Brookside returns to TV after 20 years – how to watch it !
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Brookside is set to start broadcasting in the UK again twenty years after the series ended.
The free-to-air streaming platform has announced that original episodes of the hugely popular series will begin airing on STV Player next week.
The soap, which was filmed in Liverpool, chronicled the lives of the characters living in 13 houses on a cul-de-sac called Brookside Close before it ended 20 years ago.
Created by Grangehill and Hollyoaks creator Sir Philip Redmond and produced by his company, Mercy Television, now called Lime Pictures, the series has attracted millions of viewers.
The first episode was broadcast on Channel 4 on 2 November 1982, and at its peak the show attracted an audience of nine million viewers before ending on 4 November 2003.
Richard Williams, managing director of STV’s digital division, said: “It may have been two decades since Brookside came to a close, but the love for the show’s army of passionate fans has never waned.
“We are thrilled to be the first streaming service to bring this legendary piece of TV history back into viewers’ living rooms for free, and I hope great fans and new audiences alike will enjoy all of the nostalgic drama Brookside has to offer on STV Player.”
Brookside will arrive with its first ten episodes onebruary 1 on STV Player and five new episodes will arrive each week thereafter.
Available free to viewers across the UK, STV Player offers an extensive catalog of drama from around the world.
It’s available on all major platforms, including Sky Q, NOW, Virgin Media, Amazonire TV andreeview Play.
Sunetra Sarker said she “owes a lot” to the beloved soap after she was given the role of Nisha Patra after she was spotted at a bus stop on the 15th.
The Ackley Bridge and Casualty actress added: “If I had known then that Brookside Close would be the path that led me to my amazing and eventful career, I would never have believed it.”
“I’m glad 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. Grab the stream and see what this groundbreaking Liverpool-based TV series was all those years ago.”
During its run, the program dealt with issues such as LGBT+ and harsh stories such as rape, bullying, and incest.
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 gay character in a British soap opera when the episode aired.
Brookside also had the first pre-interval lesbian kiss in British history between characters Beth Jordache, played by Annariel, and Margaret Clemence, portrayed by future Emmerdale actress Nicola Stephenson.
riel took her to America where she appeared in the comedy series Pushing Daisies, opposite Susan Sarandon in the country musical drama Monarch and alongside Bradley Cooper in Limitless.
Silent actress Amanda Burton, Hollyoaks actress Alexletcher and West End musical star Claire Sweeney all started their careers on the soap.