I'D RATHER WATCH CROSSROADS THAN NOTTS. COUNTY
Throughout the run of the series, Crossroads was often seen as a joke by TV critics, despite the enormous affection that it was held in by the viewers. It is very easy today to forget that Crossroads was regularly watched by numbers exceeding 13 million viewers.
We’ve all heard the digs about performances that were more wooden than the cardboard scenery – although I’m yet to be convinced that Crossroads was more guilty for having wobbly walls than any other programme of the time – Yet sadly for Crossroads, it was “mud” that stuck.
And with this in mind, I come to the reason for making this post – Another recent ebay purchase that demonstrates the ridicule that the series so often received….
“I’d rather watch Crossroads than Notts. County” badge.
Now I don’t think this is an ‘official’ piece of merchandise, although I could be wrong. It is engraved red plastic – and therefore is likely to have been a “Nottingham Forest” supporter’s badge.
Midlands football fans are fiercely loyal to their clubs - and suggesting that watching Crossroads is preferable to watching a County match would indeed have been an insult! I don't really understand the complexities of Midlands football club rivalry - but there is an interesting article about it HERE.
There really isn’t much else to say about this, but it did get me thinking about other instances of Crossroads being insulted - or used as an insult over the years…
|It can take sixteen episodes of Crossroads. (If you can.) - Radio Rentals|
There is of course the famous “Radio Rentals” advert for a long player video recorder – “It can take sixteen episodes of Crossroads – (if you can)” – and recently I found the following old postcard for sale on ebay, suggesting that “blonde” women were the main viewers of Soap Operas.
|Bliey Lady - Don't you ever watch Crossroads? - Postcard|
“Blimey lady - Don’t you watch Crossroads!!”
“Course I do officer – and Coronation Street!”
How rude! Still - it could be worse I suppose - I could be an Eldorado fan.*
* I am actually an Eldorado fan too....