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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Alexandra Fletcher Alexandra Fletcher ...  Jacqui Dixon / ... 396 episodes, 1990-2003
Diane Burke Diane Burke ...  Katie Rogers 357 episodes, 1989-2003
Steven Pinder Steven Pinder ...  Max Farnham 339 episodes, 1990-2003
Vince Earl Vince Earl ...  Ron Dixon 297 episodes, 1990-2003
Tiffany Chapman Tiffany Chapman ...  Rachel Jordache / ... 285 episodes, 1993-2003
Dean Sullivan Dean Sullivan ...  Jimmy Corkhill 249 episodes, 1986-2003
Sue Johnston ...  Sheila Grant 233 episodes, 1982-1989
Paul Byatt Paul Byatt ...  Mike Dixon 225 episodes, 1990-2003
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
Ricky Tomlinson ...  Bobby Grant 190 episodes, 1982-1988
Steven Cole ...  Leo Johnson 184 episodes, 1996-2001
Rachael Lindsay Rachael Lindsay ...  Sammy Rogers / ... 182 episodes, 1987-2003
Brian Regan Brian Regan ...  Terry Sullivan 179 episodes, 1982-2003
Louis Emerick ...  Mick Johnson 174 episodes, 1989-2001
Karen Drury Karen Drury ...  Susannah Farnham / ... 174 episodes, 1991-2000
Naomi Kamanga Naomi Kamanga ...  Gemma Johnson 159 episodes, 1990-1998
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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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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

2 November 1982 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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

In the final few episodes a drug dealer named "Jack Michaelson" moved into Brookside Close. This is a play on the name Michael Jackson, the Channel 4 controller who had canceled the soap. 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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Gimmicks And Quick Fixes Over Characterization
12 December 2002 | by Big Movie FanSee all my reviews

I started watching Brookside in 1982. I last watched it at the end of 2001. I don't know what is has been like in 2002 but I can tell you how I felt about it from 1982-2001.

My favourite soap was always Emmerdale Farm (now Emmerdale). I liked it because it didn't need fancy gimmicks to gain temporary ratings increases. Emmerdale had good characters which made the soap what it was.

Brookside was a different kettle of fish. To be fair, some of the characters were good but Brookside preferred gimmicks such as explosions and shootings.

In it's favour, there were some good stories for Brookside. Two of my favourite ever characters were Sinbad (real name Thomas Sweeney) and Mick Johnson. Sinbad left the show a couple of years ago. His last storyline had him accused of child abuse and it was powerful stuff. Mick Johnson also had some great stories, particularly one where he was in court for euthanasia.

Jimmy Corkhill was also a good character but by the time I stopped watching Brookside, he had lost all credibility. He had been a drug addict, a schizophrenic, a crook and a fake teacher-there was nowhere else for him to go really.

A couple of things I didn't like about Brookside were it's long drawn out stories and gimmicks. Some storylines lasted for an eternity, especially the one where Nikki Shadwick was raped by a mystery suspect. It lasted just over a year. As I stated earlier, Brookside seemed at times to rely on gimmicks such as explosions, plagues and the like. I feel it could have done more to develop characters because in a lot of cases, some characters became caricatures after awhile.

As I write this, Brookside may be axed in 2003. I know the show has a lot of fans and I thank Brookside for providing some entertainment and addressing a lot of taboo issues but maybe it has run it's course and 2003 will be the right time to lay it to rest.


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