The everyday life and times of the residents, friends and enemies who live in a suburban street in the city of Liverpool in the north of England.
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Series cast summary:
Alexandra Fletcher ...
 Jacqui Dixon / ... 419 episodes, 1990-2003
Diane Burke ...
 Katie Rogers 378 episodes, 1989-2003
Steven Pinder ...
Vince Earl ...
Tiffany Chapman ...
 Rachel Jordache / ... 308 episodes, 1993-2003
Dean Sullivan ...
 Jimmy Corkhill 254 episodes, 1986-2003
Paul Byatt ...
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 Sheila Grant 233 episodes, 1982-1989
Suzanne Collins ...
 Nikki Shadwick 220 episodes, 1998-2003
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 Jerome Johnson 212 episodes, 1999-2002
Jim Wiggins ...
 Paul Collins 212 episodes, 1982-2003
Doreen Sloane ...
 Annabelle Collins / ... 205 episodes, 1982-1989
Paul Usher ...
Rachael Lindsay ...
 Sammy Rogers / ... 194 episodes, 1987-2003
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Brian Regan ...
 Terry Sullivan 179 episodes, 1982-2003
Karen Drury ...
 Susannah Farnham / ... 175 episodes, 1991-2000
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 Mick Johnson 174 episodes, 1989-2001
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The everyday life and times of the residents, friends and enemies who live in a suburban street in the city of Liverpool in the north of England.

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To get a realistic look for the series when developing it, creator and producer Phil Redmond opted to record the program in real buildings rather than studio sets. He opted to buy six houses on a development on Lord Sefton's old estate in Liverpool. After meeting the builders and seeing the plans, he decided one road stood out. It had a brook running alongside it, hence the name 'Brookside'. The builders were supplied with a list of the characters and their profiles so they could be tailored to them. For the sets the production had: One bungalow One four-bedroom house and four three-bedroom houses.

Three other houses were bought for office space, three more for technical equipment and one was equipped as a canteen. They were bought for 25,000 each. After the initial outlay for the houses, in the long run the program would be cheaper to record on the one site instead of building, storing and knocking down studio sets. The buildings were not heated for the first year, as it was thought that the filming lights would heat up the buildings, but as soon as recording commenced newer improved lights that were significantly cooler were introduced so the production team and actors suffered as a result. Three garages were added to the properties for additional equipment stores.

The shopping parade was opened in 1991 to coincide with the 1000th episode. The building was incorporated into the old college building that formed the administration offices of Mersey Television. The fluorescent lights in the shops were designed specially for use in television. The flowers in the florist were silk, not real flowers, so they did not have to be replaced. See more »

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Beverly 'Bev' McLoughlin Gonzales Dixon: [making fun of Lindsey] She's gone from stealing pesetas to peeling potatoes.
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Referenced in Night Fever: Episode dated 1 January 1997 (1997) See more »

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Over the hill
24 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Like so many people I eagerly waited for the 1st episode on the new TV channel 4. Quickly I became a fan of the great story-lines and strong characters. "Brookside" boasted a number of fantastic soap characters (Barry Grant was my favourite). It even had a "Hollyoakes" like ability to attract some good-looking female actresses. But what I really liked was the realistic stories and the way "Brookside" was so different to the much more camper offerings like "Eldorado" offered by other channels. It pushed boundaries and broke new ground. However by the late 90's the soap was a pale shadow of its former self. Gone were the interesting, likable characters and compelling stories and in were boring irritating families with completely stupid plots. I no longer watch "Brookside" and will not miss it when it ends this year.


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