Plain Jane Smith

Here's Jane out of uniform. . . .

Jane Smith is not one of Crossroads’ most glamorous characters. Not for her the trendy elegance of Jill Richardson or the casual style of Kelly. In fact in many respects you could call her a ‘plain Jane’ type. Yet it is Jane’s very plainness and kindly, down-to-earth qualities which have endeared her to the thousands of Crossroads fans who watch each week.

Working as a waitress, Jane always has a kind word and a cheery smile for the faces around the Motel, whether they are well-known or unfamiliar. Happy in her job, she enjoys home life too, settled in a flat with Diane.

Yet, as veteran viewers will know, life hasn’t always been rosy for Jane. She had a disturbed background, with the implication that her mother was a prostitute. These days Jane, perhaps because of her past, has thrown herself into work as a member of the Salvation Army, and part of her great appeal is the way she is always ready to help others.

Sally Adcock, who plays Jane, smiles when she remembers her debut in Crossroads, about six years ago. She appeared for just one week, but a year later she was back and has been in the cast ever since. Like everyone else, though, she takes breaks, sometimes for holidays and at other times to do different types of acting. This necessitates the scriptwriters inventing plausible reasons, which is why a while back Jane contracted a nasty dose of pneumonia and had a long convalescence!

Sally was born into a theatrical family, and her acting career has been long and varied. There have been appearances in theatres around Britain, a children’s TV series, even a horror film! Now married, Sally and her husband relax in a cottage they have renovated themselves in Wales . . . when Sally’s not hard at work on the next Crossroads episode, of course!

Jane at the reception-desk switchboard. Her cheery manner makes her extremely popular with the motel staff and guests.

JIM BAINES

One of the most mixed-up characters in the Crossroads saga must surely be Jim Baines, who until recently worked at the motel garage. Jim is a married man with children, but his wife Muriel suffers from agoraphobia and is afraid to leave the house. While he loves the children and tries to do his best for Muriel, Jim found the charms of Sharon Metcalf irresistible and she became his mistress.

Although basically a good-hearted man, Jim’s aggressive character has got him into trouble more than once. Like the time when he was suspected of attacking Vera Downend, the motel’s hairdresser, and stealing the salon takings. Barman Bill Warren picked Jim out of a police identification parade, and for a time everyone at the motel believed that he was guilty – with the exception of Jane Smith, who couldn’t believe that he would do such a thing. Fortunately for Jim, the police picked up a housebreaker and found Vera’s cashbox in his digs; but although his name was cleared, Jim felt very bitter about the way his so-called friends had deserted him.

When he won the jackpot on the pools it seemed that his luck had changed, but the money brought its own problems. After all the publicity surrounding the presentation, Jim’s home was vandalised and he was inundated with begging letters. Girlfriend Sharon seemed to be growing cooler, and there was more trouble for Jim after a clash with Diane Parker, who had made no secret of her dislike of him.

And then there was the problem of what to do with all the money? Jim had left work, and time lay heavy on his hands. He bought lots of presents for his wife and children, but his life didn’t seem to have much purpose. Should he invest the money, or should he just give it all away? It really seemed as if he was better off without it.

1978 // TRANSDIFFUSION BROADCASTING SYSTEM