MEG'S HOTLINE TO RECEPTION... AND BEYOND!
Although I was only 6 when Meg's Sitting Room made its last appearance in Crossroads, I was always fascinated by the fact that Meg had two telephones. A "normal" one and a red one. What was unusual about the red one is that it had no dial.
Now I know she often used it to call reception - or the kitchen - or the cafeteria - or the garage - but in my head it was so much more than that.
You see, Bruce Wayne / Batman also had a red phone that was almost identical to Meg's. (Commissioner Gordon had one as well - but I couldn't see why she would need to call him).
In my head I used to marvel at the fact that Meg could perhaps contact Batman whenever she had some crimes that needed solving in Kings Oak... and that Batman could contact Meg whenever he wanted to pop round for a sherry. Oh imagine the fun they could have had. A whole spin-off series "Bat-Meg"... we can but dream.
Later of course I also learned that the President of the USA also had a red phone "hotline" to Russia - which brings up all sorts of tantalising ideas of Meg sorting out the Cold War single handed.... Except of course that the "hotline" was never actually a red phone - despite what the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum tells us! See HERE.
Anyway - back to reality. The phones themselves are pretty standard. The ones most commonly associated with Meg are 1960's "706" types - and while I am no phone expert - they are relatively easy to identify due to the "curved" bits under the handset that don't appear on later 1970's ones. If you wish you can find out more about the 706 HERE.
Meg's red phone was a 706CB - which I presume refers to the blanking plate instead of a dial. Unfortunately I couldn't find a red blanking plate - so sprayed an ivory one instead.
Anyway - my phones now live next to Meg's lamp. They aren't attached to the network but every so often I do pick up the red one and ask for a coffee to be sent through.
It never comes.
|Meg "Two Phones" Mortimer phones through for coffee|