At times comedic and at other times heartbreaking, the series follows the intertwining lives of three Manchester couples at different stages in their relationships. At the start, Adam ... See full summary »
Lots of people argue that this show was better in its formative years in the 80s, when respected screenwriters such as Jimmy McGovern were learning their craft by turning out 2 (later 3) high-quality episodes a week, and people like Ricky Tomlinson were strutting their acting stuff.
Unfortunately, these people left to do bigger and better things, and it's not unfair to say that during the mid-to-late-90s the show reached a nadir as boring characters became involved in repetitive, far-fetched storylines. Viewers switched off in their droves and Brookside was threatened with the axe by Channel 4.
Fortunately, a new producer by the name of Paul Marquess joined the show in 1999 and has succeeded in turning the show around, giving it a new lease of life. Although there have been some minor blips along the way (the worst being the badly executed exit of long-serving character Thomas "Sinbad" Sweeney in 2000), Brookside is now once again a show that can be taken seriously. Heavy drama is blended with light-hearted comedy, helped along by inventive, witty dialogue from a new generation of writers.
In 2000, the show celebrated its 18th birthday, and can look forward to a long and prosperous future as a cornerstone of the Channel 4 schedule for many years to come.
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