John Bentley ... continued

Ronald Allen Tribute Page
Crossroads DVDs
1974 Episodes
1975 Episodes
1976 Episodes
1977 Episodes
1978 Episodes
1979 Episodes
1980 Episodes
1981 Episodes
1982 Episodes
1983 Episodes
1984 Episodes
1985 Episodes
Crossroads Monthly Magazines
Crossroads Articles Index
Crossroads Special Magazines
Noele Gordon Articles Index
Roger Tonge Articles Index
Extracts from Sue Lloyds book
Photo Album
Real People Magazine Article

To what, then, does John Bentley attribute the success of Crossroads?  Well, first of all he believes it has a lot to do with the 'daily dose'.  Other serials usually appear only twice a week.  Another thing that occurs to John is the love/hate syndrome.  People will support one character as fiercely as they hate another.  "A viewer will watch the programme in order to see just one individual or maybe to follow one story line," he says.  "Other people will watch just to get a glimpse of someone they absolutely loathe."
"Another success ingredient for me is the variety that we are able to present.  You never really know if you're about to see a very down-to-earth farm scene or perhaps a high powered business conference.  Then again, maybe it will be a throw-away comedy sequence.  The light and shade, I think, gives us an edge over our competition and, of course, week by week, even the actors don't know what's coming next."
So how then does the man who came home from Hollywood to make his home in King's Oak see the future?  Obviously nothing is certain: even the script writers work only a few months ahead and deliberately the story line will swing to and fro like a weather-cock in the wind.  "Judging by the correspondence I receive, the fans are happy to see Meg settled," he concludes.  "Naturally there will always be upsets and difficulties, but in general, I believe things will stay as they are, with the two of them meeting and overcoming problems in much the same way as every single one of our twelve million viewers.  But then, you never can tell!" 

Next Article: A Man For Amy