Thursday, January 7, 2010

TV 026: Crossroads - Tony Hatch Orchestra

Loved and loathed in equal measures, Crossroads will always occupy a special place in my heart. A truly riveting soap with strong characterisation and an ability to make the most mundane of plots worth watching.

The final episode - broadcast on Easter Monday 1988 - was an emotional rollercaster with Jill Richardson making preparations to start a new life with John Maddingham. As people will surely remember, Jill spoke the opening line in the very first episode back in 1964 - and had the honour of the uttering the closing dialogue in the last episode.

The 2001 and 2003 revivals were interesting but lacked the spirit of the original run.

The theme tune was composed by the Tony Hatch Orchestra and was released as a Pye 45 in 1965. It's marvellous.

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