Eurovision Countdown:

Open search Close search

Close menu

Latest

Original episodes of Liverpool soap Brookside to air on STV Player

3 days ago

By The Guide Liverpool

Original episodes of Liverpool soap Brookside to air on STV Player
BROOKSIDE PA THE CORKHILL FAMILY. "COPYRIGHT THE MERSEY TELEVISION COMPANY LIMITED: THIS PHOTOGRAPH IS SUPPLIED TO YOU UNDER NON-EXCLUSIVE LICENCE FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF USE IN OR SUB-LICENCE TO NATIONAL AND LOCAL PRESS AND PRINTED MAGAZINES OF GENERAL INTEREST (INCLUDING INTEREST IN TELEVISION PROGRAMMES OR SOAPS GENERALLY). THE USE IN, OR SUB-LICENCE TO ANY PUBLISHER OF, ANY BOOK, MAGAZINE, NEWSPAPER, WEBSITE OR PERIODICAL DEVOTED TO THE PROGRAMME WHICH IS NOT SPECIFICALLY AUTHORISED BY THIS COMPANY IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED"

The soap launched the careers of Anna Friel and The Royle Family’s Sue Johnston and Ricky Tomlinson.

Original episodes of Brookside soap will start airing on STV Player next week, the free streaming platform has announced.

Set in Liverpool, chronicled the lives of characters living in 13 houses on a cul-de-sac called Brookside Close before it ended 20 years ago.

Conceived by Grange Hill and Hollyoaks creator, Sir Philip Redmond, and produced by his company, Mersey Television, now called, Lime Pictures, the soap drew in millions of viewers.

BROOKSIDE PA

The first episode aired on Channel 4 on November 2 1982 and, at its peak, the show drew in audiences of nine million viewers before it came to a close on November 4 2003.

Sunetra Sarker said she “owes a lot” to the beloved soap after she was given the role of Nisha Batra following being spotted at a bus stop at 15.

The Ackley Bridge and Casualty actress added: “Had I known then that Brookside Close would be the road that led me to my surprising and eventful career, I would never have believed it.”

“I am thrilled that STV Player is airing Brookie again after all these years. I never fail to hear fans tell me how much they still miss the show. Get streaming and see just how ground-breaking this Liverpool-based soap opera was all those years ago.”

Across its run, the show took on issues such as LGBT+ and hard hitting storylines like rape, bullying and incest.

Brookside PA

In 1985, teenage character Gordon Collins came out to his family as gay on the soap.

The character, played by both Mark Burgess and Nigel Crowley, became the first ever openly gay character in a British TV series when the episode aired.

Brookside also had the first pre-watershed lesbian kiss in British history between characters Beth Jordache, played by Anna Friel, and Margaret Clemence, who was portrayed by future Emmerdale actress Nicola Stephenson.

Friel’s career has taken her to America where she has appeared in the comedy series Pushing Daisies, opposite Susan Sarandon in country music drama Monarch and alongside Bradley Cooper in the film Limitless.

Silent Witness actress Amanda Burton, Hollyoaks actress Alex Fletcher, and West End musical star Claire Sweeney also began their careers on the soap.

Sue Johnston and Ricky Tomlinson, who played Bobby and Shelia Grant in Brookside, also played a married couple in sitcom The Royle Family.

The soap, which is currently available in part on All 4, has been brought to STV after a deal with distributor All3Media International.

Richard Williams, managing director of digital at STV said: “It may have been two decades since Brookside drew to a close, but the love for the show from its passionate army of fans has never waned.

“We’re so pleased to be the first streaming service to bring this legendary piece of TV history back into viewers’ living rooms for free, and I hope superfans and new audiences alike enjoy all the nostalgic drama that Brookside has to offer on STV Player.”

Brookside will arrive with the first 10 episodes on February 1 on STV Player and five new episodes will land each week following that.

Share

Tags

You May Also Like Don't Miss

Liverpool Icons: Cathy Tyson – from Everyman Youth Theatre to BAFTA-winning actress

Television

Liverpool Icons: Cathy Tyson – from Everyman Youth Theatre to BAFTA-winning actress

Street artist John Culshaw creates stunning mural of Reds star Luis Diaz

Art

Street artist John Culshaw creates stunning mural of Reds star Luis Diaz

Are there still red squirrels in Formby?

Environment

Are there still red squirrels in Formby?

There’s a new nightclub launching in Liverpool City Centre next month

Nightlife

There’s a new nightclub launching in Liverpool City Centre next month

View More

The Guide Liverpool

About Us

We showcase the very best of Liverpool City Region through stunning video features and keep residents and visitors updated on what's on and what's good. About Us

The Guide Liverpool

Meet Our Team 👋

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse quis eros sit amet mi eleifend tincidunt. Donec porttitor risus eros, vitae dapibus augue pharetra a. Maecenas vulputate purus in eros faucibus rhoncus. Meet Our Team

The Guide Liverpool

Video Production & Advertising

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse quis eros sit amet mi eleifend tincidunt. Services