Remember when Beth kissed Margaret? Of course you do: the first lesbian kiss on pre-watershed British TV is an iconic moment, seen in 1994 by six million viewers, perhaps two of whom wrote to Channel 4 claiming this sweet, even diffident, snog transformed Merseyside into Sodom and Gomorrah.
But I bet you've forgotten, as I had until I saw this two-disc compilation of 16 Brookie episodes from the soap's 21 years of existence, the even more extraordinary moment later the same year when Barry kissed Terry. That's one of the great things about this 394-minute box set: realising you'd forgotten what you thought was indelibly written on your heart, in my case the plot of each episode.
Picture the scene. Barry, a kind of