Iconic soap saved by streaming service who say 'fans miss the show' | The Sun

LEGENDARY soap Brookside is making a comeback after finding a new home on STV Player.

Twenty years after the show ended, the soap – based in the residents of the Scouse cul-de-sac – will be replayed in full after the free streaming service acquired the rights to its back catalogue.

That means viewers will be able to relive some memorable storylines, including TV’s first pre-watershed lesbian kiss involving Anna Friel, a helicopter crash and the murder of abusive Trevor Jordache, who was famously found buried under the patio of number 10 in 1995.

Dean Sullivan, who played legend Jimmy Corkhill, told The Sun: “It’s fantastic news for all loyal Brookside fans  but it’s also great that this will give a whole new generation the chance to enjoy the show.

“I’m sure many storylines will still feel as relevant today as the day they were written.

“Jimmy Corkhill, the role was every actor’s dream. He spent 17 years on the Close and appeared in more episodes than any other character!

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“People on the street ask me about the show every day which is testament to how well-written it was.”

Former castmember Sunetra Sarker, who played Nisha Batra, added: “I owe a lot to Brookside as I was lucky enough to have been spotted at a bus stop when I was 15 and given the role of Nisha.

“Had I known then that Brookside Close would be the road that led me to my surprising and eventful career, I would never have believed it.

“I am thrilled that STV Player is airing Brookie again after all these years.

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“I never fail to hear fans tell me how much they still miss the show.

“Get streaming and see just how ground-breaking this Liverpool-based soap opera was all those years ago.”

As well as Sunetra, Anna and Dean, Brookside also launched the careers of The Royle Family stars Sue Johnson, Ricky Tomlinson, plus TV presenter Claire Sweeney, during its two-decade run on Channel 4.

STV Player is available on Sky Q, NOW, Virgin Media, Amazon Fire TV and Freeview Play and the first ten episodes of the soap will drop on February 1, with five fresh instalments landing each week thereafter.

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