Saturday 27 August 2016
The 45th Anniversary DVD Box Set
With a running time of 6250 minutes there is no denying that for the Crossroads fan, this item is a must-have. Released in 2009 it contains (nearly) every surviving episode of Crossroads from 1964 to mid 1979... Not only that - with great sound and picture quality - these episodes probably look better than they did on their original broadcast!
Originally released as 21 separate DVDs, this box set was a great (and cheap) way of collecting these episodes. It was released by Network to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the show and was advertised by Diane Parker herself (Sue Hanson) on a variety of daytime TV programmes...
Sue Hanson on "Loose Women"
Sue Hanson on "Alan Tichmarsh"
It is my understanding that this box-set sold really well, and built on the healthy sales of the previous DVD releases. I bought mine for around £69 in a sale... but recently the set has been selling for over £300 on sites like ebay and Amazon.
What is the reason for such a hike in price? Availability I'm afraid...
So why is it no longer available?
During the London riots of 2011 the warehouse containing stocks of the box-set was set alight and all were destroyed.
What about the fans lucky enough to get the set? Well we sat and enjoyed the story lines... Then we got cross about the fact that no episodes exist from the earliest days of the show. (The earliest episode is 126 from 1965). The we lamented the fact that there are only about 7 episodes from the whole of 1975... and then we were left hanging in May 1979...
The DVD releases stopped in 2009 with this boxset.
In the late 1990s, UK Gold showed episodes December 1981 onwards - (See Here) and copies of some of these episodes are available online - But from May 1979 to December 1981 there are episodes that haven't been seen since their original transmission.
If you're lucky enough to find one - snap it up!