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Re: From little Closes do Cults and Plagues grow...BROOKSIDE

Post by Drassil » Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:13 pm

Evelyn Mason wrote:Just seemed to me like a Liverpool variation of Eastenders or Coronation Street.
In fairness, Brookside started three years before EastEnders. ;) Arguably, all soaps are much of a muchness; but one thing that set Brookside apart from its more southern counterparts was its use of real houses on a real street rather than studio sets with a missing wall.

Brookside was repeated on Sky Living and Sky One in the '90s and '00s. There are several episodes of Brookside on 4oD, including the first and last episodes.

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Post by Canadanne » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:01 pm

R.I.P. Bernie Nolan. :( I quite liked the Murrays before they did the usual soap thing of not allowing any family to remain happy! The way they killed off her character was a real shark-jumping moment as I recall.

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Post by pjmlfc05 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:06 pm

Canadanne wrote:R.I.P. Bernie Nolan. :( I quite liked the Murrays before they did the usual soap thing of not allowing any family to remain happy! The way they killed off her character was a real shark-jumping moment as I recall.
So sad to hear. Yeah used to love Brooky before it went downhill.
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Post by Mystara » Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:27 pm

Despite being a fairly low-traffic thread, it hasn't escaped my attention that this thread has a number of different conversations in it, and so may be worthy of being converted to a sub-forum like for Dr Who.

Any thoughts?
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Post by Drassil » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:19 pm

Personally, I don't think that a Brookside subforum is required. Robin might disagree, since he'd earn an Acorn medal if it did happen. ;)

The Brookside Facebook page performs an excellent nostalgia service by posting clips and images from the episodes. Today's are of particular interest.

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Post by Canadanne » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:30 pm

Oh excellent, I've been monitoring YouTube for ages in the hope that Rayner's episode might be uploaded - nice to see some clips at last! Thanks for letting us know about it! (Amused that someone with the surname "Dooris" has left a comment, too.)

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Post by Drassil » Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:05 am

During the course of Brookside, the character of Barry (played by Paul Usher) lost his brother and the character of Jimmy (played by Dean Sullivan) lost his son. Both actors have recently experienced the kind of tragedy that should not have followed them into real life, made all the more tragic by doubly twisted irony: Dean Sullivan has lost his brother, Paul Usher has lost his son, and they were named Barry and James respectively. Condolences to Dean, Paul and their families. There is more information here.

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Post by Mashibinbin » Sat Aug 23, 2014 5:04 pm

I learnt of this double tradegy in the last 24 hours. Dean has been recently performing in a WW1 tribute style show. My thoughts and condolences go out to both families.

Dean's on screen relative 'Aunty Val' aka Pauline Fleming is currently directing me and others in another commerative piece at a local British Legion. Lest we forget in both circumstances. :(

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Post by Mashibinbin » Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:00 pm

STOP PRESS:

Our Bev Dixon that was has joined our cast as Pauline's hitherto referred to 'professional actress mate Sarah'! She's certainly down to Earth and in her first impov session the words sausage and dangling somehow worked their way into the dialogue!

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Post by Drassil » Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:10 pm

That is good news. I hope you have continued to enjoy working with Sarah White. I didn't realise she was still acting until I saw her in ITV sitcom Edge of Heaven earlier in the year. More recent sitings of Brookside alumni in sitcoms: Sandra Maitland (Mandy Jordache) in Uncle; Michael J. Jackson (Ollie Simpson) in a repeat of Bread, with a Scouse accent.

As for the British Legion: Brookside was where I first heard of it. I remember one scene in which Bev was a runner-up in a talent contest at "the Legion" but the compere, who just happened to be her then-admirer Ron, announced her as the winner.

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Post by Canadanne » Wed May 04, 2016 6:54 pm

How sad, the actor who played Matt Musgrove has died unexpectedly aged 38.

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Post by Drassil » Sat May 28, 2016 10:44 am

The sadness of this news is slightly offset by seeing Tiffany Chapman a.k.a. Rachel from Brookside in the new Halifax advert.

In this making-of video, she says she's never worked with a cartoon co-star before. What about all those scenes with Sinbad?

For good measure, there's a Knightmare-related surname in the video too.

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