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Despite all this, the programme seems to receive a good deal of criticism?
Whatever our critics in the press say, Crossroads does a very good job!  It does the job it was designed to do.  Its ratings are amazing and a heck-of-a-lot of people like it.  And from the actors' point of view, apart from eating - which is important - it gives you more chance to act than possibly anything else.  Over 11 years, the different stories I've acted in ...!  I mean, a lifetime of acting would never even get near a tenth of them!  We're very conscious of the time limit, and to be in Crossroads you have to be a very professional actor.  We rehearse Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, then on Thursdays and Fridays we record.
Which doesn't leave you much spare time, surely?
Time?  I haven't got any!  You can write off the weekdays and nights for a start!  On the weekends I do as little as possible because I find that if I start tearing around everywhere, I'm worn out on Monday morning with a whole week ahead of me.  Really, you give up a personal life.
Is this why you've never married?
Look, I really think no-one has ever really wanted to marry me!  I've been going at this since I was two-and-a-half and I've never really met anyone I'd give up the business for.  I have one or two ideas though ... I'd give it up for Charles Aznavour ...
And Larry Grayson?
Oh Larry, bless his soul ...!  No, I'm a bit old fashioned really.  As I said, I'm not really a very capable person and I couldn't work and be married at the same time.  If I had a husband running around I don't know what would happen to him.  God knows, poor soul!
It sounds as if you're not a great believer in Women's Lib?
Well you see.  I'm a very strange animal.  I've been liberated all my life dear!  I think it's an awfully sad thing that they've had to pass laws to make women equal.  I don't want to be equal to a man; I think I'm far superior ... always have done!  I am a great believer in equal rights.  I think that if a woman is doing the same work as a man she should get the same rates.  But I think this idea of calling women 'washer person' or whatever is hysterical!
Have you run into problems in your career being a woman?
People try to take advantage of a woman.  They do.  But they don't do it twice!  My father died some years ago and both my mother and I have found that from time to time people do try to take advantage of you.  But actually, I find people are very nice to me.
Does the knowledge that eight million-plus people watch you perform bother you?
I never think that eight million people are looking at me every night.  Never!  That would really drive you mad!  I still get nervous ... every night.  I was warned about this on Lunchbox when I first started ... if you think about the eight million people you will go screaming out of the building!

Meet the Amazing Noele Gordon ... continued