The ITV soap Crossroads started in 1964 and has become infamous for shaky sets and poor acting, though it isn't entirely fair to remember it for this reason!
Crossroads was set in a Midlands Motel and followed the lives of the owners and staff. Respected actress Noele Gordon played the matriach, Meg Richardson, who continually fought to save the motel from one threat or another.
Possibly the most famous character from the show, who is still evoked in jokes and jibes today, was that of Benny the handyman. Benny, wearing his woolly hat, was not the brightest star in the sky and 'being a Benny' soon came synonymous with being stupid.
There were love affairs, thefts, murders and fires not to mention some truly bizarre storylines not least Amy Turtle the cleaner being accused of being a Russian Spy!
Crossroads wasn't filmed at great expense and originally aired five times a week so the filming schedule was extremely tight, hence many mistakes had to be left in. And yes, the set did at times wobble!
Crossroads is attributed as a great inspiration of Victoria Wood's spoof comedy soap 'Acorn Antiques'
Crossroads was axed in 1988 but was revived in a whole new guise in 2001, but struggled for a couple of years before being taken off air to revamp once more. On its next outing it lasted just 30 episodes before being binned surely for the last time.