Sunday, 13 April 2014

Our Top 50 Favourite Crossroads Characters - 47 - Lloyd Munroe

 1980: Tish,  Meg,  Lloyd and Diane are worried about Rosemary.

Lloyd Munroe, played by Alan Gifford, was a cheery American psychiatrist who graced King's Oak with his presence from 1978 to 1980. Lloyd was a great friend to bereaved Meg Mortimer, mourning the sudden tragic passing of her husband Hugh, and gave therapy to David Hunter's deranged wife, Rosemary. In 1980, Lloyd told Rosemary that she didn't love David as she claimed, she hated him, which seemed to push Rosemary right over the edge into confronting David with a gun and then shooting him. But what the heck, the human mind is a tricky beast to deal with, and there's no doubt Lloyd meant well.

Lloyd had a difficult relationship with his daughter, Kathryn Fischer, and her dalliance with serial philanderer Ted Hope, husband of poor old Tish, didn't help matters.

Lloyd was responsible for bringing novelist Barbara Brady to the village when, engaged in some research for her latest work, she became his housekeeper in 1979. She married David Hunter in 1980.

In an era when the majority of new characters were grim (remember how Doris Luke was originally? Clover Hawkins? The set-up at Haywood Farm? Reg and Alison Cotterill?) Lloyd seemed like a breath of fresh air.

Fondly remembered.

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