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Crossroads Archive: 45th Anniversary set [DVD]

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  • Actors: Noele Gordon, Jane Rossington, Roger Tonge, David Lawton, Angus Lennie
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 41
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Nov. 2009
  • Run Time: 6460 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MVPPQE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,835 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Collection of all existing early episodes from the enduring ITV soap opera starring Noele Gordon as motel owner Meg Richardson. The release, which marks the 45th anniversary of the show's first broadcast, contains (in chronological order) all the episodes known to exist up to May 1979, with three recently found episodes (including the earliest known to survive) included as a bonus disc. The collection includes some of the most memorable storylines of the series including Meg and Hugh's wedding, Sandy's accident, Benny being accused of murder and Amy Turtle being arrested for shoplifting.

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I have such fond memories of Crossroads,the soap people loved to knock and this DVD set has been a bargain and I've been basking in nostalgia,watching it all.
As we know,ATV wiped hundreds of episodes but thankfully the episodes around Sandy's(Roger Tonge) accident,that leaves the character permanently paralysed from 1972,are intact and I defy anyone to watch this and not be moved by Roger and Noele Gordon's(Meg Richardson/Mortimer)acting.
Other highlights are: Meg celebrating the Motel's 13th birthday(the Motel was already up and running when the show started)and we get a very moving scene when Meg is thinking of her first husband,Charles and looks at the paintings he did of Jill(Jane Rossington) and Sandy,to the strains of the Crossroads theme,slowed down the "sad" music,they played at special times.
The mid 70s were my favourite era,with tarty but kind hearted Vera(Zeph Gladstone)the cheery but always unlucky in love Diane Parker/Hunter(Sue Hanson)the kind hearted Jane Smith(Sally Adcock)motel cleaner and chief gossip Amy Turtle(Ann George)-Amy was abruptly axed in 76,to reappear 11 years later for a few guest appearances,-smoothie David Hunter(Ronald Allen)old Carney(Jack Woolgar)Tish Hope(Joy Andrews)Miss Tatum(Elizabeth Croft)Benny(Paul Henry)and later the kind hearted battleaxe,Miss Doris Luke(Kathy Staff)and the charmer,Adam Chance(Tony Adams)
It is frustrating,one episode ends with a great cliffhanger with Tish and Mr Booth(David Lawton)held hostage by Stan Stennett playing a criminal,we don't see the resolution but Stan Stennett,returns to Crossroads in 81,playing a new character Sid Hooper,who becomes a long running character.
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For those readers wanting to relive the experience of watching Crossroads during those long-ago teatimes (can there be any others?) this box set is undoubtedly the way to go: 41 discs with 8 episodes on each, comprising Volumes 1-20 of the previously issued Crossroads Archive DVD series plus the extra disc (Vol 1.1) of tapes discovered afterwards. Absolutely no extras, other than the packaging, if you already have the Archive DVDs, but if you don't this is a far cheaper way to acquire the programmes - and that one little box will take up rather less space on your shelves.

True, cheaper compilations of cherrypicked episodes (now available in an eight-disc set as The Crossroads Collection) have been issued, but soaps depend on the cumulative effect of watching episodes in sequence, and having already watched discs 1 to 16 in this 45th anniversary set, I can confirm that it's far more satisfying to see the storylines gradually building and to relive again that eagerness to see how a cliffhanging ending will turn out. Those with greater self-control may even wish to leave twenty four hours between the viewing of individual episodes for the full seventies teatime effect - but be warned the programmes are decidedly moreish: performing onstage may be, as Ken Dodd says, like having all your birthdays at once, but viewing the shows on this box in rapid succession is, if you're of my vintage, like fastforwarding through your adolescence.

True, there are sizeable gaps in the availability of extant tapes which curtail that dizzying pleasure - sometimes you leap over years or, by the mid-seventies, more usually months - but there are also large slabs of episodes in sequence.
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Just thought I had best clarify. I have always been a fan of the original Crossroads as I grew up in Birmingham. When Network started releasing the Archive series I had already bought 4 volumes of CROSSROADS in boxes. The Archive series contained episodes that were already available on the sets I just mentioned.This was made clear at the time.I started collecting the Archive series although they were quite pricey for the material on them and yes I realise people will say the expense was due to the cost of Network licencing the tapes. It got to the point where two volumes a month were being released and at almost 20 quid for each that's some outlay so even ardent fans gave up buying them in high numbers. Network emailed pointing out they could not pitch them in commercial outlets such as HMV which was only interested in a sort of BEST OF volumes.

I collected up to Volume 15 and discovered that NETWORK were planning to cease production at Volume 20 of the Archive series. I made the decision to do something most will consider nuts. I bought this box set of all 41 discs to cover the 5 volumes Iwas missing.

I was attracted by the box that housed the DVDs a replica of the Motel. I had assumed that it would contain all the episodes in standard DVD sized cases which would make the container quite attractive to look at. Unfortunately this is not the case(no pun intended) What you get is a reasonably sturdy card flip top case and the DVD's are housed in individual card sleeves!! A little bit like the covers that free cds with newspapers come in.Each one has some interesting photos on very clear printing. However the details that were on the individual Archive box sets have disappeared except for episode numbers and transmission dates.
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