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Old 18-08-2012, 01:23 AM   #24
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Brookside is a defunct British soap opera set in Liverpool, England. The series began on the launch night of Channel 4 on 2 November 1982, and ran for 21 years until 4 November 2003. Originally intended to be called Meadowcroft, the series was produced by Mersey Television and it was conceived by Phil Redmond who also devised Grange Hill (1978–2008) and Hollyoaks (1995–present), the latter of which has taken Brookside's place as Channel 4's programme in the "Top 4" British soaps, alongside EastEnders (1985–), Coronation Street (1960–), and Emmerdale (1972–)...The Bride: You suppose correctly...
Brookside was also the first British soap to feature an openly gay character when Gordon Collins came out in 1985, and it was also the first to depict serious drug addiction with a number of different characters. Although the series had a long and successful run, by 2000 its viewing figures were in terminal decline and low ratings eventually led to its cancellation in July 2003... The final episode was broadcast on 4 November 2003 and was watched by around 2 million viewers...Their opening storyline involved the mysterious movement of their garden gnomes...

Brookside differed from other serials because it was filmed in real, brand-new houses, in a real cul-de-sac, situated off Deysbrook Lane in the North West city of Liverpool. Built by Broseley Homes, the houses were custom built in an attempt by the producers to add to the show's realism. In early 1982, Mersey Television, with Phil Redmond at the helm, bought 13 houses altogether, six of which would be seen on-screen as sets. The remaining seven properties housed administration, post production and canteen facilities for the cast and crew. Phil Redmond was particularly enthusiastic about purchasing an entire 'close' of houses, partly as a means of achieving the desired realism of Brookside, but also[B] in order to maintain total control of his creation...The first episode was watched by 4.2 million...Many of Brookside's early storylines were issue-led and strongly geared around Bobby and Sheila's turbulent marriage. Bobby's short-temper and frequent visits to union picket lines opposite Sheila's staunch Catholic faith and traditional family values made compelling viewing for many viewers, as did the antics of their children Barry Karen and Damon......Britain's newest TV channel and flagship soap opera was still only in its third year and number 7 Brookside Close was now home to two young nurses...He forced his way into number 7, armed with a gun and ready to avenge his mother's death. He held the three nurses hostage for several days in a tense three-episode run with Brookside Close sealed off and surrounded by armed police...In September, what would become Brookside's longest-serving family, the Corkhills, arrived...Jimmy was the brother of Billy Corkhill. His early appearances usually saw the character in many money-making schemes...Late 1987 to early 1988 saw the rapid disintegration of the central Grant family...Following the huge ratings success of the 'body under the patio' and lesbian kiss plots which had seen ratings peak at 9 million, the writers of Brookside persisted with controversial subjects that other British soaps did not.....The Rogers were a similarly large family like the Grants and moved into number 7 Brookside Close in November 1987, initially renting it from Harry Cross...

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