at the time - I remember the short-lived TV magazine The Box doing a piece on how they edited it, and I think it mentioned YTV in that.

Home and Away is actually filmed and produced in Scarborough. Clever camera angles and lighting help it appear to be in New South Wales but if you look closely enough there are a few tell-tale giveaways.
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JamesWorldNews7,592 posts since 22 Aug 2004
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Sorry to continue the off topic chat but I think the rumour that YTV has links with H&A came about because one of the earliest YouTube uploads was of a broadcast on YTV which had “a Yorkshire Television presentation” caption at the end, seen only by viewers of YTV. Someone put 2 and 2 together and got 5, but the rumour stuck around.


No, I'm sure I read this at the time - I remember the short-lived TV magazine The Box doing a piece on how they edited it, and I think it mentioned YTV in that.

Home and Away is actually filmed and produced in Scarborough. Clever camera angles and lighting help it appear to be in New South Wales but if you look closely enough there are a few tell-tale giveaways.


Wow? Seriously? I had no clue about this.

Mind you, I haven't watched Home and Away ever since Dieter Brummer (from Tamworth) left the cast.
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Si-Co1,923 posts since 2 Oct 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
2003 Crossroads was actually quite fabulous. But totally wasted on a 5pm audience. It should have gone out at night for the after pub audience. I wonder if it will ever see the light of day on another channel ever?


I recall the final scene at the supermarket, where it is implied that the series was merely the daydream of a checkout operator - though I’ve never been sure exactly how much of the show was supposed to be the “dream” - the entire 2003 series, or part of it? This is confused by the fact someone in the supermarket points out an actress from Crossroads in the shop (who I think was only in that 2003 series).. so did any of it really happen or what?
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mr_vivian786 posts since 11 Oct 2015
UTV Newsline
2003 Crossroads was actually quite fabulous. But totally wasted on a 5pm audience. It should have gone out at night for the after pub audience. I wonder if it will ever see the light of day on another channel ever?


I recall the final scene at the supermarket, where it is implied that the series was merely the daydream of a checkout operator - though I’ve never been sure exactly how much of the show was supposed to be the “dream” - the entire 2003 series, or part of it? This is confused by the fact someone in the supermarket points out an actress from Crossroads in the shop (who I think was only in that 2003 series).. so did any of it really happen or what?


I was an avid watcher of Crossroads 2001-2003 and I enjoyed it most of the time.

I wish they had stuck to their guns on the first refresh. When I watched it from the second refresh and if you avoid the ramping up of it being randomly camp all of a sudden there were some good storylines in there. I liked how they went into the past to give the characters a backstory.

When it ended at the supermarket - that whole scene was designed to have a dig at granada. That's why they suddenly had manchester accents.

Emmerdale could have went a similar way but luckily they had someone sensible in to move it away from Emmerdale farm.