When it first aired in 1982 Brookside was clearly different to what had been on UK TV. Swearing and scenes like Karen Grant being threatened by her boyfriend with a pot of hot tea into having sex drew criticism from the press to Mary Whitehouse. They toned the swearing down but delivered great plots some of which had good social comment like Damon's spell on the YTS. There was some fun moments too like Sheila and Marie's slanging match on the close. By the 1990s plots like the body under the patio and the religious cult siege took the show to a new and far-fetched low. The Nikki Shadwick rape whodunit was too overdrawn whilst the Nat and Georgia incest storyline could have been interesting but due to tabloid outrage was quickly wound up. By the 2000s channel 4 started airing Big Brother and Brookside found itself playing second fiddle in the prime time schedules and got a weekly Saturday afternoon slot. And in 2003 Brookside went out without as much as a bang.
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