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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Alexandra Fletcher ...
 Jacqui Dixon / ... (419 episodes, 1990-2003)
Diane Burke ...
 Katie Rogers (378 episodes, 1989-2003)
Steven Pinder ...
 Max Farnham (347 episodes, 1990-2003)
Vince Earl ...
 Ron Dixon (317 episodes, 1990-2003)
Tiffany Chapman ...
 Rachel Jordache / ... (308 episodes, 1993-2003)
Dean Sullivan ...
 Jimmy Corkhill (254 episodes, 1986-2003)
Paul Byatt ...
 Mike Dixon (247 episodes, 1990-2003)
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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 (210 episodes, 1982-2003)
Doreen Sloane ...
 Annabelle Collins / ... (204 episodes, 1982-1989)
Paul Usher ...
 Barry Grant (200 episodes, 1982-2003)
Rachael Lindsay ...
 Sammy Rogers / ... (194 episodes, 1987-2003)
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 Bobby Grant (190 episodes, 1982-1988)
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 Leo Johnson (184 episodes, 1996-2001)
Brian Regan ...
 Terry Sullivan (179 episodes, 1982-2003)
Karen Drury ...
 Susannah Farnham / ... (175 episodes, 1991-2000)
Louis Emerick ...
 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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2 November 1982 (UK)  »

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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 »

Quotes

Beverly 'Bev' McLoughlin Gonzales Dixon: [making fun of Lindsey] She's gone from stealing pesetas to peeling potatoes.
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A soap that fell victim to sensationalism
6 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Brookside was a classic soap opera that was brilliant at character building however things started to go wrong in the late 1990s. Whilst the real rot didn't set in until about 2001 onwards things were starting to go wrong for a period of time before then. The final straw for me was when they had the lesbian storyline involving Jackie Corkhill and Lindsey Corkhill. Jackie Corkhill was one of the most believable characters ever to grace a soap before that plot line. Her and Jimmy were so believable with their fighting and arguing however the character of Jimmy was eventually exhausted as well. It's a shame really but the show just fell foul to sensationalism, gone were the nitty, gritty dramatic days that were good drama yet true to the characters. There was a great friendship going on between the delightful Jacqui Dixon, Rachel Jordache and Katie Rogers for instance that focused on character building over the years. I loved Brookside in it's heyday but it should have been axed before the rot really had a chance to set in. I blame Phil Redmond and Channel 4 for letting the show go down the pan though, Phil Redmond just had to be in charge of his show, nobody else could have touched Brookside. Channel 4 showed no support whatsoever for what was once the most popular programme airing on the channel. I stuck with Brookside up until the end out of loyalty and it still had some great characters like the wonderful Bev however all the time shifting before it's demise was disgusting, you just didn't know when the programme was on half the time.


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