Crossroads returned to the ITV network in 2001 after a 13 year absence. The only characters to return from the original series were Jill Harvey, Doris Luke and Adam Chance. The series originally aired five times a week but this was cut back to four episodes from September, 2001 onwards. The motel had been replaced from the original series by a hotel and was now being run by the Russell family.
It's a long way from the Australian Outback to King's Oak, but that's the journey Ray's made. It's far from the surf, but it's near to his girlfriend Joanne and it's a job.
He's no big drinker, but he's got a hedonistic streak when the mood takes him that many women find attractive (especially when combined with that fitness instructor physique). But he's clearly mad about Joanne and feeling settled. But for how long?
LATER VERSION OF BIOGRAPHY:
Ray is an Australian hunk with a laid-back attitude to life. Crossroads is a long way from the Aussie outback that used to be his home but he seems to like it that way, and with his good lucks and easy charm he makes a great barman. He has a hedonistic streak that women find attractive, especially one Mandy Stocks, but so far he has only had eyes for chef Joanne.
But after years of travelling around he found the idea of settling down with Joanne daunting and he called off their engagement. He knows now that Joanne is the one for him, but he hurt her badly when he dumped her. Will their relationship be strong enough to eventually get the pair of them to the altar?
Ray Dobbs – on the outside a mild-mannered Aussie barman – on the inside a soldier AWOL from the military – or something! Despite this he was allowed to stay in the country on the condition that he marry – unfortunately by this stage he had already dumped his finance Joanne…step forward Mandy with a school-girl crush and we have all the ingredients for a soap-marriage from heaven. Ray left King’s Oak before the end of the series.
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