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 Alexandra Fletcher ...  Jacqui Dixon / ... 419 episodes, 1990-2003
Diane Burke Diane Burke ...  Katie Rogers 378 episodes, 1989-2003
Steven Pinder Steven Pinder ...  Max Farnham 347 episodes, 1990-2003
Vince Earl Vince Earl ...  Ron Dixon 317 episodes, 1990-2003
Tiffany Chapman Tiffany Chapman ...  Rachel Jordache / ... 308 episodes, 1993-2003
Dean Sullivan Dean Sullivan ...  Jimmy Corkhill 254 episodes, 1986-2003
Paul Byatt Paul Byatt ...  Mike Dixon 247 episodes, 1990-2003
Sue Johnston ...  Sheila Grant 233 episodes, 1982-1989
Suzanne Collins Suzanne Collins ...  Nikki Shadwick 220 episodes, 1998-2003
Leon Lopez ...  Jerome Johnson 212 episodes, 1999-2002
Jim Wiggins Jim Wiggins ...  Paul Collins 212 episodes, 1982-2003
Doreen Sloane Doreen Sloane ...  Annabelle Collins / ... 205 episodes, 1982-1989
Paul Usher Paul Usher ...  Barry Grant 200 episodes, 1982-2003
Rachael Lindsay Rachael Lindsay ...  Sammy Rogers / ... 194 episodes, 1987-2003
Ricky Tomlinson ...  Bobby Grant 190 episodes, 1982-1988
Steven Cole ...  Leo Johnson 184 episodes, 1996-2001
Brian Regan Brian Regan ...  Terry Sullivan 179 episodes, 1982-2003
Karen Drury 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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UK

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English

Release Date:

2 November 1982 (UK) See more »

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Meadowcroft See more »

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Mersey Television See more »
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Runtime:

| (2002)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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A Fantastic Soap but a Poor TV Slot
5 September 2006 | by Izzit249See all my reviews

Brookside was one of Britains best soaps/shows before it was axed in the 21st Century......izzit, izzit? Yes it was. Having story lines that were equal to Corrie or an (up to 2003) Eastenders. Unfortunately, Channel 4 did not see it this way. Putting it on at completely the wrong time of day proved to be the death of what could have been Britain's bestest hit soap. Whilst Brookside was equally as good as what today are known as Britains's most popular, they hired fantastic actors, story lines that one can easily compare with, and is sorely missed to this day. I would love for this soap to be brought back by c4, ditching crappy hollyoaks for some real story lines worth watching.


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