Classic Brookside is finally returning to TV creens after 18 years off air

Liverpool based Channel 4 soap Brookside is finally coming back to our screens after ending in 2003, 21 years after first airing.

The show will be returning to us via BritBox later this year alongside Crossroads and Take the High Road, with only select episodes appearing.

Brookside is famous for having aired the first pre-watershed lesbian kiss on British television along with other difficult topics such as drug addiction and rape.

Britbox currently offers episodes from other soaps such as Corrie, Emmerdale and Eastenders.

Brookside star Claire Sweeney spoke to Digital Spy about her opinion on the shows cancellation, saying: “It was groundbreaking drama,

“You get new controllers who come in who want to make their name and it got dropped, which was such a shame.

“Phil Redmond, he was fantastic. His work and the team of writers he had on board, like Jimmy McGovern. And wonderful actors and writers on board. I’m so proud to have been a part of it.”

The last release of Brookside seen was the 30 th anniversary DVD set Brookside: Most Memorable Moments in 2012.

It was Brookside fan Lee Brady that managed to get the greatest hits DVD released via campaign and after launching a petition last year to try and get episodes to streaming, it may be his hard efforts that got Britbox to take notice.

When speaking to Metro, Lee said: “There’s a huge nostalgia around it and there’s not much on Youtube but Brookside was always ahead of its time.

“Streaming would be an option too, like what ITV are doing, one of my mates is trying to get them either streaming or repeats on TV. Because it was based in Liverpool, there’s a new generation who would watch it for that as well and never seen anything like it before.

“They could really get into it, Brookside had the gritty edge, which a lot of people enjoy in their dramas right now.”

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